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Bride interview: “Why I booked all 3 key wedding services with Donal Doherty”

Did you know that at Donal Doherty we offer 3 key wedding services of photography, video and photo booth?

As well as the convenience of booking these high priority services in one go, you will be working with a cohesive team to ensure these elements work in perfect harmony to offer a true representation of your wedding day.

Recently, after chatting with Niamh and Viv, they decided to take the plunge and book all three and they loved it so much, that today, Niamh shares her experience.

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Niamh, why did you decide to book all 3 services with Donal?

I had previously seen Donal’s work at a friend’s wedding a few years back and always remembered how beautiful it all was and how happy they said they were with it. Once I got engaged I made a list of photographers I would love to have and Donal was at the top of that list. I made contact with him and he was so helpful in discussing exactly what we wanted and created a package to suit our photography and videography needs. In the beginning, we didn’t think we wanted a photo booth, but changed our minds closer to the time after seeing how fun the Roxbury Booth looked. Having had such a high standard of communication from Donal Doherty Photography and Film right from the start, we felt like we were in the best hands having all services coming from the same place. It just made sense. As you get close to the big day, you want/need to feel looked after by a professional team and that was exactly what we felt. This enabled us to concentrate on the million other things we realised we still needed to do!

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What qualities did you look for in a wedding photographer?

We wanted someone creative, especially as we knew we couldn’t pre-order the good weather. I wanted to ensure that if it rained (which it did!) that we could still be sure to get amazing shots (which we did!). By having our wedding in Donegal and our photographs on the beach, I wanted to make sure we took advantage of what we had and got some shots showing the amazing landscape in the background. It was also important for me that the photographers would be excited and seem like they wanted to be there and have fun with us. The team were amazing – so much fun and they all worked so well together. My bridal party still laugh at some of the things from the day! We also wanted someone who was flexible and patient. Family dynamics on a normal day can be stressful, but on a wedding day emotions can be heightened. Donal and the team were so accommodating, up for whatever shots we wanted to try and always checking we were happy to carry on. Finally, I really value good communication from a professional service and can honestly not fault Donal Doherty Photography and Film in this respect.

When it came to videography, what was important to you?

We wanted to ensure there were enough people working in the team so that all important aspects of the day were captured. It is ideal when natural moments are captured but you don’t even realise someone is filming. Knowing how to put together the different aspects of the film is equally important and we are very happy with what we have. We wanted everyone who wasn’t there to see just how fun the day was and I think they captured the atmosphere very well. The team were so professional and a pleasure to have with us on the day

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Why did you decide to book a photo booth & how did guests react to it?

We decided initially not to have one to try to lower costs, but after seeing one at a cousin’s wedding earlier in the year, we knew we had to have one! I had a look online at the Roxbury Booth information and thankfully it was available on our date. It made sense to book this after being so pleased with everything else and the reviews/photos online looked fantastic.

Guests absolutely loved it. We didn’t realise just how much guests got involved until we saw the album afterwards and it was hilarious! So many great props and the guys working on the booth were so friendly and accommodating. My husband wants to have a photo booth at every family function now!

Describe your experience of booking all 3 services. Do you think this was easier than using separate vendors?

Most definitely! The communication we had from Donal and the team was second to none. It gave us great peace-of-mind to know that we were only dealing with one company to look after it all and we felt comfortable with them. With so much to organise for a wedding, it certainly eases the pressure by booking all these services together and you can be sure that you will still have a fantastic, professional service. I would definitely recommend booking all three services with Donal Doherty Photography and Film.

Did everything go smoothly on the day?

Everything went perfectly. Everyone was on time, we got all our shots on the beach (despite the rain!) and we even managed to get out to the golf course for a sunset photograph later in the evening. I especially loved that Donal and the team set up a slideshow of some of the photographs taken earlier in the day, so that our guests could see what we did! Everyone loved that and it made me so excited to see all the rest of the photos.

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What advice would you offer couples on the search for the services of photography, video and photo booth?

Decide on the type of photographs you would want for your big day. Have a look at different portfolios online and what the different companies have to offer. Speak with the different companies and decide who you feel realises your needs most. Some companies can offer lots of services together as a package, which means you can get things booked and sorted all at once. Personally, I found that this eased the pressure and reduced the amount of emails/calls I would receive nearer the big day. We couldn’t recommend Donal enough and know that we made the best decision to book them.

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