An Grianan Hotel was the backdrop as Michelle & Jonathan got married earlier this month… after ten years together the decision for them to make things official probably didn’t surprise too many of their family & close friends - the surprise element may have been that they gave themselves a little over four months to organise the big day! So it was an absolute credit to them, and all who lent a hand, when everything came together in a day to remember with tears, joy, love and laughter, a surprise song, and some serious dance floor moves...
My day started with me meeting Michelle, and her bridal party, at Sky Salon; I caught up with the boys at Johnny’s family home, before following on as Fairytale Wedding Cars took them across the border to An Grianan Hotel; where first Celtri and The Front Wedding Band provided the soundtrack for the day.
Here’s a look at Michelle & Jonathan’s Day
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
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
While other people were contemplating tucking into the unloved sweets at the bottom of the Quality Street tin, or finding their resolve starting to waiver less that forty eight hours after making their new year resolution's, Liam & Sonya were spending their second day of 2017 in the company of their family & friends as they married in the Church of Ease, Fahan; before making their way to the Silver Tassie for their reception.
An Irish wedding is always going to be somewhat at the mercy of the weather, but at their most optimistic I doubt the happy couple would have expected the early morning cloud to clear, revealing the day's blue sky, that would have made a summer's day jealous. Although the chiily winds at An Grianan soon reminded us it was indeed a winter wedding!
Enough from me - here are some highlights from their day - feel to comment & share.
Halloween's always been a big thing in Derry - and nowhere moreso that my own house where my kids love the opportunity to dress up and join in the fun. This year they ended up a a skeleton Bride & Groom - (it's a total co-incidence that they have a wedding photographing daddy, and a wedding cake creating mammy!
I am a wedding & family photographer based in Derry in the North West of Ireland.