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.
My adventure with Lauren and Chris started with our meeting in Sprucefield car park. We had met for coffee but since the M&S coffee shop had closed early and nowhere else was open bar McDonald’s, we pulled up a chair outside and got a chat. I knew from the fact they were laid back enough to handle this that they were my sort of couple. We ended up chatting for over an hour about their plans for the day at their Orangetree House wedding in August. At that point it was almost 2 years away – time flies!!
They decided to do an engagement shoot in the gorgeous Lady Dixons park to get them ready for the big day. It’s always a winning idea – firstly to put nerves at rest, and secondly, to have lovely photos for your invitations. Like everyone I ever meet they said they hated having their photo taken. I get this all the time but during the shoot they certainly got into it! And like everyone else they were fab at it – you guys are all too hard on yourselves!
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