Gougane Barra Wedding

Considered by many to be the most spectacular location in Ireland to get married, Chrystal and Paul from Canada picked Gougane Barra, in Co. Cork, Ireland for their destination wedding. The rain even held off .. almost!

Images by Shane O’Neill www.aspectphotography.net (Facebook & Twitter)

Images by Shane O’Neill www.aspectphotography.net (Facebook & Twitter)

Aaron Howe - October 2, 2012 - 6:46 pm

Magnificent imagery. You had me from the first image!

Abigail Winters - October 2, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Beautiful wedding story — especially those treasured emotional moments that can only be photographed by such a great photographer.

Alexandria - October 2, 2012 - 6:56 pm

These photographs are beautiful … capturing the joy, the emotions, and most importantly, the very essence and culture.

Paula Lucas - October 9, 2012 - 11:08 am

Awesome photos. The first and last would be perfect post cards — beautiful.

KW Masters - October 13, 2012 - 9:39 am

I am assuming that the bride and groom wanted their pictures all in BW. It is quite a different look today.

The high contrast is excellent. The remote flash on the back light is also very good. The flash on the umbrella is great. I missed the time of year this was done. This is a professional photographer.

thanks for the show.

Yvonne Dunnington - October 17, 2012 - 5:09 am

I agree — spectacular location. Beautiful bride and gorgeous images.

Mary Fabian - October 19, 2012 - 12:30 am

Not just the most spectacular place in Ireland — I’m thinking this is the most spectacular place in the world. Beautiful wedding photography … and gorgeous captures of Ireland. Way to Go!

Wilma Cornelisse - October 23, 2012 - 11:21 am

I like how you started and ended this blog with images of the quaint and beautiful church. Nice touch.

Teresa Beklamy - October 27, 2012 - 11:17 pm

I have continually and always admired your work. This blog is no exception — you surpass everything I have viewed. Keep it up … and I always look forward to your next blog posts.

Jacqui Jagt - October 30, 2012 - 9:44 pm

Your fantastic imagery just knocks me off my feet — truly original and beautiful … like all the images you posted in this blog. Thanks and thanks again, Jacqui

Dorothy Isber - October 30, 2012 - 9:49 pm

I am going to comment just like many others on the extraordinary first image you posted to set the scene — absolutely phenomenal and out of this world. Your standard focus and background is heaven to the rest of us. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Thanks so very much!!!!

Beverly Canalab - November 2, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Ireland is so beautiful … and you have captured its very essence so nicely. And the wedding photographs are fantastic.

Alexandria Kokostatis - November 20, 2012 - 11:10 am

I love the dramatic composition of black and white.

Paul Cunningham - December 4, 2012 - 9:43 am

It’s cool how you did that 2nd photo.

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I am wedding photographer and this year mostly in Athens+Greece. So many times this year I flew to Athens for weddings. This time for a great looking couple.They are so in love and Ii feel their connection so the only thing I needed to do was to push the button. I didn’t need to guide them or pose them at all…I was there watching and urging them to share their love and happiness of their wedding day and the day after. So from this wedding session I got some of my best images for this season.

Enjoy !

Dani Meadows - September 18, 2012 - 9:32 am

STUNNING imagery!!!

Cynthia Blackstone - September 19, 2012 - 11:07 am

Those shots by (and in) the water are breathtaking.

Saundra - September 25, 2012 - 9:52 am

Gorgeous! I love it!

Madeline Jutras - September 25, 2012 - 8:54 pm

Gorgeous bride and handsome groom. You did an exceptional job documenting their special day.

Irene Jones - September 25, 2012 - 8:59 pm

Beautiful bride and handsome groom. Exceptionally lovely.

Kirk - September 26, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Love it. Wish we were there.


Scott Gatt - September 28, 2012 - 8:28 am

Love the special effects in #7.

Aaron Howe - October 2, 2012 - 6:49 pm

Wow … very hot, romantic, and lovely. I can feel the love.

Allison - October 2, 2012 - 6:59 pm

That very last image is fabulous.

Paula Lucas - October 9, 2012 - 11:11 am

That last image is so romantic and stunning.

Wilma Cornelisse - October 23, 2012 - 11:23 am

Such beautiful, captivating and romantic shots — a treasure of captured memories.

Teresa Beklamy - October 27, 2012 - 11:22 pm

Wow … Nik … this blog is awesome (just like all the other posts). I truly, truly admire your work — it is fantastic. I noticed that you are also putting on several workshops, and can completely understand why — I wish I had the funds to join one of them. In the meantime, I will continue to admire your phenomenal work. Don’t ever stop.

Dorothy Isber - October 30, 2012 - 9:55 pm

Once again, Nik, absolutely fabulous and gorgeous photos of another fantastic couple. Nik, yup, they are gorgeous — but your absolute skills outweigh everything. This imagery is phenomenal, Nik! Way to go (over and over and over again)!

Jessica Green - November 27, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Wow, love the brides dress… very hot, romantic, and lovely. I can feel the love.

Laura & Mike | Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchwan Wedding

Laura & Mike are one of those couples when you first meet them and you say to yourself, “yup… these 2 totally meant for each other”.  I remember Laura emailing me for the first time and telling me about her wedding plans.  The most interesting thing was the location of her and Mike’s wedding.  It is a place where her and her family used to always go to for family trips.  She said that I probably haven’t of heard this place called Waskesiu Lake in northern Saskatchewan.  Well, I actually had.  As a matter of fact, I have only been to SK twice before in my whole life and both times it was to go to Waskesiu Lake.  So, I was thrilled at the possibly of going back to a place I never thought I would go back to.  Especially to shoot a wedding for a bride who had sentimental reason for getting married there.

When Ryan and I arrived in Waskesiu, we were excited at the natural beauty of this little resort town.  We thought, wow, they sure made it easy for us!  On the day of the wedding, we were ready to rock.  The prep took place in cabins close to each other and Laura had chosen an outdoor area right by the lake for the ceremony.  The “aisle” was a nice long path nestled between trees and shrubs.  We had decided before hand that we would shoot on the pier and breakwater.  I was the perfect location  to get some shots at the most famous landmark in Waskesiu Lake.

The wedding was intimate considering there was a decent turnout.  Most of the guests were from Calgary of course and the best part was, they all liked to party!  The MC was quite funny, speeches were excellent and Laura and her brother performed one of my all time favorite Eric Clapton hits, If I Could Change the World.  After dinner, there was lots of dancing and lots of drinking!

Congrats Laura & Mike!  Ryan and I had a GREAT time covering your wedding.  It was such a huge pleasure to get to know everyone in your family and most of your friends.  We will never forget all the great people we met.


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Aaron Howe - September 14, 2012 - 6:24 pm

Handsome groom, beautiful bride, lovely setting, and most importantly gorgeous photographs.

Cynthia Blackstone - September 19, 2012 - 11:11 am

I love the shot of the wedding party sitting on the large rock.

Matthew Lee - September 25, 2012 - 9:01 pm

Beautiful imagery!!!! Lovely wedding story.

Jacqui Jagt - September 28, 2012 - 8:31 am

Great photos. I love the raw emotion you captured in #18 of the bride while saying their vows.

Alison Larman - October 2, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Gorgeous imagery!!!

Alison Larman - October 2, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Gorgeous imagery!!!

Johnny Tran - October 2, 2012 - 7:22 pm

Thanks for all the wonderful comments everyone!

Senior Pictures - October 7, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Great story telling and great emotions you captured in the photography. In the whole lovely pictures.

Wilma Cornelisse - October 17, 2012 - 5:12 am

I agree — Waskesiu Lake is beautiful. These are great images.

Teresa Beklamy - October 23, 2012 - 11:51 am

The bride and the groom in the sunset shot is fabulous, especially with the effect of her veil blowing in the wind. Nice.

Scott Gatt - October 27, 2012 - 11:28 pm

This whole series … this blog … is fantastic … Love your photography!

Johnny Tran - October 28, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Thanks for looking and commenting everyone!

Shane - December 2, 2012 - 8:23 am

As a fellow photographer I would just like to say that your work looks beautiful and your photography truly captures the moment perfectly!

Katlyn Forest - December 7, 2012 - 9:32 am

I really enjoyed his post — your photos are great. I love the picture of the photos to find your face to find your table. Cute.

Aminder & Jatinder | Calgary Sikh Wedding Photographers

Aminder & Jatinder had an amazing 3 day wedding celebration full of traditions, food, color, emotions, energy and lots of family.  I love photographing Sikh weddings here in Calgary.  I have many friends who are Sikh so, even though I may stick out a bit, I always feel welcomed and feel like I am a part of the family.  After 3 days, I kind of wished there was more, because I actually start to miss all the people I had met.

The first day was Aminder’s henna day and it was quite calm.  It was the second day where things got more fired up.  What I experienced could probably be best described as a song battle in the street.  Kind of like a rap battle if you know what I mean.  It was very, very fun to watch even though I didn’t understand a thing.  Some of the words were translated to me later and they were much more “aggressive” than I thought it would be.  But not in a bad way at all.  After many of the different traditional nuances that day, we had the big wedding day to look forward to the next day.

The Gurdwara is a place of worship for the Sikhs. Everyone and anyone is always welcomed, no matter what religion you practice or the color of your skin.  The best part is they will always feed you too.  The ceremony was traditional as usual with hundreds, if not thousands of photos, shot between Ryan and I.  Once the ceremony was complete, Aminder and Jatinder were whisked away in a beautiful old school Rolls Royce.  We headed to downtown Calgary to photograph the wedding portraits.

When we got back to Aminder’s house, they groom and the groomsmen had to pay their way into the house for the official ring ceremony.  This is also the ceremony where the bride’s parents give her away to the groom.  But before they could get in, there would be some negotiation.  The bridemaids did not really let up from their asking price that was over $10,000.  When negotiations turned sour and the boys had enough, they attacked the girls with silly string, but the girls had answer for that.  It was quite crazy and it was the first time I had experienced something so crazy!  My camera got splashed with water too.  Good thing Nikon’s pro bodies are weather sealed. Eventually the boys had to pay serveral thousand dollars to the ladies, who then split it with all of the girls in Aminder’s family.

The reception took place at the Magnolia in NE Calgary.  The most memorable moment was when Aminder’s little brother could not contain his emotions of his sister departing the family home to live with Jatinder in Seattle.

Aminder and Jatinder, thank you so much for having me be a part of your big wedding celebration.  It was a true honor and a great experience.  I really felt like part of your family after 3 days and everyone treated us so well.  We couldn’t have asked for better clients with better families than yours.  Good luck in Seattle and don’t drink too much Starbucks.

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Kimble - September 6, 2012 - 6:55 pm

What a beautiful couple! Your photos are amazing, such a wonderful record of their special day.

Aaron Howe - September 13, 2012 - 12:37 am

Absolutely fascinating and beautiful photography. Thanks for sharing.

Abigail Winters - September 14, 2012 - 6:26 pm

You certainly captured the amazing culture and intricate details. A stunning collection of images.

Dani Meadows - September 19, 2012 - 11:13 am

Beautiful colors — the lighting and angles are just perfect.

Teresa Beklamy - September 25, 2012 - 9:02 pm

AWESOME imagery!!! Kudos to you!!!

Jacqui Jagt - September 28, 2012 - 8:34 am

The last image is wonderful.

Johnny Tran - October 2, 2012 - 7:55 pm

Thanks for all the wonderful comments everyone!

Shauna Dallamsphum - October 17, 2012 - 5:15 am

These photos are so clear and colorful. I enjoyed them all. Nice work.

Robert Speck - October 27, 2012 - 11:30 pm

Superb imagery … loved each and every photo you took. These images are phenomenal!

arvinder singh - November 4, 2013 - 9:30 am

Nice pic….

Soumen Nath - June 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

Very nice clean photography. Awesome.

Britni & Eric | Glencoe Club | Calgary Wedding Photographers

Britni and Eric’s wedding at the Calgary Glencoe Club was our first wedding of the year.  Ryan and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple and wedding to start the year off with.  Britni and Eric are huge dog lovers, Eric is a dog trainer, so it was fitting that they would have their wedding ceremony at an off leash park.  They chose Tom Campbell’s Hill Natural Park that also provided a great view of downtown Calgary.  Of course the day started off with the prep for both bride and groom.  We met up with Eric at one of his groomsmen’s condo near Stampede Park.  There we found the boy buzzing with excitement for the day and soon shooters of tequila were lined up to get themselves going.  When we were done there we met up with Britni and her girls at her parent’s house in Harvest Hills.  Of course their place was a buzz with excitement as well but no shooters were found here.  Britni looked absolutely gorgeous when she got into her wedding dress.  She looked stunning and we couldn’t wait to photograph her.

When we got to Tom Campbell’s Hill, we found ourselves riding on a golf cart to the ceremony location, which was a little further in from the road.  Britni arrived in an SUV limo in grand fashion and soon the ceremony would begin.  We stayed at the park to do some of our photos of them and wedding party before heading downtown to shoot some more.  None of us will ever forget how a downpour of rain crossed the street and then dumped on us.  That was one of the craziest weather phenomenons I have ever experienced.  It went from no rain to a full on downpour!  And course there’s the story with the security guards telling us we can not take pictures on a public sidewalk.  We easily won that argument.

Britni and Eric surprised their guests with a Chinese Lion Dance at the reception which was held at the Glencoe Club.  The rest of the night was quite the party and we had a great time documenting it all.  Sonia Ulmer and her team from Enriched Events did a spectacular job making sure the day went smoothly.

Congrats to Britni and Eric.  Your wedding was fabulous!!  Thanks for having Ryan and I be a part of it.  You both make a great looking couple and I am sure your future human kiddies will be just as good looking!

Abigail Winters - September 13, 2012 - 12:39 am

Loved this whole series of photos from beginning to end. Awesome!

Alexandria - September 14, 2012 - 6:29 pm

A beautiful wedding documentary. I just love the uniqueness of a wedding ceremony at the dog park.

Dani Meadows - September 19, 2012 - 11:16 am

Such gorgeous imagery — and you captured so many emotions – tears of joy and happiness.

Nora Robinson - September 25, 2012 - 9:04 pm

I was captivated from your very first photo … and it got better and better. I could not stop scrolling. Great imagery … great photography! Thanks!!!

Matthew Lee - September 28, 2012 - 8:36 am

My favorites are of the bride and groom with the beautiful landscape in Photos 21 and 22. Nice!

Johnny Tran - October 2, 2012 - 7:54 pm

Thanks for all the wonderful comments everyone!