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.

You are my sunshine!

When you’re planning an outdoor ceremony you have to try and keep calm if the weather doesn’t behave but thankfully not an issue this time. This was especially great news since Erin’s family had all travelled from New York so now they think Ireland is sunny and lovely all the time (it is we promise, come visit!!) Sun can be tricky for photos but working with light and shade can give epic images. It was however, really windy so the outdoor games they had set up were traded in favour of drinking guinness inside the cozy bar and listening to music. The guys had set up gorgeous tables with little bottles of maple syrup as favours (I have had some on my pancakes since and it did not disappoint!) They also had the most adorable flower girls and pageboys I have ever seen.

First looks FTW!

They decided to do a first look before the ceremony and I have to say i LOVE these! I wish I’d done it myself (butI was already late so ya know, not happening!) That moment where they first see eachother is a total heart burster and definitely a fantastic photo op. The best bit – they totally forget you’re there with the camera so you just snap away while they’re lost in the moment! It also means you have more free time later as your photos can be done early in the day.

Check out their highlights slideshow below to see some lovely romantic moments, candid wedding photos and fantastic dance floor moves!! I’ve posted a few faves in a gallery too. Check out the sleepy pageboy at the end, what a wee dote!