Janet and Alan’s Engagement Photography—photographed by Darren Forde Wedding Photographers Cork

Where do you go on a wet and windy Sunday morning in Ballydehob, West Cork, when you need to shoot some engagement photography?

This is the question I faced when I met Janet and Alan for their Engagement shoot that day. To put thing in context, I had just shot two weddings on the trot and this was the only day we all had available so it was now or never.

So, with the rain pelting down, I set about finding a location to shoot. Now, if anyone knows Ireland, Sunday mornings in a small, quiet west cork village are not the best times to find somewhere sheltered and warm for an engagement shoot, the only place open being the local garage/shop. After trying a few places, I spotted a glimmer of hope in the form of a light behind a window in a small pub at the edge of the village. Now, pubs don’t open until 12 or 1pm on a Sunday so I had to knock on the door and beg for an accommodation from the lovely ‘Ban an Tí’ who, at first being naturally hesitant (I’m sure you don’t often get a photographer knocking on your door on a Sunday morning asking to use your pub for a photo shoot), finally let me in.

In the end it was a great engagement shoot and I hope you enjoy some of these pictures from the day. In a lovely little footnote to this story, as a gesture of thanks, Janet and Alan returned to the pub at a later date and presented our host with a framed print of a picture I took of her on that day. Days like this remind you how much there is to love about Ireland!

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Darren Forde is a Irish wedding photographer based in Cork. He works all over Ireland as well as overseas for destination wedding photography and elopement wedding photography. His sharp eye for detail and creative use of light combine with meticulous planning to deliver a range of images from your wedding that tell the unique story of your day and capture all the little details in between. His images give you the feeling that each moment just happened – never too posed or contrived – capturing the feelings and emotions of the day just as they unfold. He is a regular guest blogger on several popular wedding websites and his images have been globally recognised for their creative direction and use of natural light. You can email Darren on [email protected] or follow him on Instagran @darrenfordeweddingphotography or on Twitter @darrenforde

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