So you have picked your dream wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses are chosen too. Now you need to pick your wedding bouquet. So how do you chose the right bouquet for you and your dress and not forgetting your bridesmaids dresses. When we think about wedding bouquets usually, we think of colour first. But remember your wedding bouquet is more than just a bunch of flowers, it is a reflection of your personality ( by the flowers you choose)  and is used throughout the whole day as a prop for your wedding photos. This is why it is so important in choosing the right arrangement for you. To tick all the boxes of getting the Right Size, Shape, and Colour of a flower bouquet is not as easy as it may seem. So here are a few tips of mine, and from my experience of photographing brides with bouquets.

So lets start with Size first,
Here is a diagram of all the different shapes of wedding bouquets: ( courtesy of Iridescent Blush – Blooms & Bridal)

How to choose the right wedding bouquet

Bouquets styles




Each shape bouquet above will either compliment or spoil a wedding dress. Why?

Every bride is different in both shape and size, and when picking your wedding bouquet keep in mind you want it to emphasise your dress while also working with your shape.

Tear drop If you are Petite a tear drop bouquet is round at the top and pointed at the bottom, it creates the illusion of length. This bouquet also works well with tall brides because it creates focus at the bottom half of their body. A composite bouquet which consists of individual petals to form a large flower works perfect also with petite and shorter brides.



 Composite Bouquet                                                                                                                                       




For a full figured bride I would suggest to go with a Casade. A cascade is round at the top and has a waterfall of flowers that flow out from the bottom. This works well also with a bride wearing a full bridal dress. This type of bouquet create the illusion of a slimmer body. However don’t have this bouquet to heavy as from experience photographing brides, when they are to heavy they become a uncomfortable to carry.



This bouquet is small round and compact. This is the most popular bouquet I have seen over the years, this bouquet is also perfect choice for a brides on the shorter side, however if you are a tall bride or have a slightly wider figure, I suggest choosing this style but with a more fuller and larger arrangement.



One of my favourite styles of bouquets is the hand tied style and Nosegay, as you can be as elaborate and playful with the style as you like.  handtied1
Remember for a taller full figure bride choose larger bouquets, and for the petite bride choose a smaller bouquet. As well keep in mind the more elaborate you have your bouquet the more expensive it will be. Your florist will help you choose the best flowers to suit you and your dress, bridesmaids colours and your budget. Plus make sure you are comfortable with the size, as you will be holding it most of the day.

Next Colour

I get asked this question a lot what colour flowers should I choose? Every answer is different, the time of year will dictate your choice of colours and the colours of your bridesmaids dresses as well.
Firstly, I recommend you bring a picture of your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses to your florist so she/he can help you decide upon the colours.

I think it is best to break it up into sections, you can choose an all white bridal bouquet, a colourful bouquet, a white bridal bouquet with colour, or a seasonal bouquets.
This is all personal taste, however I will give tips on these selections.


If you are to choose a white bridal bouquet be very careful as a white or ivory bouquet against a white/ivory dress doesn’t always photograph so well, it all depends on how the bouquet is arranged, for example here it works perfectly,


however you can inject lots of greenery into the bouquet, this is then more on the delicate side and creates a more boho subtle look.



Colourful bouquets oh yes I am a lover of them, colour will enhance your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses. However remember if you have particular flowers in mind they are not always in season so please do talk to your florist regarding this.


Seasonal bridal bouquets

Seasonal bridal bouquets are stunning in my opinion as they tie in with the time of year you are getting married in. For example if you are getting married in Spring you can have a wild flower arrangement which looks totally amazing, if that is a look you want to achieve. I also find the loose arrangements look beautiful with the more simplistic wedding dress and the tighter arrangement looks best with the more detailed fuller dress. Remember you don’t want your wedding bouquet to cover up the details on your dress and some dresses have waist band belts, which contain most of the detail.






A guide to choosing the colour of flowers for your wedding.

Spring : Oh What a lovely time of year to be married, not only are you as a couple starting a new beginning together but the nature around you is to. Spring time allows you to dive into the wilderness and choose wonderful colours like light greens, lilac grey, light browns, serenity and of course buttercup ( yellow)

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Summer : a time to be adventurous , a summer wedding allows you to choose colours that maybe you could not in winter or spring. I love blues, purples and yellows in the summer both dark and medium pallets colours work brilliantly. Also the colours you choose during spring work well in summer time too.


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Autumn : Oh my favourite time of year to capture weddings. Why? because the Autumn nature colours are so beautiful and the autumn light is amazing to shoot in. Autumn usually has colour pallets of golds, reds, oranges, greens, blues and reds. These colours will look amazing in an autumn background. Your dress will pop in the beautiful nature of the autumn colours. Both light and dark colours work well in this season.


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Winter : Winter time is a time of year you can have lots of sparkle if you wish, and choosing bolder colours to compliment the bare outdoors. However because there is not much growth during winter time, and the tress are bare, your darker colours will compliment this winter look, along with it’s warm light. My top selection of colours for winter are Silvers, browns,  of course reds, greens & purples really any dark colour will look great at that time of year.

As a photographer I like my brides to hold their bouquets to the side, as well as to the front.
To conclude a bouquet will inject that extra spice of colour and personality to your photos, I have seen many brides add personal touches too, to their bouquets. For example adding a brooch or a bracelet from a past loved one, or a locket containing a picture of a past loved member of the family. ( see below)




My advice is to research online the colours you like and then speak to your florist about both the size and style of bouquet you want and type of flowers available to create that look.

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I have know both Irene and David since I was 12 years old.  I am great friends with Irene’s sister Deirdre and her brother Peter, whom is best friends with David. From the moment I knew them both, they were two people with hearts of gold. Obviously, they were not going out when we were young, but when I heard they were going out, I was over the moon and to be honest not surprised, as they are so well matched. Irene is the sort of girl whom will light up a room with her smile, and will always make everyone fell included and at ease. David is a true gentleman whom will talk till the cows come home ( Literally !)


When they both enquired with me to photograph their wedding day, I was ecstatic! It means so much to me when a couple entrusts me with documenting their day. Irene and David are such a happy couple and everyone are so happy for them .

Their wedding took place in Tang church on July 16th it was a day to remember! They both love farming tractors, sheep, cows you name it Farming…. This theme was brought right throughout their wedding day, with the best bride and groom entrance I have every seen ( Arriving in a tractor and to note not just any tractor a John Deere Tractor) It was truly a magical day, a wonderful display of love between them both but also so many people on the day.



Irene and David’s bridal party was made up of six of their most loved friends who were visibly so happy to be a part of their day and I have to say that those bridesmaids dresses were so unusual and worked so well for their theme. However the bridesmaids were stunners so as my mum always says “ it’s the peg its on”

Of course we can’t forget the handsome grooms men whom brought a whole new level of fun and craic to their wedding day..

My favourite moment of every wedding, is when the groom sees his bride for the first time and when David saw Irene walking up the aisle,


You couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. The church ceremony was said by Irene’s uncle James and with the help also of Fr Gerry, whom both made it relaxed and memorable. After family photos at the church we headed to Hodson Bay Hotel. I always stop off before we enter the hotel on the golf course to capture photos of the bridal party and the couple. However with Irish weather as always, it was raining, but I knew it would stop, so we waited for 10min, and yes it did stop. Leaving us with a good 35min to take photos. And wow did we get amazing shots. I will let the images speak for themselves. Irene and David, thank you for inviting us to document this amazing day and for inviting us as your guests! We loved being a part of the beginning of a wonderful new journey in life together, and to be able to create those lifetime memories for you both is an honor.



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This was a very special shoot for me as it was a wedding proposal shoot one of the first for me, and I was so excited to capture it.  Peter had emailed a month or so before the proposal to ask if this was something I would capture, of course I jumped at the chance. I had photographed Peter’s sister’s wedding Frieda two years previously before, so Peter know my style from their wedding. As this shoot needed to be sutle as this was all a surprise for his future wife Orlaith. The plan was to have the shoot at Lough Key Forest park and half way through the shoot he was going to propose. I had given him to thumbs up to say which spot was the best to ask, which was beside the water in front of the castle.  I could see from the first 30min of the shoot Orlaith and Peter were meant to be for each other. I captured amazing shots of them both, and the weather was ok but their was a shower on it’s way. As we walked down to the area where Peter was going to ask Orlaith. it poured rain!!! But it was actually quite nice as I captured some nice umbrella shots of them both under the tree cuddling each other. Then thank fully the rain stop and the sun came out, it was PERFECT!!
I had told them both I needed to go to the car to get extra batteries and told them to walk down beside the water , but Peter knew this was his moment to ask her, ( as i was hiding in the tress to capture the moment)

Peter held Orlaith’s hand and walked her down half way on the walk way. He pulled the ring from his pocket and got down on one knee and asked Orlaith to be his wife. She said yes! and the joy on her face was a moment never to be forgotten and I have it all captured…

When I pretended to come back I gave them both a huge hug and congratulated them. Orlaith was over the moon and her ring was stunning. For the rest of the shoot,  I captured sweet moments between them both, and of course showing off her fab engagement ring. Congratulations on pulling off such an intricate surprise proposal Peter, and for having me their to capture it. How amazing is that.. to have these beautiful memories


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What a special wedding this was!… This will be my final blog post on family weddings, as this is the last wedding in my family. The final boy Paul ( a twin). Catriona and Paul are two very special people. I met Catriona five or so years ago, through a good friend of mine Deirdre, and one night the girls called me and asked me to met them for  a few drinks in Ballymahon. At the time my brother Paul was single  and he had just come home from work. I also knew Catriona was single and thought hmm.. ” wouldn’t they make a nice couple” Maybe I should invite Paul out and see what happens. I also thought very highly of Catriona and like anyone whom cares about someone, you wish for them to meet a partner , whom will love and care for them , and I too wished this for my brother. So they met that night and the rest is history.

The funny part of the story is Catriona has the same surname as my brother “Cassells” so she doesn’t even have to change her surname. Fantastic …

When Paul announced they were engaged,  we were all over  the moon, everyone can see they are perfect for each other. Two kind loving caring people, that would do anything for anyone. I believe that this is the Key to any happy relationship. not being selfish and caring for each other. This is certainly the case with Catriona and Paul.

I give you all a brief synopises of their wedding day. When I arrived to captured Catriona getting ready , I nearly cried to see how beautiful she looked in her wedding dress. The details and OMG the shoes are to die for.. Catriona’s bridesmaids were so nice and so helpful towards Catriona. and great craic also.

I luckily captured photos os Catriona outside her home before she left for the church. The weather really was not great,  a day where is rained then stopped then rained then stopped. So I had to move fast throughout parts of the day.

When I arrived at the church I was so excited to see my brother. wow!  did he and my other three brothers scrub up well.  The church ceremony went very well. and the love and moments between both of them is a memory captured forever.

The ice cream van went down a treat outside for all the guests, and it was actually sunny for that brief half hour. However when we arrived at Lough Rynn Castle, it was raining.. The atmosphere inside was so relaxed and chilled and everyone enjoyed the drinks reception. I carried on with the remaining photos, families and the bridal party and couple shots in the garden. It didn’t stop raining unfortunately so luckily the castle has stunning interiors  which I used for the remaining amount of images.


As I was also a guest, I relaxed for the evening , but not missing to capture the speeches and first dance. All their guests enjoyed their wedding and the dance floor was full all night. I can truly say this was an amazing wedding for me to capture. I wish you both Catriona and Paul , A Life  Full of Love Health and Happiness..



Married on the 24th June 2016


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