The day began with bridal preparations at the Beech Hill Hotel, with both the bride and groom’s sisters taking on the dutiful responsibility of bridesmaids. While hair and make-up took place, I used the time to capture some getting ready shots, as well as photos of the finer details, and of course of the lovely flower girls Kirsha and Alannagh.
The bride was a vision in a stunning, Grecian style A-line gown, complete with embellished illusion neckline, which caught the light perfectly. Her bridesmaids stood by her side in elegant navy floor length dresses with subtle embellishment to effortlessly match the bride’s. The ladies completed the look by carrying bouquets of roses and gerberas in pink and cream, for a burst of colour.
Although we live in Northern Ireland, the couple proved that you can easily pull off an outdoor wedding despite the weather! The forecast for the day predicted no rain so the plan was to go ahead. But predictably, the rain began as the bride was getting into her car to drive around to the grounds. Thankfully, the rain was short and the pagoda provided enough cover to allow the couple to say their “I dos”. The groom’s friend Fidelma sang beautifully at the ceremony.
In typical Northern Ireland style, the sun shone for the rest of the day, which was greatly welcomed! The grounds at The Beech Hill provide some of the most amazing locations for photos so it would have been a shame to miss out on them. The fallen leaves and trees in the background provided a distinctly autumnal feel to some of the photos, and of course we used several other locations, including the iconic bridge.
The speeches were filled with lots of jests and laughter before the traditional cutting of the cake and first dance took place. The band of choice, Bits ‘n’ Pieces, had no trouble keeping guests on the floor for the night.
An intimate wedding with a real focus on family, I loved photographing Angie and Gary’s special day. I wish them many years of happiness together.