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Quirky Classical Folk Park & Hillsborough Castle Wedding: Naomi & Jonathan

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Naomi and Johnathan booked with us for their Ulster Folk Park and Hillsborough Castle wedding, on a recommendation of another couple we had photographed previously (Psst: Check out Naomi & Glenn’s wedding here). We love it when we are recommended by your friends. It is always so cool to meet up with people that know our other clients… and us! 🙂 Graham started the day with Naomi, at her mum’s house. He started by getting lots of lovely detail shots of her dress (which was designed by Phil Collins Bridal) which she purchased at Naomi Bridal (I know… lots of Naomi’s!). Followed by heading out into the garden to get some shots of Naomi’s Ruby Shoo shoes and of her colourful flowers from the House of Elliott.  Before leaving to meet with the boys he also got some great shots of Naomi and her sister Hannah and her mum in their great wedding hoodies!

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Soon enough though, it was time to head off to the Ulster Folk Museum and meet up with Johnathan and his lads. The boys ventured out with Graham around the vintage streets, before the girls arrived, expertly chamfered by Oliver Cars.  Once the girls arrived it was time for the service at the Presbyterian Meeting House. To  begin it was really lovely with lots of personal touches through the service including Naomi’s sister Hannah singing, both during the signing of the register and while the new Mr and Mrs left the church. The Service itself was performed by the Rev. Philip Thompson.

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Following the service we off around the Folk park to get the family pictures. We also some shots outside the Northern Bank which, co-incidentally Naomi’s mum used to work in before it was moved to the Folk park! How cool is that?! History is real folks! Just leaving us enough time to get some quick shots of the couple around the folk park before it was time to head off to Hillsborough Castle. (Can you tell I’m excited?!)

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We arrived at the palace and headed straight into the entrance and stairs before heading and out to the gardens to get more photos.  We literally walked miles around the grounds of the palace with Naomi and Jonathan getting these fab shots. The guys were totally brilliant and we got absolutely loads and loads of stunning images. I honestly don’t know which is my favourite as there are just so many that I love.

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It was soon time to head in for speeches and dinner within the palace. The catering was provided by Jane’s Kitchen and included home made Lemonade which was served with dinner on Naomi’s specific request. We love a break from tradition, and is was very tasty too 🙂

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Following dinner we ventured out to the BBQ that was arranged for the evening to toast some marshmallows, before everyone scurried back inside for the Social (provided by the lovely lads at Eternity Social).  However, before the festivities started Naomi and Jonathan had their first dance, which again was made super personal because it was sung once again by Naomi’s sister and bridesmaid Hannah.  The social got well under way and eventually it was time for us to get in our little car and head back home to Glyn the Dog. What a great day!

PS: Have you seen Naomi & Jonathan’s gorgeous beach engagement shoot at Ballintoy Harbour? Check it out too.

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Supporting Cast

Venue  – Ulster folk and Transport Museum and Royal Historic Palaces Hillsbrough Castle

Dress – Phil Collins bridal design from Naomi Bridal

Hair  – Kelly from Infiniti Hair and Beauty

Flowers  – House of Elliott

Cars – Oliver Cars

Cake – Yummy Mummy Cakes

Catering – Jane’s Kitchen

Decorations and Sationary  – Hand made by the Bride Naomi, Her bridesmaid Hannah and there Mum.

Entertainment  – Eternity Socials

 

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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