Enchanted Wedding at Galgorm Hotel

Enchanted Wedding at Galgorm Hotel

When I met Seanin and John, I loved their quirkiness and their enthusiasm for life.  They are both so creative and they brought these skills to their very organic wedding in Galgorm Resort and Spa.  Peace, love, hippy, fairy, grounded, enchanting - there are hundreds of words I could use for the feel and theme of their enchanted woodland wedding.  The flowers were full of colour and vitality to match the rainbow shades of the bridesmaids dresses.   John and Seanin went into the woods and collected lots of wood and trunk and branches.  John spent many hours wood turning to create the most amazing centre pieces for the guests tables along with wooden ring boxes.    This was not a traditional wedding.  This beautiful couple had their day their way.  Seanin wore converse shoes which allowed her to float around the grounds like a little nymph fairy.  This couple were so inspirational to work with.  Despite some huge life difficulties, they had created two beautiful daughters and their wedding was a day to celebrate and have fun.   I really enjoyed time spent with this beautiful couple and their girls and loved how their photographs turned out.  

wooden wedding ring handmade box

converse wedding shoes

colourful bridal bouquet

Seanin and the girls spent hours making these aromatic lavender confetti cones which were thrown over the couple by the guests after they were married.  There was lots of romance and nature played the biggest role on the day. 

Handmade lavender cones of confetti

wedding dress

I love this board for the guests as they arrived.  So many times I hear of neighbours photographing brides as they leave the house and having it onto facebook before she has even walked down the aisle.   Everyone wants a photograph of you on your day to put onto facebook but this is a great idea to ask people to leave it for a few hours and do the posting later. 

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The wedding took place at the Phantom House in Galgorm Resort and Spa in Ballymena.  It suited the feel of the day perfectly and the couple signed the register outside with the trees and river as the backdrop which I had never seen before in all the weddings we have covered at Galgorm.  It was a great idea and perfect photo opportunity. 

Camper van colourful bride at galgorm hotel

bridesmaids arrive at galgorm hotel

colourful sunflower bouquet

As the bride Seanin walked up the aisle, John the groom could not hold back the tears which had everyone in the congregation join him.  It was so emotional. 

crying groom as bride walks up the aisle

room in galgorm phantom house for wedding

signing the register at the river in galgorm

we did it we got married in galgorm hotel

Hippy wedding with camper van at galgorm hotel

hippy wedding inside camper van at galgorm hotel

lavender confetti cones thrown over happy couple in northern ireland

Peace symbol bride in northern ireland

Happy couple on phantom house steps at galgorm resort and spa

the amazing water at galgorm the perfect location for a wedding

Hippy wedding couple in galgorm hotel

kissing on the lawns of galgorm

Seanin and John had booked out two photographer package which allowed us to get the shots below.  As I had Seanin set up in this fabulous window for a shot, the other photographer was inside photographing the room.  When he saw Seanin in the window he caught one of my favourite shots from the day.  Checking her room out from the window.

Bride in window at Galgorm

Checking out her room at Galgorm

Even the ladies toilets are an opportunity for a photograph at the Galgorm. To be truthful there are more photographic opportunities than there is time when you have a wedding in Galgorm.  To show the hotel off, I would need to show 10 weddings in one to show the spa area, gillies, the little ruins area, front of the main building, gazebos, stone walled area - the list is endless.  It is why it is the most popular venue to be married in Northern Ireland. 

wooden table centre pieces

Entering the great hall at Galgorm resort and spa


toilets inside galgorm

groom speaking at wedding

Festival themed wedding in galgorm resort and spa

flower themed wedding cake

rolling in the grass with the girls

After all the formalities of the day, Seanin got to spend some time with her girls rolling in the grass of Galgorm Hotel.  Three little fairies having fun - what a joy and pleasure it was to photograph this wedding.  Congratulations Seanin and John.  There was a real feel of being at a festival and celebration. 

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