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Chilly March Larchfield Estate Wedding: Clare & Andrew

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Clare and Andrews chilly March Larchfield Estate wedding was the first of 2016 for us. We had enjoyed a long break from photographing weddings since the start of the year, so were super fired up to get back into the swing of it and what a wedding to start us off!

We started the day with Clare and her bridesmaids at Clare’s mum and dads house. Graham and I both love the morning of a wedding – the preps, the nerves, the details… (ps: it gives me lots of ideas for our own wedding). We got some fantasic detail shots of the dresses (courtesy of Wedding Box in Newtownards), shoes and jewelery around the house before heading outside to the garden with the flowers, to get some great shots with them on the lawn and in the trees! The flowers were amazing… (if you like them too, make sure to check out Rosehip & Berry Floral Studio)

We nipped back inside out of the cold and got some lovely stuff of Clare, her sister Fiona and bridemaid Jenny getting their hair done (by the very talented Rebecca Bryson MUA) and make-up expertly applied. Indidently the presure was on a bit for us today as we are also photographing Clare’s sister and bridesmaid Fiona’s wedding later this year 🙂

Soon enough it was time for us to head off to meet up with the groom Andrew, his bestman Myles and the other lads down at the church. We arrived and got all the lads outside for a couple of shots before the guests started to arrive. Once the Guests were there we got some shots of everyone chatting and awaiting the arrival of the girls… but before long Clare and her ladies arrived and it was time for the service to get under way.

The Service was gracefully performed by the Very Reverend John Mann. It was a lovely service with three beautiful readings performed by Clare and Andrew’s friends. We shot most of the service from the back of the church but managed to sneak a few shots of Clare and the bridesmaids as they arrived.

Following the service everyone headed outside to mingle and chat before we did a fantastic confetti shot with the couple outside the church. Then of course it was time to head and we all nipped into the cars and headed for Larchfield.

We arrived at Larchfield Estate and were greeted by Robert, who is one of the top wedding-organising-venue-guys we know. its always such a pleasure to work with the guys at Larchfield (including John and Michael too) as they are always so professional and run a good ship. We got a quick snap of the couple with a cheeky Guinness (provided by Neil from the Balmoral Hotel in Warrenpoint) before we headed off with the couple around the estate to get the couple shots of them. We began in Larchfield’s historic courtyard and then out into the landscaped gardens and down to the seclusion of the Greenhouse.

On our return, we made our way back through the courtyard collecting the bridal party and treked off to a nearby field where we were planning on getting some shots of the couple and the bridal party with the alpacas… but as the saying goes: never work with children and… the alpacas didn’t want to play ball. BUT we did meet a bunch of donkies who did!

When we were done here we popped back to the courtyard for the formal shots before we got everyone out for the group shot. It was then time for everyone to head on in for dinner.

Once everyone was in and settled the speeches began. Graham loves a good speech (could be something to do with him never stopping talking himself!) hehe. They were very touching from all sides. Following the speeches dinner was served by the talented Jane’s Kitchen. (ps: if you have never tasted their grub… DO! It is scrummy!). Oh, I mustn’t forget the expression on Graham’s face when he say that Clare and Andrew had a cake MADE OF CHEESE instead of the bog standard sponge! Graham loves a good brie!

After dinner and before the band started up we all headed back outside to get some shots with Clare and Andrew who had brought sparklers with them.

Afterwards we headed back in for the couples first dance and then got in to our little car and headed home – happy that wedding season is upon us for another year.

Supporting Cast

{The Venue} St John’s Church of Ireland (Malone Road) & Larchfield Estate

{The Dress} Wedding Box, Newtownards

{The Flowers} Rosehip & Berry Floral Studio

{The Food & Drink} Jane’s Kitchen & Balmoral Hotel, Warrenpoint

{The “Cake”} The folks at Wensleydale Cheese

About GRAHAM

Graham Crichton is an award winning professional wedding & portrait photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. With 10 years of experience and having photographed hundreds of weddings he has photographed weddings all over Ireland, the UK and abroad.

About HANNAH

Hannah Crichton is the principal photographic assistant, blogger and studio manager (and other half of Graham Crichton Photography). Hannah and Graham recently married themselves in Ynysybwl, Wales, where Hannah is originally from. Hannah loves “everything wedding"!

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