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
Winter isn't the most obvious time of year for an outside family photoshoot... but when the timing works and you manage to find some dry time behind the rain, snow & wind it can be a great time to wrap up warm and create unique portraits... which is what the O'Neill - Mullan - Waterhouse's did in the run up to Christmas to get some images for Granny's present...
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