Helen and James chose to have their Northern Ireland wedding on Lusty Beg Island. This stunning little island is located on Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh – certainly a beautiful part of the world, but hardly known for its reliable, sunny weather! Having personally spent the previous week being rained on almost daily, only a short distance from Lusty Beg Island, we were very lucky indeed that on Helen & James’ wedding day the sun made regular appearances from behind the clouds.

At about midday, heavy, grey clouds rolled in, but Helen & James took the decision to hold the ceremony outdoors, on a small pontoon jutting into the lough. This was quite a risk, as they had been told that once the decision was made there was no going back, and the ceremony would have to happen on the pontoon even if it was raining! Their courage paid off however, and we were rewarded with beautiful sunshine while the marriage took place.

Following the ceremony, I had a few moments with Helen & James to take some formal portraits around the lake shore. It’s great working with couples who feel able to relax and be themselves in front of the camera. As happened during their engagement shoot, there were a number of moments when I think they had completely forgotten I was there, which resulted in some very natural photos.

Not wanting to keep them from their family and friends any longer, we headed back to the venue for dinner, speeches, and dancing that carried on into the early hours of the morning.

The day was full of fun, laughter and emotion, with many wonderful moments to capture. The opening of the letters that Helen & James had written for each other was particularly poignant – photographing this sort of unscripted emotion is what drives my passion for documentary photography.

Huge congratulations to Helen & James. Thank you both so much for asking me to photograph your wedding day. I was thrilled to be part of it.

If you like my photographic style and the way I have captured Helen & James’ wedding day, please do contact me to discuss your plans further. I’d love to hear from you.

 


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