Orange Tree House

What does your heart tell you?
J R R Tolkien

My wife and I often think back to when we got married.  The fact that that is over 11 years ago is quite scary.  Back then there was not the choices there are now.  People didn't really do anything really 'out there', I guess most people played it safe.  I would imagine many parents had a big role to play in helping their 'kids' plan their wedding.  I wonder know how anyone copes now with so many options.

Another thing that has happened over the past few years is that there has been a big increase in the amount of venues.  Long gone are the days of just having your reception in a hotel.  The most beautiful venues have opened their doors to couples giving them so much choice.  We are fortunate that Orange Tree House in Greyabbey opened in the past year or so and with it being only 15mins from us we have had the pleasure of visiting it on many occasion, whether it has been for photoshoots for magazines or delivering wedding cakes.

For this shoot I wanted it to be about a bride (and groom) doing things her way.  Not just doing things because 'that's the way its always been done' but because it's the way she wanted it.  Why be the same as everyone else.  As I often say to couples, "It's your day, no one else's.  Do things the way you want to because you will never please everyone."  

Make-up: Sonya Sloan at Sonya Ethal Make-up and Beauty.
Hair: Conal at SuperNova Hair Design.
Cakes: Kathryn at Candytuft Cakes.
Flowers: Marie at Marie Cafolla Flowers.
Model – Jade Topping.

Emma at the beautiful blog The Promise NI did a post on this shoot a while ago, go check it out and the rest of her fantastic blog.

Thanks, Simon

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About me

Memories are made with the click of the shutter. a passing moment is captured in that split second.

Our lives are a journey full of learning and experiences. Some things we chose to do other things we have no control over. People come into our lives and change them forever. They are part of our learning and experiences.

Memories of those times and faces fade with age. That's why making photographs is so important. Photographs capture those moments for ages to come. Words often fail to truly describe those memories. Photographs contain life.

Since my childhood I have loved looking at photographs. Getting

lost in the details as they can take me to places I have never been before.

Growing up hours would have been spent daydreaming about the places

discovered through them. Taking photographs has become more a part of

my life with each passing year.

I want people to get lost in my photographs the way I did as a child. When they look at the images the memories should come flooding back for them. They should tell a story for anybody who looks at the images. It as a great honour to be allowed into people’s lives on such special

days and asked to capture the memories for them.

With a blend of documentary, traditional, & commercial/alternative style wedding photography giving every bride & groom the very best images from their day.

I live in Newtownards, have been blessed with a family and have 3 rather lively kids

to keep me busy. My faith is the backbone of this business. To do

something you love is great and is something to thank God for.