The day began at Tommy's parent's house in Newtownards. Everyone was relaxed, and looking splendid in their kilts. Tommy was itching to get to the venue and meet his bride. Darren Byrne, the videographer, was recording everyone's pre-wedding messages and this was a great opportunity for me to get some gorgeous portraits. To my delight, Tommy's parents had a lovely Springer Spaniel that was keen to get some photos taken!
I travelled to the Marine Court Hotel where Michelle was getting ready with her bridesmaids and flower girls. Everyone was soaking up the atmosphere of the day, and was relaxing before they got their dress on. This was a chance to chat to Michelle, and get some photos of the details of the day - mainly the dresses, shoes, rings and flowers.
As the ceremony drew nearer, I was keen to get some photos of guests arriving. A surprise was in store for Tommy because he was being drummed down the aisle. All he had to do was wait patiently for his bride, who had a similar surprise in store, as she was being piped down the aisle.
When it came to the group photos, the rain and wind made it impossible to go outside without ruining your hair and makeup! Therefore, group shots were taken in the foyer, and bridal party photos were taken upstairs in the reception room. The master of ceremonies was invaluable at this time when getting certain guests for photos! We got portraits of Michelle and Tommy beside a window, which gave the opportunity for some nice silhouettes. The meal allowed some time for reflection and a break. When the dancing started, it gave way for another performance by our resident piper, Glenn Baxter, who was accompanied by two drummers. What a day!