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Wedding Day Essentials

Wedding Day Essentials

Wedding Day Essentials – well where do I start on this one. I am just going to try and give any couple a few ideas about going about planning their day.

For starters, there are just too many things that I would not be able to help or give advice on so I will just try and stick to the photography end of things. I am sure i will go off on the odd tangent so apologies in advance.

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Photography

So photography – where do I start? For any couple looking to book a photographer, they should probably start with a website. The vast majority of professional photographers will spend some money on a website. This is just to showcase their work. It is generally one of those things that most people seem to look for. Most people can take a photographer (or any other wedding vendor) seriously, if they have a website. That said, I would also check out the Facebook and Instagram pages of said photographers as usually there are many more images to browse through. I personally find more of the social media pages to have more candid images. I prefer the more natural poses as opposed to the very posed images. Please don’t get me wrong, i always get some posed images also – i just prefer to document the day by capturing moments and creating memories.

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Contacting the Photographer

Once you find a photographer that you like then just make contact with them and have a chat – the more popular photographers are booked up a long time in advance so you will have to find out if your date is free in their calendar. If the photographer is free then it is very simple just to make a booking fee payment to secure the date. I will offer an engagement / pre-wedding shoot for all couples. I think this can be important more for the couples as it gets them used to being in front of a camera. If the couple know that all is under control then it helps them to relax. You can then enjoy the day while the photographer just gets on with the job. Also for the photographer, it allows them to see what the couple prefers and just to get to know them a little bit better.

 

Checklist on the Day

There are some images that the photographer will want to capture.

  • Bride getting ready
  • Dad seeing his daughter in the dress for the first time
  • Bride going to the car
  • Bride outside Church with parents
  • Father or Mother giving away the bride.
  • Vows / Exchanging Vows and of course the Kiss
  • Register signing and walking down the aisle
  • Wedding couple shots along with wedding party shots
  • Cutting the Cake

In the morning I will also look for detail shots. This will include rings, garter and gifts. It is also lovely to capture exchange of gifts between family and wedding party. During the day I will be looking all over for some candid images of guests. During the speeches I will be concentrating on the top table. It usually pays off to keep a close eye on guests also at this time. We then come to the first dance which is always fun. After that there are just candid shots of the dancing.

Of course this does not cover it all. As a photographer, I will be snapping away all day.

A little about me.

I’ve spent years helping people to find the perfect sole. In my shoe shop in the heart of Derry and now through my passion for photography
I get to photograph people with their soulmates! My daughter Bronagh and parents have always been and always will be a big part of my life. We have shared so many moments and enjoy looking at older photos and laughing together. Moments and the moments between moments during a wedding or a portrait session hold so much emotion. I love to capture images in a fun, natural and classic way. I’ve been passionate about photography for years, from the darkroom to my digital camera today, and storytelling is at the heart of what I do. I’m Gerard and I look forward to telling your story.

At Gerard Gormley photography, I strive to get the best images possible. Please feel free to share and like this post. You can also follow my work on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Pre Wedding Shoot with Christina & Noel

Pre Wedding Shoot with Christina & Noel. I met up with Christina & Noel yesterday for a pre wedding photo shoot. It is always good to try and get couples used to the idea of being in front of a camera. Noel told me that he had never did this before, but, after yesterday I think he was having a laugh. He loved it lol. Christina was just brilliant, and now really looking forward to their wedding this month. We went to Lisnagra Woods near the village of Muff in County Donegal.  The weather was a little off so we knew we would be under the trees for a little protection.

The woods at Lisnagra are west of Muff and can be reached by turning right at Harkins on the way to Derry. They featured recently on RTE and BBC but are not generally known as a tourist attraction. Some visitors have seen squirrels emerge from the wood, and they are quite numerous. A walk through the woods on a warm day is something to remember. Muff is a village in County Donegal, Ireland. It is near the mouth of the River Foyle and sits at the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The village of Culmore and the city of Derry are to the south. We chose this location also for the pre wedding shoot as it is very close to where we all live in Derry. Many thanks for looking and please feel free to like and share this post – thank you again Gerard Gormley Photography, Derry.

At Gerard Gormley Photography, I strive to get the best photos possible. If i can help you in any way then please feel free to get in touch. You can also follow my work on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Magazine Street Fashion Jan 2019

For a few months now I have been taking photos for Local Women Magazine’s Street Fashion along with Caoimhe Harkin. It’s always fun but young Caoimhe has found a new job as an air hostess so I want to wish her well. For this shoot we were in Foyleside Shopping Centre in Derry. At Gerard Gormley Photography I strive for the best images possible. You can follow me also on Facebook at Gerard Gormley Photography and on Instagram at Gerard Gormley Photography. Many thanks, Gerard Gormley

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Wedding Hire and Formal Wear Shoot

As part of my work with Local Women Magazine, I got to take some images for a local shop called Esquire that deals mostly in Wedding Hire and Formal Hire. We decided to do it in the evening for a change to see how it turned out – well it turned out great. Young Juan was the model for us and he did great. Men’s Wedding Hire has become very popular in recent years. At Gerard Gormley Photography I strive to get the best images possible. Please feel free to follow me on Facebook also at Gerard Gormley Photography. If I can help with any photography needs then please get in touch.

 

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Replenish Workshop for Mental Health – Craft Village Derry

I was asked to take some images at a Replenish Workshop run by Caroline McMenamin which was being held at the Craft Village in Derry. The images below were recently published in Local Women MagazineReplenish is founded by Caroline McMenamin, a trained Integrative Counsellor specialising in C.B.T with over 12 years training and volunteering work. Caroline’s experience living with her own mental health condition equips her with an personable, empathetic and non-clinical approach to working with you.  At Gerard Gormley Photography, I always like to take images in a fun, natural & classic style.  Please feel to contact Gerard Gormley Photography anytime.Derry Photos Donegal PhotosDerry Photos Donegal PhotosDerry Photos Donegal Photos Derry Photos Donegal Photos Derry Photos Donegal Photos Derry Photos Donegal Photos Derry Photos Donegal Photos Derry Photos Donegal Photos Derry Photos Donegal Photos Derry Photos Donegal Photos Derry Photos Donegal Photos Derry Photos Donegal Photos Derry Photos Donegal Photos Derry Photos Donegal Photos

A Celebration of Derry Girls

On 8th March there was an event at the City Hotel in Derry to celebrate the achievements of Derry Girls.  There was a large crowd at the event on what was a lovely early evening for March.  I was there for Local Women Magazine and as per usual at Gerard Gormley Photography, i was taking photos in a natural, fun and classic style.  Here’s to many more Derry Girls having future success.  Thanks for looking from Gerard Gormley Photography

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Ina Wilson 80th Birthday Celebrations

I was asked to take pictures at an 80th Birthday Celebration in Maggies Tavern for the lovely Ina Wilson.  What a night it was.  It was great fun but i should say the lady celebrating her birthday is 80 years young!  The family had gathered to party for the young lady – Ina made a grand entrance to cheers and applause – she loved it all.  As per usual at Gerard Gormley Photography, i like to take pictures in a natural, fun and classic style.  I am sure a good night was had by all and looking forward to many more years of celebrations.

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Communion Photo Shoot – Elaine McCloskey

I had the pleasure to do a First Holy Communion Shoot with Elaine McCloskey through Local Women Magazine.  We met up at the Everglades Hotel in Derry in the evening time.  Elaine arrived at that time as It was a school day.  The young ladies looked very pretty in the dresses provided by Elaine.  Elaine has a Wedding Alteration and Accessories business along with Saranna Design Bridal business.  It was great fun and the staff at the Everglades were very helpful and really made us feel at home by putting on a real fire for us.  It was a cold and wet evening so this was great,

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Deirdre’s at the Diamond – Carndonagh

Deirdre’s at the Diamond in Carndonagh were doing an advert in a magazine called Local Women.  My job was to go and take some images of models in the latest fashion from the retail shop.  We got a most glorious day to take photos.  It was early Autumn and a warm, dry and sunny day.  The models were brilliant to work with and everyone had fun.  As per usual at Gerard Gormley Photography we tried our best to keep it simple and fun.

Make up and hair was done by Emer O’Connor and Thaynara Souza.