Antrim Coast Engagement Shoot

What a country we live in! To have romantic ruined castles & white sandy beaches on our doorstep is surely something we tend to take a little for granted here in Northern Ireland?

So I was thrilled when Lauren & Steven chose Dunluce Castle & Whiterocks Beach on the beautiful Antrim Coast for their engagement pics! Although they live quite far away, the Antrim Coast holds family memories to them, making it the perfect spot to celebrate their forthcoming nuptials.

The shoot started at Whiterocks Beach & went a little something like this…Beach (2)Beach (3)Beach (16)I always find coastal lighting is just incredible…Beach (24)Beach (29)Beach (33)Beach (35)Beach (40)Beach (44)Beach (46)Beach (50)Beach (62)Beach (64)Beach (69)We drove a few miles along the stunning coastal road to Dunluce Castle…to fight the raging wind!CastleCastle (6)Castle (12)Castle (17)Castle (21)Castle (22)Castle (28)Ross caught this sneaky shot & I love it!Castle (30)Castle (34)Such an amazing backdrop….Castle (39)Castle (45)Castle (52)Castle (56)Castle (65)Castle (70)The wind was fierce and bitterly cold so we stopped into the visitors room to defrost and write a little postcard!Castle (74)Castle (75)Lauren had this fab idea with scrabble tiles!Castle (76)Castle (77)Castle (78)Back up at the cars the sun was coming out & the sea was sparkling in the distance. Mesmerising.Castle (83)Quick costume change!Castle (84)I’d spotted this coat in Lauren’s car right before we were about to say our goodbyes and I asked her to put it on for a few shots…so glad I did, she looks beautiful in it!Castle (87)Castle (90)

And Lauren will have another ring to admire come August when she marries Steven! Can’t wait to photograph that one, I know it’s going to be a beaut!

If you’d like an engagement or a couples shoot please drop me a line, photographybyastrid@hotmail.co.uk xxx

 

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Ciara & Dan engagement shoot

Dan & Ciara are marrying soon! So we squeezed in an engagement shoot at the gorgeous Palace Stables in Armagh. They brought their cute wee son Noah along and made it a family shoot!

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Looking forward to shooting their wedding soon!

If you’d like an engagement shoot or family shoot drop me a line at photographybyastrid@hotmail.co.uk

 

JulieAnn & Padraig Part 4 – speeches & dancing!

Onto the final part of Julieann & Padraig’s NYE wedding bash – speeches & dancing! It started with the cutting of this fabulous cake!

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JulieAnn & Padraig Part 3: The Portraits

Thanks for rejoining me on our journey through Padraig & Julie-Ann’s beautiful New Year’s Eve Wedding! From the chapel at Ballymartin we took the gorgeous coastal road round to historic Ballydugan Mill in Downpatrick!the portraitsthe portraits (4)the portraits (29)the portraits (33)the portraits (10)the portraits (12)

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Join us again soon for the final part of the day – speeches and the awesome dance party & fireworks!

A New Year’s Eve Celebration (Padraig & Julie-Ann, Part 1)

Ooh, I do love a whirlwind romance! Padraig & Julie-Ann hadn’t been together long before they realised it was meant to be! They chose New Year’s Eve 2015 for their wedding celebration and I was priviledged to be there to snap it all.

Here’s how their day went …

The girls got ready at a local salon in Kilkeel! I managed to get in the very first picture!Salon (9)Salon (11)Salon (15)Salon (29)Salon (30)Salon (31)totally LOVE the matching jammies idea!Salon (34)Salon (39)I love this shot of the bridesmaids in their jammies nipping out to get breakfast!Salon (50)Our bride in the makeup hotseat!Salon (54)once back at home…getting ready (7)getting ready (17)getting ready (13)getting ready (4)getting ready (12)getting ready (26)getting ready (55)getting ready (36)getting ready (63)getting ready (24)Julie-Ann starts getting ready…getting ready (39)I love when a bride including family heirlooms in their attire, like this musical brooch belonging to Julie-Ann’s grandmothergetting ready (51)getting ready (44)getting ready (49)getting ready (54)the family see her for the first time!getting ready (60)

And then we were off to the ceremony! Part 2 to follow soon!

to love where you live is special

This weekend I got to take some shots of my friend Suzy’s amazing Dublin townhouse; she sadly has to move in a few days & wanted some pics to remember it by!

Sometimes it feels silly taking photographs of a house, just the humble abode where you live. Eventually we move on, we begin to love new places. But when I look back at photos I’ve taken of MY previous homes, I’m always so glad I bothered! A photograph can re-jig a million little memories that we may have forgotten otherwise, and sometimes a wee rush of love comes with it.

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It’s all in the details…

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Like any good neighbours, the girls spy on theirs from these top windows!
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Totally love this rug/wood combo
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Gorgeous fireplace….and stylishly embellished too.

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Single best thing about townhouses? The gorgeous natural light!house shots (7)

Did I mention Suzy is a chef?

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She cooks a mean brunch…

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suze is always so happy & cheery!

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and she has milky skin to die for! no fair!
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day trip to paris

My good friend Anna & I hadn’t seen each other in ages..being that we live in different countries. So we decided to meet up & have a little day trip to my favourite city in the world – PARIS!! Where better to have a mammoth catch up over endless amounts of food & glasses of wine?

It started with a VERY early morning flight from a foggy Dublin airport….

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10 years / double celebrations

10 years ago today my super-gorgeous friends Gary & Julie tied the knot.
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(seriously, how gorgeous are they?)

Within our social circle I was famous for always having my camera attached to me, so when their photographer took unwell shortly before the wedding, Gary called me & asked me to step in as official photographer. “Sure!” I said, naively.

And so theirs was my first ever wedding job.

Although I must have prepared a little, I admit I approached the whole thing very lightly. I went in gleefully without really knowing what I was doing! I shudder even more when I remember that I shot the WHOLE THING on 35mm film on my Canon AE1. Risky much?? I didn’t even have a digital camera back then. No back up camera. No extra equipment. No flash. No assistant. No experience. #shudder!
To this day I can’t believe a) I got away with it and b) that we’re still friends
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(the venue was Burnhouse Manor, Ayrshire, which would become a favourite haunt in our social circle for many years to come)

Gary & Julie’s wedding was special to me for lots of reasons, reasons I wouldn’t appreciate for many years to come. Emotionally, I attach memories of having been dating my now-husband for a mere 12 days at their wedding, and wishing intensely he was with me there. Even though it was early days for us, I knew he was the one and remember boring people senseless talking about him at the reception. Also, it was the start of my love affair shooting weddings. Who knew? I was absolutely hooked. Just weeks later I had my next wedding booked and off I went.

I still love these images, they bring it all back and I love the film colours of them. I printed out about 300 for them (I remember just dumping them on poor Gary in a plastic bag one day – classy!) and have very few copies myself but here they are anyway.

So, **Congratulations guys!** Out of all our married friends these guys are two of the coolest & most fun to be with and we miss them a lot. A decade of happy marriage in these days is nothing to be sniffed at & we hope to celebrate another 10 years with them in the future.

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Julie’s dress remains in my top 5 favourites of all time: 
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That face. Those eyes. I die!
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forest celebrations

Lately I’ve been missing the Scottish mountains a lot & just craving to be outdoors and doing outdoorsy things in general; breathing fresh air & enjoying greenery and stretching my legs on long walks. Strange but true!

Last Monday was out 8th wedding anniversary and Ross must have picked up on my recent cravings because he booked us a magical little getaway in Tollymore Forest, Co. Down to celebrate for a few days.

Our little loft was super cosy & had a beautiful garden:

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blog (19)I also scouted some time amazing swimimng spots for next summer in the river Shimna…..

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………..and even did some urbexing!

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Course there’s always time for some silly selfies, too

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It was the perfect holiday – we got the balance of laying around reading, eating (too much) amazing food & then burning it off on long walks in the forest and then eating some more (because, you know, we’d earned it) Some friends had even given us these to wash it all down with…

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What a refreshing wee break! Until next time………