THE ONE WHERE RACHEL MARRIES DONAL.

Wedding Photographers | DERRY

back garden MARQUEE WEDDING

We, rather annoyingly, rarely get the time to blog. We’ve so many gorgeous weddings we’d love to share with you but it’s hard to find the time to share them all in their full glory. I thought I’d start sharing weddings as much as I can, past and present, as there’s only so much I can show on instagram. 

To kick things off, we have a past wedding of the lovely Rachel and Donal with their back garden marquee wedding in Derry. 

Getting ready

Rachel got ready at her family home in Derry along with her mum, dad, bridesmaids and gorgeous doggo. 

Side note: Please bring your dog to your wedding day. Pretty please. 

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The Ceremony

The wedding ceremony took place at Ardmore Parish, directly across the road from another of our favourite venues, The Beech Hill Hotel. 

  groom in church laughs as he awaits his bride bride and groom sitting on chairs, smiling during their ceremony in Derry bride signs the register after marrying her husband in a church in Derry bride hugs a male friend in a grey suit outside a church is Admore, Derry bridal party laughing as they pose for photographs against trees outside a church in Ardmore

The PORTRAITS

Before making our way to the reception, we stopped off at the Ness Country Woods for a few portraits of Rachel and Donal together. The Ness Woods are a lovely spot. I have fond memories of taking Lily there when she was a toddler. I adore these photos of Rachel and Donal. It’s always lovely to get a good, hearty laugh into your portraits. It doesn’t have to be all serious and posed. The in-between shots are definitely up there with my favourite shots of the day and really show off their personalities and connection as a couple.  

 

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The reception

Rachel and Donal pulled out all the stops for their back garden marquee wedding. Donal’s dad put a lot of effort into the garden in the lead up to the wedding; installing a walkway so everyone could easily make their way to the marquee. It’s so lovely to have the opportunity to hold your wedding reception in your own back garden. The garden marquee was beautifully decorated with plants, logs and bales of hay with Moran’s Catering supplying the wedding dinner. Donal’s brother, Steven, gave the best speech. I remember him climbing on top of the table wearing sunglasses at one point. Character. 

The Party

After their first dance, the wedding party kicked off with a good old fashioned ceilidh led by Rachel’s mum and aunt. Ceilidh’s can sometimes be tricky to weave in and out of though they’re always great craic and get the party well on it’s way! The dancing continued well on into the night with a fireworks display thrown in to top it all off. 

My first garden marquee wedding was a definite success.