Some couples seek to plan a huge wedding, and revel in the opportunity to celebrate in this way – going all out on decor, fancy 5-course meals, an expensive wedding dress and elaborate favors for guests. Other couples like to do things completely differently, keeping it much more intimate, simple and sweet and with a focus on the promise they are making to one another through their marriage vows. Photographer Grace and her husband Adam are one such couple.
Grace and Adam tied the knot on 21st September at their home town of Portadown, Co Armagh, Ireland, where the couple had these beautiful images taken by Paula O'Hara.
"We had always known of each other through having mutual friends
but we got together via work. Being a photographer myself, Adam and I
met to discuss a photoshoot opportunity he had planned for his work.
Four and a half hours later in the same coffee shop and here we are!"
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Paula O'Hara
"We had originally planned to get married next year, so the idea
was once Adam got back from a trip to Australia we would get engaged and
start planning a big wedding.
I had always hoped for an intimate
wedding however, and then three weeks before the wedding Adam announced
that he had started to come onto my way of thinking. So on the 8th of
September (the first Saturday he got back from his trip) we got engaged
and then a world wind two weeks later we got married, leaving it just
three weeks to plan the whole day."
"We both felt it was important to try and keep the main focus on the
promise we were making before God, with everything stripped back and
having the wedding as simple as we did this enabled us to do that, so
all glory to Him. It was such an intimate and beautiful service with
just twenty of our closest family members there."
"My wedding dress was a simple white cotton summer dress from French Connection UK.
I absolutely love the whole bohemian style, I love country and anything
natural. The loose boho sleeves teamed with the detailed embroidery on
the front was exactly how I imagined my dress would be. A classic high
neck and not too short but short enough to add a ‘cuteness’ to the whole
My shoes were Mary Jane nude court shoes from Debenhams
– I searched high and low for these shoes. I knew I wanted the Mary
Jane court style, with a bow and in a nude colour, I had finally gave up
hope until I stumbled across these ones which were just perfect."
"I wanted my flowers to literally look as though I had just
gathered them from a field, for me, they had to look as natural/county
as possible just to match in with what we had hoped to achieve with the
whole theme. They were done by Interflora Portadown, Co Armagh"
"I styled my hair myself. As I wanted to keep the whole
day as simple as possible I wanted to keep my hair in a way that is most
natural to me. So apart from the 6 little cream roses, my hair was kept
as natural and as simple as it could be. Make-up was done by in my option one of the most talented ladies i
n Ireland, Stacey Kilpatrick from S.A.K. Designs.
The make-up for me was exactly what I was after, I gave Stacey a simple
rough outline of what I was after and let her work her magic and that
she did. Enough to stand out but natural enough so it still looked like
me. Just perfect!"
"Being a photographer myself I knew this is the part I wanted
to put the most thought into, I wanted a photographer and felt it was
important to get one that totally ‘got’ what we were trying to achieve
with the wedding photos. I felt I had to get someone who would have the
same appreciation for fields, outdoors and natural surroundings (keeping
in with the whole country boho theme here).
I wanted to
capture the emotion and love and of course the excitement that this
whirl-wind wedding brought. For me it was defiantly a no brainer, Paula O’hara
brought all these things with her and more through our wedding photos.
She is an unbelievably gifted and talented photographer who has the most
amazing ability to capture sheer emotion in each individual photograph
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
depend on different brides. Each one of us are different and prefer
different things. For me it just happened to be a small and intimate
wedding I was after. Try to stay true to who you are, what you want your
wedding to be. Being a wedding photographer, I often hear how decisions
can be made by trying to please others as well as yourself which is
often difficult to achieve.
Step out of the box, dare to be different or
at least do it your way, know what you want and just go for it, that
way there are no regrets. That’s what I did and I’m so glad I did, our
wedding day couldn’t have been any more perfect.
My favourite part of the day was the morning we spent together,
from when Adam first arrived at my house to the few hours spent around
the fields; it was quiet, personal and intimate, just love, just
You could be fogiven for thinking this was a styled photoshoot couldn't you? Aren't these images just so romantic? What a simply beautiful set of photographs of one of the most intimate wedding day scenes I have ever scene – huge congratulations Grace and Adam, and immense thanks as always to the incredibly talented Paula O'Hara for sharing her work, more of which you can see on Love My Dress here.
Are any of my readers planning a whirl-wind or very intimate wedding like Grace and Adam, or are there any brides hoping to avoid a typical wedding dress like Grace?
Check back again at 11.30am and 1pm today my friends, where we have more romance, super-8mm style, and a discussion post this afternoon relating to one particular aspect of wedding planning I know leaves many of you brides out there feeling more stressed than you shoud in the run-up to your wedding day.
Beautiful Thursday morning love all,