Destination Wedding Ireland – Shelly & Dave

As a wedding photographer in Sydney, I bear witness to such a vast array of beautiful wedding photo locations. Though, when I was asked to travel to Ireland as the photographer for Shelly & Dave’s wedding recently, I thought this would be an amazing photographic opportunity I could not pass up.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

The Couple

When Shelly started working as a waitress in a cocktail bar she would never had thought she would find her husband to be in her manager Dave. They worked together for four years, forming a friendship when finally they were both single at the same time and Dave asked Shelly out on a date.

Then one chilly Thursday night after work, Shelly and Dave had dinner together at home, when Dave suggested they go out for a walk. As they walked from Bondi to Bronte, the pair stopped at Tamarama Beach (Dave’s favourite place in Australia), and as they were looking at the stars and chatting, Dave got down on one knee and asked Shelly to marry him. And as Shelly describes that moment – It was very romantic and very ‘us’.


Interview with the bride – Shelly

1. What do you love most about being married, and is it any different?

It is different to you and only the two of you. We have been married a month and are still like giggly teenagers. We have always been really close and best friends. Nothing really has changed within our relationship, it is just a feeling of a personal commitment to each other.
It is a special day shared, declaring your love in front of all your nearest and dearest. A moment in life I will never forget.

2. What is one piece of advice you would give other brides to be?

Remain calm – have faith in the venue, band, photographer and other vendors that you are booking. This is their job and they are good at it. You don’t want to be a bridezilla on the day, look back and think how did people put up with me?
An angry bride is an ugly one – so plan, organise, prepare and enjoy the fun. Not only is this a great time for you and your future husband, this is an amazing time with your family and friends. Especially the hens! Enjoy every second and remember to smile.


3. What did you give as your gift or bonboniere?

We got a Photo Booth Guest Book which was the best craic! Everyone loved it. Each guest received a copy of the photo strip to keep for themselves, and they left us a message (and photo) in our book. It was the best idea. And we were able to take the guest book home on the day which was hilarious!

4. What don’t the blogs and bridal magazines tell you?

To eat – you are so hyper and excited on the day, don’t forget to eat. Spend a few special moments with your husband as it is easy to get caught up with all your guests. Have a few drinks and enjoy the party. You won’t get drunk, as you’re on the best love buzz of your life.


5. Were there any outstanding beauty treatments or therapies that you discovered which you would recommend?

I drank lots of water in the lead up to the wedding, and had blemish spot free skin on the day!

Favourite Photo

So many it was so hard to choose. Kat Stanley Photography captured the magic of every moment. There is a beautiful one of me kissing my husband in the trees, and my veil is extravagantly lifted in the wind. But there is also the one of everyone outside the church, oh and also the bridal party on the jetty, and one of me hugging my mam, and 2 of our flower girls in the church… I could go on!


Shelly’s very generous testimonial: “Kat was part of our special day and spent the day before and after celebrating with our guests! Our friends became her friends and everything was easy and smooth. Kat had flown from Sydney to Ireland for us – which was AMAZING! We loved her style of photography and relaxed mannor, and the photos we have are perfect! Kat brought music for us (the ladies) into the room when getting ready and put us all at ease. She never stopped working and we practically had to take the camera out of her hands for a few minutes so she could have a drink or canapes with us. All our guests mentioned how remarkable the photographer was on the day, not imposing or staging, just catching the moments. And we agree!! I would highly recommend Kat, and in the grand scheme of things and the overall expense of a wedding — Kat was our Best Investment! We were sooooooo lucky she said yes :o)”

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