Family time = play time

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Family time = play time

Out & about in the midlands...

Could life be any lighter? Playing in green fields, running from cows in your back garden... climbing over trees and rocks. When were you last a fairy or superhero?

Go and pick your favourite dress or suit, put on your yellow wellies & go play outside in the fields, the playground of nature!

I had a truly beautiful day out with Theodore & Addison and their parents. A dedicated family shoot to tell a childhood story in their home.

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Pre-Wedding wander in France...

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Pre-Wedding wander in France...

Yesterday I arrived in the sunny country side of Montréal in the south of France. The place I am staying in is absolutely stunning! It's a huge country house, which John (a creative soul from the UK) & Florence (event organiser from the south of France) have made their home - well, though it's time to move on for the two & the place is up for sale! If I could - I would!! It's on the hidden list - so message if you are interested in a new venture!

(Commission via an agent is rather high - so here's your opportunity!)

I'll get photos of the farm house up on Monday for you - let's start with the nearest town!

Last year I spent time before the wedding to drive through the country side here in Condom (between Bordeaux & Toulouse). This year I decided to visit the Saturday market in Nérac.

Trying to resit to buy all the beautiful fashion - which was extremely hard... I bought a set of curtains for our DIY cottage renovation project. I know - we're far from hanging up curtains, but my parents are going to visit us in Ireland in 2 weeks and hey... fake it till you make it!

So my first stall at the market (after having a only glimpse at all the fashion but at least buying a reasonable set of sun glasses) was beer. I am researching, right!

Say hello to "Freddy" from Austria. Oh, I forgot, everyone at the market was extremely shy so no photos of faces. Though be assured they are all very beautiful people! And so friendly too! I still want to move here for a season...or two! Freddy moved in 1996 and no brews & drinks - well and sells his own beer. He used to live in Bavaria and when relocating to France he said "They either sell a good beer here or I move back to Bavaria!" (please add a Bavarian-Austrian dialect). So he started brewing his own brand.

Trying to only take photographs and not spending more money, I thought it wouldn't be quite fair if I couldn't at least tell you how the beer tastes & what flavour those "Cannelis" {image below} have. So I bought 1 beer & 4 cannelis.

The Cannelis are gone.

They were delicious with a cup of coffee - would got with Barry's tea too! Recipe below.

I'll translate for you Monday! I only want to write this up quick and then go to lie at the poll - why wouldn't I :)

Préparation

  1. Mettre le lait dans une casserole et le porter à ébullition. Pendant ce temps, mélanger la farine avec les jaunes d'œufs, le sel et le beurre fondu. Ajouter le lait une fois refroidi. 
  2. Laisser ce mélange reposer pendant 24 h.
  3. Le lendemain, homogénéiser la pâte et y verser le pastis.
  4. Beurrer les moules à cannelés et remplir de pâte. Terminer en ajoutant un peu de cumin dans chacun des petits moules. 
  5. Enfourner pendant environ 1/2 h dans un four préchauffé à 220 °C.


Link to recipe  

When chatting to the cheese lad, I really didn't quite know anything to say - other that "C'est très grand!" "That's huge!" So I figured I best buy a variety of cheeses - again "research"!

I'll have them tonight with a lot of peaches (I only wanted 1 but the peach lady put 6 in my bag - I am not so sure about eating 6 peaches.)

At the mushroom stall I had a serendipity moment! You know the way "when the world brings it all together".

I told you earlier that this beautiful country house, that accommodates up to 15 people is for sale - but on the hidden list. Anyway... I started chatting with the mushroom lady - who is also very beautiful but didn't like to be photographed (she was happy for me to put up a blurry photo of her)...

..., when UK Zoe turned around to ask me "Do I know you?" UK Zoe came to visit Nérac with her mum to buy a property. So rather than asking what budget she had in mind (I thought that would have been a bit too direct)... I asked her how many bedrooms she had in mind (now writing it down I think it's still too direct - but also too late). Zoe said she'd be looking for space for 15 people.

Told you - serendipity! So I truly hope Zoe will get in touch again as I absolutely loved her idea! She is looking to open a place for Yoga & Art! Hello! I will be visiting again so!

At this point I stopped talking to anyone as my arm started to hurt from the heavy curtains (and remember at this stage I carry my camera, cheese, 5 peaches & a bottle of beer in the other hand) - just thinking how I will get the curtains back to Ireland. I don't worry too much about the food and drink - that will long be gone before I return Tuesday.

Later, Patricia, wedding planner from Country weddings in Gascony, kindly offered if I was looking for more curtains she could ship them over to Ireland - yes you can Patricia :) 8EUR for cotton curtains - you don't get those any cheaper (they are also very beautiful.) 

Well I hope you enjoyed a little write up from my day here in France :) I got myself a book last week, and whenever I get myself a book I feel like writing.

xx

(when I watch a theatre play I feel like becoming an actress...I think you get what I mean)

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A Wedding-ly day in Birr County Offaly.

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A Wedding-ly day in Birr County Offaly.

Now could you imagine getting married in an 18th century dream venue - with a beautiful layout - and your own decoration?

I can.

As promised I visited a new wedding venue for you - a beautifully renovated manor just 30 minutes from Athlone.

Gloster House is situated in the midlands, half way between Birr & Roscrea.

It’s not their first project. Having renovated a small cottage back in 1980, Tom & Mary Alexander have gradually worked towards increasingly complex buildings and started renovating Gloster house 16 years ago.

I am delighted to say that they opened their doors for weddings just recently – it’s a stunning venue!

Tom mentioned that the house has been extended by a wing on one side in the 19th century – but as this would have taken away from the manor’s original charm the extension has been taken down during the renovation process to shape it back into its natural design. Click here if you want to learn more about Gloster House history, which dates back to 1639.

Stay over night if you want to feel like a princess. 6 bedrooms in total are available to cater for 12 people. 

Stay over night if you want to feel like a princess. 6 bedrooms in total are available to cater for 12 people. 

 
photography & editing: Nicolette Spelic Photography

photography & editing: Nicolette Spelic Photography

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From Ballyleague to the Abbey hotel!

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From Ballyleague to the Abbey hotel!

Loved, loved, loved yesterday's confirmation shoot!

Look at those sun rays! We have been "promised" rain and thank god we've been disappointed and had a beautiful sunny confirmation shoot - all through the day!

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Today in the boutique...

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Today in the boutique...

If you met with me before you know I have a thing for DIY, handmade craft - and pretty stuff.

Today was super exciting!

Handcrafted Wedding Book "made in Italy"

Handcrafted Wedding Book "made in Italy"

Handcrafted Wooden Designs "made in the midlands"

Handcrafted Wooden Designs "made in the midlands"

About 2 years ago I came across two pretty stunning handmade businesses. One local - one "Made in Italy".

woven cover - colour: lime (a variety of colours available)

woven cover - colour: lime (a variety of colours available)

And today - finally! I am able to share both with you! One which you don't want to miss in your home...

...and the other you want to have a closer look at for your wedding album.

Where to start?

Let's go local first!

I'd love to see this on the living room shelf :)

Adorable little key rings - who doesn't love a pinguin!

Adorable little key rings - who doesn't love a pinguin!

Super cute present for someone you want to give your heart!

Super cute present for someone you want to give your heart!

Friendship hearts!! I think my bf's mum deserves one of those!

Friendship hearts!! I think my bf's mum deserves one of those!

I am looking to do a styled shoot - these would be amazing on the head table at a wedding!

I am looking to do a styled shoot - these would be amazing on the head table at a wedding!

I hope you enjoyed the hand crafted collection! Get in touch if you like to hear about further ideas about designs, names, your favourite pet maybe :)... 

I will make myself a list of handcrafted designs to get for our little cottage - can't wait to decorate!

...Off to Italy!

As you know I love documentary style & natural, "un-posed" photography most! From strong colours, to soft light, and a mix between blurry and focused.

And finally I found an incredible wedding book that's just too perfect to be true!

They come in all different materials, from metallic to woven, cork to leather & colours any bride dreams of from lime to turquoise, pink,... and many more!

I know my bespoke couples will L.O.V.E. those wedding albums! I do :)

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The Urban Midlands...

I meant to get a backdrop.

...and I will. But for now - I adore natural and especially urban style photography. And what better day for it than on a communion of two adorable kids!

A huge THANK YOU to Cooneys Hotel in Ballymahon for giving us the key to their super cool upstairs room for photographs - it made our photoshoot in town complete :)

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Urban - Coffee, Yoga & a revived warehouse

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Urban - Coffee, Yoga & a revived warehouse

D7 - Urban Yoga

D7 - Urban Yoga

Alexa - Yoga Teacher & Owner @urbanyogadublin

The Studio - D7

Bang Bang D7 - a must visit & lovely treat after yoga classes.

Bang Bang D7 - a must visit & lovely treat after yoga classes.

Urban Yoga Dublin - available in the Studio in D7

Urban Yoga Dublin - available in the Studio in D7

In a comfortable - & relaxing environment with a modern & urban warehouse feel

A treat after winding down.

A treat after winding down.

 
 
Photographer & Editor: nicolette spelic

Photographer & Editor:

nicolette spelic

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Oh who doesn't love those shoes??

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Oh who doesn't love those shoes??

As all good things come in threes, after "heavenly cakes" and "Pretty bloom" I thought I help you with shoes - from modern to classic ... to "spiky"!

Did you ever dream of being cinderella? I still do... and I think you can wear those shoes to any occasion,... just to look pretty.

Here's to "Diamonds are a girl's best friend... & shoes"

Glitter, summer - a classic for a indoor winter & outdoor summer wedding.

Three times pretty.

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Heavenly Cakes

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Heavenly Cakes

Sweetness overload.

The more DIY I am doing on our cottage restoration project, the more I see similarities between icing cakes & plastering walls. Not that I was any good in either, but maybe I could ask my better half to put down the trowel and try his skills in the kitchen instead :)

 
 

See those feet? Scroll down for a full picture :) love that cake topping!!

Not into wedding cakes? The 3 in one solution is right up my taste buds!

For a simplistic & sophisticated silhouette cake topping.

Cuteness in a popping pink...

hmmm white chocolate! What a fab idea!

Love, love, love this! A cake topping impression that reminds of holidays!

Heaven!

Patricia from Country Weddings in Gascogne, France and I have built a master-cheese-piece ;) 

A natural white cake - simply beautiful.

Could have been me ;-p

 

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Pretty blooms...

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Pretty blooms...

 

I always wanted to be a gardener!

It's one of those magical events in life. You poke a hole, sow a seed, and pop a plant in most delightful colours comes to life.

I might have missed the part where you have to dry the grass, shovel kilos of soil, dung and nurture, and then pray the seed actually survives the change of weather. And maybe also the design of the gardening - which flower can grow next to which other flower, how to keep unwanted weeds away and all that.

I skipped it so far as to simply taking photos on beautiful wedding days of adorably designed bouquets - and I am happy enough with the result :)

There are plenty of photography opportunities right at your home during the getting ready .

A mix of gentle Gypsophila "baby's breath" to soft pink roses...

...a thorny blue Eyrngium Zabelli maybe?

A beautiful floral composition. Have Jute Yarn in a shed somewhere? A basked for a natural look or maybe try white spray  paint?

I love little jam-glasses. Those are great for flowers and candles too!

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Shoes & flowers in shades of pink.

A soft vintage eggshell wedding dress & popping blue blooms.

Great for winter weddings ... The feathery floral addition. 

In love with this... popping pinks and purples nearly and a white bouquet for the bride!

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Apologies, I don't do "posed"

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Apologies, I don't do "posed"

When you are looking for a creative wedding photographer, you might get more than you bargained for.

Wedding in Gascony - Featured on One Fab Day

Wedding in Gascony - Featured on One Fab Day

There are three elements that I adore when it comes to photography. 

Details

true moments

&

the surprise factor.

I am drawn to emotion, guided by passion & natural light. So if you're looking for a collection of photographs that truly and solely reflect your own unique wedding day,... this might just be the style you were looking for.

Urban Wedding in Dublin - Featured in the Irish Times

Urban Wedding in Dublin - Featured in the Irish Times

I work with natural light and natural techniques I required during years of experience - Below is a composition of natural light with no editing.

Wedding in Dublin - Leixlip Manor House - Featured on One Fab Day 

Wedding in Dublin - Leixlip Manor House - Featured on One Fab Day 

Being subtle in the background - and there when you need me I focus on real moments.

Killashee Hotel - County Kildare,  Ireland

Killashee Hotel - County Kildare,  Ireland

Killashee House - Co. Kildare, Ireland

Killashee House - Co. Kildare, Ireland

To capture what you see... but might not notice. Beauty, stills, emotions.

Passion of life on a blank canvas.

Wedding in France - Featured on One Fab Day - Wedding Planer Patricia from Country weddings in Gascony France

Wedding in France - Featured on One Fab Day - Wedding Planer Patricia from Country weddings in Gascony France

A moment within the trees.

Structure of nature from soft silk to rustic wood.

A female breath and nervously biting lips = love 

Wedding in France - Featured on One Fab Day

Wedding in France - Featured on One Fab Day

A kiss with a blessing.

Dance as if no-one watches you.

It doesn't always have to be the obvious. But we know where we are. 

Lough Rynn Castle - County Leitrim 

Lough Rynn Castle - County Leitrim 

Trees create a beautiful frame for a ceremony photograph.

Sun kissed - literally - my signature photograph. Purely natural - not edited.

Wedding in Gascony France - Featured on One Fab Day - Wedding Planer Patricia from Country weddings in Gascony France

Wedding in Gascony France - Featured on One Fab Day - Wedding Planer Patricia from Country weddings in Gascony France

Here's looking at you kid - I climb on chairs, tables and benches to get the photo that you will love most.

Royal Hospital Kilmainham - County Dublin

Royal Hospital Kilmainham - County Dublin

Leixlip Manor - County Kildare

Leixlip Manor - County Kildare

Mel's Cathedral - County Longford

Mel's Cathedral - County Longford

Kilashee House Hotel - County Kildare

Kilashee House Hotel - County Kildare

Lough Ree - Mullingar Park Hotel

Lough Ree - Mullingar Park Hotel

UK - Hindu Temple

UK - Hindu Temple

Wedding Planer Patricia from Country weddings in Gascony France

Wedding Planer Patricia from Country weddings in Gascony France

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Frequently asked Questions...

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Frequently asked Questions...

1. Can we bring our dog?

2. Is it ok to use sparklers in our group shoot?

3. I would be to nervous for photos during the getting ready - without make up and all...

4. Should we select the photographs for our wedding book or will you make a selection?

5. Do you work with a 2nd photographer?

6. We aren't great in posing for photos, is that a problem?

7. Can we meet the day before the wedding just to calm our nerves?

8. We would love to meet in person but are living abroad.

9. The house will be extremely busy on the day could we take images of details (dress, rings, shoes) on a different day and even a different location we had in mind?

10. We love the candid/natural style, but would you mind taking "posed" group photos for my grandparents? 

 

11. Where are you based?

1. Can we bring our dog?

 

Of course! I make sure to bring accessories for the shoot, so please do let me know if you are bringing your dog in advance.

Now there are actually two ways to go about this. If your wedding venue is dog friendly there won't be a huge issue. If the venue does not permit to bring your best friend I can either take photographs at your home prior to your wedding, alternatively I can recommend a fab dog service which is available nationwide in Ireland and offers bespoke packages so your family pet can be part of your big day!

2. Is it ok to use sparklers in our group shoot?

It is - but please with care. Those romantic images with sparklers are quite pretty. While it is important for the photographic effect, that the group of people holding sparklers gets together really closely - it's just as important to mind the sparks to avoid accidents! 

3. I would be too nervous for photos during the getting ready - without make up and all...

The getting ready is a great way to get used to the photography and relaxing into having your photographer around. But also enables me to take those pretty details shots of your dress, shoes and rings you don't want to miss in your wedding book.

 

 

During the getting ready I would also take images of the venue and some details of the environment that help complete the story of your wedding book. There is no need to be nervous :) Images of make up will be taken in bright light which creates a beautiful & romantic glow.

4. Will you choose images for the book or will we choose our own images?

Here's a tricky one... or not really actually.

If you choose images yourself it's recommended to have a choice of 60 - 100 images (...or more if you are going for additional pages). Write down the image ID and email me the list. The tricky part really is to make a choice. 

So,... why not let me take over that part for you? Usually my couples lay their trust into my hands and let me do the hard work. As I shoot with all my heart I get a feel for how to re-tell your story naturally in a documentary style - from the getting ready through to the reception, intimate couple photos up to the first dance... I'll make sure to tell your story beautifully. Plus, I usually complete wedding books within 6-8 weeks after your wedding day.

5. Do you shoot with a 2nd photographer?

During a wedding it is important for me to keep a relaxed and natural atmosphere. I am seeking to photograph real emotions and connections and therefore appreciate to keep the wedding free from too many clicks and snaps & too much use of flash photography. During the getting ready I travel to both locations of either partner. I have a questionnaire included where you can share your timeframe with me. In case the Getting ready of either partner is outside my reach, I am happy to send a second photographer to one of the getting ready locations. During the day I shoot with two professional cameras and have plenty of cards to safe a large collection of images - I won't run out of space. 

6. We aren't great in posing will that be a problem?

That's no problem at all - quite the opposite. I have a selection of lenses for different situations. The zoom lens helps me to take photographs from a distance and not to interrupt emotions, connections and to get a collection of images that make you wonder "when did she take that photo??"

 

 

7. Can we meet the day before the wedding just to calm our nerves?

I limit my weddings to one per weekend to be able to accommodate around individual wishes of my couples. For weddings abroad I include a meet-up the day prior to your wedding. Feel free to use this opportunity to book an engagement shoot the day before your wedding - might as well, while we're there. For weddings in Ireland please get in touch in time so we can arrange travel & accommodation and if you like you can book your pre-wedding shoot to calm those nerves, or simply meet-up the day before your wedding.

8. We would love to meet in person but are living abroad.

All my destination weddings have one or more Skype chats, or maybe we have met on a previous wedding in France, the UK, Germany or Ireland. Skype chats are a great way to "meet, chat and see" each other. So if you're schedule is either too busy or you're from further afield, let's chat over Skype. If you prefer to meet in person I travel throughout Ireland, let me know and we can arrange a meet-up.

9. The house will be extremely busy on the day could we take images of details (dress, rings, shoes) on a different day and even a different location we had in mind?

 

That's perfectly fine! A pre-wedding detail shoot can be booked for the dress, rings and shoes anywhere across Ireland. We can include this part of the shoot in your engagement shoot - alternatively if you haven't yet received your dress we can meet a couple of days / weeks before your wedding day - let's make sure it's all booked in for you.

10. We love the candid/natural style, but would you mind taking "posed" group photos for my grand parents? 

While during the wedding day my aim is to capture moments in a documentary style, I always take time with the couple, close family & close friends for some group shots. This is also part of the questionnaire I send when booked, so we make sure nothing is left out. ...and there is always that group photo for everyone to be part of.

 

 

11. Where are you based?

Iam acceptiing enquiries from anywhere in the world. There is no way too far to capture a life event from two in love. I have travelled to France, the UK and Germany so far, while I am based in the beautiful Midlands of Ireland.

 

I always get new exciting enquiries and love to hear from you! So let's chat over Skype or meet over a cup of tea and we make sure we create your personal Wedding story together!

xx

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Getting married in Ireland 2017

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Getting married in Ireland 2017

I am here for nearly 10 years and can tell you, Ireland is a fabulous country to say "yes". Not just because we're finally all equal, but also because of the diversity of it's nature, colours and - the pubs!

The truly beautiful countryside and friendly people -  will make sure you and your loved ones will have a fantastic time!

You might have heard about the 4 seasons in one day - it's not just a myth! If you like rain or not, the change in seasons makes you feel alive - rest assured!

So when getting married in Ireland there are a couple of tips that I'd love to share, and I hope it helps when you book your venue, decide about location and - food! Wedding and Event Photography have taken me to stunning castles like Lough Rynn Castle, urban city chic hotels and the great outdoors, and many more...

Tips for your Wedding Venue in Ireland:

First of all, you'll have a fabulous wedding if you are looking for a beautiful scenery, plenty of nature and pubs with Irish music and a bit of banter!

In case you only got engaged - Congrats :) and while you might have started your wedding planning and you're coming from abroad: "Please give the state 3 months notice of your intention to getting married in Ireland."

There are some very helpful information from the HSE. Have a read through their requirements when it comes to documents, your status e.g. first time marriage, marriage after divorce or civil annulment... well and the fees etc.

There are plenty of hidden gems for your wedding venue. Weather you are looking for a cottage, barn, castle or manor, Ireland is famous for a variety of locations with mind blowing buildings.

1. Lough Rynn Castle

Lough Rynn Castle - Co. Leitrum / Ireland

Lough Rynn Castle - Co. Leitrum / Ireland

Lough Rynn Castle offers a perfect mix for a princess feel and a party atmosphere in style. A real country castle feel is guaranteed when you stay the night before your wedding - you deserve it! From a wedding in the impressive ceremony room with high ceilings, a shiny piano and numerous antiques to fairy-tale gardens there is more on offer when you choosing Lough Rynn Castle as your wedding venue. The extension has a modern twist - just right for your band and evening atmosphere!

Lough Rynn Castle - Co. Leitrum / Ireland

Lough Rynn Castle - Co. Leitrum / Ireland

Lough Rynn Castle - Co. Leitrum / Ireland

Lough Rynn Castle - Co. Leitrum / Ireland

Killashee House Hotel, Co. Kildare / Ireland

Killashee House Hotel, Co. Kildare / Ireland

Killashee House Hotel has stunning Georgian features that make any bride or groom feel like majesty. There is still room to add your own individual decoration to complete a fabulous feel that suits your personal taste and style. The bright ceremony room is absolutely fabulous - from colours to the wooden flooring with many original features. The small room makes a wedding in the manor personal and likewise romantic. The gardens provide great opportunity for photos with breath taking views. For winter weddings make sure to time your private couple shoot to get those bright sun kissed photographs you are looking for!

Killashee House Hotel, Co. Kildare / Ireland

Killashee House Hotel, Co. Kildare / Ireland

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"the" secret place for one of Ireland latest additions to Hipster Festivals. Another Love Story. Fromglamping, Irish music (traditional and modern), fabulous food by The Happy Pear - I have been 3 times and fell in love with the Manor, the people  atmosphere each single time.

...and if you aren't into glamping, there are 8 beds in the house! Newly renovated. What's not to love!

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Kilmainham Royal Hospital

Kilmainham Royal Hospital

If you fancy a location closer to the city, Kilmainham Royal Hospital is only a stone throw from Dublin City Centre - but its gardens make you feel as if you are in the countryside.

Kilmainham Royal Hospital

Kilmainham Royal Hospital

Kilmainham Royal Hospital - Dublin / Ireland

Kilmainham Royal Hospital - Dublin / Ireland

Kilmainham Royal Hospital has been listed in Irelands New Wedding Venues 2015.

5. Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle - Dublin / Ireland

Malahide Castle - Dublin / Ireland

If you always dreamt of a wedding in a castle, near to town & near the sea, Malahide Castle might be your dream location. Beautiful gardens are open for your civil ceremony too!

6. Maryville Tea Rooms:

Treat yourself to tea & coffee in a Victorian Gentleman's Residence which has a yummy selection of finest pastry and coffee and even a stunning B&B.

Up north you find a fabulous Victorian Gentlemen's Residence. ...for all who adore a good cup of tea, pastry and a beautiful interior, I can only recommend the 

Maryville Tea Rooms in Belfast.

As promised, we have loads of adventure too!

As you can tell, Ireland has plenty of water, so in case you haven't got your stag or hen event planned or, if you fancy a slightly different action filled wedding...

Weddings aren't only just for sitting down and chatting with friends. For weddings and hen & stag nights Ireland has plenty on offer - I am not getting into Temple Bar I'm afraid - I am talking "real" adventures.

1. Cork - ... well or Ballyhass, which is about 40min from Cork City:

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In a beautiful - and slightly rural - location, you will find an adventure camp with activities for anyone (seriously)! Accommodation: About five well equipped houses each with few on the lake and a shared BBQ right at the lake where you can relax after a good workout. Head down to the lake for some decent water sports activities. Anything from  Wake boarding (like snowboarding but on the water :)) - to fishing, archery

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... and much more.

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Book your group in for a day or two (just go for 3 days if you can!) - you'll have some stories to tell!

...be nice to the crew and Eoghan might give your gang a lift to the pub! ;)

Cork airport is about 56 minutes from Ballyhass Adventure Centre. If you have the chance and you're from abroad make it a road trip. Ireland's rural and real nature is way too beautiful to be missed.

2. Dublin Adventure Centre Surfdock @GrandCanalDock

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If you are looking to go to Dublin for your hen, stag night or wedding you'll be surprised. Right in the busy financial centre of Dublin at Grand Canal Dock you'll find city adventure centre: Surfdock. It's not only windsurfing right in the city, it's wake boarding by WakedockSUP (Stand-up paddle boat), SUP Yoga (yeah right! get in shape before the madness! :) ), kayaking.

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On top of it all lovely restaurants, I definitely recommend the Oarsman Pub - it's behind the hustle and bustle - it's food is delicious!! Best Chicken Wings yet

3. Go to Strandhill! Surfing, Hiking & good Food! ...and my favourite for food: Shell's Seaside Cafe

This is worth a day trip to the sea from anywhere in Ireland! Shell's Seaside Cafe right in Strandhill at the coast. Shell's has a little shop next door - great for souvenirs, e.g. Shell's cook book with food & impressions from Sligo. From Strand hill to Sligo town in about 10 minutes for some shopping or travel further north about 40 minutes to Bundoran or Rossnowlagh if you're into the coast and surfing. It's Europe finest surfing you can get!

4. I nearly forgot ...County Kerry - here's THE tip if you are looking to stay in a Boutique Hotel in Tralee!

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For a bit of scouting we went to Tralee and checked into the Ashe Hotel right in the city centre.

There one thing - next to the boutique-y interior design, most comfortable beds and stylish bathrooms - that stood out most: the food. You really won't have to go far if you want to dine in a bar-style modern environment with a loungy twist. I had prawns & pasta - delish!

Irish Coffee - a must, and the hot chocolate to die for.

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Pack your suitcases and stay for a night or two - it's only 50 min from Dingle too!

5. Oh, I need to mention my local pub & restaurant - !

The location: You could have guessed - The Midlands - the heart of Ireland & my home.

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So let's start with the restaurant. Or... the pub? Yeah let's start with the pub.

The name: Rosie's ...formerly known as the Lifebelt.... or Sorohan's, James has taken over the bar & the beer. So, the beer: top notch, the atmosphere: ...ah here - it's an Irish pub you just want to go to again and again for all the right reasons. ...except someone has a poor taste for music, while the jukebox is in the back room - thank god ;). There's loads of entertainment from live music to DJs, too.

P.S.Red Our latest addition right beside the pub (tip, if you feel like a sneaky pint during dinner, pop into the pub through the back doors...)

We've been a couple of times now, I sneaked my way into tasting some of their dishes while offering my photography services :) - it's all mouth watering and shooting those meals was extremely hard ;)!

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Desert - just say yes already!

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Sharon and Paul and a class team (!) are doing a great job in the newly opened restaurant to make me feel home :).

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I don't know how they do it but each spoon full is a bursts with flavour! It's a party in your mouth (I think you get the idea). And all to thanks to Chef Paul.

Think this is his secret...

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Award winning, yummy food, delicious choice of some of the finest wines.

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This list could go on and on and on!

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I'd be delighted to hear from you if you're looking for a photographer for any occasion really - I shoot professionally for a true passion :)

For more locations, just pop over to Hidden Ireland - have a look and just ask owners of beautiful places if they would mind for you to rent the place. You might be lucky and find a house, castle or manor to be the first couple to get married :)

And if you need any help or advice, as always... pm me, let's chat over a cupa tea & I find out more for you! Always happy to help!

nicolette

xx

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Victorian Gentleman’s residence transformed to a B&B

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Victorian Gentleman’s residence transformed to a B&B

Maryville Tea Rooms - Nicolette Spelic Photography

Maryville Tea Rooms - Nicolette Spelic Photography

Country style & Cosy. What else to do than to break the midweek routine by going up north or a lovely road trip and a bit of banter?! From the midlands to Belfast and back, with a coffee & pastry break in the Maryville Tea Rooms.

When you live in the midlands you get to appreciate most trips using the "scenic route".

The scenery is amazing in fairness. During those cold winter days I'd recommend to leave early to make it in time for and "early afternoon tea".

 

I sure will be back for some out doorsey photography when the light is brighter. The trip offers beautiful photography of a sweet Indian summer, or spring. If you are visiting Belfast for your Christmas Shopping trip, a weekend or midweek trip, the Maryville Tea Rooms aren't just the perfect place to warm your heart, but also offers lovely pastries, tea & coffee in a Victorian atmosphere.

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Lanesborough/Ballyleague's October autumn colours

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Lanesborough/Ballyleague's October autumn colours

Ballyleague, Lanesborough, County Longford, County Roscommon, Wedding Photography, Ireland

It seems far away already - but you know what?! I am super excited what else will happen in this beautiful place at Lough Ree in the next couple of months - even weeks.

It's been a busy busy weekend during the fishing world competitions & Taste of the Lakelands food festival - vibrant times with vibrant colours. Such a fantastic community while we all can be proud of having hosted an incredible festival weekend!

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Pre-Wedding Shoot in France

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Pre-Wedding Shoot in France

Wedding Photography in France & Ireland

Wedding Photography in France & Ireland

When traveling to France for my couples to get married, I make the most of the stay and take a trip through the countryside along those beautiful golden fields. It's end October and the sun gently lays its rays on golden fields. Everything appears in a soft autumn glance.

How could one not fall in love with France - a perfect place to get married if you fancy a destination wedding.

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Just another sweet story.

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Just another sweet story.

It was about 2 years ago when I met lovely couple Andrew & Vida. Only a brief encounter, I didn't think of sitting down for a cup of coffee with them 2 years later. ...and maybe two packs of biscuits (I looove my job!) 

I used to live in Ranelagh at the time - "the place to be" if you call yourself an artist - though I didn't call myself one just yet. My landlord announced he'd have to sell his house and I was forced to find a new room in Dublin. That's just one of those things I detested about living in Dublin - it's impossible to settle.

Do you make lists? I had my list of priorities when it came to finding my new "dream home":

  1. No stairs
  2. Central heating
  3. Immediate warm showers
  4. Dish washer

As it would, reality proved different in all the above.

  1. A set of 5 stairs... I counted them 72 steps to be exact.
  2. Heating: Lucky enough I managed to get the top floor box room upstairs (or 72 stairs up) and as the heat rises it wasn't too bad.
  3. Showers took a while to heat but cool down after only minutes.
  4. Dish washer: there was no dish washer.

I absolutely loved the place though! It couldn't get any closer to living life in Georgian Dublin. Plus, years ago there used to live this Irish lad - a writer of some sort. Patrick Kavanagh. And his soul was still there!  Honestly!! We all felt it!

Inspired by Kavanagh's books - and his ghost - I got drawn (literally) to art more and more each day. Let me tell you one thing about life. If you have this constant urge, this voice in your head, a certain feeling in your heart don't ignore it. Don't let it go or else you will lose a part of yourself that could have changed your life for the better.

I was dating this guy at the time (he also still hangs around) and we were looking for something to do Saturday afternoon. What else would a German girl choose during the festive season than a Christmas market!

The market in Marley Park House was absolutely lovely! We wandered from room to room with different creative exhibitors from art to food and old books. In one of the rooms upstairs to the right was a bright table with beautiful hand crafted glass paintings - modern, classy and colour full. Vida told me she was an artist too but the glass paintings were her husband's designs. (Behind every strong man is a strong woman ;))

Two years later I met Vida on a business meeting were we had a longer chat. We spoke about design, living, life in general and soon realised it would be great to work on a shoot together.

About 8 years ago Vida and Andrew started their venture from scratch. From building a new house - hands on - to setting up their modern Irish Design brand "Black hen designs". It is nearly as if I am drawn to creatives who made foot prints for my own life. It's so comforting seeing such a lovely and loving story like Andrew's and Vida's from creating designs, building a home and see their smiles!?

Andrew & Vida from Black Hen Designs

Andrew & Vida from Black Hen Designs

But look for yourself. I think their Andrew's designs are stunning. A mix of nature, humour and lovely use of colours. I had the opportunity to visit their incredible art studio and see how Andrew creates his artwork with such a skill. Pshhhh... a little secret - you want to have an eye on Vida Pain's paintings - those two are creative souls!

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A very "bizi" morning in County Leitrim

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A very "bizi" morning in County Leitrim

Ramona Nicholas - Cara Pharmacy

Ramona Nicholas - Cara Pharmacy

Suzanne Jackson - So Sue Me

Suzanne Jackson - So Sue Me

Anne Heraty - CPL Resources Plc

Anne Heraty - CPL Resources Plc

Sun-rays shining through the huge floor to ceiling windows, a selection of biscuits and fruits and about 100 inspiring woman and I was one of them - Women in Business 2016.

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Just last minute I got myself a space at the Women in Business Networking Event organised by our Local Enterprise Office Leitrim and Longford. The venue couldn't have been any more suitable - Lough Rynn Castle. Especially while we were blessed with fantastic weather, blue skies a soothing breeze - a great morning to be networking with likeminded.

I met some incredible personalities from all across Ireland. When you work for yourself these meetings are more than "just" networking. They keep you "sane" :) Some familiar faces I spoke to today - it's a little bit like a team meeting really. And all in a fabulous setting!

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We chatted about the ups and downs of running a business, how much creating meaningful relationships means to each of us and well, that wine is the one thing that helps us get a quiet minute.

Jackie O'Neill from "Dotti was a Deer" is a creative soul that used to live in Dublin but has (as nearly everyone I spoke to :)) relocated - back home - to Cavan to concentrate on her own art and artist soul. Dublin was to distractive with common affairs and life in the midlands allows Jackie to define her natural style.

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So good to see a familiar face. A tab on the shoulder "hey how are you" and you feel more relaxed you're not a stranger. Fiona Egan from Cloughan Farm & Cookery School isn't only a very talented chef (you have to try her desserts!!). She also has a warm, carrying personality. During our Networking session she involved those who were a little more shy which made everyone feel comfortable. ...by the way - If you haven't heard about the Taste of the Lakeland's festival yet... Fiona will showcase her talent and skills during the event - hmmmm desserts!!! (hint hint hint)

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I didn't even know... Pauline Egan - notice something? Fiona's talented sister. I only met Pauline today and wonder how I haven't come across her work before!!?? "Dress My Home" is her page which she is running from home while minding her kids at the same time! It's all about accessories for your home, decoration, pretty things... I could go on and on and on and... 

Lough Rynn Castle Hotel County Leitrim

Fellow photographer and lovely lady, Clare Frances from Clare Frances Photography popped over to say hello. It's so good to meet a "work colleague". Clare's photography is heartfelt and true. She is based in Roscommon and has years of experience. Her passion are weddings while she also does beautiful new-born photography.

Oh and someone who has taken a lot of fear from me. Grainne McGarty from McGarty Designs... Thank you so much for telling me that life in a cottage without interior, heating, a kitchen is possible - and doesn't have to break a relationship! We figured that we have the same camp stove, which I will be using for a while once we moved to our little "bare" cottage. ...you shouldn't have said "3" years though - that was the only thing that scared me a little :) I might consult you for some interior design tips so we might "settle" a little before 3 years!

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Business Tip: Ramona Nicholas from Cara Pharmacy:

"We all make mistakes and put ourself under pressure - be more relaxed and not too hard on yourself." Ramona says that when she feels stressed, it helps her to plan her week. So she sits down every Sunday evening to make a list for the week. "Always have a back up plan"

Ramona Nicholas - Cara Pharmacy Group

Ramona Nicholas - Cara Pharmacy Group

Business Tip: Suzanne Jackson - So Sue Me

"Follow your intuition. If you're insecure don't ask too many people for their opinion - ask your mum or sister and a business mentor." For Suzanne the hardest was to "let go" when you are in transition phase and you work with a team you need to learn to "step back". Suzanne sets short and long term goals to keep focus on her business.

Suzanne Jackson - So Sue Me

Business Tip: Anne Heraty - CPL Resources Plc

"Trust your gut - believe in yourself and don't be afraid to take a risk." For Anne working with a strong team is vital to run a successful business. She said when you are searching new recruits to look for members with different strengths and weaknesses to yours to fill gaps of skill and knowledge to strengthen your team. Very good advice also: ask yourself "What do I want to have achieved at the end of the day? If you don't make plans "life" just happens... well sometimes that ain't too bad.

Anne Heraty - CPL Resources Plc

A huge "Thank you" to Local Enterprise office Longford and Local Enterprise office Leitrim for hosting this fab event and helping so many businesses to network and collaborate - and create true relationships!

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Lanesborough Forest Walk

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Lanesborough Forest Walk

Being a full time photographer, funny enough one of the things that is most meditative for me is - photography.

As much as time allows I try to spend time in the nature. While a walk through the forest or a park would usually take me 1h - 2h, with my camera and dog in company I could spend half a day wandering through the "maze". Literally focusing on one thing, one dot only makes you truly be in the moment. I soon started listening to the sounds of birds, bees and other habitants of the wilderness and lost myself in the beauty of nature.

These moments are only for me, but I love to share how I see the world with you.

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