Sunset Engagement Shoot by Gemma G Photography: Gillian + Dean

Good morning!

I hope this lovely Monday has you in a positive mood – did you get to take advantage of our holiday week? I started last week basking in luxury at Farnham Estate & Spa (more on that visit soon but spoiler alert, I loved every second!) and ended the week up to my eyes in campfires, s’mores and glamping in the Mourne mountains – also excellent even if my 36 week bump stopped me from doing much hiking! That brings us back to today and a new week of wedding inspiration here at The Promise. So far 2017 wedding season is looking amazing and I can’t wait to share these beautiful local celebrations later in the year but first up we have a gorgeous sunset engagement shoot of Gillian and Dean at Castle Archdale, County Fermanagh with photography by Gemma G Photography.

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Couple: Gillian McDonald + Dean Porter

Gillian and Dean met through school friends and we to a school formal together.

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

The Proposal:

We travelled America for three weeks – started in Seattle, followed by San Francisco and eventually finishing off in Las Vegas. I carried the ring in my backpack until the last couple of days of the holiday. Gillian even carried it unknowingly. I know Gillian wouldn’t have wanted a big fuss so I proposed in the room in MGM Grand, Las Vegas. I waited until the end of the holiday because I know Gillian would have wanted to get back to see her family and friends after the proposal.

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Our Engagement Shoot:

We decided to have an engagement shoot because it would be a good chance to get to know our photographer and be able to work with her before the wedding. We both obviously wanted a good evening with a nice sunset and we both love water in photos. Castle Archdale seemed like the perfect place. Gemma is an amazing person and photographer. I can sometimes be very awkward when there is a camera around but Gemma made us both feel at ease at our shoot. She is so relaxed and takes great pictures without making you feel posed. We would highly recommend her to anyone who is planning a wedding.

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Our Wedding:

We are getting married on 26th August this year at the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh. We are trying really hard to get everything sorted at this stage with six weeks to go so there is no big rush coming into the last weeks so we can relax and have a good time with family and friends.

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

 

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Sunset engagement shoot, Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland, Gemma G Photography | The Promise NI

Thanks for sharing your story, Gillian and Dean and best wishes  for your wedding day, we can’t wait to see it!

To view more of Gemma’s work visit www.gemmagphoto.com.