Ciaran O'Neill Photography presents this months featured wedding...
Jemma & Andrew's wedding at the Lough Erne Resort
"Well, Andrew and I first met when I was 18 and he was 23, a couple years later I hunted him down at Staffords hair and went to him religiously to do my hair, secretely fancing the pants off him!
When he was 27 he decided to follow his family and emigrate to Vancouver, Canada (where he was originally born). Absolutely devastated, I went to his leaving party at Lilly's on the lisburn road, where he drunkenly admitted to always loving me and said he would 'marry me tomorrow'.
He thought I did not feel the same, but still offered if I ever had a change of heart, he would gladly take me on a date in Vancouver.
My best friend Ciaran told me I had to go or I'd always regret not taking the chance, so I booked flights and heading out on my own to Vancouver for our first date!
This was easily the happiest three weeks of my life, we completely fell in love and I had booked return flights before leaving!
Howeverthe next date was at Christmas and my flight ended up stuck in Manchester because of the terrible snow!
After spending Christmas in Manchester with my cousins, I came home to Belfast, only to be surprised by Andrew coming home at New Years!
He had pulled out of his two year contract, the
Skype calls just couldn't cut it anymore!!
I obviously was delighted, within 4 months we moved in together and that Christmas Eve we were engaged!
As for the actual wedding day we had a blast, we went up to Lough Erne the nite before, I shared a lodge with the girls and we had our hairdresser Conor Mccullough over the nite before for champagne whilst setting the bridesmaids hair, while Andrew shared a lodge with the boys!
The day was so relaxed, like a big party!
Andrew designed his own suit and had it made from scratch with the help of Robert at The Boardroom, Chichester street, complete with bespoke lining and buttons.
We had lavender scented tissues for the emotional ones among us (years ago women were given a sniff of lavender to prevent them from fainting if it all got too much!) and Dana masters and her jazz trio entertaining guests at our service and champagne and canapé reception.
Whilst this was going on we had a ball on golf buggies around the resort and spa getting photographed by the brilliant Simon!
The bridal party then entered the reception room one at a time to music of our choice, and to their surprise (chelsea dagger for a chelsea fanatic, austin powers theme for groomsmen).
The tables were named after the married couples in our family. Eg our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, with photos of them on their wedding day.
The best man surprised us with a slideshow speech of our lives so far complete with embarrassing pictures thanks to family and friends in on the act!
Andrew had also sneakily snatched my childhood teddy hidden away for years to give to the best man to surprise me with!
We had a cake made from cheeses, imported from holland for a cheese board later on.
Jemma and Andrew x
You don't take a photograph, you make it - Ansel Adams
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CiaranHaving reached the pinnacle of the industry in Northern Ireland and indeed further afield, award-winning photographer Ciaran O'Neill is the province's most sought-after wedding photographer.
A pioneer of reportage-style photography in Northern Ireland, he works discreetly to capture weddings in a candid and unobtrusive way although he is perhaps best known for his award-winning avant-garde photography - a term coined by the fashion industry and characterised by dramatic, highly processed images that are more like works of art than photographs!
SimonWorking closely alongside Ciaran is his nephew Simon O'Neill who has also won huge acclaim for his wedding and family portrait photography whilst playing a pivotal role in the design of the company's distinctive wedding albums.
Simon recently swept the board at the PPANI Awards 2012, scooping the Northern Ireland Family Portrait Photographer of the Year, Pictorial Photographer of the Year and for the sixth time in the studios history - Overall Northern Ireland Photographer of the Year 2012!
Majella'Maj' is responsible for the background workings of the business.
You can rest assured that she will attend to every detail of your wedding day and make sure you are informed of all your options and choices.
Being a mum she understands how important it is for your little one to be relaxed for their portrait sitting and spends time making sure that everyone stays calm to get the best out of your portrait sittings.
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow - Imogen Cunningham