from the land of Ireland: Courtney + Shandon’s Destination Wedding from Hoo Films | Shannon Avery on Vimeo.
Stepping into Ireland is like stepping into another world. A world that greets you with greens as far as you can see and an ocean air you can feel from every city. Or perhaps that was the drizzle of rain that happened, oh, um, every hour. At first landing, it was simple to slip into Ireland’s culture as you’re immediately overwhelmed with traditions, theatrical, live music, pubs, outdoor markets, flowers in blooms and fresh trees all around. Upon landing, I decided to go on a jog around Ross Castle, where the trip began. This is my favorite thing to do upon landing in a new place, as its a great way to sight see without having a plan (not to mention kick that jet lag). So I end up a couple miles down the road and pop into a local pub to ask for a breakfast recommendation. The first man that turns around, was a very kind old gentleman, hunched over the bar, enjoying a Guinness. Pretty much exactly what you would imagine. It was so classic to me that not only was this moment on point for Irish stories, but the first encounter of mine. The bartendar entered (its 10am by the way), and the two of them began to compare the best breakfast spots in the thickest Irish accent. I had no idea the Irish accent would be that hard to understand! Off I go, and soon enough its time to film Courtney and Shandon’s wedding.
We are all gathered at Ross Castle in Galway for a very relaxing morning of the two of them prepping before they have the biggest moment of their lives. These two could not be sweeter together! They had the kindest first look at the castle before we all hopped on those crazy (like really crazy) thin, windy, and hilly roads up to the Cliffs of Moher. After our 2 hour drive, we hiked 45 minutes out to the edge of the bluffs. This walk was magnificent. One of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen! Also, a scary scene, as you are..oh, I don’t know…about 3-5 feet from the edge of the cliff at all times. We found the cutest little spot where these two lovebirds shared some very deep and poetic words. And just like that, Courtney and Shandon were married on the Cliffs of Moher — now that is one for the books! It was so fun experiencing it with our small crew of adventurous folks! I will never forget what it felt like to be there witnessing someone’s most important days, while also getting dizzy from standing too close to the edge, with a monopod, and filming with gusts of wind surprising me. At one point, I remember my stance may have been a little strange as I just wanted to stay put. This is quite literally, the most adventurous shoot I’ve ever done during vows.
Taking in Ireland cannot be done in a short amount of time. After this wedding, a friend and I made our way around mostly West and South Ireland and it was a quick move from city to city. Along the way, though, we enjoyed many Guinesses, live musicians, festivals, markets, breathtaking views, castles, ruins, and most importantly, that good ‘ol Irish culture we heard so much about. Their friendliness (and their accents) stand out with the best of them. And as I’m reading this, I am really starting to miss our dear friend and personal cabby, Patrick Joseph. I guess with that, I will have to return to the land of Ireland, one of the most beautiful, historical, and endearing places on the globe! And something I’ve learned since being back….no one pours a Guinness like the Irish.
Venue: Ross Castle and Cliffs of Moher
Cinematography: Hoo Films
Photography: Julie Paisley
Officiant: Maureen, House of Flynn