Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Our Wedding Day


The time has come when I can finally share my wedding photos with you all. Our families have seen them, they are up on our walls and now it's your turn. At this point it feels like it never happened. To quote the oldest phrase in the book, the day really does fly by. But, I think we made the most of it. It was an incredible day, one I will never forget and the best fun I've ever had! 


















Our photographs were taken by the best, Into The Light, they did an amazing job. I will fill you in on all our suppliers in my next post, as I would highly recommend every single one, each contributed to make our day special.






















From the very beginning we knew the wedding style we wanted. It was important to us to focus on having fun and spending time with our friends and family. Although there were traditional elements to the day we stayed true to ourselves, which made it even more special. I didn't wear a veil, we didn't rent a car ( I decorated our own) and drove ourselves to the venue. We walked bare foot along the beach, into the sea and climbed over rocks for the photographs. I also walked to the church with my bridesmaids and my father. We both loved every minute of the little things that added up to make our day unique to us. 

Choosing our wedding colours wasn't hard. I was very decisive in all my choices, luckily my husband agreed with my vision, pitching in where he could. He especially enjoyed the cake and menu tastings (for obvious reasons). Being from the area I headed straight for my local priest and onto our lovely friends at the Skellig Hotel. It wasn't hard to find the rest from there, with so many amazing local businesses to choose from we were spoiled for choice. 












Being creative I undertook a lot of DIY; from the seating plan board, to the centerpieces, to sewing bows for the pew ends, to even designing our invites (I knew that art degree would come in handy one day). Doing so much DIY did get stressful at times, but I prepared as much as I could in advance. This meant that by the wedding day I was relaxed knowing all my planning had paid off. Which was lucky, considering the morning of the wedding we had a power cut! 
















One of my favourite parts of the day was after the drinks reception (before the meal). Our wonderful wedding coordinators at the Skellig had scheduled in time to whisk us away to the wedding suite, where they had drinks and some treats waiting for us. This was something we really appreciated as it gave us some time alone (just the two of us) in the madness of the day to reflect on what had happened so far, before the real partying kicked off.

There were too many to choose from but getting ready with my beautiful bridesmaids and MOH; Reminiscing, spending time together, cracking open the Moet and listening to the talented and calming influence of Kathryn O'Neil (our fabulous makeup artist - more on Kathryn in my next post) was definitely a highlight. I lastly have to mention the speeches, heartfelt and meaningful they will never be forgotten! 






















We were so lucky, with the fabulous weather (I got sunburnt) and the amazing people. I really believe we milked the day for all its amazing-ness and enjoyed every second. I wouldn't change one thing, it was the best day! 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Afternoon Delight: Afternoon Tea in Seafield Golf and Spa Hotel

Being a foodie over the years I have tried many afternoon tea offerings however, until now it hadn't occurred to me to review my experiences. Therefore, I've decided to create a series (Afternoon Delight) reviewing and sharing my thoughts so that you too might indulge in yumminess.


The trip to Seafeild Hotel and Spa was a treat for my husband's birthday, he loves it there. I had organised the afternoon tea as an extra treat. It is something we can enjoy together, being a food blogger he also likes to compare the teas we have sampled. So here are our scores: 

Sandwiches 

Cucumber sandwich: 
Shane 2/5 Hannah 3/5 

Smoked salmon: 
Shane 3/5 Hannah 4/5 

Egg: 
Shane 4/5 Hannah 4/5

Ham and relish: 
Shane 4/5 Hannah 2/5 

I'm not ashamed to admit (however boring this may sound) that sandwiches are my favourite part of the tea. Although the smoked salmon tasted delicious, even that didn't quite make this offering live up to my expectations. Everything was pleasant however, something was missing to liven up the offering. Unusually, egg was my favourite (a filling which would have filled mewing dread as a child) but the fresh, quality ingredients made this really tasty! 


Cakes and sweets 

Lemon tart: 
Shane 5/5 Hannah 3/5 

Pistachio and chocolate macaroon: 
Shane 4/5 Hannah 4/5 

Pink meringue and a white chocolate mouse with berries: 
Shane 3/5 Hannah 2/5 

Chocolate biscuit cake: 
Shane 1/5 Hannah 2/5 

Scone: 
Shane 5/5 Hannah 5/5 

The cakes although appetising were not really my thing. The good old traditional scone was by far the best, although modernised with what I could taste as an addition of some lemon. The only other sweet that sparked my interest was another surprise, in that I'm not usually a fan of macaroons; but this nutty, chocolatey, treat was chewy and delicious! 


Overall: 
Shane 4/5 Hannah 4/5 

Overall Average
3.3/5 


My scores together with Shane's made a respectable average of 3.3. I couldn't fault the ingredients, which from the taste seemed to be top notch! Not only that but in the beautiful setting of Seafeild you also have the option to enjoy this delicious stand of goodies in the calming spa, what a bonus! 

Lastly I'll mention the price, at €29.95 for two people it is pretty good value for money. There was just the right amount of food. And, as mentioned I really can't fault the food, it just might not have been to my taste. Compared to others I've tried it's definitely up there with the best of them for both quantity and quality ingredients.


Monday, 9 January 2017

2017 Golden Globes: Best and Worst

Hey Everyone,

If you're interested in fashion chances are you were glued to some kind of screen last night waiting to see the glitz and glam coming from the 2017 Golden Globes red carpet.

I was frantically scrolling through and refreshing both social media and e online, giving a mental tick to the outfits I loved and a look of 'What were they thinking' to the outfits I loathed. 

I have managed to whittle the list down (slightly) to show you my best and worst fashion choices for this glamorous outing.

Best:

Octavia Spencer in Laura Basci



Worst:


Sarah Jessica Parker in Vera Wang 



Natalie Portman in Prada

Special Mention:


Although I wasn't a fan of her dress, Lily Collins' makeup definitely deserves a special mention in my opinion. The look was created by Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles, using Lancome products. 

"We wanted to do a look that was beautiful but also bold and modern. It’s such a modern look, and Lily pulled it off incredibly,” says makeup artist Fiona Stiles.

"Lily’s brows are so incredible, so I mostly leave them alone. I just filled in the arches ever so slightly"

Her innovative use of the products (did you know that's blush, not eyeshadow she's rocking on her lids) created this bold and glamorous look, ensuring Lily was red carpet ready.

"On the eyes, I used the LancĂ´me Blush Subtil in Aplum dusted over it to create a wash of colour on the eyes."

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