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Beard + Mane: Behind The Lens

September 30, 2015
Beard + Mane

Another misty morning can mean only one thing, we’re in for a great autumn day. I adore this time of year, it’s definitely my favourite. This morning I’ve a pretty special pair to introduce you to. Last week we featured the North Coast engagement session of Peggy and Phil by this talented double act and today we’re going to learn a little more about the photographers, Kerry and David Salisbury, or Beard + Mane.

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How did Beard + Mane begin?

Kerry: Around the time that David and I started dating, my parents bought me my first DSLR and it became a bit of an appendage to our relationship. After lugging it around on our adventures for a couple of years we realised we’d become quite attached to it. Come 2014, and after our own wedding day, we decided to formalise our passion for pictures.

David: Believe it or not, a couple of our friends have always had a deep admiration for our hair! About a year ago they asked us to take their engagement photos, and after a celebratory feast of pulled pork and sweet potato fries, Beard + Mane Photography was born! Our first love was photography, but after a chance encounter we fell into making wedding films as well and so far that’s been an excellent divergence for us. We think of ourselves as a pop-up equivalent to a traditional photography/videography business. We’re always a little over-enthusiastic, totally flexible and we never know where we’ll end up.

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What are your favourite things about capturing memories through a lens? 

Kerry: We love being creative together! The opportunity to hang out with each other and to make something beautiful is a real gift. It feels really special that we get to share together in those pivotal moments of other people’s lives. We also just really enjoy meeting new people! A big part of it for us is getting to know the people on the other side of the camera, but we find that our best shots always happen when they forget the camera is there. If you think of your favourite pictures, they’re not necessarily the ones in which you look perfect; they’re the ones that capture moments when you felt totally and utterly joyful. Those are the photos and films we want to create and capture. We love hanging out, and if we get to take pictures too then all the better.

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You’re pretty much newlyweds yourselves, how did your day go?

Kerry: Our wedding day was amazing! But I imagine (and hope!) everyone feels that way. We planned it in around four months so we didn’t have loads of time to worry about the details. The day just seemed to pass by in a wonderful haze of gingerbread and glory. The church service itself was so important to us – we wanted it to be special and reverent, and to reflect our personalities and our faith – I can’t even count how many people helped us to achieve those things but we couldn’t be more grateful. It felt perfect. Our evening reception was at Grace Hall and was loosely Christmas Market themed. We were very blessed by a family member who happens to be a set designer, so we had next to no input in decoration and everything looked completely fabulous. We enjoyed it with every inch of energy we had. It was the most wonderful day at the most wonderful time of year.

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If you could relive the day would you do anything differently?

David: I don’t know if I would have done anything differently…. I perhaps would have eaten less dinner! When it came to dessert (little cakes made by the magnificent Man Made), I was already stuffed! Because we only had a few months to plan, we didn’t always have time to consider every alternative. If we found something we liked, we just ran with it. I think that’s the sort of attitude we want to take into our photography as well. We prepare as much as possible, but sometimes things change on the day and you just have to go with it! We had a really amazing time on our wedding day – the perfect combination of excitement and informality.

Kerry: Our photographers and videographer were a big part of our decision to establish our little business. They were great craic to be around and caught everything beautifully. We did a first look and that was wonderful – it was such a dream getting a sneak peak of one another before it all began.

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Do you think there are key ingredients for a successful wedding day?

David: I think it’s so important that the couple don’t feel pressured to spend their day doing anything that isn’t exactly right for them. Tradition can be a wonderfully moving thing, but there really are no rules. It’s your wedding day, so just do whatever makes you grin from ear to ear. I also think it’s vital to have an amazing best man (or maid of honour!) to take care of things on the day, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. I had four!

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Do you think there is any secret formula to a successful marriage?

David: That’s a great question! When my sister got engaged, there was an older couple sitting at the next table, and the husband-of-sixty-years leant over to give them his winning formula: ‘Never stop courting’, he said, and I thought that was sweet. As Christians we feel like we never would have got to where we are now without God’s help. We put so much into our wedding ceremony because we wanted to celebrate his part in our lives. For us, that’s what it’s all about. I’ve also become something of an artist when it comes to exploiting Kerry’s weakness for Percy Pigs!

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Is there anything you haven’t done, that you would like to?

Kerry: We’d love to do a first look! We had so much fun at our own that we’d love to share that with another couple and for sure if someone wanted us to do that in some jaw dropping beautiful far flung location we’d be keen for that too!

David: I’d love to shoot an outdoor ceremony! It’s a gamble for sure with the weather but if the light’s right it could really pay off!

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What wedding trends are you loving at the minute?

Kerry: We love how brave couples are being. People are trying really hard to ensure their personalities are reflected in their weddings, which is so brilliant. It makes you sort of wonder why anyone would do it any other way! However big or small the wedding, the best ones are always those that have been lovingly planned by both bride and groom.

David: I think it’s great that lots of couples, particularly those on a tight budget, aren’t trying to do a super-fancy, formal shebang. Sometimes the most memorable weddings are the intimate, yurt-in-the-garden, ceremony-on-hay-bails ones. We were at an amazing wedding recently, where on several occasions the generator packed up and all the electricity went out! The band just carried on, louder than ever – we all started clapping and kept dancing in the dark!

Anything exciting in the pipeline for Beard + Mane? 

We’re hoping to embark on an exciting project getting people back into their wedding apparel and talking about wedding and marriage (we don’t just mean brides and grooms!).

A huge thanks to Kerry and David from Beard + Mane, I think you’ll agree the future is very bright for this awesome couple! 

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Bedeck: Top 10 Gift List Ideas

August 26, 2015
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Today we’re welcoming Bedeck in to our humble abode…

Once your wedding day is over one thing that you’ve got to look forward to as well as your photographs, wedding film and memories, are the gifts! As modern as we all are, wedding gifts and gift lists to help your guests are still a great idea. There’s nothing like adding to your collection of luxurious bed linen with more! Yep, today we’re talking wedding gift lists with Bedeck. We asked them what ten items they would put on their dream list this season…

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LSA Paddle set with bowls, £32.00.

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LSA Aurelia wine glasses, £50.00.

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Joules stripe breakfast collection, from £8.95.

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Iittala tableware collections.

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George Jensen serving board, £110.00.

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Modern blue and white dinnerware range by Pacific.

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George Jensen Champagne cooler, £185.00.

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Iittala Tansi plate and mug, from £17.50.

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Designers Guild cushions, from £60.00.

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And lastly our favourite, because a cool corkscrew always comes in handy! Alessi Anna G corkscrew, £29.95. 4, The Dye House for Linen Green and Lisburn Rd is 465

Bedeck stores can be found at 4 The Dye House, Linen Green, Dungannon and 465 Lisburn Road, Belfast. 

Stay tuned for more partnership with Bedeck very soon! 

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Earthy Inspirational Styled Shoot at Orange Tree House

August 21, 2015

If I had a pound for every time I said this I’d be, well, rich but do you know how lucky we are to have such amazingly talented wedding suppliers in Northern Ireland? They really do go above and beyond brides expectations and their creativity knows no bounds. Today I’m delighted to share an inspirational styled shoot by Simon at Shoot For The Moon and his fabulous team which includes his lovely wife, Kathryn from Candytuft Cakes.

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Based on the quote, ‘What does your heart tell you’ by JRR Tolkien, Simon chose the mystical setting of Orange Tree House, and together with his team proved brides really should follow their heart when it comes to planning their wedding day. There are no rules when it comes to planning your day, but one thing Simon and I both believe is that you (and your other half, obviously!) should have a day that is true to you, the day that you want and you should never feel pressurised by family or friends to keep everyone happy – it’s your special day.

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Kathryn’s Instagram feed is one of my favourites, and these cakes give you a sneak peek of why! She chose an alternative bunch of beauties including bundt cakes and madeleines – I adore the European feel from the selection.

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In keeping with the current trend for large, oversized bouquets Marie at Marie Cafolla Flowers created a lush and abundant bouquet and floral crown- we love our floral crowns around here! Marie used a selection of ranunculus, Menta roses, Jana spray roses, Astrantia, Ammi combined with lots of foliage of eucalyptus, olive leaf and Rosemary.

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Credits

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.

Venue: Orange Tree House.

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Five Minutes With… Grace & Saviour

July 27, 2015
Grace & Saviour wedding stylist

Good morning and welcome to another week here at The Promise, we’ve got such a treat-fest week planned and today we’re sliding nicely into Monday with a calming five minutes with Grace Campbell, the creative genius behind Grace & Saviour. If you haven’t heard of Grace and her super stylish and dreamy weddings, oh my you are missing a lot! We demand you head over to her Pinterest boards (in five minutes!) to give your eyes a true feast for the senses.

1. Pinterest or Instagram?

Instagram.

2. Belfast or Dublin?

Hmmm Belfast, but my sister is in Dublin, along with some great creative opportunities.

3. Home or away?

Home, but I thrive on getting away and gaining perspective.

4. Biggest achievement? 

Having dreams, and fulfilling them.

5. Scared of? 

My own creative mind, that swirls, spins and rarely goes quiet.

6 Couldn’t live without?

The people I love.

7. Would rather not…

eat eggs.

8. Five dream dinner party guests? 

My late dad, my husband and time, and I can never get past that when this question comes up.

9. What would you cook them? 

Beef carpaccio, and lots of simple, delicious, easy food .

10. What’s the very first thing you do when you wake up?

Feed my new  baby.

11. Last book you read?

Testimony, Anita Shreve.

12. Favourite TV programme/series?

It was Breaking Bad, we haven’t found anything to replace it.

13. Guilty pleasure?

Not feeling guilty about doing things that give me pleasure, such as unplugged days with my family.

14. Favourite song?

Heart of Gold, Neil Young, our wedding song.

15. Old or new? 

I’m drawn always to old, but I want to face new, New is so important .

16. Bold or pastel? 

I can’t choose, colours come from the spirit of the couple and the wedding. To pick would say that colours come from what is perceived as popular or the right choice.

17. Wedding dress or wedding shoes?

Dress.

18. Finds inspiration from?

Travel, conversation, people, day dreaming, drfting, quiet.

19. Ceremony or reception? 

It depends on where the couple have held their focus. I let time stop for my own ceremony; I wanted it to be the quiet, sacred part of the day, before the volume was turned back on and the world let in.

20. Random thought? 

“Sometimes my soul comes out to play” This was a line in Love & Mercy, the movie on Brian Wilson that I have just seen.

 

To view more of Graces’ work visit her Facebook page or head to www.graceandsaviour.com.

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Five Minutes With… Ross from Soul & Rise

July 17, 2015
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Oh Friday again, how exciting I hope you’ve something lovely and wedding related planned for the weekend? I am really loving this series of five minute chats with lovely people from the wedding industry. I believe if you ‘get’ your photographer, filmographer and even florist, you will have an even better experience with them, and really get the best from them. Today we’ve been chatting to the very likeable Ross from Soul & Rise, who is scared of….. it’s a random one, Ross! 😉

1. Pinterest or Instagram?

I hate to admit it but I’m a little addicted to Instagram.
I would only really use Pinterest to find cool art/craft/design ideas.

2. Belfast or Dublin?

I love Belfast but have never lived in the city. Last time I was in Dublin I was mugged so I’m a little nervous to go back.

3. Home or away?

When I was younger I couldn’t wait to get out of NI but now, after moving back here, I have fallen in love with this country all over again! It’s hard to live here and not focus on the negatives however once you learn to look past them, there are so many more positives that drown out the rest. The last place I travelled to that blew my mind was Berlin. Such an awesome city!

4. Biggest achievement? 

I am never really proud of myself for anything (except maybe my degree and my record collection). I am lucky to have so many talented friends that I can be proud of instead!

5. Scared of? 

I have a strange phobia of jellyfish. They make me feel so sick even to think about. Next question!!

6 Couldn’t live without?

I couldn’t live without good food! I love it (probably too much).

7. Would rather not…

Saying that, I would rather not eat fish.

8. Five dream dinner party guests? 

Five dream dinner party guests is a hard question. Some of my heroes include; Paul Thomas Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix, Dan Snaith, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Spike Jonze. Hmm, I’m just thinking, I would love a good chat with Jesus, that’d be cool too. Failing all this, I would maybe just have the Little Comets play while I eat the food!

9. What would you cook them? 

I think we could all share an Indian Take-Out.

10. What’s the very first thing you do when you wake up?

The first thing I do when I wake up is hit the snooze button.

11. Last book you read?

The last book I read was C.S Lewis ‘Surprised by Joy’. Lewis is another hero of mine!

12. Favourite TV programme/series?

I don’t watch much TV but the two shows that make me crease the most are ‘The IT Crowd’ and ‘The Office US’.

13. Guilty pleasure?

I don’t understand the term ‘guilty pleasure’. If you get pleasure from something why would you feel guilty about it??

14. Favourite song?

Favourite song is another hard one! Either,

Bloc Party – ‘So Here We Are’
Gold Panda – ‘You’
or Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘Whenever, Wherever’

15. Old or new? 

I love old things. I hate new things that try to look old.

16. Bold or pastel? 

I definitely prefer pastel colours (with some exceptions).

17. Wedding dress or wedding shoes?

I would notice a really good wedding dress over nice shoes.

18. Finds inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from anywhere but usually where I least expect it!

19. Ceremony or reception? 

The wedding reception is always the most enjoyable for me although being able to capture the first glance between a couple is very special!

20. Random thought? 

It’s such a pleasure to be able to do what I do. I just want to thank everyone I have worked with over the past year including all the couples, photographers, venues, bands, make-up artists etc. It’s been great so far and I look forward to shooting lots more in the future.

 

You can read more about Ross and his work here on the blog, view his work here and visit Soul & Rise website at www.soulandrise.com.

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Five Minutes With… Fiona Jamieson

July 9, 2015
Fiona Jamieson Photography, Northern Ireland wedding photographer

Wahoo, it’s almost the weekend, and a long one at that! I can’t tell you how hard it has been this week to try and get back into work mode. I love my work dearly, but well I’d rather be lying on a beach in Monaco, wouldn’t you?! But, we’re slowly getting there and working on lots of amazing projects to bring you in the next few weeks, but today we’ve been having a chat with the loveliest of photographers, Fiona Jamieson. A self-proclaimed hugger, Fiona’s big heart and love of love is infectious! Find out what makes her tick below…

1. Pinterest or Instagram?

Instagram!!  I’m addicted, although it goes through another editing app first.

2. Belfast or Dublin?

Belfast is amazing these days, it is my home town so I could not give any other answer (although I’m a proper culchie now).

3. Home or away?

Home for me every time, with my husband, two girls and two wee dogs (my real babies).

4. Biggest achievement? 

Taking the plunge to enter the wedding photography gig, I’ve learnt that it’s not for the faint of heart but I love it.  It is indescribably beautiful to be in such a privileged place at the time when two people join their lives together for good.

5. Scared of? 

Earwigs.

6 Couldn’t live without?

My family & the dogs.

7. Would rather not…

Do admin.

8. Five dream dinner party guests? 

Stephen Fry, Stephen King, Dalai Lama, Richard Branson & Mo Mowlem.

9. What would you cook them? 

Leg of lamb in the slow cooker (easy cooking) and buckets of red wine.

10. What’s the very first thing you do when you wake up?

Caffeinate myself.

11. Last book you read?

The Well Of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson- I’ve been a massive fantasy fan since I picked up the Lord of the Rings when I was 13 because I was bored and we only had four channels in those days.

12. Favourite TV programme/series?

Battlestar Galactica (new series).

13. Guilty pleasure?

Judge Judy- I can literally watched ten in a row it hypnotises me.

14. Favourite song?

At the moment- Uptown Funk or I Really Really Really Like You!

15. Old or new? 

I like to hang on to stuff for sure but love bright shiny things too….

16. Bold or pastel? 

Bold.

17. Wedding dress or wedding shoes?

Dress.

18. Finds inspiration from?

Films, nature, architecture.

19. Ceremony or reception? 

Both.

20. Random thought? 

We should all smile as much as we can in every day- it’s good for you.

You can view Fiona’s work on the blog, here and here, or visit her website at www.fionajamiesonphotography.com. Wishing you all a wonderful long bank holiday weekend, come on sun, show your face!! 

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Just Us Session by Sarah Fyffe Photography

June 24, 2015
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Good morning! Today we’re handing over to Sarah Fyffe Photography from Omagh. Sarah is one hugely talented lady and today is sharing her wisdom of how you can get the most from your Just Us shoot. Over to you, Sarah…

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Most couples love the idea of having some gorgeous photographs taken together before they become Mr & Mrs!  This is, perhaps, why the ‘Just Us’ session has become so popular in recent years.

As well as a bit of time out together and the potential for some beautiful portraits, the ‘Just Us’ shoot is an invaluable opportunity to get to know your photographer better and see the way they work. From a photographers point of view it’s a great time to get you to relax in front of the camera and see how you interact together, as a couple.

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“It’s always much more relaxing for both the bride & groom and the photographer on the wedding day if there has been a ‘Just Us’ shoot.”

A lot of brides also find it a great time to experiment with hair and makeup to see what works best in the photographs.

The ‘Just Us’ session normally involves a morning or afternoon, or in the Summer, an evening session, which normally lasts around an hour and a half.  Locations have ranged from forests, farmyards, beaches, mountain tops, light houses, city centres and fun fairs!  The more personal the better!!

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Some couples choose to frame a portrait with a large mount to make a signature board for guests to sign at the wedding. Some use the photographs for their invites or save the dates.  Recently we had a wedding where the bride hung prints from their ‘Just Us’ shoot on string with little clothes pegs at the venue as decorations – this looked really cute.

You can dress up or down for your ‘Just Us’ session, some couples like to bring two outfits.  For outdoor shoots I find natural colours work best like khaki greens, mustards and camels, and textures like wool, linen and lace come out well in the photographs.  You can’t beat some nice accessories like a hat and jewellery to complete your look.  For makeup wear a little more powder than normal and foundation with no SPF as this reflects the light and can make you look quite pale.

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The ‘Just Us’ session is one of the most important elements of preparing for your wedding photography.  It’s a great time for you to experience the style of your photographer and the way they work.  This ensures that on your big day you are relaxed and confident with your choice of photographer.

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Thank you Sarah! You can view more of Sarah’s beautiful work at www.sarahfyffe.ie