I was delighted when an old childhood friend got in touch to ask if I would be free to photograph her sister's wedding back home in Northern Ireland over the Christmas holidays.
Anne and Neil would say their vows in Anne's home Church in Garvagh and celebrate at one of Northern Ireland's top wedding venues, the Galgorm.
The wedding ceremony was held in Anne's home Church, St Pauls Church of Ireland, Garvagh.
They decorated it beautifully, with gold and glass lanterns along the aisle, and delicate arrangements of roses tied with white ribbons at the end of the pews.
The beautiful floral arrangements were the craft of Cherie Nummy&James Burnside, NIFGAS.
Anne's wedding dress was so elegant. Simply stunning: Eliza Jane Howell from Logans Bridal, Cloughmills.
I'm a bit of a Charlotte Tilbury addict myself...Anne got all her bridal make-up from Charlotte Tilbury after a make-up lesson during her hen weekend.
Anne's uncle made the ceremony extra special as their marriage officiant.
(I really hope this photo gets used in the future, beside a photo when they're both walking up the aisle in the other direction)
Neil's pride and joy (after Anne of course!); making their first drive as husband and wife in style!
I was so happy to have such beautiful light as the sun was starting to disappear in front of the Galgorm's iconic waterfall.
A bit of final cramming before the big speech!
Close-up magician, Rodd Hogg was the highlight of their drinks reception, he left everyone amazed and astounded!
Their wedding cake was created by Christine Pyer, a family friend. You're a talented lady!
Anne and Neil's first dance. I'm in love with your dress!
Picture the Sound high energy Indie Rock band were brilliant, getting everyone on their feet after the first dance
Congratulations, Anne and Neil! Thank-you for picking me to be your wedding photographer. It was such a fun and relaxed day, with so many thoughtful little details you'd planned to make sure your family and friends had a day to remember.
For everyone who spotted something they would love for their own wedding, here are the details of the suppliers:
Wedding and Engagement rings: Murray & Co Belfast
Wedding Dress: Eliza Jane Howell from Logans Bridal,Cloughmills
Ruth’s bridemaids dress: Ghost
Flowergirl dresses & cape: Monsoon
Hair Stylist: Jess Laverty at Powder Puff Rooms, Ballymena.
Flowers: Church: Cherie Nummy - Area demonstrator and judge at NIGFAS (Northern Ireland Group of Flower Arrangement Societies) & James Burnside – National demonstrator, judge, teacher at NIGFAS
Flowers: Bouquets, floral headpieces, men’s corsages & table centrepieces at Galgorm (except for the dried hydrangeas rings that Ruth and I made ourselves on Christmas day) : Sally’s Floral Studio Ballymena
Harpist & Vocalist: Alice Mc Faul
Magician: Rodd Hogg
Band: Picture the Sound
Thanks to the team at the Galgorm for being so helpful. Especially Donna, Anne and Neil's, Wedding Planner for helping me on my initial visit; and Tim, Wedding Host Extraordinaire, for all your help on the big day. I hope it's the first of many weddings at the your fabulous venue!
To Anne and Neil and a very happy forever after!