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This week’s article is about a great hotel for your wedding day in Tipperary.
Over the years filming wedding videos I have come across some fabulous hotels and this week is all about the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
The Great National Abbey Court Hotel is one of Ireland’s landmark 3* hotels, located in Nenagh, a town bursting with life and steeped in history.
From the moment you step inside the Great National Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh you’ll find Irish hospitality, professionalism and individual service only matched by a breath-taking array of business and leisure facilities. The hotel is one of the finest Wedding Venues in Tipperary and also boasts top class Conference facilities. This is all wrapped up in the hotel’s quirky features: from an oasis that is the Great National Abbey Court’s extensive gardens to family friendly facilities that are the envy of hotels nationwide.
As a videographer I get to see how things operate on a wedding day behind the scenes so to speak! When I arrive to the Abbey Court on the day of a wedding I am greeted by Ray, the Deputy Manager, and right away Ray will fill me in on the proceedings of the evening while we await the arrival of the bride and groom. At this point guests are enjoying a fantastic selection of sandwiches, mouth-watering scones and of course the life-saver: tea & coffee! I must say the food for the guests as they arrive sometimes after a long drive is very welcome and appetising!
When the newly married couple arrive Ray is on hand to greet them with red carpet and champagne. From here the couple are lead in to the hotel to mingle with their guests and at this point it’s my chance to get some great footage of the couple chatting and relaxing with their guests. Soon after this their photographer will take the couple to the fabulous gardens the Abbey Court has on offer for some family and friends photographs. I also get some quality fly-on-the-wall footage at this point.
It’s then time for me to go to the wedding reception room to film the little details the couple might have placed on tables etc. The room layout is always impeccable – clean, well laid out, with fantastic mood lighting and not a saucer out of place!
Time to call in the guests! The Abbey Court makes sure no one is waiting for their meal as the bell is rang in good time – this is a sign of a well ran hotel with a great team. The couple are applauded into the room with their favourite piece of music which can be great fun. Ray is on the ball when it comes to wedding suppliers, especially videographers – he makes sure we are tuned into the hotel system so our audio is 100% for the speeches and also makes sure we are present at the important times, he will come looking for us!
I hope my small article on this great hotel has done it justice. Of course The Abbey Court is there for a lot more use than just weddings, I’m told it’s a fantastic hotel to stay in and I know from experience that the food is top class. And the staff? Well I will put it simply … 100% award winning team!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my visits to the Abbey Court, and if you are planning on getting married in this great hotel and would like to see a sample of a wedding I have filmed there please get in touch.
All photos © Abbey Video)
Well, it’s that time of year again, when I look back and say a big thank you to all my customers and to my friends the wedding suppliers we have met throughout the year, and of course to the hotels that have looked after us and feed us along the way. It’s been a great year for weddings, along with other video work. This time of the year, it’s school show after school show most nights of the week! Cashel, Tipperary Town, Clonmel schools, shows in Kilkenny of course and a few in Waterford. It’s great to see the pupils perform, both for the camera and for their teachers and parents. Each year, it’s great to get the phone call or the e-mail opening with “Please, Joe, tell us you’re free to video our show again this year. The parents and the children are still raving about last year’s production you captured for us!” Below is just a little Christmas jingle I uploaded..
ell my DVD copy towers are spinning away behind me as I type, so I’d just like to say Merry Christmas to you and your family. Please have a safe one and look out for each other over the festive period. Don’t forget to check out my fantastic new packages for 2018/19 & I even have some booking for 2020! If you’re thinking of having a wedding DVD be sure to contact us as soon as possible to secure key dates – engagement season is upon us and we’ll soon be busy with new enquiries! So give me a call, E mail, Text. ~ Joe
Eileen is a professional soprano based in Dublin with 10 years experience as a soloist and a church wedding singer. She has a varied repertoire ranging from classical to traditional Irish and modern. She will provide all the support you need to make your wedding unique and special. Eileen is available for your church wedding ceremony, civil ceremony or champagne reception. She will bring a beauty to the ceremony with a truly emotive performance. One of the most popular and sought after female singers in Dublin this year, she has a uniquely pure and clear celtic sound. Eileen is based in Dublin but will travel anywhere in Ireland to sing at your wedding. Listen to Eileen here.
Eileen’s wealth of experience and expertise, her commitment to professionalism, and her eye for detail will make planning your church or civil wedding ceremony music effortless and stress free. Eileen will work closely with you to create a unique and memorable song list just for you on your special day. If you need any help picking out prayers or readings she will help match them with your song choices. Call now for a quote on (087) 3892280 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in Dublin, but a native of Cavan, Eileen holds a B.A. in Psychology, a HDip in Computer Music from NUI Maynooth, and a Masters in Music Technology from the University of Limerick. She is currently studying classical singing with Imelda Drumm and is starting her diploma in teaching and performance in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in September. She is interested in a wide variety of music and brings a passion to her performance which enraptures audiences. She enjoys performing at all events, including Catholic church wedding ceremonies, civil ceremonies and drinks receptions. If you are looking for a pure sound, Eileen’s voice though trained to the highest degree, is still naturally beautiful and unaffected.
“My love for music has always been the guiding force in my life, I have been singing since I could talk and playing piano as soon as I could reach the keys. It gives me great pleasure to see what a difference my music makes and how I can give so much to people just by doing what I love.” –
Eileen Coyle is a soprano with extensive experience as a soloist and church singer. She has a distinguished repertoire ranging from classical to traditional Irish and modern.
She has had 10 years of choral training specialising in renaissance polyphony and gregorian chant. While working as a soprano with the professional chamber choir, ‘Lassus’, she was involved in the recording of a debut album in 2015 and performances in The national Concert hall and churches around Dublin of Lassus motets and masses, repertoire including: Missa Paschalis a 5, O Sacrum Convivium a 5, Officium Paschale (selection), Christus Resurgens a 5 and Laudate Dominum a 12.
For the last 7 years, Eileen has been a choral scholar with the internationally renowned, semi-professional Lassus Scholars Choir, directed by Dr. Ite O’Donovan. International performance venues include Westminster Cathedral, London (2011), the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, Paris (2014) and St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome (2015). She has performed on numerous occasions as soprano soloist in concert with the Lassus Scholars and the Orlando Chamber Orchestra covering repertoire such as:
For the past 7 years Eileen has been singing with The Bugle Babes, a 1940’s Close harmony group based in Dublin who specialise in the music of The Andrews Sisters. The Bugle Babes have performed all over Ireland from The National Concert Hall to the Cork Opera House, and on Radio and Television; including The Late Late Show, Ryan Tubridy, the Mooney Show and to “Knock ’em dead!” reviews at the American Embassy on Veterans Day! The Bugle Babes are a regular act upon the stage of The Kevin Barry room in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
In addition to being a successful classical singer Eileen has released two original albums. Her solo album “The Only Way is On”, written, recorded and performed by Eileen received national radio play and rave reviews from RTE Radio One. Her second album, “The stolen Child” was released in 2015 as part of a collaboration called “Webbs”. It was featured in Hotpress magazine and was highly recommended by top music blogger Nialler 9 and many radio presenters in Ireland and abroad.
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Well I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, and a lovely time with family and friends as I did. Wedding Video Bookings for 2016 are pouring in the last few days. Even January this year is as busy as July! It’s something I have never encountered before but is great to see. Even 2017 is well booked at the moment and 2018 is starting already. Throughout the year, I have had to recommend some well heeled colleagues of mine to brides for whom I was booked for their date. If I am booked, I don’t just send them a name of the first videographer that springs to mind. I have a few professional guys that I hold in the highest regard and we always recommend each other, should one of us be booked. With this way of working, no couple will get the run around with different prices. I would never recommend someone I would not use my self.
Tomorrow its back to work with my first wedding of this mad busy time of year is in Tipperary town tomorrow, Tuesday is Inch near Thurles and then on to Kilkenny and to the the fantastic Lyrath hotel. And of course New Years eve is a very popular choice with couples all over Ireland Solohead just a few miles from me is where you will find me that day, its great to be local this time of year. I love the Christmas & New year weddings
The last few weeks has been hectic filming weddings and school shows in and around Tipperary along with Kilkenny and Waterford as well as editing. But ALL my weddings even the last one on the on the 19th of December, was with the couple in time for Christmas for them to enjoy with family and friends over the holidays, I cant understand some videographers that I hear of leaving couples without their wedding DVDs for Christmas, Breda and myself make sure we have all the info for their wedding on our computer inc their titles, music choices, so when I have the film downloaded to our system we are ready to go!
While looking back on last year, Dundrum House Hotel In Tipperary which is with with great sadness has been damaged by fire earlier this year was one of my most visited wedding reception areas along with Clonmel Park Hotel Hotel Minella, Clonmel, Hotel Kilkenny , New park hotel Kilkenny I also visited Cork, Waterford and Limerick. And I would like to thank all the hotels for their help on the day, and look forward to working in all the local hotels around Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow and the others again in 2016 So wherever you might be getting married, give me a call and I will give you the most competitive price you will find anywhere in Munster.
So, with a fantastic looking year ahead and with 80% of my work in and around Tipperary and Kilkenny, I guess I can’t complain. However, with every new year I try and create a new and unique way of crafting wedding videos and editing. Anyone can give you a wedding video, but I try and make it that bit special. It’s this that has kept me ahead of other other “video guys “, while still offering a Professional Affordable and Unobtrusive service. So, if you are planning your wedding for this year, you’d better be quick and contact me now, or even for 2016/ 2017 as I am being booked very fast. To see my new and unique way of how your wedding video could look, give me a call. I will try to match your service area, along with the hotel that you might be using, with a full wedding DVD to view at home. This way, you get a feel of my true work
Weddings are huge business in every country, and your wedding needs planing a lot of planing I know I hear it all first hand so to help you along with your big day have a look at BRIDES IN MUNSTER again a local wedding suppler site but covering Kilkenny and Carlow for the local brides in 2015/ 16
its packed with 100% top notch wedding professionals covering wedding video , wedding photography, wedding cakes , wedding flowers, wedding rings, wedding dresses, wedding sweet carts any thing wedding its there! as I said before if you don’t see a Wedding a suppler on this great local wedding supplier site are they worth the call?
Also I got many thank you cards over Christmas from couples whose weddings I have filmed over the year, with 80% of them from around Tipperary where most of my work is. It’s great to get feedback from brides, it shows we are doing a great job and they enjoyed their wedding DVDs.
Wedding videography is a record of your day the way you would like it told, and along with our camera skills and editing this can be achieved. No wedding is the same and any videographer that goes out to do a job should never treat it like “yesterdays wedding” – every couple has different ideas of what they think their wedding video should look and feel like and I love to hear this, because it gives me a clear picture of what they are seeing. When the day arrives I keep this in mind, and work to achieve it.
So Happy New year to you all. and If your planing on ” tieing the knot” or you know someone who is, give me a call I can guarantee you wont be disappoint in price or quality ( All photos © Abbey Video)
I got some fantastic news early this morning when I was informed I had reached the finals of the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards 2015 ( Recognising the best of the Irish wedding industry)! But as I said in an earlier blog it it’s not the winning for me … it would be nice, don’t get me wrong, but every wedding video I film whether it be in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow or any of the multitude of other locations I attend, I always give it 110%. Every bride and groom has different ideas for their wedding video, it may be the music they choose or the way they want it filmed – each couple is unique. So when i am booked for a wedding I put a lot of planning into it well before the day, this way from the bride’s house to the first dance I know what’s expected of me – after all, it’s their day.
The guests arriving is a very important part of filming as this is something the bride only gets to see on DVD later. The music in the church, the service, the vows, the walk down the aisle as husband & wife – these are all key points. With regards to the music in the Church, I like to leave a wireless microphone or a professional voice recorder near the musicians to capture the audio 100%. Sound is just as important as picture, this is why I always use a wireless mic or voice recorder discreetly placed in the groom’s pocket to pick up the vows and this is removed right away outside the door after the ceremony. The greeting line is a great way to formally meet your guests after the wedding.The bride’s house is a great place to start filming, with all the make-up and the hair being done it can be great fun. It’s a part of the day the groom doesn’t get to see so it’s nice for him to be able to view this later on their finished wedding DVD. The groom’s house sometimes gets filmed but this all depends on timing on the day, as i like to be at the ceremony location one hour before it starts – this time is needed to film the location, the flowers and all the little details in the Church or room where the ceremony is taking place.
The photograph session is a fantastic opportunity for me to capture some great video footage. I don’t just film what the photographer is doing but more of a candid covering of the bridal party and their families if they are there as well. If not I will capture them at the hotel. I enjoy filming the guests discreetly in the hotel enjoying the drinks reception, this way i get a great chance to catch up with some late-comers! From there on I film the speeches, which lately tend to take place before the meal – it’s nice to relax and enjoy your meal once they are over and done with! The dancing is filmed discreetly with no light if possible or just a small light on the camera if I need it. Your wedding will end with a highlights chapter looking back over your day.
We have often been complimented on our turn-around time – we try to have the finished product ready when the couple return from honeymoon. I have read and heard of other couples not receiving their wedding DVDs for months, this can happen where only one person is working on a project and gets snowed under.It doesn’t end there… now the hard work starts! The editing can take two days to to complete, but my wife Breda is a pro at this: various effects, titles, adding music, authoring and chaptering the final product, testing design sleeves for the covers of the boxes and the art work on the discs – it’s easy to see where two days goes here!
On a final note, getting back to the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards 2015, I would like to wish all the Finalists the very best of luck.
Well here in Tipperary and Kilkenny we are well and truly into the Wedding video season again for the new year. Like all other wedding suppliers I come across lots of fantastic professionals along the way, and one that springs to mind is Eimear Lowth from Boherlahan in County Tipperary. I meet Eimear at lots of weddings in Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, and of course all the local churches near Cashel. At one such wedding which I filmed only 2 weeks ago Eimear was the official soloist and the applause of the wedding guests showed how much they loved her singing. After the Church Eimear went to the reception to entertain the guests as they mingled and enjoyed themselves at the hotel, she really got them going with some great songs and music that was well suited to the age group that was attending the wedding. Have a look below at the clip I recorded of her at that wedding………
Eimear is a trained classical singer but also sings traditional Irish and modern music. She is a very keen person and is passionate about her music. Eimear pays great detail to the needs of all her wedding clients, helping plan and arrange the perfect church wedding music, music that best suits each couples personal tastes. Whether it’s music for a wedding service, funeral service, civil ceremony or pre-dinner drinks function, Eimear will be delighted to discuss your requirements with you. So if you have an up-coming wedding function drop her an e-mail at email@example.com before she’s booked! Eimear is also listed on the very popular wedding supplier site Brides In Munster covering Tipperary- Kilkenny and all of Munster, soon to be country wide! Keep a check and like my Facebookpage as more videos of Eimear will be on line soon, and of course Brides in MunsterFacebook page for the best choice of wedding suppliers in Tipperary and Kilkenny
It’s great to have had a local wedding video job in Tipperary on the Saturday that Tipperary & Kilkenny met again for the all Ireland replay, and what a day! Katie Lyne from Lisronagh, between Fethard and Clonmel, & Barry Hickey tied the knot in glorious sunshine in Holycross Abbey. A quick call to Katie’s fabulous house that morning to capture it all going on – hair being done, make up being applied, ribbons being put on the cars – it had the hallmarks of a great wedding to come! Barry and the lads were at the Abbey in Holycross nice and early to meet and greet the huge number of guests that had been invited. Katie was not long behind and it was a first for me to see the Bride drive herself to the ceremony in her own car! She looked stunning in her beautiful Audi with her Dad beside her in the passenger seat…. ( A post by Abbey Video Productions ).see more here…..http://www.abbeyvideoproductions.com/local-wedding-video-tipperary/
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Yesterday evening I took two local wedding DVD bookings for the Tipperary / Kilkenny areas for 2015, which incidentally looks to be another great year. It’s funny the way wedding bookings have changed in the last year or so. Couples often booked a bit nearer the date of their wedding, I guess due to budget constraints of the last few years or so, but of late they are booking one and two years in advance – which I’m not complaining about! It’s great to see there’s maybe some confidence in our country’s economy again. There is always something nice about a local wedding – working with the people you see every day. And getting lots of referrals from local couples, having viewed their completed wedding DVDs , is worth its weight in gold. Talking about gold, price is not too much of a problem any more when brides or grooms enquire regarding a wedding video package. I remember not too long ago the BIG question was HOW MUCH??.. Well that’s like asking how long is a piece of string?! Everywedding DVD is different as regards the needs of the couple let it be price, the type of package they might want or the amount of coverage. I have often said to couples my price starts at €400 and they can build on that and sure enough they do – 90% of them go for my top package, which starts at the Bride’s home and includes a selection of dances that evening, giving fantastic coverage and huge value for their money. On the other hand I have lots of weddings over the different borders such as Kilkenny, Waterford, Carlow, Limerick and Cork, and it’s like all wedding venues – it’s nice to visit these place as well and get to know new people at the weddings. Of course getting more referrals along the way via the internet is a huge part of business these days but word of mouth is most ingratiating.wedding
Speaking of local weddings, I was filming a wedding with Selina O’Meara on Friday last in Lisvernane Church just outside Tipperary town. I met Selina again just last week in the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh. Selina is a fantastic wedding photographer, so quick off the mark and achieving stunning photography as she goes. We were discussing wedding videography and photography and the way things have changed over time – for the better I think as people have become more price conscious and shop around a bit more for better value. But it’s not always about getting a cheap wedding video or cheap wedding photographs, you also have to think of the end product, which I sometimes remind clients of. So by all means shop around, but the cheapest is not always a good idea, after all you will still want to play your wedding DVDs in 20 years time or maybe in 40 years your children will take it out and have a look at the fashions of 2014 /15/16 and so it is of utmost importance to have your wedding day filmed by a professional wedding videographer / photographer.
And I guess that’s why Edel Hanley from Lisvernane chose Selina and myself to work for her on her wedding day. Edel is of course a Tipperary football all star and the little church at Lisvernane was packed with her team mates, family and friends in the glorious sunshine of a May Friday. Selina took them to Christ the King for the bridal party photo shoot and what a spectacular setting it was! The day was clear and the Galtee Mountains looked so near you could almost touch them! Afterwards Edel and Shane headed to Aherlow House Hotel for a fantastic wedding reception. Aherlow House Hotel is again my stop next Saturday, so let’s hope for more sunshine!
A little something I have been reading up on of late is Moposa – see it here on the link http://www.aherlowhouse.ie/moposa.html ok a little insight to it ….
Moposa enables you to share more of the wedding details with family and friends both at home and abroad should you wish to simplify the planning process and save time and money along the way. Some of the fantastic tools that are provided through Moposa include your own guest list manager, personal-URL wedding website with online RSVP, budget planner, guest text messaging and ‘drag-n-drop’ seating planning for the function rooms.You can even import guests from you face book! I just thought it was a great little wedding planingtool.