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Absolutely loved shooting at Brown’s Gardens with Rachel & Brian. They’re such a fun and loving couple.

Really looking forward to their fab wedding next year at The Galgorm Resort and Spa



To see more of  Rachel & Brian’s Engagement shoot check out the slideshow below!

It was such a beautiful summers evening for Mandy and Charles pre-wedding shoot in St Columb’s Park.

Can’t wait to meet this fab couple again next week for their wedding at  The Sliver Tassie Hotel 



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Planning a wedding can be one of the happiest times of your life, but with so much to organise, sometimes it’s great to call on the expert skills of a professional. One such company which offer flawless planning and guidance for your special day is Perfect Bliss Wedding Events. Today, I caught up with Francine Devenney, Company Director, who shares some important advice for anyone considering seeking the help of a wedding planner, as well as some useful tips for planning your wedding.

blogpic Francine, tell us the history behind Perfect Bliss?

Perfect Bliss was born in January 2006. We will be celebrating an amazing 10 years in business at the start of next year! Geraldine and I formed Perfect Bliss after seeing the necessity for local, supportive planning hints and tips for all engaged couples.

What services do you offer brides and grooms?

Perfect Bliss’ main aim is to inform and assist couples to help make their BIG day just as special as it possibly can be. We promote and recommend all local wedding suppliers with the highest standards in their field of expertise in wedding fairs across the country.

Why do you think it is important to hire a wedding co-ordinator?

Wedding coordinating services are especially handy if you are currently living away from your local area where your service/function is being held. We also offer couples fantastic exclusive discounts through our Perfect Bliss Card.

Myself and Geraldine listen to the dreams of the couple for their big day and aim to meet these by calling on the services of the local highly recommended wedding suppliers to the area.

Therefore, all-in-all the couple’s ideas, thoughts, concepts are all taken on board and matched with wedding suppliers meeting the criteria, plus throw in exclusive discounts as well as saving the couple precious time in the lead up to the big day and you have your reasons for employing wedding coordinating services.

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What qualities make a good wedding planner?

  • Organisational skills – A big must have for this line of work!
  • Knowledge about their local area/wedding suppliers
  • Good listener / communication – If you turn up for a meeting and your co-ordinator has a bad attitude or lacks in interpersonal skills RUN!!!
  • High standards in all areas of work – Look through their portfolio of work and do your research on the wedding suppliers that are usually hired by the company.

Describe the most unique wedding you have ever been involved in.

Our own wedding, as many of the props that we created were originally designed from our own ideas and now used elsewhere for hiring.

Describe which trends are proving popular in the wedding scene this year

This year the vintage theme is still very strong and has been for a few years now. Many couples have their own individual tastes rather than concentrating too much on a specific theme which also works very well.

Different colour and/or styles of bridesmaid dresses in the one bridal party is very much on-trend at the moment. Ladies, especially, don’t want what their sister/cousin/friend had at their wedding so they are on the lookout for something different.

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Ideally, when should a couple seek the help of a wedding planner?

As soon as they have enjoyed the limelight of their engagement and have agreed on a date that they would be happy to celebrate their love on!

For more information on the services offered by Perfect Bliss, check out their website here.

September – October  2015 PB Wedding Fayre Dates

With the bride rightly stealing the limelight on her wedding day, it’s nice to make the groom feel equally as special… It is his big day too, after all! With this in mind, we have put together out top 10 favourite gifts for grooms, to add a touch of romance to his day too!

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1) Off the cuff

An absolutely classic gift, cufflinks will add the finishing touches to your groom’s wedding day attire and the perfect souvenir for years to come. Nowadays, the options are endless… from traditional to novelty, customised to creative find a pair that suits his personality and style.

For something that little bit more special, mark the date with a pair monogrammed with your initials and wedding date.

Check out these personalised wedding day cufflinks by Lily Bella, available from Not On The High Street, here.

Top wedding day gifts for grooms2) Arrive in style!

What better way to get your groom excited about the big day, than to surprise him by hiring his favourite car to transport him and his groomsmen to the venue. Whether his heart is set on an A-Team Van or Ford Mustang, check out the selection of cars available to rent from local company Star Car Hire, for something that little bit different, here.

3) Don’t be late

Ensure he arrives both in style and on time with a brand new watch. Every man deserves a nice watch and what better occasion to give him one than on your wedding day! And whatever your budget, you’ll have no problem matching it with the endless options available. When it comes to choosing a watch, go for a style that he’ll be comfortable with wearing everyday. Why not mark the occasion by engraving your wedding date on the back?

Check out The Watch Hut’s selection of men’s watches here.


4) Gadget guy

Boys and their toys! No doubt he’s had his eye on the latest gadget, so why not surprise him with it! From iPads to iPods, the newest phone release or computer accessory pay attention to what has grasped his attention recently.

5) Feeling hip

One of the most popular wedding gifts, but a perfect choice none-the-less, brides have been surprising grooms with hip flasks for many years. With various styles from leather bound to metal, choose his favourite colour and earn bonus points by filling it with his favourite liquor, sure to settle his nerves on the day!

Check out this fitting love heart, personalised hip flask from Etsy here.

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6) Honeymoon haven

Going on honeymoon? Use the opportunity to give him something he’ll use on your trip. Depending on where you are going, there are a wealth of options. Tropical trip… sunglasses are ideal. Europe retreat… a leather bound passport cover or new luggage will be welcome gifts!

7) Get crafty

If you have a flair for the arts or love getting creative, nothing is more sentimental than a personalised album. Why not put together a story book of photos and stories from your time together and leave a few blank pages at the end for those memories yet to be created.

Available in a wealth of colours and sizes, get started with one of these albums, available here.

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8) Say cheese!

If your man doesn’t have a camera of his own, now is the time to treat him to one! Cameras come in various price ranges so make sure you do your research and chose one that he’ll be comfortable with using. Handy for all those honeymoon snaps.

9) Grooming your groom

While you will want to look your best on your wedding day, don’t forget that no doubt your groom will too! What perfect way to start his day than unwrapping a kit complete with everything he’ll need to look great from top-to-toe.

This men’s grooming bag from Selfridges is perfect!

Groom gifts10) Get active

Finally, if none of these gifts are really your husband’s style why not book a fun activity for him!? If he’s an adrenalin junkie, book a skydive, or if golf is more his style, treat him to a round at his favourite course.

Such a pleasure to spend some time with Emma and James this week to capture some natural images of them both.

Their wedding at Roe Park Resort is set to be beautiful next year.

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To see more of Emma and James’s pre-wedding shoot check out the slideshow below!

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