AnnaJoy Photography | Peter & Ruth - Riverdale Barn Wedding, Northern Ireland

Peter & Ruth - Riverdale Barn Wedding, Northern Ireland

May 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I've known Peter and Ruth for about 10 years - maybe more. We met in Edinburgh, when we were all students, another lifetime ago. Five years ago, Ruth was my wedding photographer. She gave us such incredible pictures that I was really quite nervous when I agreed to be their wedding photographer. But also delighted, and so excited to see them finally exchange vows.

Their wedding day was so relaxed and fitted them to a tee. Ruth got ready with her four bridesmaids in her family home. She chose a gorgeous lace and sequin-detailed dress with a train, no veil but a beautiful headband. She was radiant! Her bridesmaids wore lilac flowy dresses, their own shoes and were given Cadbury purple shawls to protect them from the March weather. The ceremony took place in the church Ruth attends when she's back in Northern Ireland, Wellington Presbyterian Church.

Ruth (with some help) made a lot of the decorations, including all of the many many (paper) flowers in the bouquets and around the reception. After some refreshments at church and group photographs, everyone drove South to Riverdale Barn, a lovely venue, for dinner, speeches, and a ceilidh. The dining hall was set out with long banqueting tables, elegantly decorated with fairy lights, small vases of paper flowers and table names. Ruth and Peter decided to name the tables after train stations. Not only did this fit in with their general map theme, they have also done a lot of rail travel over the course of their relationship. No doubt this will continue for many years to come!

In true Northern Irish tradition, there were four speeches, with each of the fathers giving one. The ceilidh was a lively affair which was really cool and reminiscent of the years I (and they!) lived in Scotland. To end the day on a high, the new Mr & Mrs Bowen left through an arch of sparklers. SO fun!

Enjoy a few of my favourite pictures of this gorgeous day!

Wedding photography context - the bride's home in Ballymena Bride's shoes and perfume details during bridal prep Bridesmaids breakfast in Ballymena Northern Ireland Artistic photo of bridesmaids having breakfast Bridal prep details of make up and ring Alternative wedding photography - documentary photo of bridesmaids getting ready Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Handmade purple and grey paper flowers wedding bouquet in Northern Irish wedding Bridal prep detail shots at the bride's house in ballymena Riverdale Barn wedding - bridemaids opening gifts Riverdale Barn wedding - bridemaids opening gifts Detail shots of the bride getting in to her wedding dress Ballymena wedding - photograph of the bridesmaids getting ready - gorgeous lilac dresses Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Mother of the bride and mother embracing - emotional wedding photography Ballymena wedding - bride and her bridesmaids embracing Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Details of the bride and her bridesmaids at Wellington Presbyterian Church, Ballymena The bride arriving with her dad at Wellington Presbyterian Church in Ballymena Bride and her father walking down the aisle at Wellington Presbyterian church, Ballymena Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Bride and groom signing the register at Wellington Presbyterian church, Ballymena Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Wedding ceremony at Wellington Presbyterian church in Ballymena Little girl playing during the wedding ceremony at Wellington Presbyterian church, Ballymena Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Bride embracing her bridesmaid after the service in Wellington Presbyterian church, Ballymena Emotional photograph between the bride and her granny at Wellington Presbyterian church, Ballymena Bride and Groom taking a moment after their ceremony at Wellington Presbyterian church, Ballymena Group shots outside Wellington Presbyterian church, Ballymena - groom, his bride and sisters Brides family group shot after the wedding at Wellington Presbyterian church, Ballymena Bride and groom wedding photographs couple shot outside Riverdale Barn in Northern Ireland Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Close up bride and groom wedding photographs at Riverdale Barn, Northern Ireland Romantic wedding photograph of bride and groom kissing outside Riverdale Barn Bride and groom wedding photographs at Riverdale Barn with purple handmade paper flower bouquet Bride's dress detail at Riverdale Barn wedding Riverdale Barn wedding bride and groom photographs Groom kissing bride in romantic wedding at Riverdale Barn Bridal party with purple and lilac bridesmaids outside the red door at Riverdale Barn Fun group shot of the bridal party by the water at Riverdale Barn Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Riverdale Barn guests chatting - documentary style photography Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Riverdale Barn wedding  decorations - purple map theme with handmade paper flowers Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Riverdale Barn wedding reception documentary photography Riverdale Barn wedding reception documentary photography Riverdale Barn wedding reception - speeches Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Riverdale Barn wedding reception - speeches Riverdale Barn wedding view from outside looking in Bride and groom enjoying their Riverdale Barn wedding reception Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Riverdale Barn wedding reception ceilidh dancing Riverdale Barn wedding reception ceilidh dancing Riverdale Barn wedding reception ceilidh dancing Riverdale Barn wedding reception ceilidh dancing Riverdale Barn night shot of the bride and groom with reflection Riverdale Barn wedding purple map theme - Northumberland photographer Bride and Groom surrounded by sparklers at the end of their wedding reception at Riverdale Barn in Northern Ireland


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