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Four Seasons Carlingford Wedding - Caron & Aidan

Sparks fly...

Hey there, wedding enthusiasts and hopeless romantics! Welcome to another tale of love, laughter, and a sprinkle of serendipity. Today, we’re diving into the heartwarming union of Caron Brannigan, the charming teacher from Tyrone, and her electrifying counterpart, Aidan Carberry, the sparky electrician from the same neck of the woods. Let’s embark on this delightful journey down the aisle, shall we?

Sparks Fly in Tyrone

Picture this: a quaint little community nestled in the heart of Tyrone, where everyone knows everyone. Caron and Aidan’s paths crossed countless times, but it took Aidan’s sister to play cupid and nudge them in the right direction. Ah, the sweet serendipity of fate!

The Proposal: A Birthday Bash Turned Love Story

February 2022 was not just any ordinary birthday weekend for Caron. Oh no, it was the weekend that changed everything. Both were set for the cozy ambiance of Viscounts restaurant, but before they left the house, Aidan had a little surprise up his sleeve, or rather, in a little box. As Caron rushed to get ready (as she always did), little did she know she was about to unwrap the best birthday present ever – a ring, not an apple watch! Talk about a plot twist worthy of a rom-com!

"It was the most magical day!!"

— Caron & Aidan

The Wedding Planning...

The Dress Dilemma: A Journey to The White Gallery

With her heart set on finding the perfect gown, Caron embarked on a quest to The White Gallery in Newry. With her sister as her trusty guide, she tried on styles she never imagined, and lo and behold, found her dream dress. Lesson learned? Trust your sister and trust Rachel – they know best!

The Big Day: April Fools’ Day Fun

Fast forward to April 1st, 2024, the stage was set for the grand event. St. John’s Galbally witnessed the sacred vows, while the Four Seasons Carlingford played host to the festivities. Despite the threat of a flooded Carlingford, nothing could dampen the spirits of our dynamic duo. It was a day filled with magic, laughter, and a whole lot of love.

Capturing the Magic: A Shoutout to Ciaran, the Photography Whisperer

Enter Ciaran, the photography maestro who captured every heartfelt moment without breaking a sweat. Despite their initial reservations about being in front of the lens, Caron and Aidan were put at ease by Ciaran’s gentle approach. From candid shots to stunning portraits, every click of the shutter immortalised their love story in pixels. Caron had this to say “Ciaran was a gentleman from the very beginning and an absolute dream to work with. Even when he was snapping away you never knew he was there. He blended in so well. We can’t thank him enough!”

Favorite Moments: Veils, Vows, and Brian Adams

For Caron, it was the poignant snapshot of her and her father walking down the aisle, with Aidan’s adoring gaze stealing the spotlight. And Aidan? Well, let’s just say he couldn’t take his eyes off his blushing bride, especially when Brian Adams’ “You Belong to Me” filled the air with romance. Caron absolutely loved the photos in the chapel and out at the garden in the evening. As her veil was a statement veil, the photos Ciaran captured just show the detail and elegance of it.

"I suppose Aidan looked alright too in his tux lol"

— Caron

The Wedding Day...

Words of Wisdom and Witty Advice

To all the lovebirds out there planning their own happily ever afters, Caron and Aidan have some sage advice: cherish every moment, delegate to your sister if possible (lol), and most importantly, enjoy the journey as much as the destination. And if all else fails, blame it on the sister 😂!

Honeymoon Adventures: From Powerscourt to Summer Escapades

As for their honeymoon? Powerscourt was just the beginning of their escapades. With plans for a summer getaway on the horizon, Caron and Aidan are ready to embark on their next chapter of adventure and amour.

And there you have it, folks – a whirlwind romance filled with laughter, love, and a touch of Tyrone charm. Until next time, keep spreading those good vibes and may your love stories be as epic as Caron and Aidan’s! Cheers to the happy couple! 🥂💕

"Even when he was snapping away you never knew he was there. He blended in so well. We can’t thank Ciaran enough!"

- Caron & Aidan

Bride & Groom embrace on the driveaway up to the beautiful archway at Tollymore Forest Park

Hugh McCanns Wedding - Lily & Michael

Love, Laughter, and a Whole Lot of Fun: Lily & Michael's Wedding Extravaganza!

Hey there, wedding enthusiasts! Get ready to dive into the whirlwind romance of Lily and Michael, two lovebirds whose journey from flatmates to soulmates is nothing short of epic. As their dedicated photographer, I had the pleasure of capturing every delightful moment of their special day, and let me tell you, it was a day filled with love, laughter, and endless fun!

"When I opened the box, all I found was a message asking, 'Will you marry me?' It was the sweetest surprise!"

— Lily

Their story began in the charming city of Bristol, where Lily and Michael crossed paths as university flatmates. From the moment they met, sparks flew, and it wasn’t long before they realised they were meant to be. Bonding over shared living woes and late-night pizza runs, their connection grew stronger with each passing day. As Lily fondly recalls, “We couldn’t break up because of how awkward it would be for everyone, so we decided ’til death do us part!” 😂😂

How did you find the experience?

Fast forward a few years, and we find ourselves on the night of their second anniversary, where Michael orchestrated a proposal fit for a fairytale. With fireworks illuminating the night sky, he popped the question in Brandon Hill Park, leaving Lily speechless and overjoyed. As she lovingly recalls, “When I opened the box, all I found was a message asking, ‘Will you marry me?’ It was the sweetest surprise!”

With nearly five years of love and laughter behind them, Lily and Michael embarked on the adventure of planning their dream wedding. From choosing the perfect dress at Perfect Day boutique to coordinating guests from around the world, every moment was filled with excitement and anticipation. As Michael reminisces, “Seeing Lily’s face light up when we found our dream venue was priceless. It made all the planning worth it!”

"Seeing Lily's face light up when we found our dream venue was priceless!"

— Michael

Their wedding day, set against the picturesque backdrop of St John’s Church of Ireland and Hugh McCanns, was nothing short of perfection. From sunrise yoga to heartfelt vows, every moment was a testament to their enduring love. As Lily reflects, “It was absolutely perfect, from start to finish. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!”

And let’s not forget the unforgettable moments captured by yours truly! From beachside escapades to mountaintop adventures, Lily and Michael’s love story came to life through the lens. Their favourite photograph? Michael’s choice was the image above, while Lily couldn’t get enough of the runaway veil captured in the below shot!

Of course, no wedding is complete without a few hilarious mishaps! From a surprise collapse by the wedding singer (don’t worry – he was posing as a waiter to surprise the bride & groom!) to Lily’s veil nearly flying away in the breeze, there were plenty of laughs to go around. As Lily recalls, “We thought it was a disaster at first, but it turned into one of the funniest moments of the day!”

To future couples planning their own dream wedding, Lily and Michael offer some sage advice: “Enjoy every single minute. It goes by so fast, and it truly is one of the best days of your life. And don’t forget to bring everyone on board to help you—it’s a team effort!”

As for their honeymoon plans? Well, they’re aiming for Australia—a perfect destination for their next adventure as newlyweds!

And there you have it, folks! The unforgettable wedding journey of Lily and Michael, filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after. Here’s to a lifetime of joy and countless adventures together!

"It was absolutely perfect, from start to finish. We couldn't have asked for a better day!"

- Lily & Michael

July 2023 Portrait Highlights

Summer, where did you go????

After the joy and heat that June brought, we were brought back down to earth (and to the studio) with our usual July weather! But, despite the dampened spirits, we had amazing people (and pets) in the studio this month.

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Chloe & Ciarán's wedding at the Ballymascanlon House Hotel

Ballymascanlon House Hotel Wedding - Chloe & Ciarán

Our Wedding Journey...

Get to the Point!!
Warrenpoint that is, as it seems it is the epicentre of love and togetherness ❤️! Having been to 5 weddings in the 5 weeks prior to this date – it was finally Chloe & Ciarán’s turn to tie the knot! Chloe, a primary school and Ciarán, Operations Risk Analyst, had been in the middle of their own wedding season before their big day came upon Warrenpoint…and what a day it was! Enjoyed by their family and closest friends, the atmosphere at the wedding was joyous from dusk until dawn. Both the bride and groom’s laid back approach to the day paid dividends – it resulted in a party festival whereby we hope that we helped keep the party going (while sneaking a few photos!). We caught up with them after their amazing honeymoon in Boston & Mexico to hear how the party unfolded…

How did you first meet and get together?

Ciarán worked with my friend Orla the bridesmaid in a shop in Warrenpoint and we met after a night out almost 10 years ago. He walked me home and dropped his bank card along the way. It was handed in to the shop that week and his sisters began their investigation to work out who the girl was. They had a list of options and we managed to keep it under wraps for the summer as Ciarán was six years older than me and we wanted to make sure we were serious before I headed to Uni and we told people. The biggest shock was to his sister Aisling when he told her the secret girl was her student from St Louis and her response was “not the wee quiet girl who didn’t speak”. I don’t think she sticks to that statement any more!

Tell us about the proposal – where, when, how?

Long story here.. We got engaged in Cuan Mor Lodges in Comber. On the 4th December 2020 we set off after I finished school. There was storms that day so Ciarán was getting text messages from the cabins to say his plans to propose on the jetty weren’t safe, a teepee tent kept blowing over so they decorated up a room for us. On the way there I had said a friend in school mentioned us getting engaged and Ciarán tried to sway my thoughts on the subject by basically saying we weren’t ready for that so the journey was a bit quiet. But once we got to the room it was beautifully decorated with candles and flowers and I had no idea what was about to happen so when he I asked I said no. But we cleared that up and are now happily married.

" I had no idea he was about to propose, so when he asked I said no. But we cleared that up and are now happily married 🤣"

— Chloe

The Wedding Planning...

Where and how did you choose your dress?

I viewed dresses from Banbridge to Donegal and a friend of ours had opened White Blossom Bridal in Warrenpoint so I called in to see Danielle and have a look. Turns out after all the driving I said yes 5 minutes from our house. Danielle couldn’t have been better for sorting everything I needed.

How did you find the experience?

It really is true what people say that “When you know you know”. I had tried on a good few dresses before going to White Blossom and once I put on the dress I could see myself walking down the aisle in it. Overall the experience was brilliant getting to try on so many beautiful dresses.

What was the best part of planning your big day?

We just really wanted to give everyone a good day out. We have been to nearly 50 weddings together and wanted to make sure everyone coming was going to have a fun day at hours. I am very lucky to have Ciarán the chief organiser who looked after most of the planning and organising. I just had to rock up to the chapel really and even that I was late to.

And the most stressful part?

To be perfectly honest we didn’t find anything that stressful. As I’ve said it is easy for me when Ciarán is so organised but even sorting guest lists and tables wasn’t what it was made out to be. We expected fall outs at those times but managed to sort all without any drama.

"It really is true “When you know you know”. Once I put on THE dress I could see myself walking down the aisle in it."

— Chloe

The Wedding Day...

How did the day go?

It’s very cliche but it really is the best day of your life. We had received lots of good advice before the wedding day to take moments to soak it all enjoy and enjoy the time with our friends and family but suddenly it’s after midnight and Magiggs is calling the last song of the day. It goes by in a flash but we don’t think we’ll have to do it again as we think it was right the first time. Following the wedding the word “fun” was thrown about by everyone we had there with us. We smiled and laughed all day and are so grateful to everyone who made it such a special day.

Why did you book us as your photographers?

As we had so many weddings we asked those we’ve been to before and the name had come up so much when we looked at the photos on your Instagram we booked an appointment.

Our Favourites...

"Ciarán and I loved the photo of us both under the bridge in Carlingford. It’s just a beautiful picture and reminds us of the laughs we had with our bridal party there."

Were there any particular photos you loved (or hated!) getting taken?

In the run up to the wedding Ciarán was a bit apprehensive as he is Warrenpoint’s version of Chandler in Friends and doesn’t love photos. When we received our Sneak Peak we couldn’t believe how natural the photos are and some of our favourites are the ones we didn’t know were being taken. From showing the photos to our family and friends they all said how happy we look and that was all we wanted from the photos to show how great a day we had. Personally we loved the photos inside the chapel too after the guests have gone as they look so magical. We didn’t hate the family photos but would recommend a foghorn to get your family there quickly so it doesn’t go on a bit long LOL!

Do you think we, as your photographers, helped you enjoy your day?

Absolutely. From Simon arrived in my mum and dads home house you wouldn’t have known him and the videographer Conrad were there. They were just part of the day in no time. I would say the laughs started from Simon came through the front door and didn’t stop until we gave him a hug when he was leaving the Ballymascanlon. He made everyone feel at ease and we heard nothing but great reviews from our family and friends who were involved in the photos across the day. We couldn’t recommend you enough.

Were there any near disasters/funny incidents?

When we left the chapel to head to Carlingford Ciarán’s sisters Aisling and Claire had kindly gotten us an Ice Cream truck so all our guests could enjoy a treat. We went up to get an ice cream for the photo and mine snapped as I was lifted it and was nearly covered in strawberry sauce but the ice cream man saved it in time.

What advice would you give to other couples planning their wedding?

Don’t let anything get you too stressed because it is only you who’ll notice the little things on the day. All of your guests will just be so happy to be there to spend that special day with you they won’t notice if a flower is missing or a sign is in the wrong place. And do try to take a minute to look around the room and see all those people who are there for you two- it really is the most amazing day.

"I would say the laughs started from Simon came through the front door and didn’t stop until we gave him a hug when he was leaving the Ballymascanlon"

- Chloe & Ciarán

June 2023 Portrait Highlights

Summer is here!! 🌞🌞🌞🌞

Tis’ the real season to be jolly….summertime is upon us and the weather has been spectacular! We had multiple outdoor shoots this month, including a lot of returning customers who it was great to catch up with and see how their families have grown.

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May 2023 Portrait Highlights

Motivation comes from working on things we care about

We had so many great customers in this month – both new and returning ones that it was a truly special month. Whilst Ciaran and I love photography, it is the people who truly motivate us to produce life lasting images. This month we were lucky to have so clients who wanted to push the ‘envelope’ and look for something different . We duly obliged…

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