dog at wedding photograph by Crazy Happy Love

Who’s a good Boy???

Man’s Best Friend

So the day is set and you want your nearest and dearest there. That should definitely include your four legged family members too! I absolutely love when people have their pets involved at weddings. Sadly for me with 3 cats it wasn’t possible. They can’t really be trained to walk up an aisle or stay in a new place and not run to the hills! Next year I have dogs, cows, and even horses to be included in photos and I cannot wait! Animals at weddings is definitely one of the biggest joys in life – especially if they have a wee bowtie on! Doggy ring bearers, kitties at the morning prep, arriving on your horse, train your guinea pig to do the first dance, I mean the possibilities are endless!! Before I bombard you with adorable doggy photos here are a few planning tips…

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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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