Sharon & Kieran Cronin tied the knot in beautiful Gougane Barra.

Photography by Darren Forde, Wedding Photographer Cork

On a beautiful, if a tad windy day in the valley of Saint Finbarr, source of the great Lee, the family and friends of Sharon and Kieran gathered for a small, intimate ceremony in the historic Church at Gougane Barra. I was honoured to be their wedding photographer and as the tourists gathered and locals mingled, Sharon and Kieran met for that ever more popular wedding day ‘first look’ photo on the steps of the hotel. After joining their guests in the small chapel for a beautiful ceremony pausing only for the mellifluous hymns sung by their cousins and bridesmaids we took a stroll around the island for a few intimate shots before heading up into the old forest with the bridal party.

Although sadly, we’ve recently lost a lot of the trees in Gougane Barra to control disease, there are still enough remaining to give that sense of awe as you walk among them. As a wedding photographer, I really wanted to capture the romance as well as the sense of place and scale you get from walking among the old forest and the beautiful light filtering through the canopy made for some truly atmospheric pictures. I always include a mix of colour and black and white images for my couples and in this case the scenic surroundings made for some amazing panoramic frames too.

Before we made the glorious drive through Glengarriff, over the Caha Pass to the Kenmare Bay Hotel, we had to stop for some shots at Cronin’s Bar, a name synonymous with Gougane Barra and a funny coincidence for the new Mr. & Mrs. Cronin (no relation).

A wedding photographer often has to work closely with your videographer and on this wedding I worked with StudioPlus Videographers whom I would happily recommend.

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