Catherine MacKenzie Photography: Blog http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog en-us (C) Catherine MacKenzie Photography (Catherine MacKenzie Photography) Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:15:00 GMT Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:15:00 GMT http://www.cathmackenzie.com/img/s/v-5/u800399794-o315968488-50.jpg Catherine MacKenzie Photography: Blog http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog 120 120 Wedding Diary: Laura & John's Drenagh Estate Wedding http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2018/3/wedding-diary-laura-johns-drenagh-estate-wedding Laura and John were married on the 9th December 2017, in a ceremony at St Finlough's Church, Ballykelly, before hosting their reception at the always dreamy Drenagh Estate, Limavady. With her wedding day now a few months behind her, Laura reflects on the day, sharing the inspiration behind it, as well as some fab advice for all you couples currently planning your big day.

Laura, how did you & John meet?

No romantic love story here as we actually met through work. There are a lot of friendships at Unilever as teams work closely together and everyone is super nice. Inevitably, we are in a long line of Unilever couples. Mind you, I did have to put the effort in to chase down my man.

Tell us about that proposal!

We went on holiday to Portugal and just like all the evenings on that holiday, we ate great food and drank plenty of wine. I drunkenly joked about when John was finally going to propose. We got back to our apartment, put our PJs on, and as we were drinking tea on the terrace, John got down on one knee with the sparkliest diamond ring I’d ever seen, which had been hidden in a shoe. It’s all a bit of a blur due to the heady mix of excitement, love and Merlot.

What did you love most about planning your wedding?

The best bit about planning the wedding was how much time and how many fun things we did with our family and close friends.

From hen parties to brunches, discussing plans to dress shopping for both me and the bridesmaids, spending more time with people was definitely a highlight and something I have planned to continue to do now the wedding is over.

Describe your dress. How did you find ‘the one’?

I knew I wanted a Maggie Sottero dress as I was completely drawn in by her marketing and how romantic her pictures were in magazines. I actively sought out a bridal shop who held a reasonable sized range of Maggie dresses.

I just grabbed a bunch of different styles to try on, and whilst I did, I kept coming back to the first one. The very first one.

The dress was ivory lace over blush, which gave it a warm glow, with some sparkle and a detailed back. It felt so alien to be in such a big dress and I must admit throughout all the process of sizing and fitting and so forth, I did start to panic if I’d made the right decision. But as soon as the tailor had finished, the style and silhouette was exactly what I had wanted and I was thrilled.

Who were your bridesmaids?

I had two bridesmaids; my sister, Paula and my oldest friend, Rachel. Both girls have different body shapes, styles and personalities so my main aim was to ensure they were happy and comfortable. I tried to search for dresses via the high street but the time of year didn’t add up, so we ended up back at the bridal shop.

The girls tried on a bunch they liked and they both settled on a Grecian style maxi dress. Originally, I was looking for a maroon colour, however the sample dresses they tried on were ‘celtic green’ and were a gorgeous rich, dark green which all agreed looked great on both bridesmaids. We were sold.

Tell us about your bouquet

We didn’t have one set colour theme, however with Christmas looming I wanted dark reds and purples. My florist (Sharon Peaker) did an awesome job and I had a huge bushy bouquet of red roses, purple flowers and trailing greenery. Sharon also added some blush flowers to ensure all the colours were picked out and not lost in a dark mass!

What did you love most about your wedding venue?

Everything. Drenagh is simply gorgeous. We decided on a house reception, with roaring fires and a huge Christmas tree in an intimate setting. The venue was just perfect for the small, Christmas wedding we wanted.

The staff at Drenagh were beyond amazing. From initial wedding planning all the way through to impromptu sing songs around the piano, every wish was catered for. Every now and then they spirit you away with the groom for a private drink and a breather. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Did everything go exactly to plan?

As far as I am aware yes! I feel like I became a weather man in the lead up with snow watch very much a part of the run up to the wedding.

What advice would you offer other brides?

Keep it simple and don’t over complicate things.

Drenagh has a great reputation, so we opted to use the majority of their preferred suppliers including photographer, ceilidh band and cars. We literally just ran through a list and it was all arranged. It was great knowing that everyone knew what they were doing and when. This mean no fuss or stress.

Splurge on the things that are important to you. I had the best day ever, and I probably only arranged around seven specific things for the day: The venues, harpist, florist, band, outfits, cars and photographer.

Finally, what led to you choosing Catherine as your wedding photographer?

I have friends whose wedding day memories had been ruined by bad photographers.

Catherine was on Drenagh’s preferred supplier list which meant we were pretty much sold! We had a look on her website and fell in love with the pictures she’d captured. I’d recommend Catherine and the service she offers to all brides. You seriously couldn’t want for more.

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Top tips to ensure your wedding goes without a hitch! http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2018/1/top-tips-to-ensure-your-wedding-goes-without-a-hitch As a bride (and groom), you're planning what is probably the biggest day of your life. It's expensive, it's important, and just about everyone you know will be there. Cue anxiety. No doubt you've thought about what can go wrong and if you want the real truth, just about anything can happen. As a wedding photographer, who has been involved in hundreds of weddings of various different styles, sizes and budgets, believe me when I say that I've seen it all. But that doesn't mean that things will go wrong on your wedding day, especially if you're prepared.

Organising a wedding is really like organising a massive event. Ask any event planner what their secret is, and they'll tell you it's all about coordination, and thinking about how if one thing slips, it could have a knock-on-effect on other elements of your day. It's probably safe to say, that many of you aren't event planners so this is all new to you. And so, with this in mind, I've taken everything I've seen and learned over the years to prepare a bumper blog post to make sure your wedding is the smooth running day it should be.

The venue

The great thing about your wedding venue, is that you'll have one point of contact for the day. Your go-to person will assist in making sure everything goes exactly to plan. This individual knows everything from the importance of timings to all the finer details you've planned, so make sure you pay attention. And because wedding venue coordinators are so fully involved in the wedding planning process, the team at Drenagh House have shared their expert advice on ensuring everything goes to plan at your wedding venue.

1. Timing is key. All the elements of your wedding day should work in perfect harmony. With your venue, discuss time schedules and what must be achieved by a certain time throughout the big day, especially if you are having evening entertainment.

2. Try and stick to this schedule as much as possible. While you probably won't be paying much attention to time on the day, the venue will keep you posted.

3. Don't forget about the guests who don't drink alcohol at the drinks reception. It can be embarrassing to realise you've forgotten about them as they sit empty handed.  

4. Know your 'go to' person within the venue. This person will be your personal point of contact should you need anything in the run up to the wedding, or indeed on the day itself.

5. If your photographer hasn't been to the venue before, have them call to it to source potential photo locations and meet the team.

6. Don't let the speeches drag on too long. This is one of the most common problems at receptions. Try to keep them short and sweet and avoid opening up the floor to speeches. This can delay the first dance and ultimately reduce the length of time for your evening entertainment.

7. Less is sometimes more with the decor. Pay attention to what is already in your reception room as often you won't need to add too much to it. 

8. If you are staying overnight at the venue, leave all your belongings there a few days before. That way, everything you need will already be there and you can easily get your hands on it.

9. Don't forget to relax and embrace every moment as this is what the last few months or even years of planning comes down to.

The wedding morning

The wedding morning

A smooth running wedding, starts with a carefully coordinated morning. You may think the wedding morning is simply just about hair and make-up but there are a few essentials to consider.

1. Have robes and slippers for the bridal party. This is especially important if you are having pre-wedding photos, as matching robes can look great. Plus, they serve the advantage of being easy to get in and out of, avoiding damage to your newly finished hair and makeup.

2. Prepare an emergency kit. By now, you've probably realised that preparation is key, and this is where an emergency kit comes in handy. Appoint a bridesmaid to prepare a kit with everything you might need, such as safety pins, white chalk, hair spray, hair pins etc.

3. Avoid dress dramas. On your wedding day, a needle and thread shouldn't be needed, but you'd be surprised by how many brides have to be sewed into their dresses. A dress fitting a few days before your wedding is essential. While many shops encourage you to pick up your dress weeks before your wedding, go to a dress maker the week before, try it on, do up any zips and buttons and check it carefully. When you're sure it's as it should be, place it back in its bag, and hang it up in your home, out of site.

It's also a good idea to have a steamer handy. Bridesmaid dresses are often made of chiffon, which is prone to creases.

4. Remember food and drink! With all the nerves, it can be easy to skip breakfast, but with your wedding meal hours away, make sure someone has prepared breakfast. If you're planning on having a glass of bubbles, pop a bottle in the fridge the night before.

5. Don't forget about your feet. If you're a bride on a mission for the perfect wedding photos, a pair of wellies or flat shoes will come in extremely handy. Whether it's photos on the beach, or walking through greenery, save your wedding shoes and opt for something a little more sensible as we find the perfect backdrop. 

Hair and makeup 

One of the most common problems - which results in the bridal party showing up late to the ceremony - is hair and make-up running over. Here, Claire from Moods Hairdressing & makeup artist, Rosemary Wright share their top tips.

Claire from Moods Hairdressing recommends the following:

1. A trial is essential! I would never do a bride's hair without carrying out a trial first. It isn't as simple as just putting your hair up. Both you and your hairdresser should leave the trial knowing exactly what is happening with your hair. 

2. Get to know your hairdresser. If you aren't using a hairdresser you already know, make sure you get to know them in the run up to the wedding. Call in for a trim and blow dry and build up trust with each other so you are comfortable on the day.

3. If you opt for hair extensions, please be aware that working with these can be tricky, so it's essential that you bring them to your trial.

4. Don't be late. Whether you're going to a hair salon or a hairdresser is coming to your house, being on time is of the upmost importance. The last thing your hairdresser wants is for you to be late for your wedding so stick to timings and nobody will be stressed!

To ensure your wedding makeup is flawless, Rosemary Wright suggests the following:

1. Firstly, check out various makeup artists online to determine which one most closely matches your own style. Some makeup artists specialise in more natural makeup, while others prefer a dramatic finish, so choose one whose style closely matches what you envision for your wedding.

2. Next up, always book a trial in order to see if you like what they do. If you are planning on wearing tan on your wedding day, it is important that you attend your trial, wearing your chosen shade. This will give you the best possible idea of what your makeup will look like on the day. On the subject of tanning, I also recommend having your tan applied by a professional for your wedding and to have a trial too. This avoids potential tanning fails in the run up to the wedding.

3. Always wear white to your trial. A pink top, for example, will reflect a different tone on your skin. 

4. Prepping prior to both your trial and wedding day is key. Ensure your skin is exfoliated and cleansed free from all makeup. Apply moisturiser beforehand to allow time for it to fully absorb into the skin. Prepping your skin before your makeup artist arrives will save time on the day. Finally, have your eyebrows shaped and hair removal carried out by a professional.

5. When booking a makeup artist for your wedding, go with one who has a reputation for turning up. If you have heard horror stories from friends or family who have been let down, steer clear. No one needs that drama on their wedding day.

6. The week before the wedding, I always recommend brides give me a quick call. This allows us to confirm all the details, check timings and add on any other people, if necessary.

7. On the wedding day, have a bridesmaid carry some loose powder, lipstick and blusher. This is all you'll need to touch up your makeup. It should have real staying power and last long into the night.

8. Timings are crucial. One hour per person for makeup should be enough. Write out a schedule of who is having their makeup applied and at what time and let everyone know that this is strict and that they need to be on time.

9. Remember, if you tell a makeup artist you'll go to their salon and then decide that you'd prefer them to come to your house, there will most likely be a difference in cost. A call out fee is required to cover time away from the salon and travel, so don't be alarmed by this.

Flowers

Believe it or not, I've seen brides unhappy about their wedding flowers. To avoid surprises on the wedding day, Jil Peterson from The Stables Flower Co shares her expert advice.

1. If you want luxurious, professional flowers for your big day, go to a designer, rather than a high street shop that specialises in funerals etc.

2. Use social media to check out a designer's work and then allow them the freedom to create your look.

3. Consider the guest experience when allocating the appropriate budget to flowers. One jam jar posy on the reception tables of a grand marquee can be a disappointment.

4. Book early to avoid missing a designer whose work you have fallen in love with.

5. Allow your floral designer to guide you in the look and how the flowers play their part in the overall set up.

Cars

They're responsible for getting you to and from your ceremony and venue, so they need to be reliable! When booking wedding cars, think about how far you are from your venue, in order to work out your wedding day timings. Don't forget about factors such as the time of year and where you need to go. Couples often have locations such as mountains or beaches in mind for photos, so just make sure your chosen mode of transport can cope with this. Think about how many stops you need to make too as how long you will be away from the venue will have a knock on effect for the rest of the timings for the day.

Photography

Last but not least, as a photographer, my goal is always to ensure you are presented with a set of photos that you will treasure forever. Here's my advice on how you can make sure you love your wedding photos.

1. It might sound obvious, but if you want good photos, book a professional, rather than giving the responsibility to a friend with a good camera. Wedding photos serve as a reminder of your wedding day for the rest of your lives and so if you want professional images, call on the services of an expert photographer.

2. A great way to get to know your photographer and to feel comfortable posing in front of a camera is with an engagement photo shoot. I offer couples a half hour session in front of the camera to allow them to get used to it, and a few digital images to take home. Furthermore, for an additional cost, I offer a full engagement shoot at a location of your choice, with a diverse range of images.

3. You've booked this photographer for a reason - you like their work and you've got a report with them so don't spend weeks worrying about your photos. Put your trust in their capable hands, safe in the assurance that they'll capture every detail of your day.

4. One major aspect to consider is lighting! Light changes throughout the day, which will result in very different photos. If you're having a winter wedding, the light fades much earlier so you may need to consider having your ceremony a little earlier to afford your photographer more time. 

5. Living in Northern Ireland means that the weather isn't always kind to us and facing the possibility of having rain on your wedding day will mean that you are well prepared to handle it. Face cold, wet weather with appropriate footwear, blankets and umbrellas. Check out my post on winter weddings here for great advice on how to handle adverse weather conditions.

6. Your photographer will act as your own personal clock on the day. I always watch the time as the day goes on, so that the couple don't have to stress about it. This helps ensure that all the vendors work as cogs in a wheel and the day runs smoothly and according to schedule.

In summary, your wedding day is one of the happiest, not to mention biggest days of your life. The elements of your day should all work together in perfect harmony. Carefully coordinating timings and working with a team of reputable suppliers will ensure everything goes off without a hitch.

To enquire about my availability for your wedding day, get in touch here.

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Time-saving tips for busy brides to help with your wedding planning http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2017/12/time-saving-tips-for-busy-brides-to-help-with-your-wedding-planning If you’re a bride with not a lot of time on your hands, you may be wondering how on earth you’ll fit in planning a wedding around your already packed schedule. But fear not! We’ve rounded up our time saving top tips for busy brides to ensure you get everything done before you walk down that aisle.

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According to the Association for Wedding Professionals International, the majority of brides spend on average 37 hours per month planning their weddings. Plus, many admit that at least some of their wedding planning takes place while they’re at work. So if this is something that you want to avoid (along with an angry boss), there are easy and practical ways to plan a wedding around your usual working hours.

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Talk to your boss

While wedding planning can definitely take place outside of working hours, if you do foresee that you’ll need time out of the office to attend appointments, be upfront with your boss. Plus, many brides take at least a few days off before the wedding, plus there’s the honeymoon to factor in, so booking your annual leave in advance is a must. Let your boss know the date you plan to wed so that you can ensure it doesn’t clash with any potential work commitments.

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Get organised

The majority of wedding planning takes place after the engagement, and right before the wedding so be prepared to be busy during these times. They key here is to stay super organised. Get your hands on all the wedding planning stationery that you need in order to keep track of vendors, receipts, deposits paid and ideas for your day. Start checklists and due dates so that you can easily see what needs to be done and when. During these busy times, you’ll probably devote all of your spare time to planning. Evenings and weekends will become the time when you email vendors, book appointments and look for inspiration on Pinterest, but once the important things are complete, you’ll notice you have loads more free time again.

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Research is key

The best way to save yourself loads of time in the long run is to research everything. If you’re clear about exactly what it is that you want from the offset, there’s more chance of everything going to plan. Before you begin booking vendors, sit down with your other half and discuss your visions for your day. If you see yourself getting married in a historic house or castle, don’t waste time viewing hotels. Likewise, if you have your heart set on a particular dress designer, only book appointments at boutiques that stock them. Getting clear on what you want for your wedding day will help you avoid making rash decisions that you later regret.

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Create extra time

By this, we mean making better use of your time. Get to the office a half hour earlier in the morning (yes, you can do it!). Use this time for researching or emailing suppliers. Plus, make good use of your daily work commute, coffee breaks and lunchtime and you’ll soon realise how much you can get done with a half hour stolen here and there.

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Turn to technology

Technology really is a time saver, so use it to your advantage. There are tonnes of wedding planning apps and software programmes which allow you to keep track of expenditure, guest lists and deadlines. Many couples are even setting up websites, which give guests all the details of the day, and allows them to RSVP. This process saves couples time as they don't need to answer individual questions about accommodation etc.

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Don’t be afraid to delegate

If you find that you just don’t have the hours you need to commit yourself fully, this is where your family and friends come in handy. If someone offers their help, take it. Tasks such as creating place cards and wedding favours can be done over a bottle of wine and a girlie catch up.

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Have fun

No doubt you’re only planning on doing this once so the key is to have fun. While it can be stressful planning a wedding around a busy career, it’s also an amazing experience and one that you’ll remember forever. Don’t forget to schedule in some ‘wedding-free’ time with your other half so that you can fully enjoy your engagement together.

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Wedding Diary: Elaine & Shane's Harvey's Point wedding http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2017/12/wedding-diary-elaine-shanes-harveys-point-wedding Elaine & Shane were married on October 6th 2017 in a ceremony at St. Colmcille’s Church, Knockfola, Co. Donegal, before hosting their reception at Harvey’s Point. Here, Elaine shares the inspiration behind their wedding, as well as her advice for anyone currently planning their wedding day.

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How did you & your husband meet?

Shane and I met through a mutual friend over 9 years ago. He won me over when he sang ‘Caledonia’ at a local bar. He sang it so effortlessly; I was so impressed I instantly fell in love with his voice.

He was studying at university in Liverpool at the time so we would meet up whenever he was at home and the rest is history. When I introduced him to my son Dillon, they instantly hit it off and became very close, which sealed the deal for me. This may sound cliché but he was and still is the perfect gentleman. He has the patience of a saint and bends over backwards to ensure our happiness. I couldn’t have asked for a better husband and friend and we’re so lucky to have him in our lives.

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Tell us about that proposal!

Th proposal came as a total shock. I wasn’t expecting it AT ALL!!  Even though when I look back, all the telltale signs were there, they just went over my head!

Shane took me away for a pampering weekend to The Ice House, Co. Mayo. On the day of the proposal he sent me off to the spa for the works and was in a panic when we couldn’t get any appointment to have my nails done (he must have rang every beauty salon in Mayo)!

That evening he organised a surprise meal in the charming Belleek Castle, knowing that I have a terrible soft spot for historic and romantic castles.

So, first of all, we went for a stroll by the River Moy.  It had started to rain so I picked up the pace to hurry back to the castle (I knew he had bubbly waiting)! Shane called me from behind and when I turned around he was on bended-knee holding the engagement ring. My heart skipped two beats when he asked if I’d do him the honour of becoming his wife. Of course I said YES, I was thrilled. Then it was time to break out the tissues as we shared the news with our families and close friends. Emotions were high on both sides of the phone.

Shane is an old romantic and I was secretly impressed when I learnt he had firstly asked my father for my hand in marriage.

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What did you love most about planning your wedding?

I dedicated a lot of time into planning our wedding and loved every single minute of it, from choosing our venue and wine tasting to the ceremony and reception music. I created endless boards on Pinterest and had every wedding / bridal magazine out there!

I think that the whole planning and decision making process made the entire event come to life. Don’t get me wrong, it did get overwhelming at times but this is when I thanked my lucky stars that I had great family and friends to keep me sane and to delegate some odd jobs to.

To be honest planning our wedding was like planning one big fancy party. The biggest party we’ll ever throw in our lives!

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Describe your dress. How did you find ‘the one’?

I get butterflies everytime I think about my dress. I found ‘the one’ in Forever Bridal, Belfast. I must thank Leondra who suggested trying on the dress. She was amazing to deal with.

It’s ‘The Desire Dress’ from the haute couture collection by mother and daughter design team, Naama & Anat.

The dress was handcrafted with lace motifs and has the most flattering shape. It was fitted to my knees with beaded lace flair from the knee to the floor. My wedding dress was custom made to my measurements by Naama & Anat and was so comfortable and lightweight to wear. I also had my veil custom made by Naama & Anat to match the dress.

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Who were your bridesmaids?

I had six beautiful ladies by my side – my sister Kathleen, nieces Tara, Chelsea & Sinéad, dearest friend Eileen and my sister in law Aoife.

For them I choose the multiway dresses as I knew I would never get one that would suit or please all six girls!

These dresses are so versatile, flattering and most importantly comfortable. I choose various shades of pink, from blush to a purple/pink, which I think worked really well together. I was absolutely thrilled at how stunning they all looked on the day.

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Tell us about your bouquet

My bouquet was made by the ever so talented Heaven Scent Florist in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal and consisted of a mixture of various peonies in dried silk, which was fabulous as I still have them and they’re as fresh as ever. I had my Grandmother’s rosary beads wrapped around the stems as my ‘something old’.

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What did you love most about your wedding venue?

Where do I start?! Any visit to Harvey’s Point is a magical experience but to have your wedding reception there is literally a dream come true.  The idyllic setting and grounds are breathtaking with spectacular views of Lough Eske and The Blue Stack Mountains. The wedding team, particularly Joanne and Samantha are the best in the business. Nothing was ever a problem and they assisted and advised us in any way possible and helped make our wedding day the most wonderful day of our lives. It truly was everything we had dreamed of and more.

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What advice would you offer other brides?

I know every bride says it but DELEGATE! You’ll be overwhelmed with offers from everyone trying to help you so don’t be afraid to hand over some of the planning, especially to your family and friends. I would have been lost without mine. You can repay them with lots of wine. It’s also important to be super organised from the off. Keep a diary of everything from suppliers to deposits paid. Lastly, enjoy every moment! You’ll only do this once in your life so make sure you enjoy the full experience.

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Finally, what led to you choosing Catherine as your wedding photographer?

Choosing our wedding photographer was one of the toughest decisions in planning our wedding and it was one we both took our time with. We wanted a creative, professional, open minded and imaginative photographer who we would feel comfortable sharing our wedding day with. That’s exactly what we got with Catherine. She made us feel at ease from the off. She’s so enthusiastic and passionate when it comes to her work and it shows in every photo. She has a fantastic eye for detail and took shots of the small but equally important things at our wedding. We’ve had a preview of our wedding photos and literally couldn’t be happier. I cannot wait to get my hands on the finished album.  I’d highly recommend Catherine. She really works magic with her camera and definitely delivered some amazing and unique images.

 

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Children's Portrait Shoots at Catherine Mackenzie Photography http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2017/11/childrens-portrait-shoots-at-catherine-mackenzie-photography Get the details of my children's portrait shoots and learn why these are the perfect way to mark a special time in your child's life. 

"The eyes are the windows of the soul" - Thomas Phaer

While newborn photography has long been popular, more and more parents are choosing to mark the milestone of their children progressing into infancy. Chat to any parent and they'll tell you that kids grow up too fast. This is why it's nice to slow things down for a couple of hours with a children's portrait photo shoot.

And because I like to do things differently, you can expect a portrait shoot like never before. 

The aim of this shoot is to capture the soul of the child through the eyes. After all, the eyes are the windows of the soul. 

The shoot takes place at my studio in Limavady, where your child will be styled in beautiful dresses and headdresses by my professional stylist. During the session, I will capture a range of emotive images of your child, that brings out the best of them, and their best feature - their eyes. 

This style of shoot is perfect for creating an image which will become an heirloom. Images are printed and framed using only the highest standard products for a truly special memento that will take pride of place in your home.

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"To see the magic of life look through the wondrous eyes of a child.”

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"Be gentle my little thunderstorm, the world is not yet ready."

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"And though she is but little, she is fierce."

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“Is the sky cloudy? Can’t you see the shining stars? Take a look at the eyes of a happy child, you will see all the bright stars over there!” 

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"And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling."

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Wedding Diary: Laura & Jonny's Drenagh Wedding http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2017/11/wedding-diary-laura-jonnys-drenagh-wedding Drenagh wedding Laura and Jonny were married on the 1st of July 2017 at Drenagh Estate, where they also held their reception. As childhood sweethearts, the couple wanted to ensure the day was filled with loads of their personality. With the dreamy Drenagh as their backdrop, they effortlessly brought their wedding day vision to life. Here, Laura walks us through the inspiration behind their romantic day. 

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Laura, how did you & Jonny meet?

Well, we actually met in the Robinson Hospital in Ballymoney as we were born one day apart (some would say that’s fate) but we met again 13 years later at a youth club. We started going out when we were 14 years old so it’s safe to say we are childhood sweethearts.

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Tell us about that proposal!

Jonny told me to book a few days off so that we could go to his family caravan. However, he actually whisked me away to Amsterdam. We had gone inter-railing after we graduated and Amsterdam was the first city we visited. Jonny told me that’s when he knew I was the girl he was going to marry. If you haven’t been, Amsterdam is a gorgeous city. We stayed in a really lovely boutique hotel called The Toren, which made our stay very memorable.

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What did you love most about planning your wedding?

I loved having two years to plan all the little details. Having so long to do everything meant we got first pick of what we wanted in terms of dates, photographers etc. I was quite particular about our date. Jonny asked me out on the 1st of July and he proposed on the 1st of July so needless to say, I wanted to get married on that date. This turned out to be a Saturday so it worked extremely well. Because we had been together for so long I wanted to make the wedding as personal as possible. Each table setting was a year that we have been together and detailed our favourite song, favourite film and favourite moment from that year. Everyone’s place setting was a picture of them with either myself or Jonny, and some went way back so it was nice to have the time to do all those little details and see people’s reactions.

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Describe your dress. How did you find ‘the one’?

I tried on a lot of dresses... and I mean a lot! I knew what style I wanted though. I tried on different shapes of dresses on the first day and I knew they just weren’t for me. I didn’t get ‘the one’, feeling with my dress. After weeks of trying on dresses I knew I had to pick one and my mind kept going back to the dress I had tried on in Ivory Bridal. I still didn’t fall in love with it though until the amazing Bridgene Mullan worked her magic and fitted it like a glove. I loved it on the day.

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Who were your bridesmaids?

I had five bridesmaids. I know that’s quite a lot but I just couldn’t decide. I had my amazing big sister, Rachael, my step sister, Amber, Jonny’s sister, Sarah, and two of my friends, Jill and Katy. I always knew I wanted my bridesmaids in red as I absolutely love the colour and it just happened to be that they are all brunette so I knew it would suit them all. People did think I was a bit mad choosing red for a summer wedding but I think it worked really well. They wore gorgeous True Bride dresses from Dream Weddings in Coleraine, with some subtle diamante detail on the shoulders.

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Tell us about your bouquet

I actually decided that I wanted to do my flowers myself. Drenagh is such a stunning venue that I didn’t overly feel like I needed a lot of flowers to dress it. Linda McAllister, who is my bridesmaid Katy's mum, is one of those people that can turn her hand to anything. She had undertaken a florist course last year, as Katy was getting married and very kindly offered to make up my bouquets and buttonholes. I was absolutely delighted with how they looked. I alternated the colours with my bouquet being red and my bridesmaids having white bouquets.

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What did you love most about your wedding venue?

I have always loved Drenagh! Before anyone really knew much about the venue, and before it appeared in an episode of 'Don’t tell the Bride', I just fell in love with it. I didn’t get my hopes up though as my dad has MS and now uses a wheelchair. As it’s an old stately home I wasn’t sure if it would be suitable. I met with Joanne and she took my dad and I around the venue. She couldn’t have been more helpful and we decided that it was a goer! I was over the moon. My dad would usually have a lie down in the middle of the day, which was his plan on our wedding day too but he was having too much fun and partied right until the very end with all of us!

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Did everything go exactly to plan?

I’m quite an organised person, with lists and Excel spreadsheets galore. I had my favours made months before so everything would be nice and relaxed in the lead up to the wedding. I booked a hair appointment the week before the wedding, as we all do. For anyone that doesn’t know me, I’ve had long golden locks my entire life. Low and behold the toner took to my hair and turned it blue! I know you’re thinking I took the ‘something blue’ good luck charm a little too far. So I spent the entire week before my wedding trying to correct my hair. Thankfully it turned out ok in the end but it definitely wasn't the relaxing week I had hoped for.

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What advice would you offer other brides?

Make sure you give yourself time to eat and get a glass of water! It’s so simple but it’s amazing how the day just gets away from you. Try to be as organised as possible. I see some brides sitting up until midnight the night before doing projects that could have been done months ago with a little help from the bridesmaids. I would also really advise that you have who you want there on the day and around you. It’s your day, you’ll never forget it and you want to make sure it’s the best fun ever!

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Finally, what led to you choosing Catherine as your wedding photographer?

Jonny and I were at the Wedding Journal show in Belfast. It was one of the days the rugby was on so I had promised we wouldn’t be too long and would just have a quick scan around. I wasn’t taking time to stop at many stalls but Catherine was there and her photos caught my eye. We stopped and got chatting and I realised she was local to us and had been to Drenagh loads of times, which was something that was important to me. I can let myself get stressed easily so I wanted someone that would be quite easy going but knew exactly what needed to be done. And that’s the vibe I got from Catherine. She kept me calm but wasn’t shy in telling someone to move if she saw a great photo opportunity!

Get in touch here if you are looking for a wedding photographer Northern Ireland.

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Your wedding morning essentials covered http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2017/10/your-wedding-morning-essentials-covered As a bride to be, your mission is most likely to be as organised as possible. If you like to plan ahead and try to cover all bases, one area to consider is your wedding morning routine. With just a few hours for your bridal prep, no doubt you'll want to ensure it's a smooth running show. So to lend a helping hand, here we share your wedding morning essentials.

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Robes and slippers

Your wedding morning is such a wonderful time of the day, as you get ready with your bridal party, so it isn't surprising that so many brides choose to have this time photographed. With this in mind, a little coordination can ensure flawless photos. Choose to wear something comfortable and easy to get in and out of without ruining your hair and make-up. A robe is ideal and you can get your bridesmaids in on the action too. Choose a white robe for yourself and pretty pastel or matching floral robes for your leading ladies to ensure everyone is suitably dressed for those pre-wedding photos.

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Emergency kit

While there's no guarantee that everything will go exactly according to plan, you can prepare for life's little mishaps, thanks to a wedding emergency kit. These can be purchased online or it's the perfect easy task for your maid of honour. A few months before the wedding, start to gather up things which could come in handy on the day. White chalk, needle and thread, safety pins, hair clips, tweezers, tissues and plasters are just a few of things I've noticed have been useful over the years.

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A steamer

Yes, really! No matter how careful you are, an unexpected wrinkle can arise. Worst case scenario, hang your dress in the bathroom while the shower is on hot, or (extremely carefully) use the steam from the iron. If you'd rather be more prepared than this, believe it or not, hand-held steamers are relatively cheap, and will come in handy for those honeymoon clothes too.

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Flat shoes or wellies

If you're a bride on a mission for the perfect wedding photos, a pair of wellies or flat shoes will come in extremely handy. Whether it's photos on the beach, or walking through greenery, save your wedding shoes and opt for something a little more sensible as we find the perfect backdrop. 

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Food

I've heard many a mum reminding her daughter to eat on the morning of her wedding. With so much going on it can be easy to skip breakfast, but with a ceremony, greeting guests and wedding photos to get through, it can be a long time until that wedding meal. Again, assign someone the task of taking control of food for the morning. Whether it's picking up some fresh croissants or stocking up on fruit, your stomach (and your bridesmaids) will thank you for it.

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Champagne

The perfect way to kick off your bridal preparations, a small glass of fizz gets everyone in the mood for a great day ahead. Plus, it also makes for a wonderful pre-wedding shot. 

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A little music

Finally, a bit of background music goes a long way in settling nerves on the morning. Quickly put together a playlist of crowd pleasing hits or relaxing music to add a little atmosphere to your wedding morning.

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Co-ordination

In order to ensure a smooth running wedding morning, a little co-ordination is key. Ahead of the wedding day, liaise with your hair and make-up team so that we all give each other the time we need. This is essential if the you are to get the beautiful photos you wants in the morning. Hair and make-up need to be finished about 45 minutes to an hour before the photographer leaves.

Armed with these handy top tips, you can ensure you get your wedding morning off to the perfect start.

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Wedding Day Diary: Aimee & Ryan's Cabra Castle Wedding http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2017/10/wedding-day-diary-aimee-ryans-cabra-castle-wedding Cabra Castle wedding

Aimee and Ryan were married on 20th July 2017 during a gorgeous ceremony at St Mary & St Joseph's Church, Coalisland. They held their reception at the stunning Cabra Castle, Co. Cavan. Here, Aimee shares the inspiration behind their day, as well as her top tips for anyone currently planning their wedding.

Aimee, how did you and Ryan meet?

We met at the end of August 2012 in a bar in Dungannon. I was out with a few friends and Ryan was actually out with my brother. I think we knew of each other but hadn't met or crossed paths before.

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Tell us about that proposal!

We got engaged in August 2015. At the start of August Ryan asked if I fancied going away for a night. I jumped at the idea as Ryan isn't usually a fan of going away while I would go away every weekend if I could! So he booked the Manor House Hotel in Co. Fermanagh as we had been before and loved it. So on the 22nd August we headed down and chilled out for the day and had a few drinks. We went up to the room that evening to get changed and ready for dinner and Ryan had asked me to sit down on the bed. He connected his laptop to the TV and had made a Powerpoint presentation. To summarise, it was photographs of us before we met, photos of our families and of us over the 3 years. It was made to Ed Sheeran's song 'Photograph'. Of course, while watching it I was in tears thinking this was so nice but it never entered my mind that he was about the propose. At the end of the presentation I looked around and there he was on one knee with a ring.

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What did you love most about planning your wedding?

I loved everything about planning our wedding. I don’t have one thing I loved most. I had the best time doing it all. Although one highlight was tasting the food and cake, for sure!

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Describe your dress. How did you find ‘the one’?

My dress was a fitted mermaid style with a sweetheart embellished neckline. The dress was light gold in colour with lace appliqués and a full layer of sequins underneath. When the light hit it, it just glistened. I had the straps made with the lace appliqués and a few sequins to add some more sparkle! I loved it. The style I originally wanted was an off-shoulder structured princess gown. I heard so many times that what you don’t think you want is what you end up going for and in my case it was true. I loved everything about my dress.

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Who were your bridesmaids?

My bridesmaids are the three best girls you could ever meet. My chief bridesmaid was my cousin, Catherine Burke. We grew up together and she is like the sister I never had, so it was a no brainer really. Next is Megan Bothwell who I have known for 13 years. There was no doubt that she wasn’t going to be there! Then Caroline O’Donnell who is Ryan's sister-in-law. She has become more like a sister to Ryan and has become a good friend of mine over the past few years.

I purchased the girl's dresses in Creative Ideas, Armagh. The colour was called 'Rose Violet' but they were more of a deep raspberry colour. They had a high neckline with pearl and crystal embellishment on one shoulder and around the waist. The back of the dress had a gorgeous cowl detail and buttons. They were very elegant and suited all the girls.

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Tell us about your bouquet

I wanted my flowers to be simple and quite neutral in colour so that the dresses stood out more. They were perfect. Janice from The Flower Studio, Dungannon was a great help and knew exactly what I was after.

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What did you love most about your wedding venue?

We wanted either a stately home or castle for our wedding day. When we got to Cabra we both knew it was the venue for us. We loved the grand décor and just the overall feel. The staff are brilliant and the food is amazing!!

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Did everything go exactly to plan?

I'm sure everyone has a few wee hiccups along the way but everything fell into to place and was perfect. We wouldn’t change anything.

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What advice would you offer other brides?

I would say to make sure the day is about the both of you. It’s the one time that it's all about just you two. You can't please everyone. As long as you enjoy it that’s all that matters.

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Finally, what led to you choosing Catherine as your wedding photographer?

We seen Catherine at a wedding fair and loved her work! I started to follow her Facebook page to see all her latest weddings. Her style of photography was exactly what we had been wanting. She was brilliant on the day and made everyone feel at ease and was great at keeping everything on time!

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Wedding diary; Sarah and Steves http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2017/7/wedding-diary-sarah-and-steves  

Sarah and Steve got married in the beautiful Drenagh Estate in limavady.

What an amazing day from start to finish! Sarah and Steve wanted their wedding day to be full of fun and laughs, and from the moment they arrived at my studio to the end of the first dance, that is exactly what it was.

Sarah got ready in the beautiful "Orange Room" in Drenagh house, and they exchanged vows in the stunning "Moon Garden" in the house grounds.

Sarah told me during their consultation that she didn't know what song she was walking down the aisle to as Steve was going to surprise her, and boy did he surprise her! Sarah walked down the aisle to The "Jaws" theme. Everyone  cheered as the stunning bride laughed all the way to her waiting husband to be.

Sarah created all the centrepieces herself, and even made her own bouquet. The red shoes added a pop of colour to her stunning tea length wedding gown. 

I hope you all enjoy this fun wedding.

 

 

 

 

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Wedding diary: Erin & Shane's Inishowen Gateway Hotel wedding http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/12/wedding-diary-erin-shanes-inishowen-gateway-hotel-wedding Erin and Shane were married on the 20th of August, 2016 in a gorgeous ceremony at the Chapel of Ease, Fahan, followed by a reception in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel. With beautiful finishing touches, it was a stunning day from start to finish. Here, Erin shares an account of their wedding day, as well as some wise words for all you brides-to-be, currently planning their weddings. 

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Erin, how did you and your husband meet? Tell us about that proposal!

Shane and I met in college. We had a couple of mutual friends and so we were introduced through them. The very first day we met we ended up at the same party that night and we have been together ever since.

Shane proposed to me on a long layover in Chicago on our way home to Ireland for Christmas, as we live in Canada. Chicago holds a special place in my heart after spending a summer there, and then Shane and I holidayed there together a couple of years later. I actually booked the flight with the 7 hour layover intentionally so we could head down to the city for a couple of hours. It was absolutely freezing so we ended up opening a couple of pairs of mittens that I had in my hand luggage, which were supposed to be gifts for our families! We went to the Chicago Bean to quickly take some photos before going for lunch and that is when he said he had an early Christmas present for me and dropped down onto one knee. I didn't mind taking the mittens off then! We were going home as a surprise so we kept it to ourselves until we made it home and gave everyone a double shock!

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When and where did you get married?

We were married on August 20th, 2016, in the Chapel of Ease, Fahan, followed by a reception in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel.

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What did you love most about planning your wedding?

I really loved it! Shane and I didn't get stressed at all (until the seating plan!) and just enjoyed the whole thing. I loved working on little details along the way, like making our own betting cards for the tables, activity books to keep the kids occupied and having custom napkins made. I put a lot of thought into the decor of the room and loved how it turned out.

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Describe your dress. How did you find 'the one'?

My dress was by Sottero and Midgley and was off-the-shoulder and pure lace with an illusion back. It had a full tulle mermaid skirt, which is not at all what I thought I would go for. I absolutely loved it. The material underneath the lace was a light gold colour and this ended up setting the theme for our wedding.

I only went to one shop and I thought I had found 'the one' already, before trying on mine. I really loved it and it was completely different from my dress. I had pinned the dress I ended up choosing, on Pinterest, so I knew I wanted to try it on, as it caught my eye as soon as I entered the shop. I wanted to make sure I made the right choice though so I went away and came back a few days later and just tried on the two again. The waterworks came and so the decision was made. This time I knew 100% that it was the one!

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Who were your bridesmaids? What style were their dresses?

My bridesmaids were my childhood friend, Gillian, and my auntie, Jade. We actually ended up changing dresses a couple of weeks before the wedding! I had bought ones a whole year before, but by the time my wedding rolled around, Jade was going to be 7 months pregnant. The other dresses wouldn't have worked, so I ordered dresses from Dessy in the bridal shop where I purchased my dress. We were able to get Jade an actual maternity bridesmaid dress, which was perfect. They turned out lovely and I loved the blush and gold theme that came together.

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Tell us about your bouquet

My bouquet was very meaningful to me as my granny actually made it. I wanted it to be big and full with pink roses and some greenery. She did it absolutely perfectly and I loved it!

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What did you love most about your wedding venue?

I loved that all the planning was so easy. I worked with Sinead, one of the venue's wedding planners, and from day one she was fantastic. Planning a wedding from the other side of the world has its challenges, but Sinead truly made me feel comfortable. I didn't actually get in to see the venue in person, and it had been renovated since I was last there, but before the wedding she sent me lots of photos and was always on the ball, answering all my mad emails and questions! On the day, everything ran so smoothly and the food was amazing. Everyone kept telling me how impressed they were.

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Did everything go exactly to plan?

Everything but the weather! Typical Irish wedding, but I swear I never thought it would rain on my wedding day. Don't ask my why! I was putting it out to the universe that the sun would be splitting the rocks. That definitely didn't happen and the rain poured from when I left the house to go to the mass, to when we arrived at the hotel. It worked out in the end though because we got amazing photos and just embraced it.

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What advice would you offer other brides?

Everyone told me this and I promised I'd listen but I didn't! Take your time walking down that aisle. We were late arriving at the chapel (blame the priest for once, not the bride!), so by the time I got there I just wanted to go. I feel like we raced up that aisle. So my advice is to take your time, breathe and enjoy the moment.

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Finally, what led to you choosing Catherine as your wedding photographer?

My mum was actually the person to recommend Catherine to me. She is into photography and I didn't have a clue. I looked at a few photographers' work but once I seen Catherine's relaxed style, I was so happy to go ahead and book her. I am not a fan of super posed photos and I definitely chose the right photographer. I don't know how many photographers would be happy to go out in the pouring rain with all their equipment, but she didn't even think twice. We had a great laugh. 

Get in touch here if you are looking for a wedding photographer Northern Ireland.

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Wedding diary: Naomi + Sandy's Galgorm Resort & Spa Wedding http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/8/wedding-diary-naomi-sandys-galgorm-resort-spa-wedding Naomi & Sandy were married in June at a gorgeous ceremony in First Presbyterian Church Ballymoney, before heading to their reception at the always stunning, Galgorm Resort & Spa. As they settle into married life, Naomi recalls her favourite memories of the day. Here's what she had to say...

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Naomi, how did you and your husband meet? Tell us about that proposal! 

Sandy and I met through Ballymoney Rugby Club (which was quite funny as this was where my mum and dad met!). We have been together for almost 8 years since I was 16 and I can still remember our first date where we went to the cinema (of course with other friends, as at that age I was far too embarrassed to go on my own!) and we have been together ever since. 

Two years ago Sandy got me a trip to Edinburgh for Christmas. We were having a lovely day sightseeing, and had almost finished going around Edinburgh castle when Sandy suggested going to find somewhere to get a good photo of Edinburgh. I thought this was strange as he is never overly forthcoming about getting his photo taken. Sandy tried to opt for a quiet corner to get this "photo" however the Instagramer in me wanted the best place to take one, which incidentally was the busiest. Whilst looking out over Edinburgh, Sandy, who was behind me, said: "I have a question for you", my response being: "No you do not!!". I turned around and there he was down on one knee. With the shock I don't think I actually said yes but here we are happily married, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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When and where did you get married?

We got married on the 11th of June 2016 in First Presbyterian Church Ballymoney, followed by a reception in the Renaissance Suite in Galgorm Resort & Spa.

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What did you love most about planning your wedding?

I think most brides would probably say choosing the dress to this question, but I have to say what I loved the most was when we got to do things together. Sandy was studying very hard for a masters over the time of our wedding and I just loved when we got time together on our own to go and choose different things like the cake and the flowers, or where we were making things together, like sitting at my kitchen table pulling the petals off dried hydrangeas for confetti!

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Describe your dress. How did you find 'the one'?

Being a young bride I was always very conscious of not looking too old in a very traditional dress. I used Pinterest and Instagram to gather together ideas of what I wanted, and generally tried to choose boutiques that were the only places in Northern Ireland that stocked certain brands so that I would know no one locally would have anything similar. I choose to go to see the lovely Kate in Ivory and Pearl in Comber as I had seen online that they stocked Anna Campbell, a designer that I had spotted on Pinterest and just loved. Kate was just lovely, and what I appreciated most was that she actually told you if you looked well in a dress!! I choose my dress because I just loved the back of it, and most important of all I felt comfortable in it.

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Who were your bridesmaids? What style were their dresses?

As with my own dress I wanted the girls to look young and fresh, and had an idea that I would like the girls to all have something slightly different in each of their dresses. Again, from Pinterest I had spotted the Two Birds dresses, which fitted exactly what I wanted. They could each be slightly different and were nice and young.

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Tell us about your bouquet. 

My bouquet was one of my favourite things about my wedding, and I just felt it really set off my dress. My flowers were done by Sally's Flower Studio in Ballymena. I wanted my bouquet to be nice and full, and Sally was great at suggesting different flowers that would create this, and having seen my bridesmaid colours, was great at getting my flowers to tone in beautifully with the girls' dresses.

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What did you love most about your wedding venue?

I don't know if I could just choose one thing that I loved about Galgorm! The room is absolutely breathtaking! It's so beautiful and bright with natural light and of course the lovely view of the river. The best thing was probably the professionalism of the staff. Everything was taken care of. Running up to the wedding our wedding co-ordinator Karen was just fantastic and would answer all emails really quickly and would never mind how ridiculous the question was! On the day Frankie, our MC, was absolutely fantastic, ensuring everything ran so smoothly. Frankie was very attentive to make sure we were not worried or fussing in any way.

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Did everything do exactly to plan?

One of the biggest surprises was that after all the worrying that things wouldn't go to plan, everything seemed to run perfectly! I don't think we would have even noticed if anything hadn't gone to plan as we were just so happy that the day had finally come and enjoyed every minute of it. 

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What advice would you offer other brides?

Try and to fret too much about everything, which is advice I probably didn't listen to myself (my mum and Sandy, who had to listen to me are this testament to this!). You can get really hung up on silly little details that you don't even notice on the day.  

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Finally, what led to you choosing Catherine as your wedding photographer?

Catherine has always had a fantastic reputation locally and having seen loads of her photos we knew we wanted to go and have a chat to her about our wedding photography. When we first met Catherine we knew she would be the perfect photographer for us. She had a great sense of humour, which was really important to us as we wanted to have good fun on our day! Catherine took time to really understand what we were like as a couple and so knew what our style was and what we envisaged our photos to be like! We cannot recommend her enough. Not only is she just a great person, she did a wonderful job. The photos are just beautiful and we had great fun doing them!

 

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Advice on working with your wedding photographer http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/7/advice-on-working-with-your-wedding-photographer It'll be no surprise to you that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. The elements which go into making your day so special, such as the cake, the cars and the flowers all combine to create the day you had in mind. What these elements have in common is simple - they all play a special part in your wedding day but they won't be the lasting momentum of it. This is where wedding photography comes in - perfectly capturing all those little details of your day for you to remember for years to come.

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It may surprise you to hear that wedding photography isn't easy. A good photographer will have dozens of variables in their head which they must consider in order to capture that perfect shot. Things like lighting and exposure, and even making sure a strand of hair doesn't fall in front of the bride's face.

As the only real physical reminder of your day, no doubt you'll want your wedding photography to be as perfect as possible. This is where working efficiently with your photographer comes into play. Ultimately, you are paying for a service and in order to get the best possible outcome there are a few things to keep in mind.

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Communication

The best way to ensure everything goes exactly to plan, is with good communication, not just with your photographer, but with all your vendors. Think of it like this - your wedding day is the wheel. Your vendors, including your photographer are the cogs in that wheel, ensuring it is a smooth running process, holding the entire day in place. When one of these elements wavers, the vision for your day changes.

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With only one shot at your dream day, communication is key. When it comes to choosing your wedding photographer, you should already have spoken in length about what you want from your wedding photos. It's also vital for your photographer to know if there is anything you aren't comfortable doing. Chances are, you and your other half won't have been professionally photographed before so a great way to break the ice and get used to being in-front of the camera is with an engagement shoot. Think of it as a warm up for your wedding day. You can practice poses together so that when it comes to the actual wedding, you'll be a pro. It will also give your photographer a greater sense of what you want from your photos, all-in-all making the process much smoother.

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Trust

Your wedding photography will go much more smoothly if you trust in your photographer. Remember, you have chosen this person for a reason; you love their photos, their style of photography and you get on like a house on fire. If doubts creep in, remember this. Your photographer will be able to sense your nerves, so if they can feel them, there's a chance the camera will pick up on them.

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Listening to direction is also a must. Brides are often surprised at some of the weird and wonderful poses I ask them to adopt. However, they have seen my work and know what to expect. Then, when they see the actual shot, it gives them a real 'wow' moment. Your photographer knows what they're doing and they always have the final outcome in mind so always remember those reasons you booked them and trust what they have to say.

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Finally, you don't need to provide your photographer with lists of photos that you want. If they're a professional, they'll have photographed hundreds of weddings and will make it their mission to ensure every single angle is covered. If however, you do have something in mind that is a little out of the ordinary, tell them in advance, especially if it requires a different location or props.

Timings

Ask any bride about their wedding day and they'll tell you it's the quickest day of their life! With so much going on and so many people there who are important to you, it can be easy to become distracted. It's essential to allow yourself time for those wedding photos. Speak to your photographer about timings and make sure you include a slot for not only group photos, but also photos with just your other half. A good photographer will be meticulous but also speedy so you'll be back to enjoy your wedding in no time.

In a nutshell, communication and trusting in not just your wedding photographer, but all vendors involved in your wedding day will ensure you walk down that aisle without a glitch, with the perfect wedding photos to prove it!

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Wedding Diary: Robyn + Chris' Lodge Hotel Wedding http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/6/wedding-diary-robyn-chris-lodge-hotel-wedding Robyn & Chris' fairy tale inspired wedding was simply perfection, with even the smallest of details considered. With a keen eye for finishing touches, Robyn talks us through her wedding day and has some great words of wisdom for all you brides-to-be!

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Robyn, how did you & Chris meet? Tell us about that proposal!

Chris and I just met by chance on a night out. He started talking to me and it just snowballed from there. Chris proposed to me at Glenariff Waterfalls. For weeks I had mentioned about wanting to go walking there and one weekend he asked me if I would like to go. On our way back up to the waterfalls Chris told me to close my eyes and I thought he was just going to show me something! When I opened them he was down on one knee and at first I thought he had a cramp! I couldn't believe it when he asked me to marry him. I was over the moon and it was a total surprise!

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When and where did you get married?

We got married on the 7th of May in St Patrick's Church, Coleraine, followed by a reception at The Lodge Hotel.

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What did you love most about planning your wedding?

I don't really have one favourite thing but I love personal touches and attention to detail, which I believe is what makes your wedding so special, so I would have to say sitting down with Victoria from The Wedding Room. Designing the room down to the last detail was amazing and it was so exciting to see it all come together. I also loved choosing where to have our wedding photos taken. As we both love being outside and going for walks, I think Benvarden Garden was the perfection location to capture that.

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Describe your dress. How did you find 'the one'?

My dress was fitted to just under my bum and then flared out. It was covered in soft lace with lace straps, a high collar and cut out back. I found it in the first shop I visited and it was the first dress that I felt like a bride in - it just felt so comfortable to wear. I loved the shape, as did my mum. I wanted my aunty to come back and look at a few of the dresses and as soon as she saw it she liked it the most without me saying anything so I knew from that, I had picked the right one.

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Who were your bridesmaids?

My bridesmaids were my three best friends and my oldest sister. These girls mean the world to me! Their dresses were grey with lace bodices and cap sleeves and had a low, sweeping back. Finished with a silver ribbon on the waist and flowing grey chiffon to the floor, they complemented my dress well with a similar neckline. The flower girls' dresses were the same, only in white.

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Tell us about your bouquet

Our bouquets were kept simple with lots of small, white flowers and a dash of lilac interspersed. They were teardrop in shape so that they didn't look uniform and I liked the wild meadow look evoked by my bouquet. Jil at The Stables Flower Co did a fabulous job!

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What did you love most about your wedding venue?

What I loved most about my wedding venue was that when you walked into the reception room, before the main room, it was draped entirely in white, with purple up-lights and fairy lights, and a tunnel leading into the main room. It was a dream come true and it just looked like a fairy tale. I can't thank The Lodge Hotel and Victoria and her team enough for all their hard work. Everything was so perfect!

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Did everything go exactly to plan?

Surprisingly enough, everything did go to plan, apart from a bit of rain but we are used to that so I didn't worry about it, and it actually helped enhance our wedding photos. 

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What advice would you offer other brides?

My advice would be to choose experienced people and venues. Our wedding day turned out to be the most perfect day for us because there was no stress and every little detail was handled because everyone was brilliant at what they did.

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Finally, what led to you choosing Catherine as your wedding photographer?

What led me to Catherine was that you just can't miss how amazing this lady is at her job! Her photos capture everything on the day, including all the small details and emotions. She's extremely creative and she really captures her surroundings in each photo as well as the bridal party, which I think is hard to find in a photographer. We also had an engagement shoot and I was so nervous but she put me at ease straight away and that really helped me on the day. She's a true professional!

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(Catherine MacKenzie Photography) Wedding day interview Wedding photography Northern Ireland wedding http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/6/wedding-diary-robyn-chris-lodge-hotel-wedding Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:56:30 GMT
Wedding Diary: Karen + James' Lissanoure Castle Wedding http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/6/wedding-diary-Lissanoure-Castle While Karen and James both live in England, they wanted to give their guests a true feeling of a Northern Ireland wedding and they did just that. The stunning Lissanoure Castle was the perfect backdrop to their day and good weather offered a wealth of photographic opportunities. In her wedding diary, Karen shares details of their special day.

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Karen, how did you & James meet? Tell us about your proposal

We first made contact through a social networking site. We met up for the first time in our local bar and as they say, the rest is history.

James proposed at the end of a long day of birthday treats for my 30th. We were just settling down to watch TV and he pulled the ring out from behind the cushion, asking if I would like the same surname as him and our daughter who was born 3 months previous.

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When & where did you get married?

We were married at my family church; First Presbyterian Church, Garvagh, on Saturday 9th April 2016. The church holds a lot of memories for our family, which is why we made the special trip back to Northern Ireland for the wedding. The reception was held at Lissanoure Castle.

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What did you love most about planning your wedding?

The two weeks before the wedding when I was back home I could see everything fitting into place. Also the use of Pinterest helped develop ideas such as cake toppers, colour scheme, room decor and wedding favours.

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Describe your dress. How did you find 'the one'?

To begin with, I had no idea what type of dress I wanted so a couple of friends came wedding dress shopping and picked out lots of different styles for me to try on while I stayed in the dressing room. After numerous dress shops I'd narrowed it down to a fuller, strapless dress with some delicate detailing. It was then in England that I found the one I loved. When I was back home I thought I'd try some more dresses just to check. In Coleraine, I stumbled across the same one I found in England so I instantly bought it. It was very layered with ivory, moscato and while tulle and lace, with a moscato satin belt.

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Who were your bridesmaids?

My two sisters were bridesmaids and my daughter was flower girl. We were looking for slate grey bridesmaid dresses and were struggling to find a simple style that suited all shapes in the UK. My eldest sister found the dresses in Australia and after several photo and measurement exchanges, they were purchased. The dresses arrived in Northern Ireland with my sister, a week before the wedding! My daughter had a simple lace flower girl dress with a sash from the bridesmaids' dress sewn in tie them together. 

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Tell us about your bouquet

With it being spring I wanted the typical yellow flowers of the season including daffodils and roses. As I was arranging it from England, I left it up to the florist to work her magic and that she did.

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What did you love most about your wedding venue? 

It was a fabulous setting with beautiful surroundings. It had a homely feel which enabled everyone to find a comfy chair in front of the fire to relax. Since many guests were travelling from England I wanted them to get a little taste of Northern Ireland. The caterer was the most relaxed man you could ever meet! His approach to the wedding breakfast menu was perfect. Everyone raved about the food. I've never seen such big bacon sandwiches for an evening reception, if ever!

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Did everything go exactly to plan?

The day actually went better than we could ever have imagined. The entire week had been a complete and utter wash out. We woke up on Saturday morning to the most glorious blue skies and it stayed like that all day. Sure enough, come Sunday, it was raining again.

The weather assisted Catherine in producing such stunning photos at the church with my Dad's tractor, as well as at The Dark Hedges and Lissanoure Castle.

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What advice would you offer other brides?

Use Pinterest for a wealth of ideas! Also, the day will come and go in a flash. Allow yourself five minutes to sit back, relax and absorb the atmosphere.

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Finally, what led to you choosing Catherine as your wedding photographer?

Initially it was her portfolio that drew us in. Once we'd engaged with her, it was quite clear that her approach to the day was perfect. She's both pragmatic and professional but at the same time very easy going. It just makes having your photo taken on the day a joy rather than a chore.

 

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Wedding Diary: Laura + Feargal's Montalto Wedding http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/5/wedding-diary-laura-feragals-montalto-wedding Laura & Feargal's wedding was a classy affair from start to finish and I truly loved how every single detail was thought of. From her 'something blue' Carrie Bradshaw inspired Manolo Blahniks, to her 'something old' in the form of her brooch bouquet, nothing was left unturned. Today, Laura gives us an insight into her wedding planning experience as well words of encouragement for all you brides and grooms-to-be.

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Laura, how did you meet your husband? Tell us about your proposal.

We met over the summer holidays when we were at school through mutual friends. Feargal had just completed his GCSEs and we met at a BBQ. He proposed after our summer holiday in Mexico in 2015. We stopped off in New York to shop on our last night and he proposed in Central Park.

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When and where did you get married?

We were married on the 30th April 2016 in a ceremony at St Michael's The Archangel, followed by a reception at The Carriage Rooms at Montalto, Ballynahinch.

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What did you love most about planning your wedding?

That everything we wanted fell into place. It was planned in 8 months and yet everything we hoped for was possible. We had a lot of help from friends and family and most things were custom made so there was no stress.

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Describe your dress. How did you find 'the one'?

I looked in two shops but neither offered what I wanted. I searched the internet and the designs I liked best were from a number of Israeli designers. I wanted a modern, vintage feel, and so I decided to have my dress made. I was delighted with the end result. The dress was made from lace and lots of tulle. It was backless, body-hugging and very comfortable.

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Who were your bridesmaids?

My sister was my bridesmaid and my niece was our flower girl. My mum made both of their dresses. They were designed similar to mine but with a twist to make them different.

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Tell us about your bouquet

My bouquet was a dolly mixture of bling! I love jewellery and as I have never thrown any out, I have hundreds of pieces. I gathered a box of earrings, brooches and necklaces, which included lots of personal items and some pieces that were given to me by my family and Feargal's. My cousin then put the tear drop bouquet together with a strong blue theme to match my shoes.

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What did you love most about your wedding venue?

The venue was magnificent. It had a country feel with an elegant, modern, high standard finish. As the day went on, the different rooms were as impressive as the one before and we loved the fact it was a private event. The grounds and scenery were beautiful and the catering company's tailored menu was delicious and quirky. Everyone spoke about the egg shell desserts!

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Did everything go exactly to plan?

Thankfully, yes! It could not have gone more perfectly.

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What advice would you offer other brides?

No matter what happens, you will have an amazing day so try not to stress about it.

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Finally, what led to you choosing Catherine as your wedding photographer?

We met Catherine at a wedding fair where we went to book our car. As we walked through the event, everyone was giving us the hard sell. As we passed Catherine her albums caught my eye so we stopped to look. She wasn't pushy or full on and seemed confident her work would do the selling. Her relaxed manner was exactly what we wanted. She gave us her details and continued to munch on a bar of chocolate. I contacted her the following day to book her.

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Wedding Flowers Explained http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/5/wedding-flowers-explained If you're a bride or groom who loves incorporating a personal touch through sentiment, wedding flowers are the perfect place to start. Stemming from the Victorian era, the language of flowers is a complex one, with each flower type evoking its own unique persona. Here, we pick popular fanciful flowers & take a look at the symbolic gesture represented by each one.

Over the years I've photographed many fabulous flowers. Check out a selection of them below. Plus, Jil Peterson, florist extraordinaire from The Stables Flower Co. shares her top 5 tips for choosing your wedding flowers.

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Baby's breath

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Belonging to the gypsophila family, the delicate flowers of baby's breath are an iconic symbol of lasting love, and so a perfect addition to your wedding. In bloom all year round, baby's breath work perfectly paired with another bloom, but these no-nonsense flowers definitely stand out on their own. Appealing in particular to brides and grooms wishing to evoke a vintage vibe, these cloud-like fancies allude to a bygone era, perfectly assembled in jam-jars adorned with delicate lace or spectacularly spilling from hand-tied bouquets.

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Signifying magnificent beauty, calla lilies in an all-white bouquet offer a sophisticated and classy touch to your wedding day look. Working particularly well with modern dresses, which demand attention, these understated blooms wow without overwhelming. For an autumn or winter affair go deep with divine purple for an instant pop of colour. 

Orchids

With an underlying meaning of love, it's easy to see why this exotic beauty makes a wonderful wedding flower. With over 20,000 types of orchids, the most popular include phalaenopsis, which are also referred to as 'moth' orchids due to their fluttering appearance, while dendrobium grow in a vast variety of shapes and colours, and cymbidium are renowned for their boat shape. Recognised worldwide for their distinctive style, orchids will offer your day a bright and airy atmosphere.

Carnations

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Carnations have really shone in recent years, proving a popular choice with couples who love their simplistic style. Symbolising love and pride, their versatility and wealth of colour options shows they are more than just a filler flower. Allow carnations to shine in your wedding centrepieces, finishing touches and even bouquets. Their longevity means they stand the test of time and they dry out perfectly for a post-wedding keepsake momentum of your special day.

Daisies

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Evoking memories of childhood days spent lovingly stringing together daisy chains and playing outside, it isn't surprising that daisies symbolise innocence and purity. Perfect for a spring rustic chick look, or a country-styled day, bring the outdoors inside with delightful delicate daisies. 

Gerbera

As part of the daisy family, gerbera are a bold bloom, which can really brighten up your bridal bouquet. Representing cheerfulness, these fabulous flowers are a popular choice with couples who wish to let their sense of fun shine through. When it comes to bouquets, go for one hue, or get creative with colours by opting for a variety to really stand out from the crowd. 

Hydrangeas

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Symbolising understanding, hydrangeas' wealth of colour options ensure they work effortlessly for both bouquets and arrangements. In bloom during the summer months, hydrangeas prove the power of petals in stand-out creations, easily taking centre-stage. Small but mighty, these flowers are loved by brides who wish to make a dramatic style statement on their big day. Blush pinks and whites effortlessly combine for spring and summer weddings, or go bolder with the flower's iconic bold hue.

Peonies

To add a touch of romance to your day, nothing depicts love more than precious peonies, perfect for spring and summer weddings. Symbolising healing, this delicate yet dramatic flower boasts stunning style and colour selection. From more subtle pastel pinks to dramatic ruby reds, meet your exact flower requirements with powerful peonies.

Roses

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One of the most popular flowers around the world, roses' widely recognised style ensures they are firm favourite for bouquets, centrepieces, corsages and buttonholes. With a rainbow colour palette of options available, each hue evokes a different meaning. While red signifies passionate love, ivory represents infidelity, pink stands for happiness and yellow envisions friendship; each rose is unique in its gesture.

Sunflowers

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A happy and vibrant flower, sunflowers are usually used as the focal bloom. Representing pure thoughts, adoration and dedicated love, sunflowers' popularity have increased in recent years, often found at autumn weddings with a rustic outdoor or bohemian theme, providing a real style statement.

So now that you know the meaning behind the most popular wedding flowers, Jil Peterson from The Stables Flower Co. shares her top five tips for choosing your fabulous flowers!

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1. If you want luxury, professional flowers for your big day, go to a designer, rather than a high street shop that specialises in funerals etc.

2. Use social media to check out a designer's work and then allow them the freedom to create your look.

3. Consider the guest experience when allocating the appropriate budget to flowers. One jam jar posy on the reception tables of a grand marquee can be a disappointment.

4. Book early to avoid missing a designer whose work you have fallen in love with.

5. Allow your floral designer to guide you in the look and how the flowers play their part in the overall set up.

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Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/5/finishing-touches-interview-with-vintage-style-hire-emporium Founded in 2012 to phenomenal success, Vintage Style Hire Emporium offers brides and grooms the chance to add unique finishing touches to their wedding day. I have photographed many weddings which Cindy McKendry- the force behind the Emporium- has been involved in. So we got together and got down to the finer details on what couples can expect from Cindy's alternative service. Check out what Cindy had to say, as well as a selection of photos from weddings we have worked on.

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Cindy, tell us about your background in the wedding industry and the services you offer couples.

The wedding industry in Northern Ireland is very close knit and as a result of working on weddings, I have met many friends. I love the diversity of each wedding and seeing the delight shared by couples who witness the elements of their day coming together, with their vision in mind.

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What kind of service can brides and grooms expect from you?

Couples can meet me and we plan a mood board together, or I am happy to make style suggestions if they wish. Pinterest is a huge hit with brides lately and they usually have a scrapbook of ideas prepared in advance, which really helps with the overall theme for their day. I am naturally full of ideas and once I get a vision in my head I can give lots of input to deliver the end result.

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Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium

What themes are proving popular with brides and grooms this year?

2016 is much more eclectic than the last few years. Couples have a firm idea of what they want and a lot like to incorporate their personalities into their weddings. Copper and rose palettes are huge this year, woodland themes are a lead on from the vintage trend, while boho and mismatched bridesmaids in a candy shop array of pastel hues in mint, blush pink or powder blue tones are proving popular. Dessert tables are an alternative option from the traditional cake, offering guests a wealth of choice. However, the trend that still remains is vintage! The 1950s bike I hire is still centre stage at weddings nearly every week. Finally, garden games are also a huge hit and a fab alternative form of entertainment.

Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium

Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium

Who or what inspires you?

Fashion, art and music all combine to inspire me. I think my favourite place in the world is the V+A in London, where I could happily wander for hours. I love visual, art, flowers and beautiful settings. Social media is an incredibly useful tool for just flicking and spending a few hours being effortlessly inspired. Instagram and Pinterest are great sources for visual inspiration. 

Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium

Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium

What's the most unique request you've ever honoured?

I once had a Dukes of Hazard wedding as the groom was a huge fan! We did it by incorporating a beautiful vintage theme and it looked fun, while still having that classic touch. I have also styled a few weddings for brides living away and coming home to get married. I was their link to home and I had everything in place for them. It was lovely to be trusted with the most important day in a girl's life.

Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium

Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium

When do you recommend couples begin the search for their finishing touches?

My products are the little extras, so really about 6 months to a year before the wedding. The bride will look for the venue, photography and flowers first. If their budget allows, I will then add the finishing touches and help the couple with the little extras. Over the years I have met hundreds of couples and it has been a great honour to work on their weddings.

Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium

Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium

Finishing touches: Interview with Vintage Style Hire Emporium

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Wedding Diary: Diane + Chris at Silver Tassie http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/4/wedding-diary Friends and family were very much at the centre of Diane and Chris' wonderful wedding, and their personal touch truly shone through, celebrating in style at the Silver Tassie Hotel. Today, Diane offers some words of wisdom when it comes to choosing that dress, as well as what she loved the most about their magical day.

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Diane, tell us you and Chris' story

Myself and Chris met in Pulse Nightclub in Letterkenny. We hit it off straight away and talked for hours. The proposal was totally unexpected. Myself, Chris and my son Ben went Christmas shopping in Derry and visited to the restaurant my brother was chef in. We had a lovely dinner overlooking the Peace Bridge and when the time came for dessert, my brother brought out the ring on my dessert! As it happened Chris got down on one knee and Ben was there for the perfect shot. My mum, other brother, sister in law and nieces then appeared. I loved how Chris involved my mum and my son Ben. I'll never forget that.

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When and where did you get married?

We got married in Doneyloop Chapel in my hometown, Castlefin. Our reception was held in Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny.

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What did you love most about planning your wedding?

I loved the vision, especially putting all the bits and pieces together and imagining what it would all look like on the day. I also thoroughly enjoyed the buzz of the few weeks leading up to the wedding with all our friends and family.

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Describe your dress. How did you find 'the one'?

I had saved pictures of dresses that I thought would suit me. I was drawn to tight, fishtail lace silhouettes and became a bit disheartened after trying on four. Caroline from McElhinney's in Ballybofey recommended I try on a Pronovias taffeta wedding dress with a V-neck, gemstone embroidery and full pleated skirt with pockets. As soon as it zipped up I couldn't stop smiling. My mum and aunt shed a tear and I knew this was the one. It was just so me! I bought gloves from eBay and my look was complete. I felt so elegant and like a lady on the day. It was even better than I imagined.

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Who were your bridesmaids?

My bridesmaids were my two nieces, Rachel and Katie and Chris' sister, Louise. Their dresses were a classy rouge red colour. Our beautiful little flower girl was Chris' niece, Lily. Myself and Chris are very family orientated so we wouldn't have it any other way than having our family a big part of our day. My son Ben walked me up the aisle, which was a very proud moment for me.

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We loved your bouquet!

I had a picture in my head of how to co-ordinate all my colours and my rouge red bouquet of roses with diamond embellishments fitted in perfectly.

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What did you love most about Silver Tassie Hotel?

The hotel is amazing and it was our first choice. They literally do everything for you and genuinely care about taking the stress out of it. The food was top class and the feedback from all our guests was so good.

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Did everything go exactly to plan?

Our day was so magical. We couldn't have asked for better weather. It was January 26th and there was a storm the day before and through the night, so much so that the electricity was flickering on and off when I was getting my hair and make-up done and the hailstone were battering off the window. Then, at 10am, there were blue skies and the sun shone until the late afternoon. We were very lucky.

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What advice would you offer other brides?

Just enjoy every minute of it and try to book an amazing honeymoon because that's the time for you both to cherish and look back on everything, as it's all over in a flash. We went to Mexico and Las Vegas after the wedding and had the time of our lives.

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Finally, what led you to choosing Catherine as your wedding photographer?

I saw Catherine's work in magazines and online and I had to have her. I love the feel of her work and the colouring of her pictures. I think they are timeless and classy.

 

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10 easy tips to look your best in your wedding photos http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/4/10-easy-tips-to-look-your-best-in-your-wedding-photos When chatting to brides and grooms, one of the biggest pre-wedding concerns they express is how they're going to look in their wedding photos. For most of you couples out there, your wedding day will be the first time you've worked with a professional photographer, and with it being a once-in-a-lifetime kind of day, you'll want to ensure your photos are the best they can possibly be. So, to lend a helping hand, I've teamed up with Claire from Moods Hairdressing and Celebrity make-up artist Rosemary Wright to share our 10 easy tips to look your best in your wedding photos.

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1) Leave it to a professional

It might sound obvious, but if you want good photos, book a professional, rather than giving the responsibility to a friend with a good camera. Wedding photos serve as a reminder of your wedding day for the rest of your lives and so if you want professional images, call on the services of an expert photographer. Seek recommendations from family and friends, check out bridal magazines, websites and blogs for work that you like. As you review their portfolio of work, consider what you'd like to capture at your own wedding. Does this photographer's work meet what you envision for your wedding? Do the couples look relaxed in the photos? When you find someone who meets your criteria, get in touch to find out if they are available on your date and set up a meeting to discuss costs and key elements.

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2) Have an engagement shoot

A great way to get to know your photographer and to get comfortable posing in front of a camera is with an engagement photo shoot, which is a great warm up for the wedding, and also offers a perfect momentum of your engagement glow. I offer couples a half hour session in front of the camera to allow them to get used to it, and a few digital images to take home. Furthermore, for an additional cost, I offer a full engagement shoot at a location of your choice, with a diverse range of images.

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3) Put a little trust in them

You've booked this photographer for a reason - you liked their work and you've got a report with them so don't spend weeks worrying about your photos. Put your trust in their capable hands, safe in the assurance that they'll capture every detail of your day. Obviously if there is something a little different that you'd like captured, make sure to bring this up but you don't need to send them a list of every single obvious shot that you want. Plus, instilling your trust in them will allow them to do a better job so it's a win-win.

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4) Consider your light

When it comes to wedding photography, one major aspect to consider is lighting! Light changes throughout the day, which will result in very different photos. If you're having a winter wedding, the light fades much earlier so you may need to consider having your ceremony a little earlier to afford your photographer more time. 

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5) Call in hair and make-up

No doubt you'll want to look your absolute best on your wedding day and so calling on the expert skills of a professional hairdresser and make-up artist will help ensure just that. Having a trial with both prior to the wedding will also offer reassurance as to how exactly you'll look, and so it's one less thing to worry about. While no doubt there are many skilled brides out there when it comes to hair and make-up, nerves on the morning can lead to shaky hands so why not sit back and relax and let the professionals take care of it?

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When it comes to your hair, Claire from Moods Hairdressing, has some fab expert advice! She said: "Having your hair in tip top condition for your wedding won't happen overnight so you really need to start thinking about your hair at least six months before your wedding. Healthy hair is like healthy skin so you need to look after yourself from the inside out. Small steps such as getting plenty of sleep, upping your water intake and eating as clean as you can will all go a long way towards healthy hair. It's also important to try not to let the stress of organising a wedding affect you too much as stress can lead to hair thinning and loss. 

Here are a few tips to ensure your hair is looking great for your big day...

  • Many brides plan on growing their hair for their wedding day but it's important to remember to keep getting it trimmed every six to eight weeks to keep ends happy and healthy.
  • If you colour or highlight your hair, go to a reputable salon, who knows exactly what they are doing. Home kits aren't great and can cause a build up of colour which can lead to flat, dull looking locks.
  • When it comes to your chosen hairdresser for your wedding day look, it helps if you already know and trust your hairdresser, rather than booking someone new. Knowing your hairdresser makes for a much more relaxing morning, with the reassurance that you are safe in their expert hands as they know your hair well, what you like and what suits you.
  • There are some amazing conditioning treatments out there which can do wonders for damaged and unhappy hair. At Moods, we stock Label M for only an additional £5 on top of your blowdry. This warm, conditioning saviour works wonders! Blonds, especially, should up their conditioning treatments in the run up to the big day.
  • Use product and don't be afraid of trying out new things as everyone's hair is different and sometimes it pays off to play around with different things to see what works best for you.
  • Dry shampoo works wonders on curly hair and it's great to use as a refresher throughout the day. It will cull any moisture and helps give your hair extra body. Label M have a really good one, as well as one specifically for brunettes, which is fab!
  • Book your hair trial well in advance and take plenty of photos of your hair so you are able to show your friends and get their advice.
  • Finally, when booking a trial, just check your hairdresser is definitely available on your wedding date before confirming your appointment.

10-easy-tips-to-look-your-best-in-your-wedding-photos When it comes to prepping skin for your big day, celebrity make-up artist, and proprietor of RAW Make-up, Rosemary Wright has some amazing expert advice! She said: "Many women attending the wedding will get their glam on and attempt a red carpet look for your event...but what smart bride wants to look like the rest of her guests? I feel the same way about brides that turn to runway and fashion trends - I'm not a big fan.

You have to be super careful with trend or runway look as they become dated very quickly! The last thing you want to hear is your guests murmuring in amusement at your 'interesting' bridal beauty choices. Do you want to be that bride? You know the one who looks at their bridal album a couple of years later, wondering "What was I thinking?"

Don't believe it happens? Well then go and ask an on-trend bride from five to ten years ago...ouch!

I'm a bridal make-up artist. A women should look like the most beautiful version of HERSELF on the big day. Looking timeless is the key, but timeless doesn't mean you can't look modern. Always keep the bridal 'ahhhhh' factor in mind. You want to hear the soft sound of recognition, confirming you are the undisputed star of the event. Beautifully applied make-up that accentuates all your best features is the only way to bring on the 'ahhhhhhs'."

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Rosemary has also used her years of experience to share some top tips for your wedding day make-up. She said: "Between the cheers, tears, hugs, kisses and endless photos a bride needs to look fabulous throughout the event. It is imperative for make-up to not only look great, but to hold up...even under extreme circumstances. With thoughtful application and carefully chosen products, you can create what I lovingly call 'The bulletproof bride.'

Prepping the skin correctly is the ONLY way to ensure flawless, long-lasting make-up. The key here is well prepared skin that is cleansed, exfoliated and moisturised/hydrated properly. Proper skincare should be followed by a make-up primer. If you have a skin challenge like oiliness, enlarged pores or a rough skin texture, there are fantastic primers out there that address each of these concerns.

Choose a foundation that suits your skin type and coverage needs. Your foundation colour must be an exact match to your neck and should never look heavy or obvious, even if you need full coverage. Modern full coverage foundations are amazing, offering opaque coverage without looking thick or heavy. Here's where I jump on the new technology bandwagon. Silicone based make-ups float on top of the skin (not down in the pores) and create a long-lasting, water resistant, natural look.

I use a lot of waterproof, water-resistant and transfer resistant colour cosmetics in my arsenal of bullet proofers. Foundations, eye make-up, blushers and lip colours that have long-lasting properties will stay put and fresh looking, no matter what happens. Just remember to choose your products carefully. Make sure they're comfortable on the skin and have a natural look (not dry or cakey)."

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6) Get creative

Wedding photographers tend to be a creative bunch and we relish the opportunity to dare to be a little different. So when it comes to those intimate portrait shots of you and your other half, if you'd love to do something off the wall, don't be afraid to speak up. No doubt your photographer will jump at the chance to get creative and the result will be some truly memorable wedding day photos - a perfect addition to your album.

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7) Let loose

It's no surprise that the more relaxed you are in your photos, the more natural the end result will be, so let loose! Avoid rigid arms and awkward mannequin poses, and if you need to, jump up and down to shake out your limbs.

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8) Strike a pose

Knowing your angles and different pose options will definitely work in your favour so while your photographer will guide you on the day, if there's a way you're more comfortable standing, practice this with your other half for effortless photos.

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9) Have a laugh

It's a good idea to have someone on hand (such as your partner) to make you laugh. The trick here is to keep it natural and not suppress it into a frozen smile. Natural laughter offers your photographer the opportunity to get some fabulous natural shots of you and your other half.

10) Have a back-up plan

Living in Northern Ireland means that the weather isn't always kind to us and facing the possibility of having rain on your wedding day will mean that you are well prepared to handle it. Be prepared for cold, wet weather with appropriate footwear, blankets and umbrellas. Check out my post on winter weddings here for great advice on how to handle adverse weather conditions.

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Top 10 bridesmaid dress trends http://www.cathmackenzie.com/blog/2016/4/top-10-bridesmaid-dress-trends When it comes to choosing attire for your leading ladies, it can be a bit overwhelming. Each girl comes with a different figure and often a contrasting opinion on what looks good and so satisfying everyone can get a little complicated. To give you an insight into what styles you should expect to see popping up in bridal boutiques, we've rounded up this year's hottest top 10 bridesmaid dress trends, with a figure flattering array of styles, sure to keep your pretty maids happy.

1) Cold shoulder

The latest craze in bridesmaid style is asymmetrical detailing, with one-shoulder gowns offering a welcome alternative to strapless gowns and the adored feature of a little added support. This truly flattering trend looks elegant on floor hitting styles, with black proving a popular choice for brides who wish to evoke red carpet glory. Complete the look with minimalist up dos to nail this trend.

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2) Be bold

For a true pop of colour in those wedding day photos, drape your ladies in a bold hues including canary yellow, fuchsia pink and exquisite jewel tones for sassy shades your gals will love. Add bouquets in neutral creams and whites with just a hint of colour to perfectly finish this look.

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3) Mix and match

Perhaps one of the most alternative trends around, mismatched dresses are a great way to keep the peace with fussy maids and set your style stakes high. Co-ordination is key here as while your girls may be rocking different dresses, whether that be in style or colour, get it wrong and risk looking a little messy. For alternating styles, the rule here is to keep changes in each gown subtle, such as differentiating shoulder details. For varying colours, ensure these are similar tones as too much of a contrast will leave guests questioning who your bridesmaids are.

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4) Heavy metal

Brides with a love for something shiny are drawn to sequins, embellishment and metallic tones, instantly adding glamour and a touch of luxe to their day. Metallic colours offer the perfect colour palette for any season. Plus, who doesn't love a little bling, right? Echo metallic touches in your own gown to nail this trend.

5) Short and sassy

Short, or tea-length dresses are having a serious moment, hogging the spotlight for a few season now, and we can't say we're surprised. More and more brides are evoking vintage vibes in shorter dresses, which is perfectly echoed in this dress length of choice for their maids. But the rule doesn't confine short dresses to this situation only, with brides choosing shorter lengths for their maids and floor length dresses for themselves. 

6) Pastel perfection

With a candy shop array of sugar coated hues including parma violet, spearmint and lemon sherbet, pastels are the colour of choice for bridesmaids, unsurprisingly proving particularly popular for spring and summer weddings. Choose a tone which complements all your maids' skin tones to keep everyone happy.

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7) Terrific tiers

A popular choice with brides longing to break from the tradition of long, straight dresses in soft fabrics, a tiered skirt creates just the right amount of drama, while still allowing your girls to dance the night away with no complaints. 

8) Sleeves please

Some bridesmaids will prefer to be a little more covered up and pretty cap sleeves are a subtle way to do just that. Effortlessly romantic, these barley there sleeves will flatter the shoulders with just enough coverage. Nod to a bygone era with a cap sleeve in delicate lace.

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9) Stylish separates

An unusual choice and definitely one for the more daring bride, two piece dresses are perfect for the fashion conscious. Choose a mix and match lace and tulle number for a touch of romance, or go bold with a two piece skirt and crop top with just a hint of skin on show.

10) In the neck

Alternative necklines are hot right now and one which is demanding attention is the simple halter-neck. Demure, yet stylish, opt for blush pink tones for your maids, to evoke the essence of romance on your special day.

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