Northern Ireland Wedding Photography - Two weddings, One Day, One Couple?

We had the day off yesterday and with the kids being of school for the bank holiday decided to take a little day trip to Omagh to visit the Ulster American Folk Park.

By coincidence yesterday the folk park had a wedding theme. As someone involved in the wedding industry it was interesting to witness some long forgotten wedding traditions and to see the traditions that are still in place today.

Our first wedding was themed as a traditional Ulster Wedding complete with a "matchmaker" and an unhappy mother in law.

O'Reilly the local "matchmaker" and also the owner of the local pub.

O'Reilly the local "matchmaker" and also the owner of the local pub.

The Groom, the best man, the matchmaker and the future father in law

The Groom, the best man, the matchmaker and the future father in law

A wedding guest

A wedding guest

The sister of the Bride

The sister of the Bride

The Groom and his Mum

The Groom and his Mum

The Bride and her father

The Bride and her father

The local Blacksmith greets the Bride

The local Blacksmith greets the Bride

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The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple

The Kiss

The Kiss

Wedding Rings made from Straw

Wedding Rings made from Straw

The unhappy Mother in Law

The unhappy Mother in Law

One tradition I am pretty sure that most brides are glad history has forgot. Breaking an oatcake above the brides head was an old wedding custom. The crumbs falling down the brides head was a sign of good luck, happiness and beautiful children.

One tradition I am pretty sure that most brides are glad history has forgot. Breaking an oatcake above the brides head was an old wedding custom. The crumbs falling down the brides head was a sign of good luck, happiness and beautiful children.

For the new mother in law this may have been the best part of the day

For the new mother in law this may have been the best part of the day

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We then fast forwarded 100 years or so and headed for Pennsylvania and a traditional Ulster American Wedding.

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Proud Father of the Bride

Proud Father of the Bride

The Bride's sister on the look out for a prospective Groom of her own

The Bride's sister on the look out for a prospective Groom of her own

White had not yet become a popular choice for the Bride

White had not yet become a popular choice for the Bride

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This is where the expression "pining" came from. The Groom would present the Bride with a gift of a pine heart on the day of the wedding

This is where the expression "pining" came from. The Groom would present the Bride with a gift of a pine heart on the day of the wedding

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Cutting the cake, a wedding tradition that has stood the test of time

Cutting the cake, a wedding tradition that has stood the test of time

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We had a great day out, so did the kids. The staff at The Ulster American Folk Park could not have been friendlier. You can check out there website here.