Happy Holidays! We are expanding in more ways than one!!! :) by TaraD

What an AMAZING year!!!
So as we are all winding down for the holidays, we are looking forward to a couple of days R&R as we are back shooting 3 fab weddings next week! I have yet to finish the pressie shopping, start the food shopping and all the other chaos that is associated with Christmas day. But I wanted to take the time to wish you and yours an amazing holiday season.

We truly appreciate every thing you have done to help our business grow. Every referral, every “like” of our posts online, every time you spread the word you help to support this local business that came from a girl having a dream almost 10 years ago and you have helped that dream come true 🙂 xxxx

This year we were delighted to welcome Adeline to the team and next year we are looking forward to having another photographer join us! SUPER EXCITING!

If that wasn’t enough news, Cailean’s first tooth came out on Tuesday, Wednesday saw us being part of history when we were given a war medal which was found in a ditch by a farmer who traced it back to one of our relatives!!! Thursday saw us breaking our news to Cailean that he is going to be a BIG BROTHER! Watch his reaction here.

So by the time Sunday comes around I think we will be worn out from all this exciting news!!!

Yes you read that correctly our team is expanding (along with my belly!) in more ways than one.
So as you race and rush to finish the shopping take some time to remember what it is all about…. FAMILY.
Contact your loved ones, remind them that you care and for those who are no longer with us this Christmas raise a glass (of non alcoholic something or other in my case!) for them.

Enjoy the season and we look forward to seeing you all in 2017!!!!
Tara xxx

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Tips for a winter wedding by TaraD

Wrap up!

Its winter so don’t be afraid to try and wrap up even if it is your wedding day! Try and wear a long wedding dress – one with long sleeves if you can!! Add a funky shawl or cardigan to give you an extra layer!

Look after your bridesmaids!!

Your bridesmaids need to be kept warm too!  You don’t have to have them dressed traditionally this time of year, cheap leather jackets in Penneys could be a very cool accessory for them on the day!

Don’t forget to bring an umbrella!

An umbrella this time of year is a definite must, try to invest in some colourful ones to add a splash of fun and colour to your wedding pictures!

Be on time!

With Christmas shoppers on the hunt, to bad weather, the likelihood is the traffic is going to be heavy this time of year!


Take advantage of the Christmas feeling and check out if your hotel will have Christmas decorations in you function room!

Look after your wedding gang when outdoors for pictures!

A great idea could be to buy a few hand warmers, that could be put into jacket or pants pockets to keep your hands!

Don’t forget to pack wellies just in case, there is nothing worse than getting your heels stuck in mud!! 😀

~ Adeline

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Thrifty Thursday Wedding Invites! by TaraD

Thrifty Thursday!

Wedding invitations on the cheap!

Invitations are something that couples can spend a lot of their budget on, with printing and posting you can end up spending a few hundred on invitations and stamps!

Why not try these simple ideas and save your money for your honeymoon!

Get creative

With technology everywhere these days, why not take advantage and use Whatsapp or emails to send your invitations! Think of something creative like go to a beach and draw a love heart in the sand and write the date, time and venue in the love heart, take a picture and email or Whatsapp it!

Make your own invites

If you do want to post an invite there are cheap options for making your own invites if you don’t mind paying for the stamps! 😀 Take these beautiful invites from Tara and Daves wedding for example!! The main material used in this invite was hessian/burlap sack, cut into card shape and card was glued onto the front of it, a tartan ribbon was wrapped around it that was  to match the grooms kilt!


Getting creative for your wedding adds that personal touch and will save you honeymoon money too!! 😀 So let your creative side out!!

~ Adeline



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My wedding day adventures by TaraD

Looking through our wedding pictures and seeing how much love and magic was captured has left me with the same butterflies that I had on the day all over again!!

From the madness the morning of with everyone making sure they hadn’t forgotten anything to calmness at the end of the night realising that we had just pulled off the most amazing day and night of our lives was mind blowing!

Looking at the wedding pictures, my wedding ring or of course my wife any bit of stress involved in the lead up to the wedding was so minor in comparison to this feeling of love.

The love we felt from our friends, our parents, our brothers and sisters and even our photographers is a feeling that we will never forget.

It’s the little things on the day that you don’t plan that are the ones you never forget, the wind leaving the house teasing to mess up my hair or lift up my dress to show off my carefully selected knickers! The breath taking feeling of seeing my bride looking so beautiful waiting for me in the registry office with a cheeky smile and a look on her face of here we go!!!

The moment when our nephew starts crying with happiness doing his reading. The moment our sisters signed their names to our marriage cert. The hug my mother in law gave me, that loved filled hug and emotion filled congratulations. The moment of surprise when I heard my wife’s voice singing through the speakers of the registry office, playing just after we said I do.

The rain that poured down after the ceremony that had us all laughing running to the cars!! The cries during the speeches, the fun when taking the photos.

The feeling of doing our first dance to claps and cheers, the feeling of going to bed married. I would do it all over again but looking at the pictures will do for now!

~ Adeline x

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Happy Thanksgiving by TaraD

Even though we in Ireland don’t celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday and a lot of people might not know the history behind it, I still think it’s a good day to reflect on your life a little bit and say what you’re thankful for.

Today and maybe every day if you can take some time to be thankful for what you have and try not to focus on what you want.

Write a list, like an affirmation and find some time to yourself to recite it. What you put out into the universe comes back with the same amount of positive energy you put in to it so with that in mind here’s the things I am thankful for:

I am thankful for my health and that of my family and friends.

I am thankful for my wife and the wonderful wedding day we had this year.

I am thankful that I have the energy and ability to get out of bed every morning and face the day whatever it may bring.

I am thankful I have a warm house and a dog that is always happy to see me.

Most of all I am thankful for my life and my experiences that have made me the woman I am today.

So today take stock of what’s most important to you and say thanks to people or the universe for being here.

Adeline x

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Today we have a great interview with headpiece designer Cathy Troth from  Headpieces by Cathy Troth, enjoy!


Originally from England, I moved to Co. Kerry 16 years ago.  Since leaving university in 1996 I’ve worked in fashion retail at various levels.  I live in Firies, with my husband of 16 years and 2 sons; a rose amongst thorns!!

I design, create and retail occasional and bridal headpieces and veils.  I also offer a service of upstyling a client’s own headpiece.  All of my services are offered at an affordable price as my vision for Headpieces by Cathy Troth is to bring a formerly seen luxury product to everyone.  Why should a uniquely created headpiece be available only to people for whom money is no object?

I have a passion for vintage and it is with this in mind, and the 1940s ethos of ‘make do and mend’ that leads me to incorporate vintage or recycled gems into my headpieces.  Again ensuring their uniqueness.


It’s the different types of people I meet that makes my job.  I love hearing their stories, listening to their concerns and reassuring them that they are now in safe hands and they don’t have to worry.  Meeting with clients allows me to gauge their personality which I use to help me design a piece to reflect and compliment them.


For my ready-to-wear creations, it can be quite literally anything that inspires me. A fabric, beading, a picture.  For my commissioned pieces, it’s the person that inspires me. After talking with them, I can usually gauge their personality and I use that as a springboard for the design.


I am seeing a moving away from veils and more headpieces are being ordered.  Pieces that can be worn all day comfortably. However, there is something special about a veil; conjuring up an air of pure romance.


Ensure you employ people you trust to work with you on your big day. You should feel that when you hand over that section to them, your burden is lifted not added to. That is one of aims for my clients. Don’t panic!! There is time to do everything!!

Thank Cathy for sharing! For more information about Cathy Troth headpieces please visit  Headpieces by Cathy Troth

~ Adeline

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Have a hair trial!

Make sure to do trials before your wedding, you should almost see them as interviews for the big day! With the hair trial don’t be afraid to try something new, you want to look and feel a bit different than what you’re used to on a normal weekday.

Research and research again!!

Google, Google and Google hair ideas, use the words like ‘cool’, ‘unusual’, ‘funky’, ‘vintage’ in your searches, save all the images on your phone or print them and bring them with you.

Take advice from your hairdresser!

Take into consideration any advice your hairdresser gives you, he or she might suggest a hairstyle that could be the one!

Be comfortable.

Make sure you are comfortable with the hairstyle you choose and that it will be manageable on the day, see how you feel after the hair trial and imagine yourself wearing it all day. If you are not happy don’t be afraid to try another style!


Think practical, rain and wind in Ireland, will your hairstyle sustain this and if you are going abroad think of how your hairstyle and certain products will wear in the sun.

Dress prepared.

Wear a shirt with buttons or dress so you can get changed into your wedding dress easily without ruining your hair!

Adeline x

For a hairstylist we would recommend make sure to have a look at Tricia O Sullivan!

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Thrifty Thursday by TaraD

Thrifty Thursday! Looking do to something different on your wedding day??

Key to a successful marriage

This project is affordable and gives an alternative to a wedding guest book! This idea can be done in different variations to make it unique to you.

For this project you will need:

  • Antique style keys
  • Paper card
  • Small hooks
  • Twine
  • A board or frame(with glass removed)
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Pens (gold and silver to add a bit of colour!)
  • Chalk board to explain what you want your guests to do!

This project doesn’t cost much and will give your wedding day a unique and fun touch!

Step one:

You can use a gift tag that you have lying around at home or a stencil to cut out the shape you want on the paper card to create your tags.

Step 2:

Use the hole puncher to make a hole at the top of the prepared tags.

Step 3:

Feed the twine through the hole to make a loop and tie.

Step 4:

Count the number of guests attending and screw in the amount of hooks required into the board or frame.

Step 5:

Hang the tags off the hooks and you’re good to go!

Don’t forget to leave pens for the guests to use! 😉

Adeline x

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Welcoming Adeline to the team! :) by TaraD

Hi everyone,

I’m Adeline and I have just started working for Tara Donoghue photography! I’m so excited to be part of this creative team.
So far so good, with coffee on tap thanks to Dave.
Between dogs, cats, chickens, bees, Cailean, brides, grooms, new-borns and boudoir shoots no two days are ever the same so there’s no chance of me getting bored. I will be keeping all of you up to date on the mad happenings in the photography world of Tara and Dave.

Being a newlywed myself I can understand the pressure and fun that comes with planning a wedding and hopefully be able to share some tips and helpful hints which I learned along the way to ensure you all have as perfect a day as I had (well I thought it was and that’s all that matters).

Over the next while I hope to get to know some of you well and the ones I don’t I hope you will gain something from my ramblings.

Watch this space for the latest promotions and offers.
Talk soon,
Adeline x

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Top tips for your day! by TaraD

Bend the truth to get your guests there on time!
I hate to stereotype but the Irish are always late! One of the perks of having two photographers is that I always phone Dave (who spends the morning with the groom and groomsmen while I hang out with the girls) to find out what is happening with the groom before the bride leaves for the church.
The number one delay is that the guests are late and the church is empty. We have advised many couples to put 1pm on the ceremony invites for a 1.30pm wedding. The guests arrive at 1.15pm, the church is then full by 1.20pm and the ceremony starts right on time at 1.30pm. If you put 1.30pm start time, it will be closer to 2pm before you walk up the aisle and that has a knock on effect to the rest of the day.
Choose the right suppliers!
I can’t stress this enough! The suppliers are the glue for your day. They make the whole day run like clockwork and flow perfectly, or they can also make it fall apart, so choose wisely. It is not a day for letting someone practice, choose professionals who know exactly what they are doing.
Timing is everything
Be aware of how long it takes for hair and make-up and plan accordingly. You don’t want to be the bride who gets off the make-up chair, throws on the dress and runs out the door because you are running late. Choose professionals who will have you ready nice and early, allowing you time to have a glass of champagne with your bridesmaids and relax before becoming a Mrs!
Prepare for the Irish weather
Get wellies and umbrellas for you and your bridal party. Go for something fun and colourful. Remember that it’s Ireland and, yes, your wedding may be in August but you still have a chance of rain. If you’re prepared for rain, then you can have fun taking some great photographs instead of getting soaked and wishing you had those wellies in the car!
Consult with your photographer 
We always make plans with our couples for sun, and also for rain, as you don’t want to be trying to decide where to go on the day. Trust your photographer with where they think will work best for photographs. Preparation beforehand saves time-wasting on the day itself, leaving you with
more time to enjoy the party!
Take it all in your stride & enjoy yourself
You’ve been planning 101 different quirky and hilarious little details for probably more than a year by the time your big day comes. Let’s face it, one of them is bound to go wrong. Forget about it and don’t let it ruin your day.
Just because Uncle John forgot to collect the mass booklets and your bridesmaid had to make a last minute dash or the groomsmen’s flowers are still in the hotel… just brush it off and move on. 99.9% of your guests have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes.
If you are stressing over details on the wedding day or things which may have gone wrong, your guests will pick up on that. Forget it and focus on what the day is about. Beaming happy brides and grooms are infectious.

Spread that joy among your guests and party the night away!

Above all else…. RELAX & ENJOY your day!
Tara x
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