Galway Bay Hotel Wedding – Nina & Gary’s Wedding

Galway Bay Hotel Wedding
Nina & Gary

Magical Galway Bay Hotel Wedding Day

Welcome to the enchanting tale of Nina & Gary’s magical Galway Bay Hotel wedding day. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Galway Bay, this radiant couple exchanged their vows on a sun-kissed open-air balcony in the Galway Bay Hotel.  Surrounded by their closest family and friend’s they had chosen the sunniest day of the year so far.   As a wedding photographer in Galway, I had the incredible privilege of documenting every blissful moment of their celebration.  It was to be a day filled with laughter, love, and a touch of furry cuteness.

Galway Wedding

This Galway wedding will take place on the open-air balcony of the Galway Bay Hotel. It overlooked the sparkling waters of the bay, which reflected the glitter across the Clare hills.  This outdoor wedding venue was nothing short of a fairytale come true.  Bathed in the glorious sunshine, the picturesque scene provided the most romantic backdrop for their nuptials.  With each passing moment, the gentle sea breeze and warm sunlight lent an air of true romance to their love story. As a result, it made this Galway wedding an occasion to cherish forever.

An entourage of dear friends

This lovely couple was joined on their wedding day by an entourage of dear friends who added even more vibrancy to the festivities.  Four radiant bridesmaids stood by Nina’s side. Their elegance matches the beauty of the occasion.  Equally dashing were the four groomsmen who exuded charm and camaraderie.  Together they were the perfect team to create an atmosphere of comradeship, love, and support.

Ready for a few quick photos

My first stop of the day was to meet Gary, his family, and the groomsmen. We were meeting at Gary’s parent’s house in Athenry. It wasn’t long before the banter started, ties were fixed, cufflinks closed, and the boys were ready for a few quick photos.  Immediately, a groomsman produced a whiskey bottle, which calmed the nerves.  We went outside to take advantage of the lovely day. I was beginning with some shots of the groomsmen opening the whiskey.  It didn’t take long to get some family photos, and of course the dog of honour Misha.  However, all too soon I had to leave.  I was making my way to the Galway Bay Hotel where Nina & the girls were getting ready.

Enjoying some champagne.

As I arrived at the hotel,  preparations were well underway.  Hair and make-up were almost complete, I captured the final touch-up and got on with capturing the details of the day.  Nina was well organised and had all her details laid out and ready for me.  As a result, I was ready to capture Nina with her bridesmaids enjoying some champagne and having a laugh and a joke.  With Nina in her dress and the final few pre-ceremony pictures complete.  I made my way to the beautiful ceremony location to meet with Gary and his groomsmen.

Suns rays dancing on the bay.

The guests were just beginning to take their seats as the groomsmen put on a display of fun and frolics pretending to drag Gary up the aisle, spirits were high and there wasn’t a sign of a nerve.

Overhead, the sun’s rays were dancing on the waters of the bay. A gentle breeze carried the fresh scent of the salty air across from the crystal waters of the sea. Misha their beloved Siberian Husky looked splendid in her custom-made collar and bow.

Perfect for an outdoor wedding.

The atmosphere was perfect for an outdoor wedding.  Photography can be challenging when it is very sunny, as always I was prepared for changing light.  I positioned myself next to the videographer.  In front of the couple, with access to move between the front and back.    Nina glided towards her dashing groom and the beautiful ceremony began.  Understandably, lighting candles outdoors would prove to be challenging, nevertheless, they both stayed alight.  Beginning with readings and poems by family members, and a traditional hand-fastening ceremony. With Misha on best behaviour during the ceremony, it couldn’t have been more perfect.  All too soon it was complete and they were now Mr & Mrs.


When the formalities were complete and everyone had wished them well.  We moved across to the stunning gardens next door for some family and bridal party photos.  The gardens adorned with lush greenery, provided the perfect backdrop for photographs.  Laughter filled the air, the camera capturing the joy and excitement.  Underneath the canopy of blooming trees with the sun’s rays cascading through the branches, we had great fun.  The lively bridal party brought their infectious energy laughter and a plethora of creative ideas, which made my job as their wedding photographer an absolute delight.  Despite the high jinks we captured some beautiful memories to cherish forever.

Wonderful wedding day.

As a wedding photographer, my passion lies in capturing the spontaneous and heartfelt moments that are forever etched in time. Nina and Gary were such a perfect couple it was a joy to be part of their fantastic day.  I am grateful for the opportunity to immortalize their love story. From Gary opening his whiskey in the morning, to Nina and her Mum having a giggle together. The enthusiastic groomsmen, and beautiful bridesmaids. The happy couple viewing their exquisite wedding cake created by Carols Cakes Galway for the first time. The first dance the couple had practiced together. This was a wonderful wedding day from start to finish.

Thank you both for allowing me to be a part of it.

We are looking forward to our next Galway Bay Hotel Wedding.


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