I always love it when I'm trusted to photograph an event in an reportage/documentary style... to be simply asked to come along & document what's happening, without interference or contrivance. That trust is magnified when the event is one in which the organisers have, clearly, invested their heart & souls into; as was the case at Echo Echo's Contact Improvisation Festival 2018.
Now that Echo Echo has released details for the second edition of their Festival, www.echoechodance.com/cifestival, it felt like as good an excuse as any to share some of my photography from an afternoon spent at their first...
Caireen & Rónán's Wedding Reception @ The Everglades Hotel, Derry.
Many, if not all couples, have probably passed the comment that they'd love to do their wedding day all over again...
Caireen & Rónán were lucky enough to (almost) do just that.. they followed up their intimate family wedding in Long Tower & The Bishop's Gate Hotel with a wedding reception two days later at The Everglades Hotel - allowing them more relaxed time to share with their extended family & friends, who'd traveled from Derry & Dundalk ...
Here's some photos from their day...
Caireen & Rónán faced the choice, that many engaged couples do, of what sort of wedding day to have - a small intimate gathering, or a good & proper shindig... They, however, came up with their own novel solution - why not both??
First up was the family gathering; with their ceremony at St Columba's Long Tower Church, (not to be confused with St Columb's Cathedral, as if anyone would), before a stroll for their guests, in autumn sunshine, to the Bishops Gate Hotel; with a slight detour, via a walk on the Derry Walls, for the happy couple, with just myself & a bus load of tourists for company....
Here's the story of their day(s)... Part One
Séanan made her First Communion... so she went for a dander around Brooke Park with her Mum, Dad & Big Sis... I dandered along with them and took some photos as we went - it would have been silly not too ;-)
So here's a random wee selection from our afternoon...
Eileen & Paul's Wedding was the story of two Bally's... with my day starting with Eileen & her bridal party in Ballykelly as they prepared for the day ahead, before it ended late into the evening at Ballyliffin Lodge...
In between there was the wee matter of a wedding ceremony at St Finlough's, where Eileen & Paul said their 'I Do's' in the company of their friends and family; a quick stop off in Ballykelly Forest allowed us a few portraits, before the kind folks of Cool Classics took the bridal party across the Foyle and into Inishowen.
To say the happy couple and their guest intended to enjoy the evening to the full would be an understatement.... and so with the dance floor packed they celebrated into the wee hours...
Here's a few photos from their day.... (comment away below)
For those interested in the finer details here's a few of the folks who helped make the day...
Eileen's Dress - Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage Greysteel
Suits - Cityman Derry
Ceremony - St Finlough's. Ballykelly
Reception - Ballyliffin Lodge
Flowers - Shaueen Nicoll Limavady
Ceremony & Pre-Dinner Music - Turas Girls
Band/DJ The Collective Wedding band
Cars - Cool Classics Derry
Cake - Kathleen Crossan
Videography - Devine Moments Greysteel
Room Dressing - Canterbury Tails
Selfie Mirror - Walled City Photobooths
Bridesmaid Dresses: Ultimate Dresses