Summery wedding at Finnebrogue Woods by Belfast Wedding Photographer Crazy Happy Love

Sarah & Garth’s Finnebrogue Woods Wedding

Welcome to the stunning Finnebrogue woods

As a Belfast wedding photographer I love the chance to photograph weddings at venues I’ve not been to before. Finnebrogue was one of these – I had admired it from afar and never been. Until Sarah and Garth got in touch with just six weeks to their wedding day! Yup this awesome pair pulled off the wedding of their dreams in just 6 weeks. So to anyone stressing about not having enough time – don’t worry you can do it!

Sunny Summer Vibes

Sarah and Garth had no reason to rush, but also no reason to wait! So they decided to go for it and planned a stunning summer wedding at Finnebrogue .With a bit of help from friends and family of course. Their gorgeous humanist ceremony by Helen McIlveen was absolutely wonderful as the sun shone down on them, though we did have some serious showers and the tipi was a life saver! After the ceremony We got a spin in the Finnebrogue landrover around the stunning grounds to take some portraits. We even met some cows. Then as the rain really came on we headed back for some absolutely hilarious speeches in the tipi. Sarah had planned and decorated it beautifully to give a really colourful summer vibe.  We even managed to grab some sunset portraits later on making this photographers dreams come true!

Sarahs stunning gown was just perfect for the setting and Garth and his groomsmen went with a nautical inspired look found in his love of sailing with yellow bowties (Sarahs favourite colour). The bouquets were explosions of colour made by Wild thing in Donaghadeee, just down from the couples home!

So even though I’m a Belfast based wedding photographer I am more than happy to travel! So far work has taken me as afar as France and as close to home as Titanic Quarter (4 minutes drive to be exact) so hit me up whatever your venue!

Here are some photos to make you crave some sunshine!!

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!!

 

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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