A beachy wedding

It's absolutely freezing outside and it's blowing a hurricane to boot. Winter is definitely here, so I've decided this is the perfect time to share an end of summer wedding, just as a wee reminder of warmer days when the sand stayed still and didn't end up in your eyes quite so much!I've known Gemma since she was born and her family and ours go way back. So to be able document her wedding, on the beach at Downhill at the end of summer, was an absolute privilege. And it is going to take an awful lot for another wedding to top this in every respect! From the relaxed marquee with gin on tap to the amazing dress the bride wore, the train that honked right after the vows, the rainbow behind Mussenden Temple and the lone dolphin in the sea, this wedding broke every mould there was! And that doesn't even include their tiny and beautiful daughters who may just have stolen the show.So grab a cup of something warm and enjoy what might be my favourite wedding ever!

Katie and Jonny got married

This was quite possibly the most relaxed wedding I've had the pleasure of photographing. The bride and her mum had everything so completely organised that at one point we were all practically twiddling our thumbs (or we could have had we not been eating our way through the most amazing spread of sandwiches, crisps and strawberries!)It's always a really special treat to photograph people you know, and this was certainly true of Katie and Jonny's day. I've known Katie for many years, including the 5 I was her English teacher, and her dad is the principal at our boys' primary school, so it was a real joy to get to document it for them. From the preparations to the ceremony at Trinity Presbyterian and on to the reception at Campbell College, it was a day which focused on family and God, the foundations on which Mr and Mrs Lowe will certainly be building their future. And when the first dance is "Cotton Eye Joe", you know you'll never get a day like this again! 

Mr & Mrs McDonald

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and as chance would have it I am lucky to have Sharon and Paul as part of mine, even if we don't quite know the official term for your cousin's daughter and her husband! They've been very happily married for 10 years and have two completely gorgeous children and a gazillion other crazies they call brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.This summer they chose to celebrate those 10 years and the people who have journeyed it with them with a beautiful ceremony to renew their vows. And they did it in total style at Montalto Estate just outside Ballynahinch. At a time when the divorce rate is 1 in 2, it was an honour to be part of a day where a couple acknowledged the 10 years of marriage they've enjoyed so far and then pledged to continue that journey together, no matter what life throws at them.Sharon and Paul, you are amazing!

It's all in the detail :: the flowers

I'm a sucker for the details on any shoot, but especially at a wedding.  Those little things that the bride (and/or groom but we know it's really the bride!) has spent hours deliberating over, pinning ideas and dreaming about for months.  So I thought over the next couple of weeks I'd share some of my favourite details from some of the weddings I've had the privilege of documenting.And so I give you, the flowers!!

That splash of red - perfection!

Sheer simplicity in a buttonhole.

Hand tied? Yes please!

I think this is my favourite floral shot evah!!

Buttonhole perfection right there!

Just. So. Pretty.

My favourite table setting from last year!

Those sunflowers were in total defiance of the rain!

Pink and turquoise bringing the tropics to the province!

I'm so excited to see how this summer's wedding flowers shape up over the coming months!  If you're looking for a photographer for your wedding and want someone who notices the details you've spent hours thinking about I'd love to chat to you about how we could document them for you, so use that button up there and give me a shout!

The happiest wedding ever!

I've been wanting to blog this wedding for ever and until now life has just kept getting in the way. But I'm not letting anything stop me this evening.These two are quite possibly the sweetest couple in the world, and to say it was a privilege documenting their day is a gross understatement! Not only did I get to photograph the day for a good friend, but I gained another along the way and for that I will be eternally grateful.The weather was rubbish, raining nearly all day, but as you will see, not even the dampest Northern Ireland weather can rain on true love's parade! So grab a cup of coffee (glass of wine optional), get yourself comfy and take a peek at the happiest wedding ever!Now, don't you feel altogether cheered and jolly to your core? Mark and Linz, you two were a dream couple to work with and to count you as friends made it all the more special! And to Aly, I will forever be all over any opportunity for the #dreamteam to work together!!