Newlyweds shoot at sunset

Recently I was at a BBQ in the beautiful Essex countryside with some new friends. The sun was going down & the light was so gorgeous I couldn’t resist grabbing them for a quick few snaps in a nearby obliging pea field! These guys are still newly weds, don’t they make such a cute couple? Thanks for indulging me, cori & gavin! XxIMG_3554IMG_3555IMG_3556IMG_3557IMG_3560IMG_3558IMG_3561IMG_3563IMG_3564IMG_3559IMG_3565

a month in the sun

2017 was always going to be a year of change for us. Before it all kicked in though, we escaped another dreary February and spent the whole month with friends in northern Gran Canaria.It was a much needed rest for the 4 of us, but also the most wonderful adventure!

Situated in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is a fascinating little climate and culture all of its own. It felt much more South American than mainland Spanish. We stayed in the town of Galdar on the north coast, away from all the tourists and familiar accents that betray the south of the Island. We wanted a taste of real life here, to be with and eat like the locals, to improve our Spanish and to explore the area with an appreciative eye.

The town is built around a Volcano and we stayed on a Finca at a banana plantation at the base of it, near the beach. DSCF4728DSCF5039

DSCF4995The town was quaint and colourful with a colonnial feel…
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textures…DSCF5021DSCF4969road trip into the mountainsDSCF5086DSCF5120DSCF5122DSCF5136DSCF5138DSCF5156an inquisitive goat joined us for lunchDSCF5172This pretty town was only 10 minutes up the road…I shot these all on 35mm film r001-016r001-017r001-008r001-007r001-006r001-019r001-004r001-015these stunning mountains were the backdrop for the opening scenes of Jurassic Park r001-012r001-013r001-011no way we weren’t having a dip!DSCF6793on that happy note I’ll wrap it up for now! more to come at another date…

 

Part 4 – Speeches & Dance Party

So, after a memorable wedding ceremony and a happy afternoon spent in the sun eating icecreams and having their portraits taken, Stephen & Lauren were welcomed into their wedding breakfast. The upper room at the Mill had been decorated with all Lauren’s pretty touches…

speeches-4speeches-6their friend Siobhan had spent hours making this beautiful bunting for the whole room!speeches-14speeches-15speeches-16speeches-20speeches-27speeches-30speeches-35speeches-36Let the speeches (and accompanying slideshow!) begin!speeches-38speeches-42speeches-45speeches-46speeches-49speeches-53Love this quaint for a table plan…speeches-97speeches-100speeches-103Time for the band to set up…!speeches-106speeches-117speeches-119speeches-126speeches-160speeches-168speeches-183speeches-141speeches-145things got blurrier as the night went on…(!)speeches-153It was a brilliant night…I danced so hard my legs hurt for 2 days afterwards!

Thanks to Lauren & Stephen for hiring us & letting us be part of your fantastic summer wedding! xxx

 

Stephen & Lauren – The Portraits!

Welcome to Part 3 of Stephen & Lauren’s beautiful late summer wedding in County Down. After the ceremony we all headed to beautiful Ballydugan Mill near Downpatrick and I nabbed them while the weather was still good for some portraits at the local duck pond!portraits-7portraits-11portraits-14portraits-16portraits-17portraits-19portraits-26portraits-38portraits-40portraits-44portraits-49portraits-51portraits-67portraits-71Lauren’s wedding day gift to her husband:portraits-72portraits-82portraits-85portraits-90the-mill-5the-mill-8

the-mill-7Lauren’s dad & grandad provided the music!the-mill-10Ice creams for everyone! (so delicious and refreshing in the heat)portraits-5the-mill-14the-mill-16the-mill-21the-mill-41the-mill-47Two dads on the sidelines…the-mill-61Stay tuned for shots of their awesome dance party to come next week!xxx

Stephen & Lauren – The Ceremony

Welcome to Part 2 of Stephen & Lauren’s special day, held at the Kingdom Hall in Downpatrick!hall-5Nipping to the beach for photos had made us girls a bit late….hall-12hall-17hall-21Poor Stephen…only 45 minutes extra to wait…!hall-23hall-30hall-32Thanks to second shooter Ross for the all important kiss shot!hall-34hall-37Stephen’s dad Stuart gave the ceremony talk, what a personal touch!hall-39hall-43hall-53hall-59“Look at my new ring!”hall-60hall-66hall-68hall-69hall-78hall-80hall-81hall-87Stay tuned for Part 3 – all the fun at the reception venue – the beautiful Ballydugan Mill!

Stephen & Lauren ‘s late Summer Wedding (Part 1)

Welcome to beautiful County Down…a most picturesque part of Northern Ireland…especially here near Tyrella beach – which was the stunning setting for Stephen & Lauren’s late summer wedding. Ross and I arrived early to start shooting the prep at their Gingerbread House and it went a little something like this….morning-2morning-5morning-13At last: a PINK wedding dress! Yay!morning-17morning-19morning-20morning-27morning-31morning-36morning-43morning-44morning-45a most chilled bride…morning-47morning-50morning-54morning-55morning-61morning-68Lauren as a flowergirl…morning-71morning-84morning-87morning-96Seriously, this dress..morning-109morning-111morning-113morning-115morning-117morning-122morning-121morning-119Kisses from baby Loki!morning-129Meanwhile, my trusty assistant Ross was over at the boys house, shooting the preparations there…morning-153morning-160I must have Ross well trained to get such a detail orientated, girly shot…morning-178morning-181morning-183morning-189Back with the girls, we couldn’t resist a few snaps at beautiful Tyrella beach before the ceremony…sure, it would make us slightly late..but when the beach is literally behind your house….morning-132morning-139morning-145morning-147Ok, we’re late enough..Let’s go!morning-149Part 2 coming soon! xx

a sweet family session

Elaine & Jonathan recently welcomed gorgeous baby Charley into their lives!

One Saturday afternoon I went round to drink tea and spend some time in their happy domesticity snapping away! It went a little something like this…Charley  (3)Charley  (4)Charley  (13)Charley  (16)Charley  (18)Charley  (29)Elaine is a piano teacher and already Charley takes an interest…Charley  (34)Charley  (35)Charley  (37)Charley  (40)Charley  (42)Charley  (47)Charley  (48)I really like babies at this age when their faces are so expressive and they’re coming into their own personalities!Charley  (52)Charley  (56)Charley  (61)Charley  (62)Charley  (63)Charley  (68)Charley  (71)Charley  (79)Charley  (81)Charley  (85)Charley  (88)Charley  (91)Charley  (94)Charley  (99)If you’d like a family shoot, drop me a line on photographybyastrid@hotmail.co.uk xxxx

Mingling & Portraits; Ciara & Dan – Part 3

Welcome back to Ciara & Dan’s beautiful springtime wedding! After the ceremony there was a lovely drinks reception and some live guitar music before the portraits took place. It went a little something like this…Drinks (4)Drinks (8)Drinks (22)Drinks (26)Drinks (30)Drinks (31)Drinks (40)Drinks (43)Drinks (46)Drinks (47)Drinks (49)Drinks (58)the canapes were super fancy! (and yummy)Drinks (59)Drinks (62)Drinks (64)Drinks (66)Drinks (71)Drinks (81)Drinks (84)Drinks (88)Drinks (91)Drinks (93)Drinks (94)Drinks (97)Drinks (109)Drinks (114)Drinks (117)Drinks (130)Drinks (132)Drinks (135)Drinks (136)PortraitsPortraits (11)Portraits (18)Portraits (24)Portraits (25)Portraits (38)Portraits (39)Portraits (45)Portraits (49)Portraits (54)Portraits (69)Portraits (74)thanks for looking! Wasn’t it a sweet wedding! Remember to leave a comment! xx

Ciara & Dan – Part 2; Ceremony!

Welcome back to Part 2 of Ciara & Dan’s lovely spring wedding in Carlingford! The girls were ready well in time and talked the boys into meeting them at the beach for some pre-ceremony shots. I always LOVE moments like these; it makes a wedding so much more about love, fun & naturalness and much less calculated and formal.

Here’s Ciara walking with her girls to meet her man!morning (144)and here’s Groom Dan getting their son Noah ready to see his mummy!morning (146)first look!morning (154)morning (164)morning (179)morning (188)morning (192)morning (197)morning (201)morning (203)heading off inside to get married!morning (207)ceremony (7)what a priveledge to have local legend Graine Duffy and her bandmate playing! Totally gorgeous.ceremony (10)ceremony (15)ceremony (17)ceremony (23)ceremony (28)ceremony (30)ceremony (35)there were some lovely moments, including readings & lighting of candles for missed loved onesceremony (39)ceremony (41)ceremony (43)ceremony (45)ceremony (47)ceremony (49)ceremony (54)ceremony (56)ceremony (60)look at these cheeky wee monkeys!ceremony (62)done! married!ceremony (63)ceremony (65)ceremony (68)ceremony (72)ceremony (77)ceremony (81)ceremony (85)celebration time!ceremony (92)tune in for part 3 soon! xxxx

Ciara & Dan wedding Part 1 (morning prep)

Welcome to Ciara & Dan’s utterly gorgeous spring wedding at Ghan House, Carlingford!

We started off shooting some pics of the girls getting ready at the hotel nearby…it went a little something like this!

Ciara wanted to include her late parents in her wedding, and I thought this brooch was a really beautiful way to have them with hermorning (5)morning (14)morning (17)morning (20)morning (28)morning (31)morning (32)morning (35)morning (38)morning (39)morning (44)This is what happens when you try to photograph the makeup artist…!morning (48)morning (49)morning (55)morning (59)morning (63)morning (66)morning (69)morning (73)morning (76)morning (79)morning (81)morning (82)morning (83)morning (90)I absolutely LOVED the bridesmaids dresses! So delicate & pretty; perfect for spring.morning (91)The boys sent a cute photo of the progress at their end…morning (92)morning (94)morning (97)morning (99)morning (102)morning (104)morning (110)Ciara’s dress was sooooo beautiful!morning (116)morning (122)morning (123)morning (125)My favourite bit was the train coming out of the back!morning (127)morning (134)morning (138)Ready to go meet the boys!morning (140)

Part 2 coming soon – the ceremony!

xxxx