Ciara & John’s drama filled weddings 1 & 2

Not many couples can say they had their wedding twice but in the case of Ciara & John that’s exactly what happened!! On the morning of the wedding I arrived at John’s family home Annahavil house which is a photographers dream as a location with gorgeous old rooms full of character and love. Family photos adorn every wall and his dad who he sadly lost a few years ago was still so present from his photos, musical instruments and his family’s abundant love for him shown in sentimental touches like John wearing his dad’s wedding ring engraved with his own wedding date and one of his grooms men playing h9is dad’s guitar during their ceremony.  The willow farm was really important to Ciara & John and their families for that reason so they decided to have a marquee wedding on the farm his dad had spent so many years working on.

After some time with the boys it was off to the Tullylagan to catch up with the girls who were having a blast getting ready. Alas Ciara wasn’t feeling too well but she put it down to a busy week preparing everything they had done themselves for their DIY wedding. Not long here before we headed to their gorgeous church in Cookstown for their ceremony where this besotted duo tied the knot.

And that’s where the drama kicked in – poor Ciara took  a massive turn for the worse during the ceremony and after walking down the aisle as newly weds had to be rushed home where she ended up leaving her wedding in an ambulance not a limo. In a scenario that would have sent most brides into full bridezilla mode Ciara took the entire thing like an absolute champion – she refused to let it ruin the day and insisted on all her guests having a party in their honour while her and her groom spent their first night as newlyweds in hospital. Her attitude being that she had married the love of her life so nothing would ruin the day was truly inspiring and how much John dropped everything to make sure she was ok honestly moved me to tears! Her dad took it upon himself to read the beautiful speeches the two had ridden and there was not a dry eye in the house. As a documentary wedding photographer I’m there to capture moments so I stayed despite having no bride or groom to capture as many photos of their family and friends as I could so they could at least look back and see everyone who was there and enjoy the day through their photos.

Ciara thankfully recovered in tine for the pair to manage their well deserved honeymoon. Meanwhile in the background plans were afoot to give them two the party they deserved and her bridal party and guests organised a second party for them in the Ivory so we decided to make a day of it for their Belfast wedding day! Ciara and John got dolled up again for wedding two and we headed to Queens and botanic Gardens to finally get them some gorgeous portraits before sending them off with their family and friends to party the night away (and this time she left in a taxi not an ambulance!!) A truly wonderful wedding to be a part of (both parts) and an adventure they shared which I’m sure will make for a hell of a story for years to come!!

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