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Lynsey & Gerard – Crawfordsburn Country Park

The beautiful weather set the tone nicely for Lynsey & Gerard’s wedding. Lots of smiles, laughs and of course love.

  

My two little helpers…
  

Below: the first time the father of the bride gets to see the dress! 

Over to the church:
  
And onto a sun-soaked Crawfordsburn Country Park:
Two versions of the same photo – like them both!

    
Initials embroidered on the shirt – nice!
  
Each table was named after a different cocktail – complete with a jug of that cocktail. Nice idea!

Kathyrn & Tom – Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick

There must be something in the water at the Bell household – 3 weddings in little more than a year! It was great to be back with them for Kathryn & Tom’s big day..

Here’s a few photos, starting with the bride’s house:
 

Now to the church..


A few wee tray bakes are always welcome after the service. Naturally, for purely professional reasons and to ensure I was deeply immersed in the atmosphere of the day, I had to test a few. My job really is difficult – and having to carry out such trials is always stressful. I came through though, and I can attest that the Caramel Squares passed this test with flying colours.

After that, I looked round to find a lovely lady in a bowler hat in one corner and a toddler playing drums in the other. All in a days work 🙂


 

So the plan was to go to Castleupton for a few photographs. The weather was a bit iffy, but we thought we would go for a few minutes anyway.. I’m glad we did:


Love the next one:

I don’t do many weddings with bowler hats – so its kinda compulsory to do the hat throwing photograph. This is highly dis-encouraged – each hat is worth £200 and I didn’t fancy footing the bill for damaged hat…but this isn’t a bad ‘non-throwing, throwing’ picture…

Time for some indoors at the Templeton:

And later it dried up a little:

The games were good fun:

And finally the cake…

Favourite Pics: April 2009 (part 2)

Here’s the second and final part of my favourite pics for April. Hope you like them.

1. Phil & Sara
This was a great wedding for me – as it was held in my church and I know the bride and groom (and quite a number of the guests) personally. Congratulations Phil & Sara!!
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Above: Photographers are always looking for great, natural facial expressions…thanks Sara!

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Above: I’ve never been to Larchfield Estate before – its a great venue. We came across this little out-house which makes for some interesting pictures.

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Above: One of the detail shots – the light curtain makes for a great effect.

2. Darren & Laura
I’m obviously posting way to many pictures on this article – can’t help myself! Sorry if its a little slow to load! The 24th April took me all the way down to Burren (near Warrenpoint). I’ve been to most hotels in Northern Ireland at this stage – but it was great to visit a new photograph location – ‘Domantine Conference Centre’ – I’ve posted some photographs below.

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Above: You may  remember from part 1 about my current drive for mens photographs. I think this one is quite interesting as Darren is almost framed by the tree.

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Above: – Its not often there is so much colour in the trees – so obviously we took full advantage!

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Above: The couple walking along at the front of Dromantine.

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Above: The rings in the flowers.

3. Thomas & Bronagh
The final wedding in April was closer to home – Belfast Castle.

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Above: as well as this picture, at the Brides request we also did the group picture on these steps. It actually is possible to get 120 people on them!

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Above: The type of journalistic-style shot I love – I’m obviously in a black & white mood today but looks equally good in colour.

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Above: A sample album page. In this case I’ve used a great Bible verse which is read at many weddings, but it could also be a poem or song.

And thats it!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief selection of photographs. Its been a fun month!

The Famous Little Things: The Box

I regularly get asked questions such as ‘what makes you different’ or ‘what makes your packages attractive’?. So this is the first article in a short series which takes a look at answering those questions. Its not based on my perceptions – rather I’ve based it on a simple premise – things which people mention when they ring me up.

Firstly, people often mention ‘The Box’. This little box isn’t special in itself, but I have to say that brides simply love whats inside. Let me explain.

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1. 6×4 prints of all the pictures.
I believe that couples should have their photographs in their hands. They shouldn’t have to load up a CD or play a DVD – the good old fashioned way is the best. I print all the photographs (normally 300-350). Brides comment that it helps them when picking their album – its simply easier to pick your favourite photographs when you can put them out on a table and compare. Secondly, after their album is picked most brides put these 6x4prints into a small album of there own.

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2. Album mock-up
Relatively unique to Peter Thomas Photography, we spend a great deal of time creating a mock album-layout for you. Its simply our ideas as to what will look good. Its a great start and usually speeds up the process. Of course, you are welcome to change it as much or as little as you like!

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3. The DVD Collection
At the moment, the Box includes 2 DVDs. Firstly (and for a limited time only), we are including the actual files on DVD. This allows you to do your own reprints should you wish to. It also allows you to email photos to friends, put them on facebook – whatever you want! Secondly, we include a DVD slideshow of all your photographs to music. Many couples choose a few songs- often the first dance and a few songs that mean something special.

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Conclusion
So there you go – you’ve been introduced to The Box! It’s lovely to get something into your hand when you get back from honeymoon. While you choose your album photographs, you’ll still have something worthwhile to show friends and family.

Competition now open!

To celebrate the launch of our new website, we are running a competition to win your wedding photographs!

The lucky couple will win our fantastic Diamond package which includes:

  • Full wedding day coverage with Peter
  • 6×4 prints of all the photographs taken
  • a DVD show-reel to the music of your choice
  • a 25x35cm Storybook album
  • 4x 10x13cm Pocket Books

The competition is open to everyone – so why not enter here.

Upcoming Wedding Fayres

Our stand at the Odyssey Arena Wedding Fayre in 2008

Over the next few weeks, I’m attending a few wedding fayres and exhibitions.

Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus
This Sunday 22nd, we’ll be exhibiting at the Clarion Hotel in Carrickfergus. The show opens at 2pm.

Focus Photography Show
On Wednesday 25th I’m traveling to Birmingham for the Focus Photography show to have a look at the latest albums and products.

Kings Hall
I’m exhibiting at the Kings Hall Wedding Fayre 27Feb – 1st March.

The times are:
Friday 27th February: 3-8pm
Saturday 28th February: 12-6pm
Sunday 1st March: 12-6pm

You can buy discount tickets at £8 from the organisers here

Pop in and say hello!
If you are planning to go to any of them – make sure and say hi!

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