Wade & Hannah came back from California to Northern Ireland to get married where Hannah grew up in Belfast. After a beautiful ceremony in St Colmcilles in East Belfast, Hannah, Wade and their guests made the short journey to the beautiful Carriage Rooms at Montalto Estate. Guests were greeted with the highest level of service from the (always brilliant) Yellow Door Catering and special guests in the form of two Alpacas who mingled perfectly with everyone and proved highly popular!
We smiled alongside Hannah and Wade all day, we couldn't not - their energy and happiness was contagious and this day was just the perfect way to celebrate the coming together of two brilliant people.
We don't say this lightly, but we were privileged to have been there
We travelled down to Dublin to celebrate with the ever so sweet Mick and Rebecca on their wedding day. It was our first visit to the fabulous Smock Alley Theatre which didn't disappoint. We then scrambled our way across Dublin City to No.25 Fitzwilliam Place for a drinks reception, which was extra special as it's owned and managed by Rebecca and her family. We had a 'knock your socks off' meal with the rest of the guests down below in Suesey Street Restaurant that Tim and I are STILL talking about!!
Thank you so much to these guys for having us and looking after us like guests. What a day. We'll never forget sneaking up to the roof top for those sunset photos, so special! Thanks also to Gavin at Dreamcatcher Productions for being great craic to work with on the day.
This lovely pair came from Paris, back to Caroline's hometown of Portrush for their glorious spring wedding, with a fabulous reception at Harry's Shack in Portstewart. They got lucky with the weather and the sun shone down on them all day. It couldn't have been more perfect. The north coast of Ireland was showing off!
Harry's Shack lended itself perfectly to their chilled beach vibes with it's gorgeous rustic decor and it's 'je ne sais quoi'. We loved every minute of this wedding and would do it all again in a heart beat! If you are thinking of having a north coast wedding, definitely consider this brilliant venue - and us to take your photos!!!
Megan and Paul chose to have their whole day (ceremony and reception) at Tullyveery House, which in our opinions is always a great choice, guests just are instantly more relaxed. And it has a great outdoor and indoor option depending on weather. We had a fabulous day with these two from start to finish!
Our first visit to Clonabreany House and we absolutely loved it. Ireland really does have some fanastic wedding venues on offer. The fact that all the guests could stay here for the night is a big bonus. But the house itself has been beautifully renovated to a seriously high standard and has such an air of luxury and elegance about it. We loved the rooms where Sharleen and Jon could get ready and the neutral grey tones that were continued around the property.
We were kindly provided with an evening meal and all 3 courses blew us away! The staff couldn't have been better and we were grateful to have been part of this beautiful winter wedding. Thanks to Sharleen and Jon for having us and putting on a great party!
Ever wondered what an Air Bnb wedding looks like? Wonder no more. Reem & Hugh didn't have much time to plan their wedding before jetting off to live in Bejing, so they did things their way, and their way was epic!
After officiating things in Belfast City Hall with their immediate family, they made their way down south to Longford where their guests awaited them. With backgrounds in architecture they knew this air bnb was the ticket to a good party with their loved ones. A blank canvas combined with good vision and help from their mates, they transformed this beautiful place into a perfect wedding venue. With indoor sleeping space limited, the great outdoors was called upon, tents were pitched and voila, everyone had somewhere to spend the night!
We don't need to say much more, feast your eyes on this....
Ah, we love Lissanoure Castle Weddings!!! It's where we tied the knot back in 2007, and it still has the same charm now as it did back then, probably even more! Tim went to school with Neal and we loved getting to know his lovely bride Anna in the lead up to the wedding.
There's no denying, Anna's Rue De Seine dress stole the show, brought even more to life by gorgeous flowers designed by Floral Earth. As always it was a joy to work alongside Tippy Logronio (MUA) and Lynette Murray (hair), two of the sweetest people in the industry!
Kevin and Mary were fortunate enough to host their wedding at Mary's family home in Draperstown. The gorgeous marquee was provided by Eventco who we always love working alongside. The grounds were decorated with bottles, jars and bits and bobs found around the home and it all tied in so perfectly, we'll never forget the background folk traditional music echoing around the grounds as guests laughed, drank, ate and just had the craic! As you can see, this was a magical wedding executed to an incredible standard and we loved every minute from start to finish.
We had the pleasure of documenting Iain and Suzanne's gorgeous wedding at The Carriage Rooms at Montalto Estate. Iain had only been home for a matter of days from The British Lions tour of New Zealand so we were seriously impressed at how fresh he looked and how well Suzanne had coped with planning so much of the wedding herself! Kudos to both of them. The Carriage Rooms, as always, was the perfect elegant venue, with help from Grace and Saviour, and flowers by The Rosehip and Berry... what a dream team!
We are so grateful to have been invited down to Galway to spend the day photographing John & Lorna's wedding at The Salthill Hotel. As you can imagine, with John's long term dedication and involvement with Connacht Rugby these guys had a huge number of guests which meant all the more fun. After a beautiful ceremony at Jes Church we headed into Galway town for drinks and to soak up some Bank Holiday vibes. We even had time to pop into Lorna and John's new 'old' house which is a wee gem of a cottage bursting with character. Not only that, it's where John proposed so we definitely wanted to mark the spot with some photos.
Vanessa and Owen travelled from Australia to get married in Owen's home town of Portrush at the end of last year, before re-locating to a new life in Oregon. They kept everything on home turf by hosting the evening party at Owen's families pub, just a stones throw from their reception venue, 55 degrees north. A brilliant, chilled out day for their friends and family, on a mild December day. They nailed this one!!
We couldn't be happier to be sharing this beautiful wedding at Drenagh House that we shot in September with Katharine & Blayne. We knew from the get-go that there would lots of us to gush over as both Katharine's sister and mum are florists at uber popular FloralEarth and Katharine herself works in the fashion industry. The dress... the dress! No words needed, just look! And Blayne kept up his side of the bargain by getting his suit handmade by Dee Graham and he just looked top dollar :) Let's not forget the epic cake table with Ursa Minor Bakehouse Donuts.... oh my!
You know it's a good day when The Red Arrows make a random surprise appearance just as you're saying your vows! Dan and Lois brought their elegance, beauty and families to beautiful Tullyveery House. We loved their style and relaxed ceremony, and any party with The Gents band and s'mores is a winner in our eyes. Lois's cousin handmade her wedding dress which was just incredible, what a talent and how significant. Unfortunately Tolly, Heneretta and Bernadette couldn't make it over from London...their cat and two chickens.
What a privilege to join with Scott & Vic as they pulled their clans together, back to where they met while holidaying for years as kids. Beautiful Downings Bay in Donegal couldn't have been a nicer spot to celebrate their day... the weather played ball and we couldn't have asked for more (and a first for Tim getting to photograph a groom getting ready in a sweet caravan at Melmore Head, beaut!)
Rachel and Ryans North Coast wedding was simply dreamy. It was our first time shooting a wedding in theCauseway Hotel (somewhere we both often (as children) visited for Sunday roasts!) but it proved to be an awesome venue and we would totally recommend it for anyone looking for a great venue on the North Antrim Coast. And being right next to the Giants Causeway for your wedding photos is just a brilliant bonus. Check it out...
It's been a good while since we blogged, I have a baby and 2 other kids to blame for that, alongside a busy summer of weekly weddings and emails through the roof! So time to change that and show off some nice fresh photos of wedding goodness...
We'll kick things off with Claire & Alex's daft punk-japenese-80's video game inspired wedding at Larchfield Estate in County Down.
Two thousand and fifteen, you've been kind to us. Not with the weather, that made life tricky at about 80% of our weddings, but with our sweet couples, families and friends. We knew when we sat down to chose these images that if we thought about it too long we'd have problems, so we did a quick whizz through some of the moments that stand out in our heads...
We had a blast enjoying a day of elegance and excellence. An old fashioned love story between Shannon and David. Old Court Chapel is an absolute haven set beside Strangford lough. From the beautiful old church to the unique barn room dance floor, it really is high up there on our list of best wedding venues in Northern Ireland. Guests were treated to a cocktail of rain and sunshine...classic Irish weather for those visiting from across the water... The wedding was helped come to life by the fantastic Floral Earth, catering by The Yellow Door, and hair and make up by Lynette Murray & Ashley Morhej, both such talented girls and a great team to work alongside!
Crom Castle feels like a dream. It has a knack of transporting you to another world, where time stands still. Surrounded by calm waters and lush green fields, you get lost in it all.
It was a joy to hear about Claire and Colin's vision in advance, and they nailed it! Their guests were treated to an adventure, which made this wedding all the more unique. Beautiful from start to finish.
Paul and Debra brought the party to the north coast! We loved these guys. Another fearless couple that take risks and break some rules. They planned their day their way. Floral crown, sharp suits, epic temple, slick cars, shades, killer dj set, confetti with a capital C and a lush sunset. If you're going to bring half of your wedding guests over from London this is the way to do it...
Matt and Ariana had a dream and it was a complete pleasure to document it unfolding. These guys live in Philadelphia, Matt moved away from Northern Ireland when he was 6 so for him and his family this was the right place. There ceremony was indeed special. They only decided on the location (at Dunseverick Castle) the day before and had their 2 dads, who are both pastors marry them - Ariana brought her Greek routes into the day by having a Greek crowning ceremony which was just beautiful. These are two incredibly trusting and generous people. Their love and faith is infectious and I can honestly say this day has changed us. We will never see Antrim coastline in the same way again...
We are delighted to bring you this inspiring Portrush couple. Stevie, Hannah and her family run two north coast shops which we love, Off The Wall and A Broader Picture. Both put a high value on quality and attention to detail. If you're around the north coast be sure to pop in.
One of our first weddings this season and what a way to kick things off! When we met up with Ben & Olivia a few weeks before their wedding we knew it was going to be special. The twinkle they both have in their eyes is something else, and Olivia's contagious laugh and ability to see the funny side in life is a gift from above (the gene clearly runs in their lovely families!).
We are so happy to bring a bit of celtic love to the blog. It was great to have so many Welsh visitors blown away by our wee countries summer sun...it's like this all the time sure!
Moving from seaside Hollywood through the countryside to the elegant Tullyverry house was the perfect way to spend the day. Escaping a few times with the bride and groom was effortless and these guys were so comfortable with one another, it was a dream.
When we first drove up to see the barn with James and Claire in June it was a shell. Literally grey walls and a big empty space. So to see it transformed was extra special. The venue was only minutes from their homes, and it was perfect. Claire and James (with a little help....notably Jil from The Stables Flower Co) painted and planned a proper barn party with elegance and charm. It felt a bit like a fairy tale! These guys pulled off the romantic idea so many of us have of hosting their wedding in a big old barn. We are thrilled to share the story of this incredibly easy going and brilliant couple's day. Enjoy. T.
As we sit here in our office today, woolly socks on, and temperatures struggling into double figures it's hard to imagine that just a few months ago we were shooting Kyle & Emma's wedding in blistering sun, and sweating from head to toe by the end! Tim and I drove back from downpatrick that evening, picked up the kids at 8pm from my parent's and we headed straight for the beach - all I could think about on the way home was running into the sea... so it had to be done!
Kyle & Emma celebrated their wedding in style at Ballydugan Mill, a super cute and super quaint venue. Emma beamed her way through the day, and Kyle brought the house down with a killer speech, heartfelt and straight to the point...
Major kudos to these guys for trekking through a potato field in that heat... it wasn't easy but they were 100% game and we think the images we made with them were pretty epic.
Conor and Anna are part of our crazy community on the north coast. It was a joy to photograph their wedding day as we have watched them go through friendship, dating and engagement.
One of our favourite places, Limepark was the venue for the ceremony which went ahead outside despite more than a few rain clouds. You could say Anna's Californian family got to witness the true unpredictable nature of our wee country. But the ceremony was full of high emotions, and the weather couldn't stand in the way of the stunning vows and prayers. We then moved on to Lissanoure castle for a feast and a party!
We loved the style and energy that the bridal party carried. And despite being attacked by an army of midgies during the evening photos, we had heaps of fun - these folk are hardcore!
So California and Coleraine has a new bond... and man aren't we thankful!
Our first wedding in Tulleyverry House, what a beauty! Brad and Elaine planned an outdoor wedding ceremony, all morning the place looked perfect, the sun was making an appearance through a few clouds and the stage was set. It rained only 30 minutes all day...take a guess when. Ha! To be honest the drama added such a buzz to the day and despite a few worried looks, pushing through the rain was the rock an roll thing to do! It was taken in great spirit by all and will make a great story for years to come. Brad and Elaine, thanks for making us feel part of the family. You have big hearts and your journey together of school years, distance and commitment is powerful. Thanks for having us!