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