Dublin Registry Office Wedding
Since it gets dark early at this time of year, Janette and Riley decided to meet before the ceremony. There are especially some lovely moments of them seeing each other for the first time at The Morgan Hotel.
We all then set off on a nice route I have planned out over the years for pictures near the registry office. Taking in the banks of the Grand Canal, Georgian Dublin and Merrion Square Park by the Oscar Wilde statue. I always like to give a sense of story and place to a registry office wedding photographs.
I always really enjoy photographing a wedding at the Dublin registry office. It is one of my favourite type of weddings to photograph. There are so many beautiful backdrops for the photographs in the surrounding areas.
My Creative Approach To A Registry Office Wedding
Since my background is as a photojournalist, I always like to give a sense of story and place to a couples wedding photographs. I went to New York straight after college and worked with The New York Times for seven years.
I really just photographed Janette and Riley walking through the city. Such an approach always makes the bride and groom feel like they are taking a nice walk through Dublin on their wedding day. Not like they were posing for wedding photographs. It also creates a nice story of the day.
After that, we met with the wedding guests on the banks of the canal, just two minutes from the registry office. It is a nice spot for photographs and very handy as it is so close.
The idea came to me at Janette and Riley’s wedding to do the group portrait standing on the Locks crossing the canal. It makes for a nice new angle and has a painterly quality to it. In addition guests always find it a bit of fun too.
The majority of couples that choose me as their wedding photographer do not like having their photograph taken. However couples always tell me that my approach added to the experience and memories of their day rather than taking away from it.
I think it would be lovely for couples in years to come to look back at pictures of them strolling through our lovely city on their wedding day.
Above all Janette and Riley were delighted with their photographs. So this is always the most rewarding part of wedding photography for me.
What If It’s Raining?
I have photographed a number of weddings in the rain so I have a backup plan for locations. That said it has only happened on a few occasions and 98% of the time the weather behaves itself. Or it clears up so we can get all the pictures done.
On the few occasions it rained we were still able to get all the photographs with a few changes to locations. We can still do the group portion on the canal. Everyone can put their umbrellas up for one picture, like a parasol. Then take them down quickly so I can get that picture. So you will have both versions. There is good tree coverage on the banks of the canal to do the family pictures.
Then I go to St. Stephen’s Green with the couple. There is loads of good tree coverage there at all times of year. Close by is The National Library, Trinity College and The National Museum has beautiful architectural coverage to add to the story of the day.
When rain was forecast, a bride once bought a white umbrella that matched her dress. It thus added to the story and charm of the pictures.
So there are a lot of alternative options around the city centre so we can still get that nice sense of Dublin in the pictures. Whilst remaining dry and still enjoying the time. These are just ideas and of course if a couple has any other preferences around town.
Using a portrait lens, technically I have to be at least 3 metres from the subject to achieve focus. Therefore it is possible to capture your registry office wedding beautifully whilst adhering to social distancing. Also capturing a wedding in a natural way, I never need to touch or interfere in a scene.
So if you like my registry office wedding photography and my style please feel free to call me anytime on my mobile at 087 995 1252. I would love to hear about your registry office wedding plans.
An overview of my registry office weddings is at https://deirdrebweddings.ie/registry-office-weddings/
In addition, there is a category on the site specifically for registry office weddings. You may also see more samples of my Registry Office Wedding Photography at https://deirdrebweddings.ie/category/dublin-registry-office-weddings/