Russell and Kim
Russell and Kim were married at the beautiful Breckenhill Barn venue in the Northern Irish hills of Ballyclare. Set in the countryside of Dough, Breckenhill makes for an idyllic rural setting for an alternative wedding day.
I’ve had a few barn weddings so far this summer and Breckenhill is among my favourites. It was a real pleasure to be their wedding photographer at such a fine location. If you haven’t heard of Breckenhill you should check it out. Breckenhill is a beautiful, country venue in Co. Antrim, perfect for weddings and receptions. The 18th century listed Georgian house was built by the original mill-owner at the top of the valley where there used to be six textile mills using water power. The converted barns are perfectly restored in a contemporary manner whilst still retaining their rustic character. There is also lots of variety when it comes to photo locations in the surrounding gardens and woodland.
The couple celebrated their wedding day with family and friends and decided on a lawn ceremony taking full advantage of the summer weather. The day began at the nearby Dunamoy Cottages with Kim and the bridesmaids. The weather conditions were perfect. The sun was already shining and the hillside and surrounding fields made great views. I photographed the dress outside and captured other bridal pieces such as the shoes. The fields made a nice backdrop somewhat reminiscent of the south of France. A little sunshine and blue sky can make all the difference. I captured Kim getting ready with last minute adjustment to hair and make-up. The bride’s family were in fine celebratory mood and I made my way to Breckenhill just 5 minutes away.
ON THE LAWN
Overlooking the Georgian house, the lawn was prepared and dressed ready for the ceremony. The groom was meeting and greeting guests chatting and laughing as everyone took their seats. The bride arrived looking stunning with the bridesmaids and flower girls before making her entrance with her Father. The ceremony was beautiful and we got some fabulous wedding photographs as the couple became man and wife.
I always hang back for a while after ceremonies and focus on capturing the interactions and congratulations from the guests. The couple need a bit of space after all for champagne and well wishes and to let their hair down a bit.
After a couple of glasses of much needed orange juice I joined the couple and we went for the short drive in a superb vintage car to the lakeside. At the lake we had lots of fun with the wedding portraits and the blue and clouded skies worked beautifully.
It was a great afternoon and the couple looked fantastic in front of the camera. After heading back to Breckenhill I covered the reception dinner. The rest of the day was ramped up in full party mode. What a celebration! I captured the first dance before heading home, sun burned and midge bitten and wanting to stay just a while longer.
It was the perfect summer wedding and I love the shots we got. Here is a small selection of images from the day. I hope you enjoy them.