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Working in the wedding industry means I’ve met some truly talented people, who have lots of fab advice when it comes to planning your wedding. Today, I caught up with Annette Hughes from Look Crafty, who is offering all you brides and grooms-to-be an insight into what she does and the trends she predicts will be huge this year.

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Annette, tell us about Look Crafty. What aspects of the wedding are you involved in?

At Look Crafty, we provide a wedding styling service. We create a look or theme based on the bride and groom’s requirements and vision. We try to work with their particular budget to create what they have imagined. Sometimes it can be to bring a small area of interest of the bride and groom’s personality to the day or it can be a complete theme from dressing the ceremony area to the drinks reception and then the banquet room.

We also cater for our DIY enthusiasts with a hire service in which they can pick up items to display themselves, which are then returned to our store after the wedding. We also work with a florist which means we can design the whole wedding and make it seamless.

What do you love about the wedding industry?

We love the variation of work and also seeing a blank canvas transformed into a beautiful space. There is no better feeling of achievement than this.

What themes are proving popular with couples in 2015?

The vintage theme with hessian trimmings was popular with couples last year and it is set to continue this year. There are so many options when it comes to this theme and we love imagining and creating new variations of it.

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What colours are trending this year
Gorgeous champagne, blush and coral tones seem to be featuring quite often as the favourite colours for bridesmaids, which are then incorporated into the finishing touches for the wedding.

What is the most unique request you have ever honoured?
We were once asked to spray tin cans to tie to the back of a car and we also styled a mad hatters tea party!

What is the most memorable wedding you have been involved in?
One of the first full weddings we styled was in Castleward and it was such a lovely theme! The entire day was really fun day and so relaxed. Although it took two days to put it together, the finished result was definitely worth it! Every wedding we do is memorable in its own way.

Check out Look Crafty’s website here: www.lookcrafty.com.

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I traveled to the gorgeous grounds of Castle Ward Manor in Co.Down to meet Fiona + Richard for their engagement shoot.

It was an amazing afternoon with Fiona,Richard. and their dogs. They are such a fun, loving couple.

Really looking forward to their wedding at Lough Erne Hotel in May. It’s going to be spectacular.

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To see more of Fiona + Richard ‘s pre-wedding shoot check out the slideshow below!

 

 

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.

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