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Heritage Railway & Mill at Ballyduggan Wedding: Charlotte & Ross

Charlotte and Ross married at St Colmcille’s Parish church followed by their reception at the Mill at Ballyduggan in June. 

This was one of the highlights of the year for us as we had spent ages discussing with Charlotte and Ross about their photographs and that they wanted to go somewhere a little bit different for them but the day was going to be fairly tight on time so really it needed to be somewhere on route from Belfast to the Mill at Ballyduggan.  Graham suggested the heritage railway in Downpatrick as it’s on the way, it’s really pretty and through the summer they also run the train so if we were able to time it right we would be able to get some fab shots with the steam train!  don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

We started the day with Charlotte but our good friend David Coote second shot for us that day and he started the day with Ross and his lads. 

We all met up when we arrived at the Church in the pouring rain,  thankfully we were able to get some shots of the girls inside before the ceremony started. It was a lovely ceremony performed by Father Tony Fitzsimons who had known Charlotte since she was a child. 

Thankfully by the time we were heading out of the church the rain had blown over so it was off to the Mill with everyone Graham went along on the bus with the bridal party and got some great shots there, we had a quick stop at the mill to let some of the people off before heading off into Downpatrick to the Railway.  

We arrived at the railway and had timed it perfectly to be able to get some shots with the train before it was scheduled to leave.  We got some great shots of the couple and of the bridal party before they headed back to the mill while we stayed on a little while longer with the couple.  We heading into the signal box and then on down to the museum. The Railway allowed us to take one of there staff with us around the museum he was amazing he opened up parts of the trains for us to use that are not normally opened to the public,  he also provided ladders and general assistance.  Thank you, Johnathan, you were amazing! 

We then all hopped into our car and headed back to the mill.  We got some great shots of the guests and David had done a sterling job of capturing all the details and lots of the guests while we were away at the railway. 

Soon Enough it was time to time for everyone to head in for dinner, Speeches were before dinner and then dancing followed. and then it was time for us to head home as the party got started! 

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Supporting Cast 

Venues – St Colmcilles Parish Church & The Mill at Ballyduggan.  

Photography Venue – Downpatrick Heritage railway (With special thanks to Johnathan) 

Hair & Make-up  – La Bella Vita

Dress – Ronald Joyce – Jenny Lindops 

Flowers – Petals and pots Downpatrick

Transport – Belfast city sightseeing & Graham Crichton Photography 😉

Stationery – Andie crafts

Cake – Francis Stevenson

Band  – The Professionals

Photobooth – Andie crafts Rosie campervan photobooth

Ice cream Van  – Brennan’s vintage ice cream van 

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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