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Such a pleasure to explore Roe Valley Country Park with Rachael and Lee this week.

The couple are clearly head over heels for one another and I know their wedding at An Grianan Hotel this month with be beautiful!

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To see more of Rachael + Lee’s pre-wedding shoot check out the slideshow below!

I was excited to take part in this year’s Lets Be Inspired styled shoot in Las Vegas when there for WPPI. It’s always fun when Margaret and I can work on things together and it was really cool that she did the hair for the shoot too.

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Thanks to the amazing creative team behind the shoot:


Last year I spent a fantastic day photographing the wonderful wedding of Emma and Edward at Carrickdale Hotel & Spa, Dundalk. Today, I caught up with the newlyweds who have shared the highlights of their big day as well as a few pointers for all you happy couples embarking on your wedding planning journey.


How did you both meet?
Edward: “We met each other through a mutual friend. We then bumped into each other a few times on nights out and I eventually asked Emma out and we got on so well from there.”
Tell us about the proposal
Edward: “After going out for 18 months, we decided that we wanted to get engaged and so we went and looked at rings together. We decided on the perfect ring around November and we were going to wait until the summer to get engaged. However, at Christmas we decided to book a trip to Barcelona in February. I realised that this would be the perfect place to ask Emma to marry me. So in January I made arrangements to get the ring before we went to Barcelona. I asked Emm’s dad for his permission. We arrived in Barcelona on the Friday evening and got ready to go out. I took Emma to the Magic Fountain where there is live music playing and a spectacular fountain display. I got down on one knee and she said “Yes!” It could not have been more romantic.”
When and where did you get married?
Edward: “We booked our wedding for the 30th May 2014 to allow us plenty of time to save for our dream wedding, as well as a deposit for a new home. We were married in St Patrick’s Chapel, Downpatrick.”
Why did you choose your wedding venue?
Edward: “We wanted to pick a venue early so that we could get the date we wanted, so over a few weekends we travelled to various venues but couldn’t find somewhere that really appealed to us. On one of our trips we stopped at the Carrickdale Hotel & Spa on our way home for dinner and really liked it. The staff were so friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. We booked the Bernish Suite, which looks over the impressive gardens.”
Describe your dress?
Emma: “When we got engaged I knew very little about wedding dress design and to be honest, I still don’t. I had seen the dress I wanted a while ago online. I thought it was a Gucci dress and just never thought it would be the dress I would get. I had been in a friend’s house and she showed me a website of her dress designer and there on the same page was the dress, which was by designer, Maggie Sottero.
I came back from holidays with a tan and decided it was the perfect opportunity to try dresses on. I phoned loads of bridal shops and they all had it but not in the colour I wanted. I tried one last boutique in Newry and to my delight, they had it! Not only did they have my dream dress, but it was on sale! Mum came with me that day to try it on. She loved it and we purchased it there and then. It was just so different and I had never seen a bride in my area wear a wedding dress in that colour.”
Tell us about your bridesmaid dresses
Emma: “I picked our bridesmaid dresses with my mother and sisters in a bridal shop in Banbridge called La Boda Bridal. They were perfect with my dress and give it that classic rich look I was after.”
What was the highlight of the day for you?
Emma: “My Husband and I enjoyed every minute of the day. We really enjoyed the service as we expected to be really nervous but it was beautiful. The music was perfect and all our guest were asking about it.”
What do you love most about your wedding photographs?
Emma: “We love all the moments that Donal captured so naturally with us laughing and joking. We look back and love the photos taken of us on the dance floor when Edward got down on one knee and sang to me and all our friends and family were laughing in the background.”
What piece of advice would you offer other couples?
Emma: “Enjoy every moment and don’t let the little things annoy you as the time goes so fast and you never get it back. We would say to make time for each other on the day, as that was the one thing we made sure to do. Also, check with all your suppliers a few days before the wedding to avoid any mishaps.”
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Forget about bridal magazines! Movies are where it’s happening! No, we’re not talking about ditching your all important wedding planning for a night at the movies… We’re talking about those big screen stars who have donned some of the nicest, most elaborate and down right gorgeous wedding dresses we’ve ever seen! We realise there are literally hundreds of wedding scenes in movies and so guest blogger Aideen McCanny counts down her top 10 most unforgettable on-screen wedding dresses for some serious bridal inspiration.

10) Enchanted

Disney’s Enchanted was all about extremes and Gisele’s fairy tale wedding dress was just that – but what’s not to love!? Over the top design, layers of tulle and some of the biggest sleeves we’ve ever seen combine in this Cinderella-esq dress. For a tamer take on this trend, opt for an opulent ball gown with full skirt and plenty of embellishment.


9) Mamma Mia

While Mamma Mia may not have been the top musical of the decade, Sophie’s breezy dress wins the award for best supporting actress! Perfect for boho brides, pair a carefree, floaty dress with loose curls and flowers in your hair. Designer Alice Temperley takes this trend to the next level so check out her creations.

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8) 27 Dresses

Always the bridesmaid… but 27 “I dos” later, Jane finally gets her turn and boy does she show us how it’s done! After all the elaborate, unspeakable and unflattering dresses she donned over the years, Jane keeps things classic in a simple, figure hugging gown for her beach-front wedding to Kevin.

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7) The Vow

For their illegal nuptials in a museum, blushing bride Paige wore a short pink vintage Betsey Johnson number as fun and flirty as her personality. Paige did keep it somewhat traditional by completing her look with a tiered veil!

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6) Funny Face

Brides with a penchant for vintage will fall head over heels in LOVE with Audrey Hepburn’s tea length dress in the 1957 classic, Funny Face. Sparking the trend for shorter length wedding dresses, the film also marks the height of Audrey’s collaboration with Givenchy and is the classic style for which she is most remembered. Update this look with layers of fun petticoats and don’t forget those all-important show stopping shoes!

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5) Twilight: Breaking Dawn

Bella Swan’s wedding dress was the epitome of romance for her highly anticipated nuptials with Edward. Bella’s Carolina Herrera long-sleeve silk sheath dress with open lace back was extremely fitting for their epic garden ceremony.


4) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Although it was never actually worn for a wedding, I can’t help but swoon over Katniss’ would-be wedding gown. The breathtaking dress was down to the handiwork of designer Tex Savario, crafted from layers upon layers of organza, thousands of delicate Swarovski crystals and silver flames – the perfect fantasy-filled number for the setting. I’ll have it without the flames please!

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3) Bride Wars

The crème de la crème of modern movie dresses, Liv and Emma’s gowns were every bit as gorgeous as we all hoped for! Although the two dresses couldn’t be more different, they have one designer in common: Vera Wang. The dresses are meant to represent each bride’s different personality. While Liv’s is a dramatic, attention-grabbing over the top number, Emma choose to wear her mother’s wedding dress, giving a sense of nostalgia to her nuptials.

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 2) The Great Gatsby

It’s unsurprising that The Great Gatsby sparked a huge trend for 1920′s gowns! Many brides have drawn inspiration for their big day from Daisy Buchannan’s glamorous gown, finished with art-deco details and slinky silhouette. Looking for something similar? Jenny Packham is an expert when it comes to this decade!

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1) Sex and the City: The Movie

Although SJP donned two wedding dresses in this movie, it will always only ever be about her Vivienne Westwood gown for her almost wedding to Mr Big! The full silk ballgown was big, bold and beautiful, accessorised with a prominent feather hairpiece. Not forgetting her leading ladies, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha wore ever-so-stylish Zac Posen creations in varying shades. When Carrie and Big finally tied the knot, she opted for a classic, ivory satin vintage dress and jacket suit (from a charity shop, of course), complete with her unforgettable ‘something blue’ Monolos!




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