Hello my lovelies,
I have a feeling that all my blogs are going to start like that, as it’s my favourite greeting and just starts everything off with a little sparkle of friendly happiness! So, my first blog. Well, this could go one of two ways really couldn’t it? As a good friend recently told me, I love writing and I’m obsessed with weddings – what could go wrong?! So here goes…
Last weekend I was torn between going to the Irish Beauty Show at the RDS in Dublin, or the local wedding fair at the 4 star Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim, Co. Meath. It was here that I was guaranteed close proximity to a wedding dress, so the Knightsbrook it was! I actually exhibited my bespoke ring cushions at this fair last year, so I already knew a lot of the exhibitors and organisers; but it was great to be back in a different capacity and have people wanting me to see their stuff, rather than the other way around. The Knightsbrook is a truly beautiful hotel with a big sweeping staircase in the lobby fit for any princess, a golf course for the boys, and an amazing spa for the ladies, and vice-versa of course. They have every little detail covered and wedding rates start at €50 per person. The River Spa also has a fabulous Bridal Beauty Count Down which buffs, polishes, shapes and paints brides from 3 months before the wedding right up until the big day to have you looking your absolute best. I would recommend visiting Knightsbrook to get a real feel for the place and fall in love with this luxury wedding venue.
I was secretly hoping that a new three part vintage/retro harmony group that I’ve been following recently were going to be attending the event and I was not disappointed. There they were, The Apple Blossoms in the front lobby in all their pastel, vintage glory, complete with victory rolls and cat eye liner! These ladies were the big hit of the day, just oozing sassy sophistication and the epitome of vintage glamour. They are my new crush and I want to be an Apple Blossom! Allison, Kate and Kerri Ann’s harmonies are impeccable and together with Shane, who was hiding in the background romancing the keys, are definitely one to watch for this year’s wedding season. They don’t have a website just yet, but you can check them out on Facebook here.
I was also keeping my beady eye out for florist extraordinaire, Joan Fagan who is based in Trim, Co. Meath. I have attended weddings where her beautiful floristry has graced the church, bridal party and reception and I instantly fell in love with her style. Apart from all the usual adjectives to describe Joan’s work, one word which sums it all up is “ethereal”. I have come to love her style so much that I can instantly recognise it in a wedding photo. Joan is in the process of getting a website up and running, but in the mean time you can find her on Facebook here.
Next up, the international award-winning Cathal Farrelly Cinematographer, this man is a genius! I once heard a bride say that if she couldn’t book Cathal Farrelly as her cinematographer, then she wasn’t going to have one at all, because he is the best there is. He has such a fun-loving energy that instantly sets couples at ease and you don’t even notice him catching all the best moments on your big day. His wedding films are sure to have you shedding a joyful tear and you always remember what makes you cry right…? Cathal is booking up fast for 2015 and will travel pretty much anywhere near or far, so if you want to book him…get in touch with him as soon as you can. You can find his website here.
Whilst wandering around the vast, beautiful ballroom bedecked with chandeliers and a fairy light dancefloor, I found Linda from Lovin Letters….you know, the massive letters of bride and groom’s initials or “love” that are becoming really popular….? They looked even more amazing in person and if you can have your name in lights, why ever not I say?! Linda is on to a winner here I think, and has made sure she’s got everything covered with at least 2 of each letter, more of the most popular and common ones and even has a hashtag – brilliant idea! These giant illuminated lights are sure to make an impact on your big day, prices start at €270 and you can check out the website here.
And finally….I saved the wedding gowns until last, because I knew once I clapped eyes on them, I would lose the complete run of myself! I first met the owner of Frilly Frocks, Dara Caffrey, at last year’s wedding fair in the Knightsbrook, and it wasn’t long before we got chatting again this year. Frilly Frocks, based in Drogheda, are exclusive Irish stockists of designers such as House of Mooshki, among others. I have swooned over many a Mooshki dress for a quite some time now, but had yet to actually see them in person and “feel” them – I’m a textiles girl, I judge gowns just as much by the feel, weight and texture as I do by the look and fit! Last year, I got all of Dara’s models to briefly stop during their walk around so I could touch and feel each dress, needless to say they all remembered me this year! Frilly Frocks are going straight into My Little Black Book, so I will do a more detailed blog on them in the next couple of weeks, but for now, this boutique should definitely be up there on your hit list if you haven’t already found your dream gown. Prices range from €1,300 – €2,500 and pretty much every style of wedding gown can be found here; from Grecian Goddess, Flapper, Boho Chic and Tea Dresses to the full-on Disney Princess look. My favourite dress of the day was the Nicola, by Katya Katya Shehurina, the intricate details on this dress are breathtaking; subtle delicate layers of lace and tulle and I was amazed at the price for this much beauty! Frilly’s are on Facebook, Instagram and they have their own website, which you can see here with their full range of gowns.
If you are lost for ideas or a little overwhelmed by it all and you would like some help, insight or advice, please feel free to contact me by clicking on the email icon in the Follow section on the right-hand sidebar.