Botanical Gardens Wedding Couple Portrait Session at the Glasshouse as Groom has umbrella over bride in rain
Using an umbrella to shield his new bride from the afternoon drizzle, Nathan and Hélène pose for a portrait outside of the Victorian-era Palm House at Belfast Botanical Gardens.
Hélène and Nathan's elopement was intimate and beautiful. They began the day with breakfast at home, shared with their two friends who were acting as witnesses. When they were ready to go, and with the rain pouring down outside, they took separate taxis to City Hall to get married.
Now, my main concern as a couple's wedding photographer is to document their celebration as candidly and naturally as I can. I want to be there for them at any given moment, and record a pictorial narrative that will always take them back to the day. It was a shock then at Hélène and Nathan's elopement to be excluded from the ceremony at the last minute due to Covid restrictions. Only their two witnesses and the registrar were allowed to be present for their ceremony at Belfast City Hall. This news came as a shock to Hélène and Nathan as well, and there was no time to adapt. It was just a measure of how far the pandemic was reshaping everyone's wedding plans at the time.
Thankfully, once they came out, we were able to continue shooting, and we took a little time to get some portraits before they had some lunch. I loved my time shooting with Hélène and Nathan, and felt fortunate to be there with them when the rest of their family and friends were still waiting to find out that they had been married.
Their wedding day began as if it were any other day. Nathan and his friend, who was to serve as one of the witnesses during the ceremony, sip coffee at the couple's home before the preparations began in earnest.
Sipping champagne, Hélène and Nathan enjoyed a simple breakfast meal with their two closest friends before the ceremony. It was an opportunity for them to connect with one another and share a few laughs before the excitement of the day.
The bride and groom embrace before Nathan departed in a taxi for the ceremony location, the Belfast City Hall.
After Nathan left for the ceremony, Hélène put the finishing touches on her bridal look.
As the rain pours down in the heart of Belfast, the bride shields herself using an umbrella as well as her bridal bouquet.
Hélène and Nathan were able to take their first steps as husband and wife in one of the most ornate and elegant buildings in Belfast. Belfast City Hall was built in the late 19th century, and its elegant design reflects the ideals of the Victorian era.
Belfast, UK, Queens University Victorian Glasshouse Wedding portrait of newlyweds at Botanic Gardens
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds took a stroll through the Botanic Gardens, one of the most iconic public gardens in Belfast. Upon seeing Palm House, they knew it was the perfect backdrop for their simple, sweet and romantic wedding portraits. Palm House was constructed in 1840, and has long been considered the most prominent spot in the gardens.
Pocket Cafe, Belfast Restaurant Venue Picture of bride with husband and two closest friends having Champagne
Donning a cozy sweater over her bridal gown in order to fight off the chill of the damp day, Hélène is entirely relaxed as she shares a bottle of champagne with her new husband and two closest friends at the Pocket Coffee Shop in Belfast. Found in the city centre in the Flat Iron Building, Upper Church Lane, the restaurant serves high-quality food, and great coffee in a chilled atmosphere.