Killruddery Engagement Shoot - Deirdre and John

June 1, 2010
filed in Weddings
his past week, I had the amazing opportunity of working with three beautiful Irish women, Aisling, Aoife and Deirdre , who work hard to help better the wedding industry. I was first contacted by Aisling when she read on Weddings Online that I was staying at the historic Dromoland Castle and looking for a couple to photograph on the grounds of this gorgeous place. A couple was found, times were arranged, but everything changed when the couple was unable to meet us as planned. However, everything worked out even better when the three ladies pulled together a fabulous shoot at the Killruddery Estate. I had seen this estate in countless movies : Becoming Jane; The Count of Monte Cristo, and even more famously Far and Away. Since 1618, The Killruddery Estate has been one of Irelands most gorgeous treasures and is still home to the 15th Earl of Meath. The gardens are the oldest in Ireland, retaining the original 17th century style. When I heard about the possibility of using Killruddery, I was in awe at the thought of being able to shoot on the same grounds I had seen in some of my favorite movies!  
Aisling hand makes her own amazing jewelry and her business is called "Rangoli." She also runs a faublous wedding blog
Upon hearing from her that she wanted to feature my shoot on her blog, I was more than excited to begin.  
Aoife and Deirdre own their own business called the The Bridal Lounge and their spunky yet professional personalities make them an awesome team. Aisling, Aoife and Deirdre all helped me pull together my dream shoot in the incredible country of Ireland.  
When I learned that engagement sessions are not common in Ireland, it was hard to believe more people wouldn't want to use take advantage of their beautiful countryside. We all chatted about how important engagement sessions are, not only for creating keepsakes for the bride and groom, but as a great way to get to know your photographer.  
During this photo shoot, we wanted to convey to all our blog readers around the world just how beautiful and memorable engagements can be. As photographers, it helps us get to know the client on a more personal level. In turn, as a client, you walk away with even more images of you and your fiance to keep forever. Why not enhance your engagement shoot with props and outfits to bring together a more creative photoshoot? Every girl wants to feel beautiful and an engagement shoot is the perfect excuse!  
For the shoot, the gals found a fabulous store known as Covet (The Borrowers Boudoir), from which to rent clothes. The shop provided us with two stylish dresses with shoes to match, for our idea of the "Atonement" shoot. Deidre provided us with flowers from her business Ruby and Bloom, and the old vintage books and props. They were perfect.  
We wanted to give our newly engaged couples a few tips while thinking about planning an engagement session. These sessions vary from the traditional to the creative, each as different as the couple's individual styles.  
*Rent an outfit to make your engagement session creative and unique 
*Have a friend do your makeup and hair 
*Gather flowers to use as a prop  
Engagement shoots need not cost extra money to be creative. Finding a place that will rent things or even borrowing clothes/props from a friend, can help you achieve the look you want for less.  
Think about your personality and possible props that might enhance your engagement shoot to be specific to you and your fiance. No matter where you live, you can always find a special place to have your engagement session. Because this shoot was at the beautiful Killruddery Estate, we felt it was appropriate to have a more sophisticated look. The outfits, the shoes, and the props all seemed to fit with the location. Think about where you want your shoot and what you want it to look like, and convey that to your planner or photographer to pull together your dream engagement session.  
Jewelry and hair piece : Aisling Nelson at Rangoli  
Makeup: Aoife Callaghan 
Hair: Lorraine Browne 
Dresses and shoes- Covet (The Borrowers Boudoir)  
Flowers- Deirdre Hynes at Ruby & Bloom 
Aisling had this PERFECT piece for the beautiful Gianfranco Ferre Dress that Covet loaned to us.
The matching bracelet went perfectly with the hair piece and dress. Not to mention the beautiful gold Christian Louboutin heels were stunning.
I am OBSESSED with this gorgeous Fendi dress!!
I fell in love with the The Killruddery gardens! They are just breathtaking!
The bracelet is another piece that Aisling made.
Even though this photo is almost exactly the same as the one above, I fell in love with how the dress was flowing with the wind.
The Killruddery Estate is just breathtaking!
A little champagne always makes things a little bit better.
A special thanks to the The Killruddery Estate for allowing us to use the grounds!

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