Wedding at Lissanoure Castle – Jackie and Paul

November 3, 2015

Wedding at Lissanoure Castle– Jackie and Paul

Any wedding at Lissanoure Castle is  always  unique. Nestled in the countryside it really is a hidden gem in a private estate the grounds are super and the staff wonderful.

This gem of North Antrim really was an especially good setting since many of the guests at Jackie and Pauls wedding had never even been to Northern Ireland before so what better venue to promote the area.

Paul is originally from the Ballymena area but moved to London a few years ago and it was here that the happy couple met.

Weddings at the end of October (or indeed any time in Northern Ireland) can be a bit colder and while there was a bit of a chill in the air this was one of the warmest Octobers for a long time and a decent days weather was predicted as I drove down to Portrush for a few candid shots of the bridal preparations. This also allowed be to get some shots of the flowers , as always LeafDesign did a super job with some great colours.

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I arrived at the church to find the men directing traffic and with guests arriving had just a little time to grab some shots and in no time at all the bridesmaids were arriving .

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By this time it had started to get quite chilly so the girls took refuge in the church until Jackie and her father arrived.

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The wind started to pick up a little as Jackie arrived which added a bit of drama as the veil blew


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The ceremony was being held in the church at Lissanoure Castle. This is one of the nicest churches I have covered a wedding in , it is beautifully maintained with super stained glass windows and really nice light.


With the service over and a couple of pictures outside Hugo from ChampagneMoment NI took the happy couple for a short drive to give guests time to stroll up to the main castle where the reception was to be held. On arrival at the Castle Champagne moments even tried to recruit their next generation of drivers.

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Sometimes couples ask for a big group shot of all their guests and often this can be a struggle to organise to get everyone to actually come and then to find an appropriate vantage point to get a decent shot. In this case it all went very smoothly and everyone quickly came out to the courtyard, and i was able to get a great high vantage point.


With all the excitement of a wedding day I always find it great to get away from it all for a short while with just the Bride and Groom. This give a little bit of relaxing time and also allows me to capture some more private moments and pictures. So Jackie and Paul and myself walked down the little path to the lake. By late afternoon the sun was starting to drop and the sky has some good cloud formations , the autumn colours in the trees just adding even more to the views.

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Then it was back to the Castle for the final few dramatic shots and the group shots and before long we were getting called for the meal.


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While waiting on the guest to make their way across I took  a few shots of the beautiful wedding cake supplied by Lime Tree Cakes Ahoghill.

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A super meal was provided by the The Fatted Calf

Then it was time for the first dance and to party to music provided by Men on the Hill later there was even a Hog Roast.

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Wedding Vendors
Photography: Colin Turtle Photography
Venue: Lissanoure Castle
Flowers: Leaf Designs
Cake:Lime Tree Cakes Ahoghill
Cars:Champagne Moments
Caterings:The Fatted Calf
Music:Men on the Hil

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