Mark & Maelíosa’s North South wedding

North and South

The joy of living in Northern Ireland is ya can easily nip across the border and back again. It’s like a wee trip where nothing changes except the money and the speed limit is in km. That did not stop my hubby’s grandad from driving back from Dublin at 120mph once though as he didn’t realise!! When Mark and Maelíosa planned their wedding they decided to make the most of the two countries opportunity. They married in the stunning Newry Cathedral where Mark’s family were from, then headed to the Ballymascanlon not far down the road and not far from Maeliosa’s family home in Ravensdale.

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family photographys by Belfast wedding photographer Crazy Happy Love

Family Photo Time

We Are Family

Once the main part of wedding photos, set up family group shots  have now fallen a bit out of fashion. A more documentary approach to wedding photography means these often get overlooked for entirely candid shots. Standing around for ages when you could be drinking champagne –  I mean I get it thats no fun. But this is the one day everyone will be together and all dolled up.

We only really take family photos at special occasions and I like to make sure with every wedding I shoot there is a little time to do some family photos.  I don’t take long – I always get a list in advance and work through it as quickly as possible so it doesn’t interrupt the flow of your day.  That ten minutes gives you photos of everyone to look back on alongside the candid shots of the day. They don’t even have to be rigid groups in lines they can be fun and relaxed – going for a walk or chilling on a sofa. but it definitely is worth taking the time to get just a few.

A few tips to make formal portraits easy…

They don’t have to be formal – just be yourselves and enjoy it

Don’t wing it. Have a list in advance for me it means I know who all needs to be included and will have a best man or bridesmaid round them up while we do your portraits. Then you get to say hey to everyone and get a few smiley pics before dinner

Planning a full group photo – if you want all your guests do this right after the ceremony or right before dinner. No other time will work as somebody will be at the bar, having a smoke, at the loo etc…

think of it as ten minutes to invest in photos your family will love and frame for the mantlepiece.

 

Valentines Gift ideas by Belfast wedding photographer Crazy Happy Love Photography

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!

Valentines Day history lesson

Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Day, is a day when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century.

Although there were several Christian martyrs named Valentine, the day may have taken its name from a priest who was martyred about 270 CE by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. According to legend, the priest signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and, by some accounts, healed from blindness. Other accounts hold that it was St. Valentine of Terni, a bishop, for whom the holiday was named, though it is possible the two saints were actually one person. Another common legend states that St. Valentine defied the emperor’s orders and secretly married couples to spare the husbands from war. It is for this reason that his feast day is associated with love.

Aye so that’s all a bit heavy!!!

Great Valentine’s Day Gifts

Forget flowers and chocolates guys and gals here’s a Crazy Happy Guide to some fab gift ideas

Say Cheese!

Wow your special someone with a surprise couple shoot to get them feeling super loved up. You could even propose during it if that fancy takes ya (warn me first if thats the plan tho okay!!) I do vouchers so get in touch if you’d like one.

Gig Tickets

I’m a sucker for a good tune and love a night out at a gig. I photograph a lot of them (see my other website) but love the chance to go ot one just for fun! Check out this list of great gigs happening in NI soon from BBC ATL for some inspiration.

Date Night Vouchers

We are all busy bees this day and age so plan ahead. It doesn’t have to be fancy -grab some paper and a few sharpies and you’re good to go. vouchers for a night out with cocktails, dinner for two, even a movie night or a netflix and chill. The thought and time will be way more appreciated than random spending.

Written in the stars

One of my besties got me a star chart made for the time my little girl was born and I have to say I LOVE it!! If you have a specidla date or time why not nick the idea at The Night Sky

Hate the entire thing

Screw it you do you!!! Here’s a fab list of anti-valentines gifts!!

 

And don’t forget you can get a thoughtful gift for a friend, your ma,your cat I mean it’s just about sharing the love and thankfully unlike the history lesson above none of us gals are a lottery prize so it’s already a win!

 

 

Orangetree House Wedding by Crazy Happy Love Photography

Lauren & Chris’ gorgeous vintage themed Orangetree House Wedding

But First Coffee!

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!

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