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…
their friend Siobhan had spent hours making this beautiful bunting for the whole room!Let the speeches (and accompanying slideshow!) begin!Love this quaint for a table plan…Time for the band to set up…!things got blurrier as the night went on…(!)It 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
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!Lauren’s wedding day gift to her husband:
Lauren’s dad & grandad provided the music!Ice creams for everyone! (so delicious and refreshing in the heat)Two dads on the sidelines…Stay tuned for shots of their awesome dance party to come next week!xxx
Welcome to Part 2 of Stephen & Lauren’s special day, held at the Kingdom Hall in Downpatrick!Nipping to the beach for photos had made us girls a bit late….Poor Stephen…only 45 minutes extra to wait…!Thanks to second shooter Ross for the all important kiss shot!Stephen’s dad Stuart gave the ceremony talk, what a personal touch!“Look at my new ring!”Stay tuned for Part 3 – all the fun at the reception venue – the beautiful Ballydugan Mill!
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….At last: a PINK wedding dress! Yay!a most chilled bride…Lauren as a flowergirl…Seriously, this dress..Kisses from baby Loki!Meanwhile, my trusty assistant Ross was over at the boys house, shooting the preparations there…I must have Ross well trained to get such a detail orientated, girly shot…Back 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….Ok, we’re late enough..Let’s go!Part 2 coming soon! xx
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…the canapes were super fancy! (and yummy)thanks for looking! Wasn’t it a sweet wedding! Remember to leave a comment! xx
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!and here’s Groom Dan getting their son Noah ready to see his mummy!first look!heading off inside to get married!what a priveledge to have local legend Graine Duffy and her bandmate playing! Totally gorgeous.there were some lovely moments, including readings & lighting of candles for missed loved oneslook at these cheeky wee monkeys!done! married!celebration time!tune in for part 3 soon! xxxx
10 years ago today my super-gorgeous friends Gary & Julie tied the knot.
It was to be the start of something special, not just for them, but for me too.
(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
(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.
Julie’s dress remains in my top 5 favourites of all time: