First of all let me just say that I love my job! Sometimes I get to work in the most amazing locations. Last Saturday I was working at a Mad Hatter's tea party in Blanchville House, Kilkenny with Beauty by Amy. It's such a gorgeous place and if you haven't been it should definitely be on your list of places to visit.
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Some love for our Mad Hatter's tea party...
"The whole experience was really positive. As soon as I saw you setting up I knew I could relax, the attention to detail was what made it for me. I had planned to print out little 'eat me' 'drink me' signs but just didn't have time and was so happy to see you had this and a little sign at the door. The music and dress up box added so much to it. The table lay out was just beautiful and I was so relieved as it was just what I had hoped it would be. Even the way you dressed seemed in keeping with the theme and the big feedback I got was that you struck the balance perfectly with topping up tea and chatting and not being intrusive at all. The make-up was great and everybody had only good things to say. The bride was delighted."
Oh So Sweet Occasions
China, styling and tea party: Oh So Sweet Occasions
Venue: Blanchville House, Kilkenny
I'm delighted to announce that Oh So Sweet Occasions have just been featured on One Fab Day! :)
Earlier this year I worked with some of Ireland's most talented wedding vendors to put together this photo shoot at the stunning Ballinkeele House. This shoot was photographed by the fabulous Susie at Candy Stripe Photography with some wonderful suppliers providing a dash of vintage glamour including:
To see the full One Fab Day feature go to: http://onefabday.com/irish-rustic-wedding-inspiration/
The story of a boy and a girl...
The story behind the photo shoot was inspired by the beautiful venue where it took place, Ballinkeele House. The shoot brings together the themes of old world romance, classic elegance and a unique mix of Irish glamour with rustic details.
Based on the heartfelt words of Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats Catherine, the girl of the manor house poignantly looks out the window searching her soul. She is thinking of the farm boy Daniel who works on the family farm. Having studied and been inspired by the words of Yeats she sits and writes a poem to her secret love. The irony for her is that with all the riches of the manor she feels poor, "but I being poor, have only my dreams." She knows that the love she longs for would be frowned upon by her wealthy family. Risking their wrath, Catherine continues to write the poem to Daniel. Walking the lane towards the farmyard, she leaves the beautiful hand written poem tied in a mint green ribbon on the window ledge of Daniel's lodge for him to find.
Spending some time within the farmyard on her own in the absence of Daniel or her wealthy family, she hopes that he will return her love. Upon his return Daniel finds and reads the poem, knowing it's author he smiles and sets off bravely towards the manor house. Leaving the safety of his well known farmyard behind with each step he takes. Knocking on the manor house door, Catherine hurriedly answers as she has been waiting by its side hoping he would come. Daniel doesn't delay and immediately proposes to Catherine.
Knowing that the road ahead may not be easy the two set about their wedding plans. With her family away on the continent purchasing race horses, Catherine prepares a feast within the lavish banqueting room of Ballinkeele House. Including fine antique china, exquisite cut glass and pristine white linen napkins to make the celebration as special as possible. Gently placing silver buttons on each place setting Catherine believes these buttons will fasten their love together, never to be undone. Even the ring given to her by Daniel holds at its heart a button, the only valuable item he had in his possession, passed to him from his Grandmother. Catherine believes it to be a good omen.
Her wonderful friends, who she has sworn to secrecy arrive with a fabulous gown for her to wear, they are in blush pink and assure her they will be by her side. She slips into her wedding dress and ponders for some time about how her life will now change. She may not have the wealth of the manor house but she will have the wealth of her dreams. Enjoying the glamour and beauty of Ballinkeele House for possibly the last time Catherine and Daniel drink fine tea and eat decadent cake, before they pack a small bag and leave the manor house for a life together filled with dreams of hope and possibility.
Oh So Sweet Occasions
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