"Location Location Location" - Your Wedding Venue

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"Location Location Location" - Your Wedding Venue

This is probably the most exciting "House" or "Venue" hunt you'll ever have!

...it is the first thing I look at when getting enquiries :) - let's be honest, there is nothing as exciting as having your dream home for a night or two!

I've listed some of the venues I have visited for my couples' weddings in the past. They are amongst my personal favourites - though, the craic has been mighty whether it's a hotel, private home or castle - at the end of the day friends and family make the banter :)

1. Smock Alley Theatre

Being a lover of theatres, this has been a truly special day in a dreamy venue! I am still grateful that Smock Alley Theatre has opened its doors to weddings.

Thought the somewhat different wedding venue is based in the centre of Dublin, once you enter the grand hall you truly feel like royalty. And what better setting for your dream wedding?!

The downstairs bar surely is a plus too. Photography in the Abbey is simply fairytale like... for your reception Sharon & Joe chose the Westin hotel - where they travelled in style in an old-timer. Guests didn't mind the 8min walk.

2. Roganstown Hotel & Country Club

Roganstown Hotel & Country Club has everything on site. From ceremony to reception & dinner - and even for your more intimate photographs. The beautiful gardens include a forest backdrop as well as a romantic stone bridge and a lake. To avoid having to walk over grass - think of those heels (!!) - the club offers use of their golf cart - including a chauffeur.

3. Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel - Roof Terrace

Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel in Dublin is a venue with a view!

Get married on their roof terrace -  protected by a pretty marquee... For reception and dinner the hotel invites you to their stylish "penthouse" restaurant. Views are breathtaking! This venue is perfect for an urban Dublin wedding!

A stone throw from the hotel you find some quirky photography opportunities for urban gravity lovers to those who prefer floral gardens & nature.

4. Country wedding in Gascony France

Getting married in France offers you, your friends & family nearly guaranteed sunshine and hot temperatures! Patricia from Country Weddings in Gascony France makes sure to find the perfect venue for any size wedding! So if you invite only close family & friends there is a stunning venue for 20 people - and if you feel like bringing your whole village (:)) Patricia will make sure to find a wedding for 200+ guests.

A wedding in France combines a holiday with a life event for you both. Usually venues do come with a swimming pool and have all facilities you need. Hospitality is incredible - and though you are miles away from home - you will feel like it's your home for the time of your visit!

5. Killashee Hotel & Spa

Killashee Hotel & Spa provides a beautiful space from the getting ready to the first dance. The bridal sweet is spacious, decorated with much love and royal detail - have a look at the bath!!

Based in Co. Kildare, it's just the write distance to Dublin and a venue you will love if you love gardens, stunning views and tranquility. With a grand, victorian design you will feel like royalty on your wedding day! With access to different rooms you will get the opportunity to nearly enjoy every angle of this beautiful grand House.

6. Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens

When you drive into the grounds of Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens everything seems to fall of your shoulders... all the planning stress, last-minute work load... you simply fall into a relaxed and carefree being. Park your car and simply take in the castle's nature & gardens.

From a stunning bridal suite to most accommodating staff everything is made so easy and carefree for you, family & friends.

The wide gardens, diversity of setting from secret garden, bridges, stone walls, arches... to an old hidden boats house at the lake. You'll get a large collection of dream photographs. A golf cart & chauffeur will be at your service too - could it be any easier?!

7. Leixlip Manor House & Gardens

Leixlip Manor House & Gardens has to be on top of your list when it comes to getting married in a venue with history & personality. While you will be treated to fine dining in their grand rooms, add on a marquee for some dancing outdoors.

A romantic walk through old gates and past stone walls leads you into the secret garden area. Afternoon sun will provide stunning lighting for your photographs. 

8. Mullingar Park Hotel

Mullingar Park Hotel is perfectly located for a wedding in the midlands. With friends from Dublin, Galway and the centre of Ireland - no driving is too far - and rooms in the venue are available for friends & family.

From a outdoor reception on the terrace or indoors in the late bar, the lovely staff makes everyone feel relaxed and simply at home. There is space to put your own stamp on when it comes to table decoration & entrance area.

A grand dancing area is perfect for your dream band and the bar is just at the end of the dance floor.

9. Gloster House & Gardens

Gloster House & Gardens opened its doors to weddings last year. When I visited the opening I fell in love with this historical manor right away. There is just something about stonewalls, grand windows and secret gardens. A path through a forest area will bring you all the to a small hill where you will be able to see the venue from the distance. 

Each room is decorated with its own personality, fine art, an old piano - the atmosphere is simply majestic.

The courtyard reminds of a historical quarter in the old part of France, while the grand rooms will take you back into the 18th century. The wide woodland is the perfect location for your fairytale wedding photographs. 

10. Country Wedding in Gascony France

Each venue in France has its own history, atmosphere & personality.

They do have one thing in common though - the warm welcome of sun & locals. Most venues are run by private owners who make any couple feel at home immediately. Each time I visited France to shoot a wedding I was stunned by how the personality changes with every couple. Patricia, the wedding planner has a very special gift to find out what decoration best suits. She really goes above and beyond!

From ceremony to catering, music & entertainment to decoration everything is catered and cared for. You might think a wedding abroad is a lot of organising - but believe me - it's probably less work and more pleasure that planning it all on your own at home.

And a great excuse for a visit to France to have a sneak peek at venues! ;)

11. The Abbey Hotel

The Abbey Hotel in Roscommon is one of the midlands most charming venues with the perfect location so close to town - yet you feel like you're in the middle of nature with beautiful gardens & surroundings.

You can get wed in breathtaking Roscommon church - or why not opt for a civil ceremony on the Hotel premises! On a summer's day the gardens offer space for an outdoor reception.

So if you're looking for a fine dining experience and a wedding in an 18th century castle manor the Abbey Hotel is a venue that ticks all the right boxes!

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To do or not to do - The Engagement Shoot

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To do or not to do - The Engagement Shoot

...or "Pre-Wedding" Shoot.

My couples often ask me "should we have an engagement shoot or not?". It is really down to your own preference. Just stepping away from "posed" shoots - an engagement shoot can be much more than that! It's about the time before you are a married couple.

Though you shouldn't really change too much - I always love photographs of me and John that are made in the moment. Having a happy place is so important for a relationship as it is a place you can always go back to. And to have a photograph on your wall is just such a simple way of bringing that happy place home to look at each day. From your favourite park, cafe, castle etc. there are so many beautiful memories in a relationship.

So here are my 6 reasons for why you should "go for it" ...and some why not.

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The more obvious:

While we're all pretty much pro's in taking selfies by now, you might feel slightly different when it comes to being the actual centre of attention on your wedding day. An engagement or pre-wedding photography session is perfect to calm those nerves.

If you have chosen the right photographer you will quickly learn how to relaxed into your role!

1. The Nerves

 
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An engagement shoot gives you - and your photographer the opportunity to get to know each other and feel natural/relaxed in each others company.

A natural style photographer will make you feel at ease. Engagement sessions aim to give you confidence to simply be yourself during your wedding day.

2. The Preparation

 
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When do we get the chance to dedicate a day truly to being a couple - only the two of you - well & then there's the photographer.

Pre-Wedding Shoots are super natural - natural make up, your casual clothes, favourite cardigan if you like, something you feel truly comfortable in. We will create a beautiful collection of photographs of a memories that are true to the two of you. 

3. The Before & After

 

But this is really why you should:

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"That" moment! Sure, we don't like "posed" moments. But this is the one I noticed could do with some practicing! Imagine your Big Day! The ceremony in full swing. Everything goes well so far, no hiccups... the rings on the right finger... and then - The Kiss!

Right in front of a huge crowd, your family, parents, friends...the priest... "awkward"!

But hey...

your first kiss is sealing your wedding day :) ... So don't just give your new partner a peck on the lips but make it a "yeyyy we are married" moment. I know it feels like minutes when you kiss in front of a crowd..., but truly - it's a seal of your love. During the engagement shoot we make sure to create a moment for you to practice to "hold it" :)

4. The Kiss.

 
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It's like playing outside! It's a day out for you two. Think about a location that's special to you both - your happy place! Bring some of your favourite clothes for a dress change if you like. In case of rain - put your wellies on and bring an umbrella! During our shoot, hair or make up won't matter too much - it's your natural style engagement shoot. So play in the rain, let your hair down and have fun during your engagement session!

5. It's Fun!

 
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Your happy place can nearly be anywhere! Your favourite café - I won't mind to take my camera out in public, a library, a park... wherever you met - or where ever you have your happy place.

Even if it's in the middle of a lake, the mountain or in the middle of a shopping centre! Imagine the photos we could take!

6. Your Happy Place

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On the other hand

It's an additional cost and we have to take some time out. Try and think of how you set your own priorities for now and long-term when it comes to an engagement shoot! Would you like to have a photoshoot prior to getting married? Or do you feel your schedule is too busy? If you are getting married abroad we can meet a day or two before your wedding day and take pre wedding photographs then.

1. Priorities

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2. Time

An engagement shoot can take anything between 2 and 4 hours, sometimes longer if we change locations a couple of times. You both would need to make yourselves available during the busy Wedding planning time.

But then again - it's a. nice "time out" for the two of you between all the planning & organising!

There's one promise: You will be more "ready" for photographs on your Big Day and go home with a fun, romantic and very personal collection of photographs - before being Mr & Mrs!

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Luke's Christmas Photo Session

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Luke's Christmas Photo Session

It's "that" time of the year!

We didn't quite plan a Christmasy photoshoot,... but I think we captured this life event of Luke beautifully. No doubt Santa will spoil this little sweatheart 💝

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Calling Santa... :)

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Wedding Bouquet Inspirations

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Wedding Bouquet Inspirations

Time for wedding planning: The Bouquet

Really excited to share some of the prettiest bouquets from past weddings. I hope you get inspired for your own wedding! If you need any help sourcing flowers or recommendations - get in touch :)

Colour, colour, colour - and who would have thought these are made of "fabric". There is something about bouquets that last a lifetime! And the journey we have taken on the day from home to reception venue and a walk through town. ...wedding gallery

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White roses. White roses have been & always will be naturally beautiful! Simplicity in it's purest form. A statement for a wedding of love. ...wedding gallery

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As you might know - I LOVE autumn! It's my absolute favourite season. A sting of cold in the air, sun rays falling through trees and leafs in strongest colours - what's not to like?! Below a bouquet with a mix of "red" blooms from orange to soft pinks with a good splash or reds - and the dress in an eggshell white - a stunning combination! ...wedding gallery

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Baby's breath has been the most famous add on to any bouquet the past two years - and I doubt they will ever be out of fashion. When combined with white roses they truly make your bouquet sparkle. ...wedding gallery

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I loved this pure white bouquet! Calla Lily's stand for beauty and pureness and I think they are perfect for winter weddings! In any case, make sure you get in touch with your florist of choice in time as they need to order most flowers from abroad. ...wedding gallery

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Bouquets with the wow-factor! Oversized (also known as free form bouquets) make a true statement. ...which doesn't have to mean the bouquet steels the show. Using a choice of flowers with soft colours beautifully accommodate wedding dress and brides maid's dresses. These would be pretty during a spring or winter wedding. ...wedding gallery

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Pure summer colours!

If you are getting married in France - or simply want to to add sunshine to your wedding day - go crazy with bright colours. A touch of grey to match the brights maids dresses - the perfect combo. The mother of the bride sourced fab handkerchieves for the boys - even the napkins were matching. A fab splash of colour! ...wedding gallery

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Peacock - a statement bouquet. 

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Super cute! The florist used a piece of the bride's dress for the groom's flower. Combined with a peacock feather it makes the perfect match! ...wedding gallery

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Apologies, I don't do "posed" - Wedding Photography Ireland - Nationwide & Europe

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Apologies, I don't do "posed" - Wedding Photography Ireland - Nationwide & Europe

What I love most is creating a collection of bespoke photographs for my couples that tell your own story in a unique way. From beautiful details to moments you might miss being busy getting married. I mostly cover full day weddings so we can design a beautiful documentary style wedding album for you. Mostly I love unposed, natural moments, smiles, laughter, emotions... I will surprise you with a photographic collection of your wedding day.

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Wedding in Gascony - Featured on One Fab Day

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

1. Details

2. True moments

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3. The surprise factor.

I am drawn to emotions, guided by passion & natural light. If you're looking for a collection of photographs that truly reflect your own unique wedding day,... let's have a chat about what you planned for the day. A "getting to know" prior to booking is essential for me to feel myself into the day.

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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 close by when you need me.

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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.

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Passion of life on a blank canvas.

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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 

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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. 

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Lough Rynn Castle - County Leitrim 

Trees create a beautiful frame for a ceremony photograph.

Sun kissed - literally - one of my signature photographs. Purely natural - not edited.

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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 photograph that you will love most.

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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

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Wedding Planer Patricia from Country weddings in Gascony France

Wedding Planer Patricia from Country weddings in Gascony France

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So much love...

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So much love...

A Saturday morning in Moate.

...and I think there's a new recruit for dad's car repair business :), the uniform is already in place...

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Stay humble!

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Stay humble!

In case you missed the foggy morning today because you've been busy following your passion, enjoy some nature & marina photographs below!

Have you missed the foggy morning because you've been busy hopping on the rat race... you might want to consider changing your life or views.

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I haven't been out with my camera on a non-professional photography tour for many months and many reasons. First of all I felt like so many talented photographers are out there capturing the beauty of nature with the eye they perceive it and I didn't feel like hopping on the wagon. Secondly I got to caught up in the web of perfection.

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It's a mix of lack of confidence and self doubt and a little bit of too much pressure we put on ourselves. Yes, me too.

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Do you sometimes feel that when you put too much pressure on yourself things just don't want to work out?

In sport, art, designing. From creative passions to professional ambitions.

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When we put ourselves under too much pressure it feels like our hands are frozen. Thoughts run uncontrollably from inspiration to dismissal.

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That's when you have to stop.

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If you let your life - if professional or personal, creative or analytical - be lead by pressure it's time to take a break.

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Re-assess, look back and review at what you have achieved - it ain't all that bad!

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Take some time out and allow some me time. Re-connect with friends and family. Help someone who seems stuck in their own bubble.

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And then come back.

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Forget about pressures. Competition. Being perfect. 

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Do you believe in "practice makes perfect" - personally I don't strive for perfection and I feel we should rethink.

I much rather believe in "passion makes happy". If you strive for perfection you will always follow a goal which is impossible to reach. The progress of technology is way too fast. Innovation and change happens every day. So "perfection" doesn't really exist.

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Rather than waiting for the perfect sunshine, heading out in optimal photography lighting or the "blue hour", I picked up my camera this morning, took my dog, and went for a less scenic walk in the fog. I stopped thinking about the famous landscape photographers, well-known sun set and waterfall stills and followed my passion & emotions.

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You won't find a spider balancing on a silky thread while carying fog drops over a peer in the sunshine.

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A gray, misty background provides a fabulous frame and creates an amazing contrast. 

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If you have imagination you don't need to see the full landscape lid by perfect sunshine.

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So enjoy this week that started misty and mystic. Take time out when you feel you need to come back to your own true passion.

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Replace perfection with happiness - or even contentment. 

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Appreciate the fog as it paints the world in very different colours.

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Stay humble!

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Ireland's midlands in autumn colours

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Ireland's midlands in autumn colours

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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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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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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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