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I meet Rosemarie and Sean in the gardens of Antrim Castle. What a stunning location for our engagement shoot. I can’t wait to meet up with this fab couple again for their wedding at the Redcastle Hotel in April.

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A few months ago I was delighted to photograph Gary and Danielle’s spectacular wedding at Lough Erne Resort, Co. Fermanagh. Today, I caught up with Danielle who has shared the highlights of her big day as well as some fab advice for you brides-to-be.

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Danielle, how did you meet your husband, Gary?

I met him in Pulse nightclub in Letterkenny when I was out with my friends for my birthday. It was the perfect birthday present!

How did her propose?

He proposed in the Grosvenor Hotel, Chester, after five months of dating. I thought he tripped when he got down on one knee and I tried to push him back onto his chair!

When and where did you get married?

We were married on the 5th of July 2014, which is my parents’ wedding anniversary and the service was held at the Longtower Church, Derry, where they got married, so it was very special for us. We held our reception at Lough Erne Resort, County Fermanagh.

What inspired you to choose that particular venue for your reception?

When I arrived at Lough Erne I was blown away by its beautiful lakes and scenery and thought it was the perfect place to have my fairytale wedding. Once I met with Shweta our wedding co-ordinator and other staff members, I knew that this was where we would get married. All the staff were amazing and went out of their way to make sure our day was perfect.

Tell us about that all important dress

It was a silk ivory dress, with a long train. I loved the embellishment on it –  it had diamonte straps and some pearls and diamontes at the top and plain silk from the waist down. It was exactly what I wanted!

Let’s talk about the bridesmaid dresses

They were coral one shoulder Dessy dresses. They had a Grecian silhouette and a lovely split at the front which made them flow as the girls walked up the aisle. They looked stunning!

What is your favourite memory of the day?

I loved my wedding day from start to finish and I would not change one thing about it, but the highlight was definitely marrying my lovely husband in front of all our amazing family and friends. 

What do you love most about your wedding photographs?

We choose a Queensberry album which we both loved. I loved that our album not only showed the journey of our marriage and all the fabulous people who helped to make our day special, but that each and every picture was different and unique to our day. There were so many different types of pictures that were taken that showed the beautiful location we had chosen. 

What piece of advice would you offer other brides?

Enjoy every minute of your day as it’s the best day of your life. Include all of your immediate family in decision making as it’s nice to have them involved in your special day. If there is something you want, get it! You only get married once so make it perfect for you, your husband and your family and friends. 

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The full gallery of photos from Danielle and Gary’s wedding can be viewed by clicking here.

I’m blessed to be in a position to give back to the photography community through speaking at Conventions, writing for photography magazines and through online education. This all takes place under the umbrella of Engage, where world-class trainers offer live free education for creative entrepreneurs.

Launch of Online 2

I was delighted to participate in the first live free event  on Wednesday at the Innovation Centre in Derry~Londonderry and hundreds of photographers from around the work tuned in to watch and share.

We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign for Engage (we’re at 50% funding in just 48 hours) and would really appreciate your support to make it happen – you can check it out here.

Features Editor, Aideen McCanny shares her top five celebrity weddings of 2014

From secret ceremonies to couture gowns, 2014 was definitely a glamorous affair when it came to celebrity weddings, and will forever be remembered as the year the world’s most eligible bachelor tied the knot! I love a good celebrity wedding and so I’ve rounded up my top five favourites of 2014.

1. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

In a ceremony that oozed style and sophistication, heart throb George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin on Saturday 27 September, witnessed by family and friends at the Aman Canal Grande in Venice, Italy. Two days later, Clooney and his human rights lawyer bride legally tied the knot in a civil ceremony during which Amal wore an Oscar de la Rental gown and George wore Armani. The star studded FROW included Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford, Bono and Anna Wintour. Now that’s a guest list!

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Olivia Palermo is one helluva stylish lady and her wedding attire certainly didn’t disappoint! The bride looked effortlessly stunning in an elegant custom made three-piece look by wedding designer, Carolina Herrera. Olivia personified bridal bliss in a cashmere sweater paired with chic white shorts (imagine that), overlaid with a full tulle skirt cinched at the waist in layers of satin and silk. Her something blue came in the form of Manolo Blahnik shoes (of course) and her signature simple sophisticated ponytail completed the look.

Fashion’s IT girl married her equally dapper partner of six years, Johannes Huebl in an intimate ceremony in Bedford, New York while family and close friends watched on.

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3. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Is there a dreamier couple than Brangelina? Hollywood’s most famous duo finally fulfilled our wishes and tied the knot on 23 August. It truly was a family affair as the couple said their “I dos” in front of just 20 of their closest family and friends in their chateau in France. The kids got in on the action with Maddox and Pax escorting Angelina down the isle, as flower girls Zaraha and Vivienne adorably threw rose petals and Shiloh and Knox acted as ring bearers. And of course, the wedding dress was one of the world’s best kept secrets! The actress wore a silky ivory dress created by her go-to designer, Donatella Versace, featuring a bodice with thin straps and flowing skirt, and wait for it, a veil embellished with her kids’ drawings.

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4. Fearne Cotton and Jesse Wood

It was a glittering affair with vintage vibes when TV personality and radio presenter Fearne Cotton wed rocker Jesse Wood. The blushing boho bride married her partner of three years in a stylish but low key London summer wedding. Fearne donned an Emilio Pucci gown, custom made by the brand’s creative director, Peter Dundas. The white tulle gown gave a nod to a bygone era, with a flowing tea length skirt that cascaded to above the ankle. The girl likes her bling! A sequin embellished panel gave the dress just a hint of modernity and sparkly finishing touches included encrusted sandals and a glittery headband.

Singer Tom Odell serenaded the couple for their first dance and celebrity guests included Fearne’s bestie Holly Willoughby, Jesse’s father Ronnie Wood, Keith Lemon and Dermot O’Leary.

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5. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Did you really think I wouldn’t mention one of the most talked about celebrity weddings EVER? On 24 May, Kimye tied the knot and it was every bit as lavish as we could have hoped for. In a ceremony in Florence, Italy, the bride and groom wore custom Givenchy getups with North West even sporting a haute couture dress which matched her mum’s. That baby’s got style!

After saying their vows in front of the most extravagant floral arrangements of all time, the pair and their guests, including the Kardashian clan, partied at the reception, complete with a four-course feast and seven-tiered wedding cake, phew! For the reception, Kim swapped Givenchy for Balmain, donning a short, cream coloured, custom dress, before being regaled by an epic 20 minute speech from Kanye.

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One of my favourite things to do at weddings is to capture natural and candid moments.

I found out yesterday that I have been shortlisted as Reportage Photographer of the Year in the Professional Photographer Association’s Annual Awards. As soon as I took this image at Priscilla and John’s recent wedding at Kilshane House I loved it.

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