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Spring Good Shepherd Ormeau Road & Belfast Castle Wedding: Ciara & Ben


Not all of the weddings we photograph are for couples that we have met. It isn’t uncommon for us to have never met the bride and groom, right up until the wedding day! I did however meet Ciara and Ben before their wedding day, all be it two days before when I met the couple and the rest of their bridal party at Shed Bistro on the Ormeau Road on the night of their wedding rehearsal. You might ask, well why didn’t you meet the couple before then? Well, the reason being that Ciara and Ben both live in Australia. Ciara is though originally from Belfast and has family here but they met in Australia, on a night out. It was nearly not meant to be though, as when they met Ben took Ciara’s phone number down wrong! But that is another story.

The wedding day itself started at Ciara’s mum and dad’s house, where we photographed some really beautiful detail shots including a lovely one of Ciara’s very unique engagement ring on a card from Ben himself.

We then headed on the Good Shepherd Church on the Ormeau road to meet up with Ben and his lads. They had all travelled from Australia for the wedding so only arriving the night before!

It wasn’t long before Ciara and her ladies arrived and the service began. the Good shepherd is a beautiful church inside and deceivingly big.

following the service we all headed off to Belfast Castle, and headed straight to the gardens to get some intimate shots of the couple, soon enough everyone was heading in for dinner and speeches. The Speeches were very funny the Australia’s really have a great sense of humour. We ended the day with Ciara and Ben’s first dance. Leaving everyone to party the night away while we headed home.

Belfast Castle Wedding
Belfast Castle Wedding
Belfast Castle Wedding
Belfast Castle Wedding
Belfast Castle Wedding


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.


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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