Jimmy Choo meets Charlie Brear at Magheramorne Estate
Catherine and Thomas’ Magheramorne Estate wedding in September could possibly be my dream wedding. The bar has been set. And to be honest, I think I’ve been a bit spoiled!
An incredibly relaxed, warm-hearted, fun, head-over-heels in love couple. A stunning dress from my all-time favourite wedding dress designer, Charlie Brear. Paired with Jimmy Choo heels! And all set in one of my favourite ever wedding venues, the stunning Magheramorne Estate. It was one of those, ‘pinch yourself to check it’s real’ weddings, where every detail was just perfect.
But it wasn’t just the fact it was drop-dead gorgeous that made me love it so much. It was so much fun! So intimate, and relaxed. And so filled with love that I felt truly blessed to be a part of their day.
With insane attention to every detail, beautiful styling and a venue to die for. Catherine and Thomas’ autumn wedding in Magheramorne Estate will go down as one of my favourite ever weddings.
An intimate ceremony
The day began with a wonderfully intimate ceremony in a nearby church. With only their immediate families invited to the ceremony, it was quiet, and truthful. And filled with beautiful sentiments of their love for each other.
With Covid putting a stop to large weddings for the best part of two years, so many couples were forced to have smaller ceremonies. But this seems to be an unexpected legacy from Corona. Because even though large weddings are allowed again, so many couples are still opting for the intimacy of a smaller ceremony.
But Catherine and Thomas managed to have the best of both worlds. By having a small ceremony for their actual wedding, and then a large party with all the guests afterwards, they got to have their cake and eat it too! And if you do want a romantic, intimate ceremony but don’t want to miss out on the party, this arrangement offers a nice balance.
Magheramorne Estate wedding venue
As wedding venues in Northern Ireland go, Magheramorne Estate is up there with the best of them. Situated just 23 miles outside of Belfast, the majestic 140 year old stately home is the perfect place to get married. Wonderfully tranquil and romantic, and with plenty of historic character and charm. Not to mention a wedding photographer’s dream!
And they make you feel so welcome. Their approach is so personal, and helpful. And completely centred around giving you the best day ever. Their dedicated hospitality team shares the burden of the organisation with you, making sure it all runs smoothly on the day.
And as a heart-meltingly romantic touch, if you do choose to get married there, they’ll plant a tree in their garden as a symbol of your everlasting love. Isn’t that just so lovely?!
A Charlie Brear wedding dress and Jimmy Choo heels
Charlie Brear wedding dresses have always been a firm favourite of mine. So when Catherine told me she was wearing Haliton by Charlie Brear, I got super, crazy, almost-a-little-bit-weird excited about it!
And can you blame me?! Catherine looked stunning.
Haliton’s low back and plunging neckline paired perfectly with the addition of flowing lace sleeves and blush pink Aurelie 85 Jimmy Choo heels. And with delicately natural makeup and Hollywood waves in her hair, Catherine looked the epitome of a beautiful, sophisticated, modern bride.
Elegant autumn wedding styling inspiration
Can I just start by saying, burnt orange bridesmaid dresses are an absolute vibe! You don’t see it very often, but don’t you just love it?!
And I loved how they fully embraced the autumn vibes of September in their styling. Not just with the bridesmaid dresses, but with the dried grasses, toffee roses and burgundy and purple hues in Catherine’s stunning bouquet.
But what was so inspired about the styling was how they balanced the autumnal hues with hints of summer. The dramatic floral columns by The Wildflower, with their deep purples and vibrant reds, blended so well with the soft blush pinks so prominent in the rest of the styling. The bouquet ribbons, Catherine’s heels, the stationery and the elegant cake.
When it comes to autumn styling, these guys absolutely nailed it, didn’t they?
Wedding photography in Magheramorne Estate
Magheramorne House is nestled in 40 acres of enchanting, ancient woodland and meticulously manicured gardens. And this means there’s photo opps galore! With water features and statues round every corner, two dramatic glens and even a lake, you could stroll around with a camera for days and not even scratch the surface of the place.
And the vast grounds of the estate meant we could escape together, and find some real solitude for Catherine and Thomas’ couple’s portraits. Away from the crowds, they strolled through the perfectly kept grounds, hand-in-hand in the September sun. With Catherine in her stunning dress and Thomas in his oh-so-dapper suit.
But my favourite part of the day was after the meal, when we ventured off together into the woodland for the second portraits session. With no one around but the three of us, the birds singing from the trees, and the water babbling behind us, they had a chance to soak it all in and just be themselves for a while.
And this is always my favourite part of any wedding day. Those few moments when you can be truly intimate with each other. Let your guard down, have a few giggles, and spend a few priceless moments as a newly married couple.
Looking for a Northern Ireland wedding photographer?
I’ve been a wedding photographer in Northern Ireland for a few years now. And every wedding I’ve been to has been unique, and romantic, and different in its own wonderful way.
But my favourite weddings of all are always the ones where I feel a real connection with the couple. Where I look through the photos, and can see their love for each other shine through in every shot.
And that’s why I loved Catherine and Thomas’ wedding so much. Not just because it was as perfectly styled as a wedding could possibly be. But because they were as hopelessly in love with each other as any couple I’ve ever met. And as a wedding photographer, capturing this kind of once-in-a-lifetime love is one of the great joys of my life.
If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Northern Ireland and you love my work, I’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch today and let’s chat!