Lisa & Lee’s Clandeboye wedding (with gin themed tables!!!)

Lisa & Lee love gin as much as I do – so much so they named all their tables at their Clandeboye Lodge wedding after their favourite tipple which I instantly fell in love with. Not only is it a great drink but there are so many pretty bottles it worked brilliantly! Their day in September last year was full of laughs from start to finish (including one at my own expense when I very nearly knocked over a candle stick during the ceremony but thankfully managed to catch it in time) and lovely moments like getting both their dads to light candles during the ceremony and the best man having a wee cry during his speech. We got the kind of autumn day wedding photographers would pay money for if they could (unfortunately ya can’t book the sun I’ve tried) and were able to make the most of it and get some gorgeous photos. They’re a pretty shy couple as they told me before hand so I shot a lot with a longer lens to ease them in, basically going for a walk and me following along at a little bit of a distance trying not to make them nervous. When I’m shooting portraits I tend to get people to head to where the light is perfect then go from there – I much prefer candid relaxed shots to overly posed grinning at the camera ones.

Lisa sadly lost her brother Tom many years ago in an accident and wore a locket with his photo in it to make him a part of the day which I thought was a genuinely lovely touch – she got her mum a matching one too. That and Lee and his new wife dancing with their gran after their first dane were my fave moments of the day – near had a wee cry behind the camera *shush no theres something in your eye* ahem…





Matthew & Kerry’s handmade autumn themed Wedding

I first met Matthew years ago when I started doing work as a photographic tutor with The Skyway Club. The Skyway Club are a group of adults with various disabilities (well they would tell ya otherwise because trust me nothing slows them down) who meet on a daily basis and work on lots of great creative projects and offer each other a support group. They’ve become great friends of mine and I love calling in for a cuppa and working on our various mad photography projects. When I heard Matthew and Kerry were getting married there was no way I wasn’t going to be their photographer as I knew how much effort they would put into making it their day. They spent SO much time making little details for the wedding – every piece of decor crafted by their own hands (with the help of the skyway guys) with a beautiful autumn theme running throughout the flowers, colours and set up of the room at The Ballygally Castle. there’s a really lovely feeling being part of a wedding day where it’s a real team effort and with friends doing the makeup, hair, music and myself behind the camera it really was a day full of their friends with their families playing a massive part. Both Kerry and Matthew are extremely close to their families and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house during their ceremony and everyone was straight up on the dancefloor with them after the first dance to party the night away too.

I’m always a fan of any bride who is brave enough to face the weather and head out for photos and Kerry came prepared with wellies to get down on to the beach for some pics – you’re only going to do it once so what if the dress gets a bit wet!! We set off in a VW camper van to brave the rain which actually let up a bit for us, then back to the gardens which had beautiful colours and light and apples lying everywhere that had fallen off the trees.  I miss autumn already roll on the next one it really is my favourite time of year!