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It took just one photo from this shoot for me to email the lovely Brideen as quick as I possibly could to ask if I could show it on the blog. It is the coolest thing ever!!

You can’t help but smile and feel happy when you see the whole day unfold because Kerri-Anne and Cathal are clearly making each other crack up laughing throughout, are so easy and relaxed in each other’s company, and they’re blatantly head over heels in love and perfect together.

Let’s take a journey through disco, graffiti, dancing and love…

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

 

The Meeting 

It was 2006, we were both students, and I didn’t think I would meet my future husband while he and his mates were watching the World Cup, sitting on a sofa in their driveway, but life has a funny way of surprising you! We kept meeting each other while out with mutual friends, Italy won the World Cup, and the rest is history!

 

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

 

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Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

 

The Proposal

Cathal got down on one knee on a little bridge at the foot of the Mourne mountains. He was terrified, even though we we’re already expecting our son Daniel and had already agreed to get married! It was a lovely spot in Newcastle and although it may not have been a huge surprise or overly romantic in comparison to some stories, it was perfect just for us.

 

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

 

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Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

 

We had an engagement shoot because…

We’re both laidback and don’t really take ourselves too seriously, so we thought that we wouldn’t be able to pull off the necessary posing that we thought was required for the big day. But, in the end it turned out we only had to be ourselves! Our photographers Brideen and Deci were so fantastic and put us at ease, and we all ended up just having a laugh, and Brideen and Deci made it all look so good!

 

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

 

We chose the venue because…

Again, we’re both quite easygoing, so going to the beach or a woodland wouldn’t really have brought out our personalities. The Hudson Bar in Belfast has great décor, character and lighting, and holds fond memories for us, and when we manage to get a babysitter for our little boy Daniel, we end up hanging out there, having a bite to eat and a good laugh. We sometimes bring Daniel, too. He’s a popular little fella in there, and he loves to get up and dance when there’s some music on the go. He’ll turn two a week before we’re married. We also organise the annual Christmassy Father Ted charity pub quiz there every year, so we feel comfortable there!

 

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

Engagement shoot The Hudson Bar Belfast

 

Roll Credits
Photography – Photography by Brideen
Venue – Hudson Bar, Belfast

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