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About Remain in Light

I’m Mairéad

(it rhymes with parade for all those non-Irish folk out there)

and I’m a wedding and elopement photographer living in the beautiful and wild county of Donegal. I love the sea and the rain, and Donegal has plenty of those. I love travelling around this wonderful planet – I’ve been to 35 countries and have many more on my bucket list. I love nothing more than having some red wine and smelly cheese with friends by a fire, watching films, singing songs, swimming in the sea, playing with my kitten (or any cat or dog really) and I have what some would call an unhealthy obsession with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although they would be wrong.

I love photography because it tells a story and it allows the people in the photograph to be a part of the story. When these moments are just distant memories, or even forgotten, just looking at a photograph can bring it all back. I love photographing weddings because this is a day that will go by so much faster than you realise, and I want you to be able to look back on these photographs and remember not just what happened or what it looked like, but how you felt. It may sound cheesy, but photographs really are a bit magical.


I’ll do whatever it takes to help you have a magical, meaningful, stress-free day that is true and unique to you. We don’t have to worry about anyone else’s expectations, all we’ll focus on is creating beautiful photographs that will help you remember this day forever.

I mostly photograph in a documentary style – I photograph real moments and emotions as they’re happening. I won’t make you pretend to do things and I don’t tick shots off a list – your day is unique to you and your photographs should be too.


I only take on a limited number of weddings and elopements each year, this way I can give all of my couples the attention they deserve.

I don’t want to be just another vendor – it’s really important for me to get to know you as a couple. We’ll have at least two meetings beforehand, either in person or more often via video chat, and more than that if we need to! I won’t just show up on the day to photograph you, I’ll help you plan it as well. I’m here to help as much as you need me along the way!

Getting to know you in this way helps me take better photos of you. I don’t go into wedding with pre-conceived notions of what it should look like- instead I want to let you be you and capture your day as it really happened.

Your photos won’t look like everyone else’s, they’ll be unique to you. I don’t force you into traditional poses, but aim to authentically capture who you are as a couple. I also like to take a little time to get creative, to make some beautiful images together with you that you’ll want to print and hang on your wall.


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