Good morning, did you all have a lovely weekend? We headed to Belfast for a big family lunch at the Arthur Street Cafe in Avoca, it was as delicious as always and you can catch some foodie pics over on our Instagram.
I can’t quite believe we are nearing the end of May already – seriously where is this year slipping away to?! Wedding season is in full swing and this week we’ll be sharing some snippets from recent gorgeous local weddings each lunchtime on our daily Lunchtime Lovely posts on Facebook.
Today we’re kicking off the week with Jacqui and Anthony’s seaside engagement shoot by Simon from Shoot For The Moon. I’ve said it many times before, but this chap is a gem behind the lens and well worth a follow…
Our love story
We met at a training course through work just over two years ago, and were paired up quite a lot. Before we knew it we were spending time together outside of work too, the course ended and we stayed together!
We had talked about getting married not long after we moved in together, and had been ring shopping before the proposal happened, so it was never going to be a huge surprise. After struggling to find the perfect engagement ring, we decided to design our own and have it made. We chose Gardiner Brothers in Waring St and they were fantastic. I knew it would take around six weeks for it to be ready – it was the longest six weeks of my life!
At the end of May 2015 Anthony had planned a day up the North Coast – I was convinced that was when it was going to happen. We took the coastal route stopping off at Glenarm, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and then Mussenden Temple – where he must have got down and tied his shoe lace about three times! By this point I was getting impatient and annoyed that he was winding me up! He gave me a cuddle, laughed and apologised that the ring wasn’t quite ready yet. Disappointed, but now relaxed and no longer on edge waiting for something to happen – we headed for dinner at one of our favourite restaurants; the Ramore Wine Bar, and enjoyed a lovely meal before I fell asleep in the car on the way home. We got back and I was about to head up to bed when Ant asked me to close my eyes. It didn’t even click at first what was happening – because I actually wasn’t expecting anything at that point! He led me into our dining room where there were balloons, candles, champagne, and photos of the two of us everywhere. He knew I’d be expecting it to happen earlier, and so had given a key to the house to friends to set up and decorate – to try and make it a surprise! He got down on one knee and declared a few romantic words – and through all the blubbering I managed to nod my head and give him the biggest hug I ever have! We popped open the champers and enjoyed the moment before phoning a few close friends and family with the good news.
Our engagement shoot
Our engagement shoot came as part of our wedding package with Simon’s wedding photography package. We didn’t get round to doing it until April of this year – so it was more of a pre-wedding shoot, which actually turned out better as it has made us feel really relaxed about getting photographed on the big day. We headed back up to the North Coast for this, not only where we spent time on the day of our engagement but somewhere we love going when we can. Simon was fantastic. We were both quite anxious about the shoot but he really put us at ease. We found it difficult at first to ‘be natural’ but after 10 minutes we really did forget the camera was there. It was quite clear that Simon knew what he was doing and we just put our trust in him to tell us what to do – we were delighted with the results! Especially his suggestion of going to Ballintoy Harbour which is somewhere we had never actually been before and the backdrop was just incredible!
The wedding is on 1st June and we just can’t wait until the big day now! A lot of planning has went into it over the last 12 months, and there’s a few last minute bits and bobs to be done, but we are so excited to spend the day with all our loved ones and the rest of our lives together!
Fabulous story guys, we wish you the happiest of wedding days!