Northern Ireland has many fantastic wedding venues, from rustic barns, to fabulous 5 star hotels. As a Northern Ireland Wedding Photographer, I get to see quite a lot of them.  However, the Merchant Hotel is Belfast’s finest. The former headquarters of the Ulster Bank (more on that later) has been transformed into the most luxurious hotel in town….you have to just walk on the carpets to know what I mean!

As a wedding venue, it is perfect. Beautiful surroundings, decadent décor, delicious food, and hospitality that is second to none….oh and city chic accommodation to top it all!

Jayne and James both work for the Ulster Bank, they met at work, so given the hotels history; it was a fitting choice of venue for both their ceremony and reception.

Elegance oozed throughout the wedding. Jayne’s wedding dress was simply stunning, the bridesmaids were fabulous and the flower girls were just beautiful. Then there were all the little details, the flowers, the candles lining the staircase, and the beautiful cake. The men were just as dapper in their tailored suits, coordinating well with the girls, all the way down to their buttonholes.

Photographing a wedding in such beautiful surroundings was fantastic; we even got outside to the cobbled streets of Belfast’s cathedral quarter. Here’s a little snapshot of the day.

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(Special thanks to Lynn Stanfield, who was my great second shooter)

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