Best of 2017 - Ireland Documentary Wedding Photographer

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Happy Valentine's Day! What more perfect day to finally release my Best of 2017! 

2017 was such a important year in my career and it was one of my most intense ones as well, I met incredible people with some fantastic stories and together we created some of my favourites images so far. 

From outdoor ceremonies in the sun, confetti shots, two day bashes, Dublin City elopements, winter weddings full of style and everything in between, 2017 was the year where I was able to document couples that were several years together finally starting a new journey and it's just such a blessing, really. 

Being a photographer is not an easy job, I tell you. There's a constant weight (metaphorically and literally speaking - those cameras weight a ton, lol) of being the person who will document forever a spitting stone in two peoples lives and doing it in a respectful, creative and truthful way is not something that comes easily but I wouldn't do it in any other way. 

Can't wait to see what 2018 has reserved of all of us, but I have a hunch that is going to be even more amazing!

Hope you all enjoy the images xx

Elope in Ireland | Not even hurricane Ophelia could stop these two! | Rock of Cashel Ireland Elopement Wedding Photographer

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Livia,

That day was so special and you helped make it that way. We have incredible ones to cherish the actual wedding day from you. Thank you so much. These are so beautiful. They made me cry my eyes out!
You not only took incredible photos os us, you really helped me through the stress of that morning and that lead to a fairytale kind of day with my husband <3
— Liz + Kevin

Liz found me through a photographer friend that shared my love for pugs (who knew pugs would get me new customers?! That's one more reason why pugs are the best, lol!) and we hit if off instantly! She decided to Elope in Ireland and wanted a wedding photographer that could capture their elopement the way they dreamed of and I couldn't be happier to have been a part of it! 

Then the Hurricane Ophelia came one day before their big day and we didn't give up! Although her makeup artist didn't show up I, who am slightly obsessed with makeup,  did my best to help out, but Liz was such a bad ass and took charge! Surprisingly the weather was lovely and full of sunshine and no fallen trees were in our way so the rest of the day went smooth. 

From their intimate ceremony in Cork just with their parents to stopping on the way while we drove back to Dublin we managed to capture some of the beauty Ireland has to offer like the ruins of the Rock of Cashel, which is just stunning! Please have a look through the end of this post and check how stunning those surrounding are!  

If you are thinking about eloping I say: be prepared for the things you can't predict, open your hearts and embrace the moment because it's magical and totally worth it!! 

Hope you all enjoy the images xx 

E+A | Lovely two day Dublin City Wedding | Medley Wedding Photographer

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Oh my god Livia these photos have us crying in the taxi from the airport to the hotel in Barcelona! Thank you so much we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day (and photographer!) Thanks so much for all your fantastic work over the 2 days! You really went above and beyond and we couldn’t have pictured it all going any better than it did.
— Emma + Arran

Emma and Aran's was a 2 day wedding something that it's becoming more popular and I have to say I totally get why! Their first day had their closed ones in a intimate ceremony where they exchange loving vows and walked around Dublin City with me to take some amazing portraits of the two and the second day was a bigger reception with all the friends at Medley a private cool venue in Dublin City Centre. 

On the first day just at the beginning of the session at Merrion Square I asked the lovely ice cream man if we could invade his van for a few shots and I end up scoring some free ice cream for the couple (I should start advertising that too, I can see it now: "Cheeky photographer can get you some free food when possible"  my cheekiness didn't;t stop there and I managed to get these two inside the National Gallery of Ireland for their wedding portraits too! 

Free ice creams were far from the only cool thing on this wedding. To start Emma had her wedding dress custom made by Synan O'Mahony and after a quite a few tries they came up to something classically beautiful! To say Emma knew exactly what she wanted is an understatement and even the shoes she designed herself! 

Other things custom made was that Arran created an app for their own wedding! The app is for all the guests to share and view the images from the wedding and it was such a great idea!! On their second day at the reception at Medley they also have their custom logo put so saying that these two were big on making their day their own is saying the least! 

I could stay days here saying how lovely and warm and kind they are and also their family and friends were and how honour I've been to document their day, hope you all enjoy the images <3 

 

Supplier List

Venues: Drinks: Marcels Dinner: Bang Restaurant Reception: Medley

Hair: Nikita from Crow St Collective

Makeup: Adele Miley

Wedding Dress: Synan O Mahony

Suits: Grooms suit - Louis Copeland

Bridesmaids Dress (if applicable): Monsoon

Rings: Rocks Jewellers, Stonechat Jewellers

Bride Shoes: Shoes of Prey

Flower/Bouquets: Adonis Flowers

Cake: Rolling Doughnut

Band/DJ: WeddingDJs.ie - Gary Lonergan 

Second Shooter: Aoife O'Sullivan

 

G+P | Don't let it rain on your parade! | Rathsallagh House | Wedding Photographer

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LIVIA!!!!

You have killed me, these are so amazing. I absolutely love what you managed to capture. Thanks so much for sending this over - we’re delighted.
— Gemma+Phil

I often get asked "Livia, what happens if it rains on our wedding day?" rain is one of couple's biggest fear when it comes to wedding but what I say, as a wedding photographer that seen it all, is: you are the one that makes your day special, not the weather!

When it rains on a wedding I'm shooting my main job is to make it something to be incorporated (that doesn't mean running in the rain, although that would be fun too!) but to find light, beauty and special moments regardless of the weather and this wedding I'm showing today it's an example of that. 

 Gemma and Phil had planned their day up t the smallest details (Gemma was fantastic and there was a impressive spreadsheet involved when we met!) but one think you can't really predict is Irish weather, but they didn't let a little rain be an obstacle and as you can see in the images there was no short of happy faces all around! 

One thing that they decided to do that it's having their first look and their couple's portraits before the ceremony, that I believe helped with the nerves and they were able to enjoy their reception with friends and family without rushing to have their photos!

If you are planning your wedding at Rathsallagh House there won't be any problem when it comes to lovely places for photos even with a little bit of rain! 

Hope you enjoy the images xx

E+T | Intimate Cottage Ballilogue Wedding Photographer, Kilkenny - Ireland

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Oh Livia!!
So many tears and smiles from Melbourne ❤️ You are so talented!.. Which we knew already as that’s why we asked you to document our big day but couldn’t have imagined such a stunning collection of photographs. Every single one captures the essence of the day perfectly. We’re both so happy with them all, as are our family.
— Esther + Tomas

Esther and Tomas were the most easy going couple I ever met in a way you always dream your clients to be (well, if you are a wedding photographer). Their intimate wedding at Ballilogue (a fairly new venue for weddings that it's just the cutest!) was what I believe weddings are about: love, loved ones and lots and lots of joy! 

On their wedding day there was rain (just a little - the sun came right back and gave us a beautiful golden hour towards the end of the day) but even if it had rained all day it wouldn't really made a difference because as you can see in the images there was not one person that wasn't beaming with happiness and I felt such an immense pleasure to be a part of such a lovely day. 

What I say to you, if you recently got in engaged is this: planning a wedding and making all those decisions can be tough but do it light handed, take your time and make sure to enjoy the process because when you take the time to enjoy your day (one that you've been planning for so long and that goes so quickly) the memories you will have forever are priceless and I know that when they look at their images they can re live all the happiness of that day once more! 

 

Supplier List: 

Venue: Ballilogue 

Flowers: Wild Bunch Flowers

Outdoor dream wedding at Temple House - Sligo - Wedding Photographer, Ireland.

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Amy and I couldn’t be more delighted with our photos. Our only regret is that we didn’t ask you to stay for the whole evening. It is a really excellent collection, thanks so much for capturing our day.”

— Amy + Shane
 

Shane and Amy got married in one of the sunniest I've seen Ireland being since I've moved here 6 and half years ago. 

They decided to have tall at the grounds of Temple House in Sligo which I have to say is a fantastic wedding venue specially if you get the chance to enjoy the outdoor and you can see in the pictures that they definitely were able to enjoy all that Temple House has to offer! 

From the ice cream for the reception, the table decorations inspired by Harry Potter, the bubbles, their huge bridal party and the lovely outdoor speeches all I can say is that this day wasn't short of lovely moments to capture. 

Hope you take the time to look their beautiful wedding, even take inspiration from their lovely touches while preparing for your own wedding! 

Hope 2018 is bringing you already all the happiness! x

Supplier's List: 

Venue: Temple House

Hair & MUA: Polished, Sligo

Wedding Dress: Folkster

Suits: Tango Dress Hire

Flower/Bouquets: Feehilys Florist

Ice Cream: Smith's Ice Cream Vans

S+E | Fabulous Bellinter House Wedding Photographer - Preview

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I knew this would be an amazing wedding from when I receive their email in my inbox. Sarah and Eoghan had a clear vision and when I went down to Galway for our engagement session I knew that not only they were just the nicest people they put so much effort to make their wedding one of a kind.

One of the requests they had for me on the day of the wedding was to have an epic Vanity Fair/Magazine Cover photo in the award winning bathroom at Bellinter and oh boy tI think we got it, right? Look at this bridal party! A-mazing!

I can't wait to share the rest of the images but I couldn't help myself to squeeze in before the 2017 ends a preview of their wedding photos in Bellinter House, which by the way is just such a fab venue! <3 

Thank you for trusting me and let me be part of such a fabulous day! 

Supplier List:

Venue: Bellinter House - http://bellinterhouse.com

Hair: Nadine Quinn – www.thespace.ie

Makeup: Odharnait Ryan - http://www.odharnait.com/

Videographer: Forget Me Not Weddings http://www.forgetmenotweddings.ie

Wedding Dress: Asos Bridal - www.asos.com

Suits: Louis Copeland Made to Measure https://www.louiscopeland.com/made-to-measure-suits-i69    

Bridesmaids Dress : No. 1 Jenny Packham - http://www.jennypackham.com

Groomsmen Suits: Groomsmen – Marks and Spencer - http://marksandspencer.ie

Engagement Ring: Cobwebs Galway http://cobwebs.ie/

Bride’s Wedding Ring: Delphi Antiques http://www.delphiantiques.com/

Bride Shoes: L.K. Bennett - https://www.lkbennett.com/

Groom Shoes: Loake - www.loake.co.uk

Flower/Bouquets: The Wild Bunch - http://thewildbunch.ie/

Cake: Cupcake Kingdom (Made by Maid of Honour!) www.facebook.com/cupcakekingdomireland

Magician: Andy James -  http://www.ajmagic.com/

Ceremony Music: Jenny Dowdall -  http://www.jennydowdall.com/

Band: Soul Purpose - https://www.soulpurpose.ie/

DJ: Maxi Browne

Stationery/Signage: All made and designed by hand by the Bride and Groom

Elope to Ireland | Dublin City | Woolen Mills | J+G Preview Wedding Photography Dublin

Livia, Omg! I shouted with joy when I saw these.
You truly have no idea how amazing a gift this is to us that you captured these images. We’ll never be able to thank you enough. I’m so glad that we had the privilege of working with you. It truly made our day that much more memorable and amazing. I know for sure that Gio and I will always cherish our day venturing through the streets of Dublin with you”
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They came all the way from California to Elope in Ireland , they wanted to capture the city in all its colours and shapes and all they said to me was: "We want to have fun, do whatever you think will look good!" Are this clients even real?

More and more I've been encountering couples that embrace their own style and not necessary do whatever is traditional if doesn't resonate with them and I just find that fab! Nothing wrong with traditional specially if that what you envisioned for your wedding but nothing better for you and your partner than doing what feels right and what represents you. 

Here's a sneak peek from their elopement and I will be sharing more soon, hope you like it! 

Supplier List:

Venue: http://thewoollenmills.com

Celebrant: Josephine McCaffery

Planner: http://www.marrymeireland.ie

Makeup & Hair: https://www.facebook.com/joface.ie/

Photographer: www.liviafigueiredo.com

F+M | Boyne Hill Estate Wedding Preview | Wedding Photographer Navan, Ireland

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Boyne Hill House is one of the those wedding venues that there's a lot of lovely little spots to shoot and I was glad to be back there once more, here's a small preview looking forward to share the full gallery soon. I hope you like it! 

Supplier List: 

Venue: Boyne Hill House Estate

Makeup: Michelle T Makeup

Wedding Dress: Frilly Frocks, Drogheda

Suits: Sean Freemans, Drogheda

Bridesmaid Dress: Coast

Groomsman Suites: Sean Freemans

Rings: Fields

Jewelry: Newbridge

Brides Shoes: Rachel Simpson

Grooms Shoes: Paddy Dwyers

Flowers/Bouquets: Josephine Sullivan

Cake: Black and Coulter

Any other Entertainment: Caricature Niall O’Loughlin

Band/DJ: Rubix Band

D+G Moving Beaufield Mews LGBT Wedding - Dublin, Ireland

They've been together for more than 20 years and with the marriage referendum they finally were able to be married like everyone else. 

The day was so filled with laughs and love and support and you could see the reason why these two were together for such a long time and I can't be more pleased to being able to document their love.