Deirdre & David / Lough Eske Castle Hotel by This Modern Love

Deirdre & David’s Wedding at Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Very excited to share Deirdre and David’s beautiful wedding at Lough Eske Castle Hotel in Donegal. Deirdre blogged her wedding journey on the Promise, starting with their engagement. And we loved following the twists and turns along the way - including a slight panic around a broken thumb in a cast! Their wedding was featured on the Promise as well.

Huge thanks to Deirdre and David for allowing us backstage to help tell their story…

Karen & Jeff / Wedding at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast by This Modern Love

Merchant Hotel Wedding - Karen & Jeff

We love nothing more than a Belfast wedding. These are just a few snaps from Karen and Jeff's November wedding at the Merchant Hotel. All portraits - which is unusual for our documentary selves. But we were looking through their gallery this week and they just jumped out at us. Sometimes you want clifftops for a portrait. But sometimes a carpark can be even better...

2018 / Shadows & Light by This Modern Love

2018 / Shadows & Light

2018 has been a strange year all over the world. These weddings have been a tonic, and we’ve held them close to our hearts.

Genuinely appreciating the love, kindness and sense of community that weddings bring into people's lives. The buzzy sense of anticipation around each day. Families and friends moving heaven and earth to be in the same place, at the same time, to celebrate the people they love. It's good for the soul. And we still never take these invitations for granted. 

Creatively it's been a great year. I (Tim) joined a busy collective of artists in Belfast - Vault Studios - and have been painting away in the spaces between weddings. This always ends up feeding into the photography somehow. It stops my brain from falling into visual habits, keeps me trying to see images in a different way. I've also loved being part of This is Reportage, a documentary photographers’ collective, whose genius members keep me on my toes, always striving to be better. 

Often in these end of year reviews, we've talked about the roller-coaster - tiny kids, building a house, constant travelling. But you know what we also did this year? We slowed down. Planted a garden and some apple trees. Whiled days away in the park. Attempted to sew (ok, glue) Halloween costumes. We've been breathing again

Couples of 2018, you've brought a lot of joy into the world this year. You've been the best craic, beyond kind, and have introduced us to gold boots, which are officially the way forward. Thank you one and all.