dog at wedding photograph by Crazy Happy Love

Hannah & Conor (& Loki) QFT Belfast Wedding and Empire Party

QFT Belfast wedding – get your popcorn!

When Hannah & Conor got engaged they decided they weren’t going to do a big wedding. It was going to be a small family affair. Then they ended up having not one or even two – but three weddings! Two of which I was lucky enough to photograph. The first wedding at City hall, the second at the QFT in Belfast. The other was only their closest family so no photos required.

We first met for the legal bit. Humanist weddings are legally binding now but last summer when they tied the knot we weren’t quite there yet. The couple said their vows with only a few family and friends at Belfast City Hall. It was a gorgeous, intimate ceremony but they had another epic one planned for later that summer.

So we met again in the Jeggy Nettle to start with first look photos before their ceremony. Loki the dog tagged along as best man and best friend. I Love getting pets involved in photos it was so much fun and it instantly relaxes couples. Bring some bribery dog treats and it’s easy peasy. Of course we needed a dog friendly venue so the Jeggy Nettle was perfect. We walked from there through Botanic Gardens snapping all the way. Then headed to the QFT for their ceremony.

Making an entrance with Loki leading the way, the ceremony was a mix of family and friends telling stories, sharing laughs and of course the couples vows. It was such a personal and fun wedding – all about them and the things and people they love. It was such a fab venue for something so different.

Band-aid!

After the QFT part of the day the evening do was set for The Empire which I love. It is simply a stunning venue for! Instead of a traditional first dance Hannah and Conor went for a live band for karaoke! Getting their guests up to sing songs and rewarding their nerves with a free pint! What’s not to like

Check out some pics below and get thinking about some great tunes for your own big day! There’s a helpful blog post here if you need some inspo! And if you’re into your movies then why not think bout a QFT Belfast wedding yourself!!

 

this is reportage

This is Reportage – Weddings during corona virus

Weddings during corona virus

As many of you know the current pandemic has hit the wedding industry hard! So many of you are affected and it sucks! Having to change all your plans for weddings during corona virus is not easy. We photographers understand and are trying to work together to help you. I’m a member of an awesome community of Photographers called This Is Reportage. It features all documentary style work. It is such an inspirational site full of amazing images by amazing photographers. I’m genuinely proud to be in there. We are all trying our best to help our couples get the best possible outcome in all this. Changing dates, offering advise, working with them to make new plans.

It’s so important to all of us as this really isn’t just a job. There’s a genuine connection with everyone we work with, how could there not be when it’s something so special we are working on! The site put a call out for photographers to take part in their next podcast and tell their stories about covid 19. I thought some of you might enjoy a listen or a read 

You can check out my Reportage page HERE and listen to the blog post below if you’re interested in hearing photographers talk about their experience during the pandemic and how we are all coping and trying to make the most of it!

And it’s another reason to STAY HOME as ya have something to listen to now!! And please if there’s anything I can help with get in touch – some tips and advise are in my last blog post too!

 

LGBT friendly wedding photographer Crazy Happy Love, Belfast wedding photographer

Carley & Julie-anne’s Colourful City Centre Urban street art wedding

Sort of an elopement

I’ve known Carley and Julie-anne for years through the Belfast Music Scene. I can honestly say they are two absolute legends. I was beyond chuffed when they asked me to come along and photograph their wedding. It’s always important to find a photographer you get on with. Firstly one who can put you at ease and secondly, one who can make you laugh and relax. An LGBT friendly wedding photographer can be a little tricky in NI, so I think it’s even more important for LGBT+ couples, And now we finally have equal marriage status NI has finally recognised what we all thought for years anyway!!

Read More
Street art couple shoot in Belfast by Crazy Happy Love photography

Just got engaged???

First off – CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

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.

Read More
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!

Read More
Erin & David's outdoor wedding at Ballydugan Mill

Erin & David’s outdoor wedding at Ballydugan Mill

Tying the knot in the sun by the lake

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.

Read More
newborn photography belfast

Hey everybody!!!

 I’m in Crazy Happy Love!!!

 

funny baby portrait

 

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

Read More