Joanne and Chris’s Tullyglass Wedding
It is lovely when a couple you know contact you about their wedding photography. I had the pleasure of being the photographer at Chris’s sisters wedding last year. So it was a bit of deja vue at least with the families involved .
Often couples ask me about all sorts of ‘what ifs’ when planing their wedding. What if it rains, the cars break down etc. Most have never thought to ask What happens if there is a global pandemic? Which is exactly the scenario for Joanne and Chris. Everything was set for their big day at the start of July but COVID19 restrictions meant that everything was scuppered.
COVID has caused huge turmoil for the hundreds of couples who have had to rearrange their dates. Fortunately Joanne and Chris were able to speak to all their various suppliers and come up with alternative dates. In fact we ended up having to rearrange the date several times.
For me this was a great wedding as every thing was local . So I left home at about 10:45 and was at Joannes home about 10mins later. It was a pleasure to catch up with Joe Dalrymple who was doing the video for the day. I knew that Joe and I would work well together. The sun was shining and the sky blue for what was sure to be a good day. The house was a hive of activity with hair, makeup , dresses but at the same time everything was quite relaxed.
Just couple of miles down the road to Second Presbyterian Church Broughshane . There I had a chance to get some of the personal touches and Chris arrived with the men.
When the house and church were so close it is great. It is easy to quickly pop back up to the house for more preparations and some pictures of everyone when they were ready and by now there were just a few finishing touches and everyone was ready to go .
Before long Joannes mother and bridesmaids arrived and were quickly followed by Joanne and her father . Everyone arrived pretty close to the time (which is always good but not always the case) .During any wedding service I always try to avoid moving around and can be discrete. It is still possible to get shots that capture a wedding and other little details.
When the ceremony finished there was a bit of a crowd outside to see the wedding so we stopped for only a couple of shots at the door before we crossed over to the church gardens where the trees gave some lovely colour and a bit of shade from the bright sunlight . Andy MccGregor was on hand to provide a piping salute to the happy couple .
The day was really flowing well and we we had arranged some more photographs at a beautiful privately owned gardens.
I always keep a close eye on the time to make sure we arrive at the hotel with plenty of time. Often there can be a multitude of group shots that can take up time and if at all possible I do not like to be keeping the hotel late for dinner. I am fuly aware that the food is ready and the kitchen cannot really be expected to wait around for ages. So when we arrived at Tullyglass Hotel to be met by Frank he was pleased that the majority of pictures were already done .
However I need not have worried because in fact we managed to get the shots all done for the scheduled time . We even had time for a staged cutting of the cake
The speeches were short and sweet and before long it was time for a well earned rest and some food and we got a chance for a few special shots before the evening reception and the first dance .