First Wedding of 2016

To start off the New Year, I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful wedding for a beautiful couple.

It was a few days after the floods and there was talk of more rain that Saturday. With that in mind, I apprehensively made my way to the Church, expecting the worst of all the bad weather we’d been experiencing. Surprisingly, I was greeted by the most glorious winter sun blossoming over West Cork, and my heart swelled for the Couple.

Rays of light poured in through every window, bathing the entire building in gold. But the air was still cold and my fingers protested with stiffness. *note to self – wear gloves!

The events of the day unfolded perfectly. The ceremony swirled passed and before long I found myself at the final destination, The Fernhill Hotel in Clonakilty.

What a spectacular venue, still adorned in its Christmas finery. Fairy lights twinkled around the Christmas tree as guests were greeted by a beautifully laid out drinks reception.

There was a wonderful atmosphere and I feel so grateful to have been asked to document such a beautiful celebration of the lovely couple, Ann & Teddy.

Here are a few photographs from the day…

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Stage 1 – Kitten soft

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you” – John Bunyan

It was on one of those really cold and bleak October days that we brought home the most defenseless creature I have ever laid eyes on. I looked into a face that was frightened by every sound and smell. Her ears would prick up and her whole body would become rigid and my heart would just melt from all the innocence. (Of course now that’s something that has changed)

I sat for what seemed like a few minutes, but turned out to be an hour, watching her sleep. As creepy as that sounds, I had never had to care for such tiny being before, so helpless in all her fuzzy black fur. She was a rescue kitten that was thrown out of a moving car, because the world is full of sick people. It just made us love her more.

I think her fear of the world brought out the parents in us and I got to see a side to my husband that I’ve only ever caught a glimpse of. I even overheard him once telling her that he loved her, all my insides soon turned to mush. We were like two kids on Christmas morning, we’d rush down the stairs every morning to check on our new kitten. Yes, we’re that sad.

Her marbles-sized eyes followed me wherever I went and being so young and away from her mum she’d fall asleep suckling my clothes, it was endearing to say the least.

These hilariously incessant and quite involuntary spasms would wrack her little chest and so we named her;

Hiccup,

and these are her Kitten Soft months.

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Easter Treats

Now, I’m putting all cards on the table, I do not claim that this is in any way good or healthy for you but it is UBER tasty and that wins every time in my book.

It’s my go to recipe for when I don’t have much time or I want a quick and simple yet ‘Oh so tasty’ something sweet.

Whenever my grandmother would make a Chocolate Marble Cake we’d devour it, almost straight away. And that, my friends, hasn’t changed.

So if you want to make something for Easter and you’re under pressure, try this yummy treat…

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Ingredients

  • 120g Butter
  • 200ml (3/4cup) White Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 125ml (1/2cup) Milk
  • 375ml (1&1/2 cups) Plain Flour
  • 15ml (1 Tbs) Baking Powder
  • 10ml (2tsps) Vanilla Essence
  • 30ml (2 Tbs) Cocoa Powder
  • 30ml (2 Tbs) Boiling Water
  • 45ml (3 Tbs) Icing Sugar

Method

Preheat oven to 160ºC or Gas mark 6.

Melt butter in a mixing bowl set over simmering water (OR set your microwave to defrost, place butter in a microwavable jug and allow to melt)

Remove from heat/microwave and add sugar and eggs. Whisk until mixture resembles custard. Add milk and whisk again.

Gradually add sifted flour, baking powder and vanilla essence. Gently fold in until smooth.

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Pour mixture into a moulded ring tin (If you don’t have one, I’m sure a normal springform will do) make sure to grease well to avoid the cake sticking. (You can now lick the bowl but please share, it’s only fair)

Mix sifted cocoa powder and boiling water (If the cocoa mix is too stiff or gloopy add more water, you want a dropping consistency). Pour over the cake mixture and use a fork to squiggle gently through both mixtures to form a marbled effect. (How cool does that look?)

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed.

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To make the Icing, I added a teaspoon of cold water to 3 tablespoons of icing sugar and mixed then added more liquid, very slowly. You don’t want the icing to be too runny it needs to be an opaque white (not transparent then you’ve added too much water). Once desired runniness has been reached – drizzle over the cold cake and allow to set.

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Enjoy xxx

Just a little Review

Have you ever been under pressure to buy an item of clothing for an event or even just a night out? Did you leave it to the last minute and suddenly looked around your cupboard and thought, ‘I have Nothing to wear’?

Well, for me this is a regular occurrence. I find shopping for myself so stressful. There’s a certain pressure that emanates from the clothes, each screaming for my attention. The air becomes hot, sticky even, and little beads of sweat begin to form on my brow. Suddenly, the eyes of strangers become so judgmental that all I want to do is run away. That’s what nearly happened last weekend until I walked out of a shop happier than when I walked in.

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A Weekend Wedding

So first of all, I hope my silence on here wasn’t too obvious. Yes yes, I am that weirdo that starts a blog And a Facebook Page and disappears 😦 Sorry…

But, in my defense I really do have such a good excuse. Read on, you’ll see…

Our friends Mary Kate and Kevin got married this weekend and they had asked us to do the Videography for the wedding. I’ve dedicated this post to them.

So when Saturday morning arrived with big bursts of icy showers and strong gusts of wind I couldn’t help but think, ‘this is so typical, the weather is pulling a tantrum, bellowing for attention. Not selfish at ALL!’. Now, If you’re Irish you just know how common, not to mention annoying this is. (We obviously need to have a word with the rain god)

We packed half our house into a van and trundled off, both ticking off mental lists of things we’d hopefully not forgotten. The cat, unfortunately, hadn’t made the list. (One surely would have assumed we were going for 3 weeks and not just a day).

As we made our trek toward Bantry, shards of beautiful sunlight pierced through dark clouds. I took it as a sign, our every living day will bring with it ups and downs, but there’s always a silver lining, we’ve just to look.

We arrived at the church before any of the guests to set up the cameras and test the light.

I stood in the nearly empty Church, a florist buzzing madly while he arranged and rearranged flowers that were already beautiful. His buzzing was contagious, it was in the pit of my belly and as I glanced over at my husband I realised it must have caught on to him too as he zipped around the pews with the go-pros and no-pros (these cameras that are like go-pros but not) he was a man on a mission but he would never admit to it. The tension in that Church was almost tangible, thick like molasses, we wanted it to be perfect.

I looked down the aisle towards the entrance and I thought of my own wedding and how nervous I was. Soon it would be my friend gliding down that narrow strip towards the love of her life. Yes, ok fine you got me, I was also thinking, ‘don’t mess up, Don’t Mess Up!!!’

We waited with bated breath for her to arrive. And of course she did glide down that aisle after her beautiful bridesmaids all dressed in blue. She never looked more relaxed than that moment she laid eyes on him.

I watched the day unfold through the lens of my camera and felt like I was on a cloud high above everyone. Time slipped away from me and before I knew what was happening, they kissed, the crowed cheered and it was done. It was surreal to film.

 

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It is a perfect feeling to see people happy.

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Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. – Henry Van Dyke

Wedding Blues

Today the sun shone so bright and I suddenly felt a little nostalgic because my husband had to go to work. Which of course meant looking through our wedding photographs.

It’s funny when people say, ‘the days flies, make the most of it’, you don’t really believe them.It’s like a birthday, isn’t it, you’re waiting forever for it and then the big day finally arrives and *BOOM*, in a blink of an eye, it’s gone. That’s exactly the way it was. A year of organising, planning, crying, shouting, smiling (a little) had all culminated to this one day and once it was over there was a void, we all felt it.

But, that’s a topic for a Whole other day.

Today, I look at these photographs and think how lucky I am. How lucky we all are, if we just open our eyes.

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