Ballygally Castle Wedding – Hanna and Stephen

August 10, 2016

Ballygally Castle Wedding – Hannah and Stephen

All weddings are lovely but it is especially nice when someone comes back to you after a previous photography job. Such was the case with Hannah and Stephen, because I previously did some graduation shots for Hannah .So it was really nice when I got a call a little a while later to check dates for their Ballygally Castle Wedding.

So the big day inJuly came around and I left home early in the morning to drive to Hannahs house just outside Armagh.

It was a beautiful morning and although I drove through some rain it cleared up and looked like it could be a good day (though the forecast was not great for later).

When I arrived i everything seemed very calm and relaxed , coffee was on and there was an ample supply of donuts (after a joke comment i made at the pre wedding chat) , even the dog had a bow for the occasion.

It was also super to meet with Paul Johnston who was doing the video.

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So while the ladies got make-up etc. applied by Louise Gardiner this gave me a chance to capture the dress ,shoes and flowers before Hannah was ready and looking stunning in her dress.

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Before long George from Star Car Hire arrived in the beautiful black over ivory VW camper Lola and a amenity friend was supplying the beetle which would be the bridal car to the ceremony.


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With things at home almost sorted it was time for me to leave and drive about 20mins to Ahorey Gospel Hall for the ceremony. Ahorey sits out in the beautiful countryside, and when I arrived most of the guests and the men were already inside. The hall had been beautifully decorated with little touches in keeping with Stephens farming. The bride and grooms brothers were doing usher and had everyone sorted out

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It took a little while for the ladies to arrive. The were fashionably a little late (due to a slight hiccup with flowers and a locked door at home) , but soon arrived.

The sun was shining and the county Armagh weather was being very considerate.

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After the ceremony and signing of the register the ladies from Ahorey had taken steps to ensure that no-one would be hungry before we drove the 90mins to Ballygally , and of course a quick ice cream ensured that no-oen over heated!

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Just a short distance from Ahorey is the lovely Marlacoo lake and it had been decided that we would stop off there for a few group shots, as it turned out this was a super idea (as the weather later proved).

The old saying ‘make hay while the sun shines’ was very appropriate.

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It takes about 90mins to drive from Marlacoo up to Ballygally and my now it was around 3pm . With the forecast was giving rain to come into East Antrim from around tea time and I was a little worried.

I had mentioned to George that it might be nice to stop at a Barley field if we got a chance. However as we approached Ballynure the rain started and got quite heavy so my hopes were fading fast.

Fortunately George knew just the spot and the rain stopped for just long enough to get a few shots

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From here on the weather went downhill and by the time we arrived at Ballygally Castle outside photographs were not really an option.

The gardens at Ballygally are indeed very beautiful BUT we had to work with the weather and take  advantage of the various lovely places inside .

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Soon it was time for the meal and to cut the beautiful cake  supplied by Lime Tree Cakes  from Ahoghill

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After the meal there was a party and just before the fireworks the happy couple decided to cool down a bit and braved the rain with a couple of umbrellas for a few quite shots

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All in all this was a super wedding and it was great to meet so many great people , its a pity that the weather was not better, but even that did nothing to dampen the enjoyment everyone got from a great day.
Wedding Vendors
Photography : Colin Turtle Photography

Venue             : Ballygally Castle

Cake               : Lime Tree Cakes

Cars               : Star Car Hire

Makeup         : Louise Gardiner Makeup

Video             :Paul Johnston Videography

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