Marianne & Conor

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Marianne & Conor

There are some couples who have the kind of love for each other which is so palpable that you can almost reach out and touch it - Conor and Marianne are one such couple. I was privileged to be able to spend a slightly damp January day amongst their family and friends, all gathered together in Carlingford at The Four Seasons to witness their wedding - one of the most important days of their lives. I went about things in my usual way documenting the day exactly as it happened.

There were a few tears, plenty of laughter, and there may even have been a dance off between a pyjama clad wee girl and a certain photographer (hoping that the video captured by Hatch Wedding Films had stopped rolling by that point!)

Hopefully the images below will go some way to show what the day felt like, as well as how it looked . . . . .

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Claire & John

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Claire & John

Irish North Coast Relaxed and Natural Wedding Photography

I’m often asked “what happens if it rains?” and the answer is usually - we get wet! The way that I see it is that you have to put up with the rain if you want the rainbow. The 28th of July last year saw an amber weather warning across Northern Ireland, with a month’s worth of rain falling within a few hours - which isn’t exactly the ideal weather report when you have an outdoor barn wedding planned!

Luckily for me Claire & John are two of the loveliest and most laid back people you could ever wish to meet, so the deluge definitely did not dampen spirits! With their nearest and dearest assembled on Claire’s family farm just a stone’s throw from the crumbling walls of Dunluce Castle and the crash of the North Atlantic, their only focus was on having a great day to celebrate their love for one another.

The weather did briefly break as the light was fading away, for just long enough to head to the windswept and wild coast for a wander along the cliff’s edge before getting back for their alternative and acrobatic take on the traditional first dance (see below!)

I’d photographed John and Claire before at the wedding of Roger & Jess, so knew that I was in for a great day, as for me a literal barn-load of great characters in the pouring rain trumps picture perfect weather any day . . .

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Sara & Ian

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Sara & Ian

Relaxed Documentary Wedding - Tinakilly House, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

The average wedding morning begins with pampering for the Bride and probably a hearty breakfast for the Groom . . . this wasn’t an average wedding morning, or an average wedding for that matter.

Running is a shared passion for Sara and Ian (they got engaged half way through a marathon!), so what better way to start the day than a cheeky 5K leg stretch? The jury is out on whether the same passion was shared by all of their family and friends, (almost) all of whom joined them in pounding the roads and tracks around Tinakilly House in Wicklow on a crisp and clear winter morning, with only a couple of grimaces amongst the smiles in this show of pavement pounding solidarity.

Their wedding day was a relaxed and intimate affair with plenty of laughs, a couple of moist eyed moments, rounded off by some interesting dance moves and more running - this time through sparklers.

Above all it was such a pleasure to bear witness to a tightly knit group of friends and family coming together in celebration, through the lens of a camera, so that the day could be enjoyed, exactly as it happened . . . for ever more.

I will let the pictures do the talking from here (a thousand words and all that stuff), but suffice to say this day was a highlight for me, and I hope to be back at Tinakilly House in the very near future for more of the same!

Their day went a little like this;

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Roger & Jess

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Roger & Jess

An Irish North Coast summer Marquee wedding

I'm not really sure where to start.

The beginning is probably the most logical place so I've cast my mind back to a chilly February morning at a wedding fair in Belfast where we first met Roger and Jess. They explained that they were planning "a simple affair with a marquee in Roger's parent's back garden on the North Coast" for their wedding and wanted something nice and relaxed and natural for their wedding photography. This sounded great to me as I love a good DIY wedding, although I'm not sure that this description really did justice to the eventual outcome of a lot of hard work and attention to detail.

I spent most of the morning of the wedding with Jess and her bridesmaids Katherine, Zahra, Rebecca, Mum Helen, Dad Gary and of course flower girl extraordinaire - Jess's little sister Emily. The ladies (and Gary!) were a pleasure to be around, with plenty of energy, smiles, laughter . . .just a few tears and an impromptu dance routine or two instigated by Helen!

A visit to the boys at what would be the venue for the wedding reception later in the morning revealed the result of all of the meticulous planning and hard work that had gone before - not least by Roger's lovely parents Shirley and Brian who had so generously offered to play host at their beautiful home in Portballintrae. There were no dance renditions here, just a few lawn games and a bit of a gym session, followed by some relaxing around the fire pit and a fair bit of poaching from the freshly set up sweetie table. The time then came to don the bow ties in readiness for the main event.

It was back with the girls in time for the final preparations as everything became a little more real as Jess slipped in to her stunning Enzoani wedding dress from Eden Bridal . . . 

A short vintage Mustang ride later the Causeway Coast Vineyard was the venue for the beautiful ceremony , presided over by Jonathon Frazer.

It wouldn't be a wedding on the North Coast without a trip to the beach, so we headed down to Whiterocks just outside Portrush for some natural and relaxed pictures whilst having a walk and a chat, before heading back to Portballintrae.

I hear a lot of wedding speeches, and I have to give special mention to Roger's best man and all round good guy John - he pulled a phenomenal rhyming speech out of the bag that was both touching and funny, only just upstaging the mother of the Bride who took to the mic for a rendition of "Isn't she lovely" ! Brian and Gary both delivered amazing Dad's speeches, with plenty of laughter and not too many dry eyes. Roger's groom's speech was a truly lovely ode to family and friends - and most of all to the new Mrs. Bonnar. It was the perfect way to close proceedings just in time for some delectable dishes from Jane's Kitchen, served under the incredible maverick marquee.

Jess has got moves - lots of moves, and she'd even taught Roger a few for their first dance, which went down a storm with the guests. Ceilidh band The Outlaws packed out the dance floor (you may recognise the drummer!) before a carefully choreographed dance with Jess and her Dad just as the sun was setting.

We couldn't ignore the golden light streaming in, so we ran down to Portballintrae Beach to catch an incredible sunset. There are few places on earth as beautiful as the North Coast of Ireland at sunset.

As the last of the sun disappeared over the horizon the party raged on, before it was time for the Bride and Groom Bonnar to run a sparkler lit gauntlet to their waiting car - a fantastic way to end the most perfect of days.

It was an absolute pleasure to spend such a magical day with such a fun loving and welcoming bunch of people, I am really lucky to be able to do what I do. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Bonnar and thank you everyone for having me along for the day.

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Wedding Suppliers

Video - Islander Visual Media

Wedding Dress - Enzoani (supplied by Eden Bridal Belfast)

Hair & Make up- Elana @ Elle Pearls // Mellissa Elliott

Flowers - The Stables Flower Company

Marquee - Maverick Marquees

Catering - Jane's Kitchen

Music - The Outlaws Ceilidh Band

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Aidan & Sinead

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Aidan & Sinead

Natural and relaxed winter wedding at Ballygally Castle

A crisp November day beckoned; with a fresh blue sky and a nip in the air I headed to see Sinead on the morning of her wedding to Aidan. We'd first spoken about my relaxed and natural approach to wedding photography via the wonders of Skype over a year earlier, when the pair were living in London and making preparations to head home to County Antrim to get married at Ballygally Castle.

As I hope you'll see in the images this really was an immensely happy day, with all of the beaming smiles, hugging, kissing and belly laughs that you would associate with a wedding, although there was definitely a tinge of sadness for me as I arrived at Sinead's parent's house that morning.

Sinead's lovely Mum Pauline had been battling cancer, and Aidan and Sinéad had moved their date forward by a month or so to make sure that Pauline was able to be there to see her Daughter get married.

I can honestly say that I have never, ever encountered anything quite like this group of family and friends. They were warm, welcoming and above all resolute in their determination to make the absolute most of a celebration of such a happy and joyful occasion, even in the face of such heart wrenching circumstances.

This is the story of that wonderful day.

After spending the early part of the morning with the ladies of the bridal party I made the short trip over to Aidan’s parent’s house to check in with the boys, who were busy making themselves look presentable. As the time to leave approached there was a slight air of mounting tension, even if it was masked with a good amount of banter!

After a really fun and relaxed early morning, a certain amount of nervous energy had crept in when I got back to bridal party HQ too, especially as the time of the ceremony drew closer.

After Hugh had seen his beautiful daughter in her stunning wedding dress for the first time as she descended the stairs, it was time to leave for the church, where an expectant Aidan was awaiting Sinead's arrival.

Following the ceremony, and much congratulatory hugging and kissing that followed, the Bride and Groom headed to the gorgeous surroundings of their wedding reception venue at Ballygally Castle on the County Antrim Coast.

After taking in the stunning views across the bay to Ballygally Castle, Mr and Mrs Watt headed inside to the warm welcome of all of those nearest and dearest to them.