Put – the – kettle – on. Even though I only shot a bespoke half day’s photography for Lucy and Des (it was my daughter’s second birthday), they gave me LOTS of photo opportunity in those few hours.
As many of you may know, I live in Manchester but I am Irish born and bred and come from a little town called Ballymena and as I arrange the photos for this blog I have become very homesick. I love where I’m from and, to me, the best thing about it is the people. Home is where you wave to strangers when you pass them in the car (when I say wave, it’s raising your index finger from the steering wheel and giving it a quick wag). It’s where you give a nod to strangers on the street by abruptly tilting your head. It’s the land of ‘Mammy’s Micra’, Tayto crisps, gutties, cups of tea, red diesel, ‘Who said mass?’, Gerry Anderson, roundabouts, Massey Fergusons and dare I say it, potatoes. Yes the stereotype is true, we do love a good spud. It’s where the rain comes down sideways and the wind would lift you off your feet. It’s where your friends will drive you the length of the country rather than let you take a taxi or public transport, fail to use their indicator the entire journey and pass 3 petrol stations on the red light ‘…because there’s another 12 miles in her yet…’ It’s all of these things and more!
Lucy’s house was ‘typically typical’ of the build up to an Irish wedding, it was filled to the brim of people getting ready, well-wishers popping in to say good luck, lovely neighbours like Joyce delivering huge trays of Ulster Fry goodies in case anyone got hungry. Another tradition at home is, it’s not all about the bride, it’s about everyone doing their bit to get the day underway, including the bride. Lucy did ALL her wedding party’s hair, arranged furniture and still managed to get herself ready and looking absolutely gorgeous in her 50’s styled wedding dress. It summed her up completely as it was a dress that oozed style and fun! The girl could move mountains if she put her mind to it. The groom on the other hand was rumoured to have been shoe shopping for himself hours before the wedding… But even with all the hustle and bustle and last minute shoe shopping, they both made it to the chapel, cool, calm and collected and stayed that way for whole day.
I find it a complete privilege to participate in any wedding as the photographer but it was MY privilege that day as Lucy and Des were so laid back and full of fun and I am so jealous that I missed the music and Irish dancing later that night.
Thanks very much Lucy and Des for including me in your day and may you have many happy years together.
I hope you enjoy the images.
Make-up: Beauty by Janet Aiken
Bride’s hair: Emma, Salon 54
Bridal party’s hair: The bride!!
Bride’s hair piece: The very talented Starletlady, Julie Abram
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