Aisling & Antony got married on the 22nd of December, with both their ceremony and their wedding reception being held at Belfast Castle.
Living in Malaga while organising their wedding must have made it a bit more challenging for them to make all of the arrangements for their big day, but all went to plan and this was a very fun wedding day. We have photographed quite a few weddings for couples who are living in other countries but coming home to get married, and also for couples who just love Northern Ireland and choose to get married here. We are always impressed with how these couples manage to pull everything together, even with the extra hassle that organising your wedding from so far away brings.
On the morning of the wedding we met up with Aisling and her bridesmaids at her Mum and Dad’s home in Belfast. It was a lovely morning with plenty of laughs and giggles and it seemed in no time at all it was time to leave for the ceremony.
On the lead up to the wedding while making all the final arrangements for the day we spoke to Aisling about the various issues that we could come across and how to avoid them and in particular the time of the ceremony. As Aisling and Antony had chosen a 3p.m ceremony time and with the ceremony expected to last around an hour, we explained that we would need to use flash and artificial L.E.D lights for portraits. At this time of year, it is usually completely dark by 4p.m. We also explained that using flash would give a different look to their photographs. As an alternative option we suggested that if they preferred, we could do a first look and a session with them before the ceremony which would allow us to use natural light that would work better for the style of photographs they wanted. Aisling & Antony decided that the first look was a better option for them and we are so glad they did. First Look, allows us to photograph the couple at the most emotional part of the day when they see each other for the first time, without the crowds of wedding guests watching them. We will cover first look in a bit more detail in another blog post soon.
On arriving at Belfast Castle, we met up with Antony and found a secluded place at the back of the castle for the first look. Aisling arrived soon after and seeing them both together for the first time on their wedding day, really was a beautiful moment. After the session was over Aisling went to meet up with her bridesmaids and her parents in the bride’s room while Antony went to find his groomsmen to get ready for the ceremony.
The celebrant for the ceremony did an excellent job of making it relaxed and informal, exactly what Aisling & Antony had wanted. It was still emotional, as you can see from the photographs, especially as Aisling made her way down the aisle with her Dad.
After the ceremony we grabbed a few photographs of the bridal party and family. Once back inside Belfast Castle it was time for the speeches, the cutting of the cake and the first dance. Aisling and Antony had asked us for a recommendation for a D.J and we had given her Skip Alexander’s details as we know he always does an amazing job of filling the dance floor. Skip didn’t disappoint and it looked like everyone was enjoying themselves as we were leaving.
If you are reading this because you are trying to find a photographer for a wedding at Belfast Castle, you might also like to check out this other amazing wedding we photographed there as well. Belfast Castle Wedding