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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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Aideen & Paddy’s Wedding

Aideen & Paddy’s Wedding took place on what was a gorgeous day in May although there was the odd rogue rain shower. The service took place in the gorgeous setting of Thornhill near Derry. We got some photos here then onto some local gardens for more photos. The reception was held at Roe Park Resort in Limavady where Aideen had some photos in mind. Needles to say it was a fun day from start to finish and these are only a few images of the day. The window in the church at Thornhill is one of my favourite places to take a photo. It just seems to be a magnet for me but i know other photographers love it too. Many thanks to both Aideen and Paddy for allowing us to share in their big 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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Lisnagra Woods Photo Shoot with Lety

I recently went to Lisnagra woods with Helen and Lety for a photo shoot for fun. We were blessed with the weather on that day. Lisnagra Woods is near the village of Muff in Donegal, very close to the border witth Derry. There are plenty of open spaces and all sorts of colours depending on the time of the year. Here are some images of Lety. At Gerard Gormley Photography I strive for the best photos possible. Please feel to contact me for any photographing needs. You can also follow my work on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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D Cooley Jewellers

I got asked to take some images for D Cooley Jewellers from Shipquay Street in Derry City Centre. They are a long established jewellers and as well as being local, they are a family run business. You will find a large selection of jewellery for all the family needs. They have recently made an area in their shop for couples planning to get engaged – this is a more private area for couples. Many thanks to Brenda and Erin for their help. At Gerard Gormley Photography, I strive for only the very best images. Please feel free to contact me here if I can help you in any way. You can see my work here or also on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Many thanks for looking, Gerard.

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Women in Enterprise Event

The ladies from Women in Enterprise meet regulalry, so they decided to have their December gathering at Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Derry. I was there on behalf of Local Women Magazine. There were not as many as normal as it was so close to Christmas but I can assure you that they had fun. The Women in Enterprise group of ladies meet regularly. At Gerard Gormley Photography I always strive to get the best images possible. Feel free to contact me anytime for any photograpahy needs. You can follow me on Instagram at Gerard Gormley Photography. You can also follow me on Facebook at Gerard Gormley Photography 

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New and Updated Website

I recently updated my website.  Maybe have a look at see what you think of the new look at Gerard Gormley Photography. The site is now quite different from where i was.  At Gerard Gormley Photography, I strive to get the best images possible.  Feel free to contact me anytime.  Wedding dates available now.  Feel free to browse and of course feedback is always appreciated.  Many thanks Gerard.

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Beautifal Day Bridal Shoot

I did a photo shoot for Beautiful Day Bridal College as part of my work with Local Women Magazine. The model for the shoot was Magda who is always great. Hair and make up for the day was done by Laura Downey from The Secret Beauty Den We used the stunning Roe Park Resort for the photo shoot – we had to stay inside as it was just too cold out. At Gerard Gormley Photography, Irish Wedding Photographer, I strive to get the best images possible. I always like to take images in a fun, natural and classic way.  Please feel free to follow me on Facebook at Gerard Gormley Photography and on Instagram also.

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 Special Anniversary at Bishop’s Gate Hotel with the Drayne Family

On 31st March at Bishop’s Gate Hotel I was asked to take some photos by the hotel for the Drayne Family – they were celebrating a special anniversary.  At Gerard Gormley Photography i always try to capture natural, fun and classic images and try to capture memories for all involved.  I was there also for Local Women Magazine so this is also on one of the social pages of a recent issue.  It was a fun night for them so i did not keep the family too long.  Thank you for looking from Gerard Gormley and please feel free to share.  Some fun Derry Photos here.Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry PhotosDerry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos Derry Photos