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!!

 

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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!

 

Elopement photography by Belfast Wedding Photographer Crazy Happy Love

Adam & Simone’s Belfast City Elopement

Love at First Sight

Adan & Simone met by complete chance. Adam was an American in Belfast working as a trad musician. Simone was taking a break from work and travelling on her own from Austria. They both ended up staying in Vagabonds hostel in Belfast. here they met after a night out and ended up chatting into the small hours. Fast forward a few months and the pair decided to return to where they first met to tie the knot. Literally tie the knot. It’s an Austrian tradition to tie the bow on your bride’s dress after the ceremony.

Simone’s stunning traditional Austrian dress was embellished with gorgeous detail and Adam looked incredibly dapper. I don’t shoot many elopements so this was a rare pleasure for me. Roping my assistant in so we could be witnesses as well as photographers (you need 2 witnesses to legally marry) we spent the afternoon walking around Belfast getting photos in the places the two had discovered on their first trip.

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Caroline & Gar’s covered in sunflowers Dublin City Wedding

Something in my eye

What can I say about Caroline and Gar!! I first met this pair of legends in March 2017. Newly hitched myself and just back to work after dragging out a ridiculously long honeymoon. They were the best way I could ever have started back. I am not ashamed to admit I ended up having a wee cry at the Belfast City Hall elopement. Brian Kennedy sang their favourite song and their very closest family were there. Gar’s son and daughter and Caroline’s sister and hubby with her mum.

Their tiny absolutely overflowing with emotion ceremony was followed by lunch at the Merchant. First a few photos around town though before they headed off. Both of them have massive hearts with so much love for friends, family and each-other. Caroline spends her days promoting disability equality with her company Valuable 500, herself very visually impaired, and Gar works as an architect and event planner (hence the incredible home).

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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!!

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