What can I say about Caroline and Gar!! I first met this pair of legends in March 2017. Newly hitched myself and just back to work after dragging out a ridiculously long honeymoon. They were the best way I could ever have started back. I am not ashamed to admit I ended up having a wee cry at the Belfast City Hall elopement. Brian Kennedy sang their favourite song and their very closest family were there. Gar’s son and daughter and Caroline’s sister and hubby with her mum.
Their tiny absolutely overflowing with emotion ceremony was followed by lunch at the Merchant. First a few photos around town though before they headed off. Both of them have massive hearts with so much love for friends, family and each-other. Caroline spends her days promoting disability equality with her company Valuable 500, herself very visually impaired, and Gar works as an architect and event planner (hence the incredible home).
It’s so exciting being newly engaged. Its a major excuse to drink bubbly every night for at least a week then start planning your wedding day! There are loads of fab blogs like Rock N Roll Bride and Way Out Wedding to give you ideas. Pinterest can also be helpful (just be careful not to lose days of your life on it!). Supplier directories like This is Reportage and Quirky Weddings are a good place to start searching for ideas too.
These guys planned an absolutely gorgeous day outside and for once the weather in Ireland played ball. Not fans of posing they asked for lots of candid photos and a small set of family pics. That’s a really great mix for when you want to keep everyone happy. Some family pics but also no spending ages getting photos. I’m a big fan of letting people enjoy their day with guests rather than look at me for hours. Erin & David actually live in Montreal but David grew up in Finaghy, my old hood. They wanted to come back to have a Belfast wedding here with family and fell in love with Ballydugan.
David and Erin tied the knot quite literally with a hand fasting ceremony at the lake at the gorgeous Ballydugan mill. They used a piece of family tartan to carry out the traditional Irish ceremony. Set against a backdrop of sun reflecting on the lake it really was beautiful. A really nice alternative to wedding rings if you are looking for something different for your ceremony.
So things have been a little hectic with a new little one joining the family – everyone meet Clara! If you follow me on instagram you’ve probably seen her already. I fully admit to having baby spammed my stories!! She is the best thing ever and totally my favourite person! She also means things have been quiet over here at Crazy Happy Love. I’ve been taking my time to enjoy hanging out with her. Getting to know everything about her has been my job of late and I love it. She loves books and hates socks. She speaks fluent dinosaur and can make a mess with an avocado like nobody else. But now I’m getting back in business mode