Hi, I’m Darek Novak, a wedding photographer based in  Sligo – Connaught. I start my photography in Ireland in 2009. Since then my business grows and today it’s my everyday bread. I’m photographing love stories not only around Connaught and Sligo. I’m travelling extensively around Ireland to document two people love. Capturing the beautiful moments is quite demanding but give me great pleasure when I’m asked to do it on your special day.


With massive experience, I gather over the years photographing, I keep my quality high and try to create something unusual rather than traditional. This is why you might not see typical poses or traditional pictures when you flicking through my website. I like to include a great landscape when creating an album. This is the advantage of the place I’m living in. County Connaught especially Sligo and Donegal offer endless location which is a perfect backdrop. You can explore the amazing coastline of Atlantic and create those moody looking adventurous windswept shots. You can hike a bit and take great portraits in the Darty Mountains. It could be Knocknarea in Strandhill or Benbullben, it creates a dramatic background when combining with moody clouds.


Below I would like to share with you some base of knowledge about top wedding venues and suppliers in the Connaught area. I think wedding photographers and videographers are those who experience a lot during the day. Most of the time we start in the morning and finish after the first dance. Plus photographing close to 500 celebrations so far give me an idea of how to organise the perfect day.

Top wedding photographer in Sligo taking pictures
Married couples in Markree Castle Sligo, Connaught
just married couples walk on cliff by Atlantic ocean in North West of Ireland Co.Sligo
Married in Mullaghmore Sligo
bride leading groom on strandhill beach
Wedding in Strandhill

Videographers: Pink Lime Video – Sligo Flowers – Leitrim Flowers or Olga from Flowershed are great choices the both local. Mass Band are an awesome musician for your party. Sinead Conway is an amazing singer for your ceremony. If you looking for makeup there is a great selection: Sharon McCormac, Anette Marshal or Ann Young all are great and highly experienced makeup artist.


Bride in hurry for her wedding ceremony in Sligo
Connaught Wedding Photographer – Darek Novak


Timing is very important. I’m not a big fan to be too strict in this field, but… There are a few easy ways how you can avoid delays and have a relaxed morning. Location – the best option is to have everything in one place. Your morning prep, your ceremony, dinner and party. It’s no brainer. I see hundreds of brides and I’m 100% sure when you have all in one place, you are much calmer. No stress about the car, about traffic etc. You can easily check and do the last minute fixing to your ceremony room to your table plan because you are just there. No drama. So if you planing your wedding at the moment and thinking about having all in one venue- it’s a great idea.

I heard ohhh… but it cost extra to hire a room in the venue. Right, it cost extra but you do not need a car! Sometimes two cars right. Another great advantage to get ready in the venue is that you have a service. If you need tea or coffee they will serve you, most of the time they serve food also. So your mum and dad do not have to run to the shop or making breakfast for all party!


Last thing I would like to look at it from a photography perspective. I have been visiting some amazing houses with lots of natural light flooded inside, spacy rooms etc. those are a crucial factor to create the best environment for your pictures. But most of the time there is a lot of personal belonging, quite small space and its hard to keep the place clean during morning preparation. Mornings are quite busy and yes all paper bags, suitcases and all sort of things you need that day lay all around the place. It’s hard for your professional to avoid it. We focus to capture moments so not always have time to remove something from background. And let’s face it:) we are there to help you to remember the best day.

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