Category archives: Wedding venue guides

HUGH MCCANS – NEWCASTLE

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I have shot many weddings now at Hugh McCans and the affordability and location can’t be beaten! Newcastle is my favourite place in Northern Ireland and the first glimpse of the mountains on the drive down gives me goosebumps every time!

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Hugh McCans - Newcastle

Set at the bottom of the Sleeve Donnard Mountain, one of Hugh McCans main selling points is the beautiful views and location. Accompanying the views is their cozy guest house next door, the Little Haven, which is perfect for staying over at before and after your wedding day giving you plenty of time to get ready in the morning and not far to travel back after an exciting day of partying and celebration!

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Hugh McCans - Newcastle

The staff are friendly and every wedding I have shot there has run very smoothly and is always beautifully decorated for each wedding. They are licensed to hold ceremonies either indoors or at their secret garden with use of their outdoor cocktail bar and BBQ facilities. The building its self is over 200 years old and has been lovingly restored to its original rustic charm. My favourite feature of this venue is the balcony overlooking the mountains. Shots of you and your guests having fun have never looked so beautiful!

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Hugh McCans - Newcastle

You are spoiled taking your wedding photographs in Newcastle. The closeness of the beach is great for wedding party group shots and couple shots with the mountains behind. The arcades and the fair ground rides provide fun and diverse scenery and there are a few spots easily accessible to  drive into the mountains if you are feeling adventurous enough to head up the Mournes!

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Hugh McCans - Newcastle

Hugh McCans - Newcastle

Hugh McCans - Newcastle

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Over all Newcastle is hard to beat for your wedding with it’s amazing scenery and diversity of location and photographic options. If you love nature and scenic views Hugh McCans might just be the perfect place for your wedding.

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Hugh McCans - Newcastle

You can check out more of Sarah and Barry’s wedding here or check out Hugh McCans  here.

Belfast City Centre

If you love urban environments, getting married in the heart of Belfast can be a great idea! The iconic sights, colourful murals, amazing food and exciting venues make Belfast such a great option.

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Belfast City Centre

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The ceremony

Everything in a wedding is personal preference but the most popular venue for the ceremony is Belfast city hall. It’s stain glass windows and big staircase make for some beautiful architecture. The ceremony won’t last long giving you more time for partying!

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Other options are a church close by or having your ceremony at one of Belfast’s amazing venues. Here’s just a few venues that offer space for your ceremony:
Merchant Hotel, Ten Square Hotel, Malone Lodge, S.S. Nomadic Boat, Titanic Building,  Ulster Museum, Ulster Hall, Queens University, Belfast Barge and many more.

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Belfast City Centre

S.S Nomadic

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Photographs

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Belfast offers some really amazing spots for your wedding photographs. Having shot many weddings and engagement shoots in the city I have discovered some of the best and most unique places, from rooftops to alleyways and local street art, Belfast will show of the culture it’s most famous for in your wedding photos. 

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Belfast City Centre

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Reception venues

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Belfast is well known for its food and culture and its venues are no strangers to carrying on this mantle! From michelin star restaurants to 5 star hotels there is something to suit everyone. Here are some great places to hold your reception:
Deans at Queens, James Street South, Oh Yeah Music Centre, Malmason, Carbaret Supper Club, The Appartment, The Barking Dog, The MAC and many more, including all of the above ceremony venues.

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Belfast City Centre

Oh Yeah Music Centre reception

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To see more of Matt & Michelle’s Wedding at the Oh Yeah centre click here, and to see more of Sarah and Ben’s wedding at The Malmason Hotel you can click here.