Grainne & Andy wanted, in their own words, 'a chilled and family focused day, a day about making official what we already have, a wonderful family of precious girls with our love and commitment at the heart of that.'
Photography: Patrick Duddy Photography
Grainne's Dress: Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage
Bridal Party: Amore Bridal & Menswear
Hair & Beauty: Colum Cooke, Trench Road
Ceremony & Reception: Bishops GateRut Hotel, Derry
Ceremony Music: Ruth McGinley
Wedding Cake Table: Pretty Elegant Cakes
Cake Topper: Piece Makers
Wedding Band: Ursula McHugh & Co
DJ: Silver Fox Entertainment
A recent evening with Grainne & Andy (and girls) ahead of their BIshop's Gate Hotel Wedding was a good chance for me to get to know some of the smaller members of their wedding party ahead of what will be a very family orientated big day later this month. It was also a chance for them to get used to me pointing a camera in their direction - luckily Andy went home with his soul still intact so we put that worry to bed for him at least...
A walk, with cartwheels (not from me I should add!) was followed up by a stop in at the Bishops Gate Hotel itself for a quick scout of their wedding venue, where the excitement was almost palpable...
It was a pleasure to spend Easter Monday at the wonderful Ballyscullion Park as I second shot with Natalie Doherty at Nadine & Cathal's Wedding... The joy of second shooting was not only the chance to watch a talented photographer work up close, but also having the freedom to indulge my love of documentary wedding photography while wandering among Nadine & Cathal's guests as they enjoyed the bright spring day in the wide open spaces of Ballyscullion.
Here's a few of my shots from their special day.
Some of the other vendors who made the day...
Dress: Ronald Joyce at Creative Ideas Bridal
Hair: Gibson Hair & Make up
Make-Up: Gibson Hair + Makeup
Cake: Louise Mailey
Caterers: Arbutus Catering
Venue: Ballyscullion Park - Exclusive Wedding Venue
First Photographer: Natalie Doherty
There's been a constant state of excitement in our home over the last few weeks (and months!) due to the countdown to my daughter's First Communion... by the time the big day arrived our dress shopping trip to Kindle Occasions seemed a distant memory - our only trip I should add, as the second dress tried was the chosen one!
And thanks to Auntie Susie for taking the camera for this one!
It would have been a shame to let the recent spell of good weather pass without heading out, camera in hand, to enjoy one of the bright evenings... so with neither a wedding, or engagement shoot imminent I was lucky that Rebecca & Richard were up for a 'Just Because' Photo-shoot; who says you need a specific reason to have some photos taken!
So with my now lightweight Fujifilm (info for the camera nerds among us) bag packed I jumped in the car and left Derry for Downhill & the Mussenden Temple for a wander (and a ponder) via a quick stop to pick up my passengers in Ballykelly...
Here's a few of the shots from the evening.
I am a wedding & family photographer based in Derry in the North West of Ireland.