The story of Liedania and Richard's big day began at their family home. The morning featured our bride and her two sisters having a laugh with each other as they got ready. The anticipation for the day ahead was palpable. A highlight of the morning came with the arrival of Liedania's daughter at the house; I loved capturing the expression on Liedania's face as she greeted her for the first time on the day.
St. Patrick's Church, Banbridge, proved a stunning location for the ceremony - this church always delivers; commanding architecture, loads of space inside and a nice quality of light - I love shooting here!
The couple's reception at Darver Castle, Dundalk, was another inspired choice; a great place for the wedding party to celebrate with the newlyweds.
The day had a great energy with lots of kids in the family running around, having fun as children do! Richard showed off his sense of humour with some creative posing during the cutting of the cake. Liedania was completely game for the sword pose - watch yourself there Richard ;-) Oh, and the main man's speech at dinner was hilarious.
The last word on the day has to go to Liedania, who looked absolutely stunning in her Eliza Jane Howell dress.
Demi Doom! Shooting with Demi is a nice departure from my wedding work, where we can explore darker tones. I seen Demi post up online about the horns featured in this set - we agreed that they must be brought along to the shoot!
Starting in Gransha Forest, Derry, the shoot had a doomed princess feel. We played with off camera flash and lens flare and used digital and film to complement Demi's strong aesthetic. Demi brought her brilliant look to life in the various set ups.
We then moved to an abandoned school, which delivered a more urban feel to the shoot. The all seeing eye room was a great find and one of my personal favourite set of images from the shoot.
Our groom Mark is better known to me as Dimey. We hung out together at tech a lot of years ago, along with Archie, Baxter and many other guests on the day of his wedding. We all did Media Studies together - brilliant days of finding our identity after a time of conformity in high school. Zombie films were made & parties were had; not to be mentioned here - although David Baxter did run through a few examples from his youth with Mark during his Best Man speech and got a lot of laughs doing so!
The fact that Mark looked me up to shoot his wedding from his adopted home of Norway made it all the more special for me.
Mark brought his bride Irja and her family to Northern Ireland for the wedding. The atmosphere of the day was fantastic, with the Crawfordsburn Mill in Bangor hosting the two sets of family and friends who had the best of craic together.
Throw into the mix a humanist ceremony, traditional Norwegian outfits, my old friends being as awesome as ever, plenty of Scandinavian Metal Head types and a bubblegun shootout between the seriously cool Flower Girl and Page Boy... and all of the guests for that matter... and you have one seriously fun wedding.
This trip to Russia signified a change in my life; up until this point I hadn't travelled beyond the occasional sunbed holiday in Spain. This was a great frustration to me. So when my friend Vladimir offered up the chance to visit him when he headed home to Russia I jumped at the chance.
Vladimir's fantastic offer included the chance to see parts of Russia off the tourism path; namely we headed to his home town of Thikvin and neighbouring areas. I met his family & friends, all very welcoming and excited to show of their town and traditions.
Highlights included time at his family Dacha summer house in the sticks, where we got back to nature and went on a hardcore camping trip. The camping was miles from civilisation and involved some serious off roading in Pavel's ex-military 4x4, nicknamed The Grasshopper as it never gets stuck. The camping involved home-made vodka that increased in alcohol volume with each new bottle - I think it topped out at 65%... which led to an impromptu dip in the lake by yours truly as I took an ill advised amount of backward steps towards the water... the less said about that the better.
I experienced a Russian sauna the night after camping - again quite an experience, and if you get the chance, do it!
We had a day out with Vladimir's girlfriends who all get together every year and dress up for a day, they call that one Summer New Year.
The trip ended with taking in the sights of St. Petersburg, a stunning city featuring some of the finest architecture I have ever seen. That place truly does not sleep through the Summer's white nights.
Thank you to Vladimir, his family and friends for their kindness & hospitality!
Till & Jon, Journeyman. They are a shoemaker and carpenter respectively, and were on the Walz across the UK and Ireland when pictured here.
The tradition, with roots in medieval times, sees them travel for 3 years and one day from town to town, offering their craftwork skills in exchange for food, accommodation and travel. The Journey allows them to extend their knowledge and craft, whilst truly experiencing different cultures.
Till and Jon caught my eye as they were on the Walz at the M1 Northbound exit on The Falls, Belfast. They looked too interesting to pass, so I put foot to brake and picked up my first hitchhikers. I exchanged the lift down the road for portraits and heard stories of their journey along the way.
The Journeymen are required to be unmarried, childless and debt free, so that the Journeymen Years will not be taken as a chance to run away from social obligations.
When I left the pair in Newry (the Southernmost town in Northern Ireland) they told me the planned to head West. Jon got in contact with me 5 days later from Westport; as the name suggests, they made good on their plans and were being employed to repair an old boat.