INTIMATE JAMES STREET SOUTH WEDDING

They say that good things come in small packages
— Anon (AKA "They")

The above quote is a well known one, although I have never been entirely sure who "they" are exactly . . . . but it would appear that there is quite a bit of truth to that particular assertion.

When I was contacted by Rosie and Mark to photograph their wedding I was informed that it would be a very intimate and relaxed affair, with only eight guests including the bride and groom.

I love something a little bit different, and relish the challenge that a wedding that is a little bit different brings with it, so I was really looking forward to photographing their day as it offered a chance for me to think outside of the box.

My aim is to blend in as much as possible, and tell a story from the perspective of a guest, which would be slightly different to a more traditional wedding as I would be making up 11% of the entire wedding party on the day.

It was off to South Belfast in the morning to see Rosie and the two bridesmaids Catriona and Claire getting ready with the assistance of the hair and make up experts, before we were joined by Rosie's Mum and Dad. We then headed to Belfast City Hall where Mark and his parents were waiting for the bride.

After Rosie had made her entrance and the intimate ceremony had finished, the Bride and Groom walked back down the aisle and we took the opportunity to get some relaxed portraits and a couple of group photographs inside the amazing interior of City Hall. There really is no place quite like this building; we are so lucky to have such a magnificent civil wedding venue here in Belfast, and I hope I will be back soon.

It was just a hop skip and a jump through the ever so slightly damp city centre to the incredible James Street South where the guests would enjoy their wedding breakfast. If you have never been to this restaurant and have a special celebration coming up I would strongly suggest making a booking. They also have a private dining room that is available for weddings if you are on the lookout for a Belfast city Centre wedding venue with a difference! The staff could not have been more attentive and accommodating, and the food looked that good that I actually made a booking there and then for my own forthcoming anniversary (it tasted even better than it looked!).

After the delectable desserts had been served it was time for me to go. I had thoroughly enjoyed my short but sweet time with Rosie and Mark and their families, it was really nice to feel such a part of their day, and I wish Mr & Mrs Rose all the best for what I'm sure will be a very long and extremely happy future together.

Yes, you did just read that correctly; Rosie is now able to proudly proclaim that she is Mrs Rosie Rose; and I for one think that it has a certain ring to it!

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