Real Weddings

Sharon and Kieran Gougane Barra Wedding Photography

By September 2, 2014 No Comments

Sharon & Kieran beautiful Gougane Barra wedding photography.

Photographed by Darren Forde, Wedding Photographers 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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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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