Today I have a lovely Belfast pre wedding shoot to share, courtesy of Astrid Murray
I adore Kirsty's vintage dress in these images and to think she nearly got rid of it!
A pre wedding shoot is a fab idea if you're planning a small wedding on a shoestring, especially if you're planning to tie the knot n a weekday as busy photographers often won't offer these smaller options for Saturdays when they know they can book in a full package.
Over to Astrid & Kirsty our beautiful vintage clad bride...
"I was hired to do a pre-ceremony shoot so that Kirsty and Michal could get some nice relaxed photographs and it was so much fun.
Here are some of the (thrifty) details that I got Kirsty to put in her own words:
Food & Flowers"Michal and I planned the whole day ourselves because we knew how we wanted our day to look. We both have very busy schedules and we didn't want to focus too much on what was ultimately only one day. So we organised things when we had some spare time. And we organised it all in 6 months!
We got loads of support and help from our friends in our congregation though. Our polish friends cooked all the food (for 120 people!), other friends of ours made all the cakes and some also served the food for our guests at the meal. Without our friends this wedding would not have been possible. Our whole wedding was DIY. My mum and sister made all the decorations for the reception - pompoms and bunting, they spent hours and I was so happy with how everything looked. My mum also collected all the hydrangea flowers out of their garden and dried them all in the months before the wedding. They collected jam jars and my dad spray painted them. They looked so pretty on the tables with the hydrangeas in. Another friend of mine, Julie, did the flowers. She does a lot of wedding flowers. I was amazed with them, they were unbelievably beautiful and my bouquet smelled gorgeous because of the lavender in it. I would not have changed anything.
The DressI bought my dress about 10 years ago in a vintage clothing store in Belfast. It was £18 but because there was a few stains on it i got it for £13. It was sitting in my cupboard for all those years but honestly i thought i would never get an opportunity to wear it and nearly got rid if it a few times! Thankfully with the help of my friend, Elice, we were able to hide the stains and she also did a great job with some alterations.
Groom's outfitWe bought Michal's suit in a local shopping centre. It was on sale so we were even happier! It as £60. We got the shirt in Debenham's for £11 and his tie was from primark for £4, it was the perfect pattern and colour! Michal had shoes already, they were from Rylko and he paid £20 for them in Poland I think if there is one thing our wedding proves it is that you don't need to spend a lot of money to have a truly great day. Bridal shops and fairs tell you that you NEED that chair cover or that wedding car in order to have a perfect day, you don't! Our day was not perfect (that's impossible!) But it was very very happy because we had our priorities right and we made other people happy, and that made us really happy! Also we organised it all within 6 months, so I would say keep it simple, have a budget and don't go over it and don't stress!
Its the rest of your lives that is the important part, not one day."
Thanks to Astrid and Kirsty for sharing gorgeous images and inspiring words today
Reception: Belmont Bowling Club, Belmont Park, Belfast.
Wedding dress: Rusty Zip, Belfast.
Bridesmaids dress fabric: Craftswoman Fabrics, Carrickfergus.
Flowers by Julie, tel: 07825 146 003.
Photography: Photography By Astrid.