Noeleen and Francis win Wedding of the Year prize

LOCAL couple Noeleen Casey and Francis Bellew have scooped Dundalk photographer Paddy Clarke’s Wedding of the Year 2010 title based on votes from members of the public.

LOCAL couple Noeleen Casey and Francis Bellew have scooped Dundalk photographer Paddy Clarke’s Wedding of the Year 2010 title based on votes from members of the public.

Clarke, who recently scooped the Classical Wedding Image of the Year for the third year running at the IPPA awards, started the in-house competition last year for a bit of fun but it has really taken off with the interest in it this year growing even more.

Paddy, whose studio is located in Jocelyn Street, shortlisted six weddings and allowed the public to vote for their favourite through his Facebook page and via email.

In the end it was Noeleen Casey and Francis Bellew who were declared victorious when voting closed on St Patrick’s Day and Paddy told The Dundalk Democrat that the couple were delighted with the honour.

“We got a great response to the competition,” he said.

“I’d like to congratulate Noeleen and Francis on winning. I think the picture that everyone liked was the one of them at Roche Castle.

“Noeleen is from Kilcurry so it was her who suggested we go out there. Then they had their reception in the Ballymac as well, which is always great for photographs.”

As a prize for their victory, Noeleen and Francis – who married last July - receive a framed print (see left) while Sonya Donn has also won a e300 portrait voucher for leaving the best comment during the voting process.

Her comment about Noeleen and Francis’ wedding read: “I am swept away by (the picture). The light and composition of the photo in front of the castle are simply stunning. I love the portrait of the bride and the fun expressed in the photo with the cake. My favourite though is the image on the staircase - pure class. What a creative montage capturing all the different emotions of a very special day - great job!”