Photographer unites couple with wedding photos via social media

  • Photographer Kevin Hennessy was out for a walk when he spotted newlyweds in wedding attire.
  • When he realized they hadn’t hired a professional photographer, he asked to take some pictures for them.
  • He forgot to get their contact details, but managed to track the couple down through social media.
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A photographer who used social media to track down two newlyweds he’d snapped wedding photos on the fly says he managed to reunite the couple with photos from their special day.

Kevin Hennessy, a 23-year-old photographer and co-host of the Tri Pod photography podcast, told Insider that he was walking along the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, Ireland, on a family vacation Saturday when he met a newlyweds dressed in wedding attire. When Hennessy realized they hadn’t hired a professional photographer at the time to take their pictures, he said he offered his help.

“I always have my camera with me wherever I go,” Hennessy from County Wicklow, Ireland told Insider. “I just said, ‘Hey, do you mind if I have a few?'”

Andela and Mateo Rako pose for Kevin Hennessy wedding photos on the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

The couple was eventually identified by the groom’s boss.

Kevin Hennessy

Hennessy said the entire photo shoot only took about 80 seconds before he realized his family had “gotten away” from him.

“I took my things and said, ‘Look, congratulations, I hope you enjoy the rest of the day,'” he said, adding that he hadn’t realized he’d forgotten to ask for her contact details.

The couple, photographed by Kevin Hennessy, wear wedding attire outside the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

The couple had also been looking for Hennessy.

Kevin Hennessy

It wasn’t until that evening after Hennessy, who said he was primarily a concert photographer, returned to his Airbnb that he realized he had no way of sharing the photos with the couple.

He told Insider that while a colleague was discussing his experience on his podcast WhatsApp group, suggested posting the photos on Twitter to see if anyone would recognize the couple.

On Tuesday morning, just before 9 a.m., he said he had finally started looking for the couple by asking users on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if they recognized the couple.

His tweet calling for public help in finding the couple has received over 1,800 likes and 450 retweets at the time of writing, and he said a post on his personal Facebook has been re-shared over 600 times.

—Kevin Hennessy (@khennessyphotos) August 3, 2021

Hennessy told Insiders the search took less than four hours because the groom’s boss, identified as Mateo Rako, saw Hennessy’s post and held out his hand.

Hennessy said it emerged that the groom and his wife, Andela Rako, who live in Dublin, were also trying to use social media to track him down. “It’s like we’re both in almost the same position, we’ve been looking for each other,” added Hennessy.

Whether Hennessy will continue his newfound career as a wedding photographer is still up for debate.

“I can’t say no to people,” he joked. “Photographing a wedding and photographing a wedding is amazing, it’s so much fun, it’s part of a special day.”

Mateo and Andela Rako did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.