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Buckle up, love pioneers! 

Listen up, you seekers of love’s elusive truth! Congratulations on embarking upon the wild odyssey of marriage! I’m Chris, your Belfast-based wedding raconteur, globe-trotting to capture those mind-bending cinematic love tales. If you’ve stumbled onto this strange corner of the internet, odds are you’re steering clear of the mundane wedding circus rigmarole. Well, my kindred spirits, you’re in for a ride – I’m not your average photographer. Whether your plans involve a grand spectacle or an offbeat cliffside rendezvous, I’m here to document the genuine, unfiltered moments that’ll define your narrative.

No cookie-cutter poses, just genuine madness and a sprinkle of celluloid sorcery 🎞️ Let’s transcend the ordinary, summon the creative spirits, and craft a wedding saga that’ll leave everyone utterly bewildered. 

Ready to plunge into the abyss of creative chaos?

Shoot me a line, and let’s kick off this wild wedding journey!


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You want to remember your wedding for exactly how it felt.

You want to actually spend the time on the day having the craic with all of those people you love rather than being whisked off for what feels like an eternity by the creep with the camera. That’s where I come in. 

No endless list of posed shots, not this wedding photographer 

Just the unadulterated record, the raw symphony of emotions in all its beautifully imperfect splendor. Captured through a lens that embraces the natural, revels in the fun, and dances with experimentation.

No tedious shot lists here, just the unspoken pact between two souls madly in love, enveloped by their cherished entourage (the kind who aren’t shy to bust a move or two!) and share a collective understanding of what truly matters.

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Sure, I’ll snag shots of the usual suspects – the flowers, the dress, and all that jazz. Yet, let’s be real, those won’t be the frames you’ll endlessly revisit in five, ten, or thirty years.

I’m after something deeper, something that screams uniquely YOU. Those moments you blinked and missed amid the whirlwind of beauty. Images infused with heart and humour. Timeless portraits that etch your essence. That’s the magic I’m here for, and that’s why I’m head over heels for what I do.

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Ninety percent of the day unfolds as if I’m a mere fly on the wall, capturing the genuine chaos and beauty of the moment. The other ten percent? That’s reserved for those portraits and obligatory family snapshots, because capturing you both in all your glory, in those fleeting moments, is essential.

Enough chatter from me, dive into the splendid tales below. And if you’re not opposed to a bit of ginger in your life, drop me a line!

No tired formulas here. Each wedding, each love story, is a unique saga. Every moment—be it unexpected, loud, tender, quiet, chaotic, or downright bizarre—deserves its moment in the spotlight. I personally tend to each image, crafting photos that withstand the relentless march of time.

Chris


NOW BOOKING 2025 WEDDINGS

I only take on a limited number of weddings each year in order to work closely with all our couples (also because locking myself away in the editing cave for 12 hours a day would be bad for the vitamin D stores and my own marriage!)


 

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A truly lovely soul & talented artist. I wish I could add another 5 Stars onto this review but I’m afraid even 10 wouldn’t do Chris justice. This guys talent is boundless, when we booked our wedding venue last year he was the 1st person we called because nobody captures a moment quite like him. Our wedding pictures absolutely blew us away, he captured all the small little details so perfectly and seemed to be able to harness the whole energy of the day in the most staggeringly beautiful and creative images.

If you’re looking for a completely unobtrusive photographer to document your day in a way that’s totally unique then look no further. He seems to be able to find the beauty in absolutely everything. Aside from his incredible work Chris is also a complete gentleman, he had us relaxed and smiling from morning to night and all our guest fell in love with him.

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Sarah + Conor, Old Court Chapel

We love Chris! And were so blown away with our photos... honestly couldn't have asked for more.

He snapped so many beautiful details from our wedding, and we have photos of our loved ones which we will cherish forever. He's got an amazing eye and you won't be disappointed with the magic he will capture. He's also a very lovely fella and was a pleasure to speak to in the run up to the wedding (which was obviously a lot with Covid and lots of shifting plans).

Our guests thought he was charming, and my Bridesmaids said what a huge emotional support he was on the day! What more could you possibly ask for?! We will miss chatting to him! Would re-book him in a heartbeat. Thanks so much Chris.

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Sophie + Pete, Nancarrow Farm - Cornwall

We honestly can’t describe how hard we found it to begin writing this review. It is pretty much impossible to capture Chris’ talent in words. Chris is possibly the most passionate and talented person we know, this man is an expert in his trade! We had Chris at our wedding in Italy this year and it was probably the best decision we made in the whole planning process.

Not being a camera loving couple, we were honestly dreading the portrait session but Chris is so chilled and genuinely cool that it ended up being one of our favourite parts of the whole day! He is so unobtrusive in his approach that you barely even notice he is there half of the time but the incredible details he manages to pick out are phenomenal and he is so genuine and fun-loving that you are bound to have a good time while creating them!

We're quite frankly blown away. The images Chris manages to create are incredible and we have lost count of the amount of comments people have made about how they are the best wedding photos they have ever seen!

Chris really captures the spirit of the day in a way which is difficult to put into words. In addition, Chris has a unique energy which he brings to the whole process; the excitement he creates in the build up to your samples will have you reliving your wedding day all over again…in fact the only issue we have experienced is the fact that we don’t have enough wall space in our house to display his fantastic work!

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Emma + Johnny, Il Borgo, Rome

C- I’ll never be able to put onto words how appreciative I am to Chris for everything: his incredible eye for capturing the moments that matter, his contagious calm demeanour, his endless kindness (and coolness!!!) and for giving us both the gift of beautiful photos we’ll love for forever. I feel so fortunate our paths crossed in the first place. THANK YOU

N- His shots speak more than my words, but I’ll give it a lash. Chris is one of the good ones in life. Incredibly genuine, decent and completely invested in his work. He has an eye for perfectly capturing a moment that allows you relive it through his photos. Can’t speak highly enough of him and his work.

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Ciara + Niall, Rathsallagh House

Chris has been absolutely incredible to work with from start to finish; we have nothing but love and good things to say about him and his work. He was so accommodating from the start, answering all our questions and giving us advice as we were planning our wedding in Ireland abroad from Canada. Chris was incredibly personable, like we were just hangin' out with an old friend and made us feel super comfortable and relaxed the entire day - even when he had to calm down a local farmer who was giving us an earful the day of the wedding! He is SO talented and captured our day and all the little moments perfectly, and also delivered our full gallery to us ahead of schedule. We are so thankful to him and will cherish these photos and memories forever!!

Mel + Dustin, Cliffs of Moher elopement

Chris was more than just a photographer for us, he was our knight in shining armour!! Due to a number of factors, and an unfortunate car accident, Chris came to our rescue just 3 weeks before our wedding day. They say everything happens for a reason, Chris – I think you were our reason!! We couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful wedding album, or a nicer person to have with us on the day.

Your relaxed, positive & professional attitude made us feel completely at ease. You certainly lived up to your ‘moustached fly-on-the-wall’ persona! We never felt like we were being followed, or that we had a camera nearby, yet you managed to capture every moment (and the atmosphere) so beautifully. Chris, thank you so much for being a part of our story and producing what can only be described as the best wedding album ever.

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer who is a great guy, with great skill and the professional charm to make you feel completely at ease on the day then Chris is your man. We cannot recommend him enough.

Forever grateful!!

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Fiona + Donal, Kilshane House

Chris we wouldn’t have anyone else in the world to capture our wedding, you’re a true friend and I am in awe of your work EVERY day! We are so DE-LiGHteD with our incredible photographs, you smashed it!! We’re still giggling at your multi skills in Life Church, making your way through the crowds with a pint of Guinness in one hand and papping that epic dance floor action at the same time! Legend!!

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Elaine + Phil, Belfast City Wedding

Chris is an absolute wizard at photography and an all round super guy. He photographed our wedding in Portugal and did an amazing job. He's a real chill guy who puts you right at ease in front of the camera, just makes it feel like you're hanging out with a good mate and yet he manages to capture all the special moments so beautifully. 10/10 would recommend

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Katy + Ronan, Lisbon Wedding

Chris is a beautiful man and a warm, approachable and importantly, talented photographer. We organised our Irish wedding from Melbourne and randomly found him, inspired by his natural and subtle look.

He is fantastic to work with, really wanting to meet and get a feel for who you are and what you want in the months leading up. We got along famously with him and are continually impressed by his communication, personality and the quality of his care. On the day I, as a no fuss groom, couldn’t have asked for a better (subtle, warm, relaxed but astute) presence. Our family and friends felt exactly the same. Really impressed with his overall work, communication and nature.

We are still in communication with him and are still delighted with the shots he captured on our special day. Couldn’t recommend highly enough. Good bloke, top artist, smooth operator.

Jo + Dave, Australian / Irish wedding

I have worked with Chris on serval occasions and each and every occasion has been more than a photo shoot, Chris comfortably blends professional photographer with fun and friendly, which for new people getting in front of the camera is very important.... we love Chris so much we are flying him to BALI to have him shoot our wedding we believe his take and eye captures what exactly we look for in a photograph. His work moves you even if you’ve no attachment to those within the images the sense of feel is extraordinary.

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Stefan Getty

We booked Chris for our wedding at Harvey’s Point in Donegal in October 2018. We both work in the wedding industry (doing wedding photography and videography) so we wanted a really high standard in our wedding photos. We met Chris for the first time in Rome and filmed a wedding alongside him there and we were impressed by his eye for detail and emotion, his capturing of things that others might miss and his passion for his job. He was the first supplier we booked for our day. We absolutely love the quality of photos he got for us. It’s not just how they look, it’s the feel of them. His images and the way he shoots captured the feeling of the day and how Donegal felt on a foggy October afternoon. As well as magical double exposures, he got so many great shots of family and friends too. We couldn’t be happier and we absolutely love the photos.

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Abby + Matt, Donegal Wedding

Chris was the photographer for our wedding in September 17, and we cannot recommend him highly enough.

Chris came over to London and we did an engagement session with him the year before the wedding. Neither of us are naturals in front of the camera and we would highly recommend this to anyone who may be camera shy! Chris is such a laid back and genuine guy that we couldn't help but feel instantly at ease with him, so walking around London with him getting photographs just felt like taking a walk with a mate.

On the big day itself Chris was a really comforting and calming presence. He mainly just blended into the background of all the excitement and chaos, yet managed to capture all the tiny details. Chris has an ability to capture candid shots as well as making the more posed pictures look very natural. Our more formal portrait sessions were full of laughs and therefore very relaxed, and the photographs he produced were just stunning, we couldn't be happier with them. He is also very collaborative about the different settings for pictures on the day, and will use his experience and creativity to make plenty of suggestions for capturing some really special shots.

We can't thank him enough. Orla and Stephen x

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Orla + Stephen, Muriel's City Wedding

We couldn't have wished for better documentation of the best day of our lives!! Chris is not only a seriously talented photographer but a genuinely lovely person and somehow managed to get the most delightful sneaky shots that captured our day perfectly!

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Lorna + Simon, Muddlers Club

Amazing guy and an amazing photographer. Chris was with us for our wedding in Valley of Fire, Nevada. Our pictures capture the day perfectly, all the small moments and memories. We couldn't have dreamed of better. We will literally treasure our pictures. I wish I could give more than five stars ✨

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Emma + Rahim, Las Vegas elopement

A full five stars and the rest...Chris completely captured our day more than we could ever dream of - above and beyond! These memories will stay with us forever thanks to Chris' incredible work - we can't stop looking at them. Us and our guests didn't even know he was there taking photos but somehow captured every moment. We cannot thank Chris enough for his beautiful picturesand would recommend him to anyone!

Fran + Ollie, Cornwall beach wedding

Chris was first recommend to me by his wife and, as a vegan myself, I was excited to come across a wedding supplier who was also vegan. My then fiancé and I looked him up on instagram and we were blown away by the quality of his work.

We loved the documentary style of his photos and the portraits were so beautiful too. I'm quite awkward in front of a camera usually so I doubted my portraits would look as amazing as those on his instagram but we have been amazed by our photos.

Chris is so down to earth and easy to talk to. Before the wedding we had a phone-call, multiple emails back and forth and one in person meeting. By the time our wedding day came we felt we had known him forever and he put us so much at ease. We were able to have a laugh with him and he was so helpful with other bits and pieces on the day. So many of our guests commented that they didn't even know he was there which was exactly what we wanted.

I still don't know how he was so discreet but got such amazing photos and captured so many special, funny and intimate little moments throughout the day. Chris has such a great eye and unbelievable attention to detail which shines through in all areas of his work. He made us such a beautiful slideshow of photos which brought a joyful tear to my eye and even made us a spotify playlist to listen to while we flicked through our full high resolution digital album. I would definitely recommend Chris to anyone looking for a wedding photographer who wants to feel relaxed and confident on their wedding day.

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Amber + Sean, Portrush Town Hall

When I found Chris online I knew he was going to be the guy for our wedding day. He was the first photographer & ONLY photographer we met up with. From that first meeting Chris makes you feel like a close friend and straight away you feel comfortable with him. During the process & build up to the wedding he was so helpful with ideas for locations, & other wedding stuff. Then came the wedding day I was already calm but Chris just makes you feel more relaxed & always made sure I had a whiskey at hand. But also you don’t even know he’s there he’s like this photography ninja that snaps the most perfect flawless images. Honestly I cry every time I look at our wedding photos they are perfect. Chris thank you again. And for anyone thinking about booking Chris for an event or wedding, don’t think DO IT ! Love ya Chris, Nicole & Matt x

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Nicole + Matt, The Belfast Empire

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Why we'll get along?

1. You value stories over things. The wedding details + portraits are great, but as your wedding photographer - I value the time you spend with those you love above all else. I want to capture all the realness. No contrived images or series of posed shots. Just the raw emotions of your day through natural, honest & creative imagery.

2. You’re not afraid of risks. Whether that means taking a risk in your fashion choices, your venue, eloping in the middle of nowhere, or just open to creative direction of your wedding photography. Some rules are just meant to be broken.

3. You are free-spirited and trusting. You are always up for an adventure, you aren't afraid to get the party started and you don't hold back on showing your emotions. Oh, and it doesn't hurt if you're an animal lover!