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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.

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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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Summer Salad Love

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If you like the summer, you sure like a summer salad! There are days that I am not attached to my camera and leave it behind - on those days be assured you will be missing to capture a moment that means the world to you. The other day we went for a stroll with the dog, along Lough Ree lake at "The Marina". Years back many fisher man have lost their lives, it isn't relevant how small or large the gap from shore to shore is, when you can't swim. Today a beautiful stone bridge connects the two towns. We were waking along the water towards the bridge and discovered a fisher man in a rowing boat with two beautiful Irish Red and White Setter. I wish I could have taken a photo! I will have to sit down one day and paint the moment it looked truly natural, nearly mindful and represents what we feel about living in Ireland. I didn't learn from my forgetfulness and yet another evening walk with nothing to capture it. I have been surprised by someone special to celebrate a very first photo exhibition in Longford Digital Arts Competition for one of my photographs. We went down to the lake for a lovely dinner overlooking the sunset. Well, what stays in mind is the memory I suppose, well and some left overs of which I made a very delicious "Summer-Salad-Sandwich"!SalmonCornColeslawGreen SaladFeta Cheese...sprinkle some Oregano on top - you will love it!And if you have a garden near by, use some garden flowers to decorate your "left-over" Summer Salad Sandwich! Yummy - I promise!...if you are more the sweet tooth... have some berries!

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Very Berry - Garden Fruits

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Very Berry - Garden Fruits

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One of my huge dreams is to live in a supermarket. Well, not exactly, but how amazing would it be to have your own fruits, veg @ berries in your garden?! When I was a little kid we spend most of our holidays at my granny's. She was an absolute admirable woman. She was the Post-wo-men of the little village she lived in Germany. Lina used to own an old yellow Opel Kadett. Lina wasn't her real name... she told us she had about 9 different names. Lina, Christina, Carolina,... I never knew if she was only winding us up or not, but that made her this little more impressive. Lina was a strong woman. Loosing her husband early in their marriage she needed to built up her life by herself. Rarely asking for help she built her own house - with a massive vegetable garden. I remember my older sister and I running through the many paths as if you were in a grocery store, picking and eating those lovely juicy berries from the bushes. Sometimes we brought sugar with us so we could dip the rhubarb - so yummy! Lina's garden was our paradise. We could play for hours - never hungry and endless berries to discover from goos berries to blackberries, huckleberries and many more. For those who love Berries... there's more here.

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My quick coffee fix - Kenco.

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My quick coffee fix - Kenco.

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Did you ever feel like a guinea pig? I sometimes do, when it comes to coffee.From flavour to concentration... from preparation to enjoyment - I still find it difficult making the right choice; & on top of it all a cup of that black elixir is supposed to keep me awake.So here's my choice when it comes to a "quick fix", easy preps and a lovely coffee flavour: Kenco.

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10 random herbs and spices… Home Cooking Randomness.

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10 random herbs and spices… Home Cooking Randomness.

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I committed a bit of time to herbs and spices for all those "home cooking" lovers… We love those herbs and spices, but how to use them?We have... Chilies, Nutmeg, Paprika, Mustard Seeds, Cardamoms and Tarragon. Let's see how we can use those lovely herbs and spices!1. ChilliesWe love it hot and spicy. I couldn't imagine a world without flavour and even less without a good hot meal.I prefer crushed chilies to powder. I'd either fry it in a dry pan in a bit of oil, just be careful and don't let it burn, or I sprinkle a good portion on raw meet and let it sit for a while before frying.I just came across this mouthwatering recipe on Yummly.Hearty Lean Chili. Well presented and easy to make... just use crushed Chilies rather than that vicious powder ;)TRY IT! Add chocolate - I love the dark one with bits of orange.TIP: mix the herbs and spices into the meat before frying. It really makes a different on your pallet.2. Nutmeg I thought about meat, salad or some other savory dish. But no. This might easily become your favourite oft the list: Nutmeg Cheesecake. In fairness, I think anything goes with Cheesecake really.TRY IT! I have to admit I didn't try the recipe yet - but I sure will! The Nutmeg Cheesecake just sounds to tempting!TIP: if you don't use Nutmegs a lot, no need to get a Nutmeg Grater. It's one of this things that do get annoying if they aren't handy, so look into the kitchen draws, a cheese grater will do!3. Paprika It's one of those that many just pure into every meal. From fried eggs to salad sauces. But how should this famous powder really be used?Paprika is a spice made from dried ground chillies. Not to be missed in most dips - great for Party food Tapas-style. Though... my favourite use is in Cocktails.Ehm... Prawn-Cocktails would be the most common.TRY IT! Did you ever have ground chilies in a Cocktail? Bloody Mary, you really should.TIP: I have a sweet tooth all right. But in case you should ever bake with chocolate - which is a must really, add some spice.4. Mustard SeedsI am yet to be convinced of mustard seeds. Coming from Bavaria I do love my "Weißwürste mit süßem Senf" and a bretzl. But what else can you do with those little beats.All right, by now I figured: You can grind pretty much anything. Note to self: get grinder. I think a creamy mustard sauce with pieces of boiled eggs and fish. I remember one of my first dishes I ever cooked, I was about 6 years of age and proud like a honey badger. Fish Fingers and egg mustard sauce. Nothing like a simple home cooking dish! TRY IT! Oh I knew there would be a dessert with Mustard Seeds!TIP: There's a fab post right here if you like to learn more about the yellow seeds: whfoods5. CardamomsI admit it. I never used cardamoms. A scent of eucalyptus I find. I want to get a bag fill it with those seeds heat it up and have a long hot bath. I can just imagine how the scent eucaliptus scent would relax.Interesting enough, I wasn't to far off as Cardamoms are used as a medicine to heal throat and teething pain. Oh and now it is getting exciting - do you love Chi Late? I love cinnamon. In India Cardamom is mixed with cinnamon and consumed as a hot drink! Well now we speak!TRY IT! The Spice House has a yummy Chai Masala Tea Recipe - it doesn't always have to be coffee.TIP: Do walk into one of those small Asian, Indian or Polish shops, or visit a farmer's market - approach the tradesman for tips, they often have great tips where to get fresh spices seeds and herbs for your home cooking.6. TarragonI am a philistine. What is Tarragon?Ok, I love this one: Get yourself any homegrown plant from Tarragon to Chive. Once mature, chip it into small pieces. Get yourself an ice cube form, fill with water, put the freshly cut herbs into the form and freeze. Cubes allow you to store small portions, appropriate for your dinner. You won't have to cry over drying-out herbs - who would use a full plant of herbs in a week? The sweet scent of liquorice and vanilla makes me think if I can use Tarragon in a creamy cake or vanilla sauce. I sure will try it sometime soon!TRY IT! Black Forest Cake with Tarragon-Vanilla-cream filling - and let me know what you think :)TIP: Come back for more. I promise I'll start using more of those colourful herbs and spices!

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From Blueberries and Garlic - the art of food.

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There are so many random flavours, spices & herbs out there. Mix what ever you feel is right, you might be surprised!

A good meal, ingredient or snack deserves to be photographed.

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