I'm not one for a fuss. I've never thrown a 'party' in my life except for the odd BBQ when the parents were away. But, when the dreamiest guy you've ever met gets down one one knee with an Emerald and asks you to be his wife, you know a fuss has to be made.
Within one week we got confirmation that Stephen would be finally coming home, after 5 years of long-distance relationship, as well as getting engaged! Life has a habit of doing that to me, giving me nothing for a while and then everything at once.
Stephen and I agreed that we'd like to mark our engagement with a gathering of our nearest and dearest in our home town of Derry. Of course not everyone whom we hold so dearly to us could make it to the engagement party, but there'll be plenty of time for that when the Hen, Stag and actual wedding appear on the horizon.
I sourced all the party-ware from AliExpress, Home Bargains in Derry and The Range in Derry.
My friend Aisling of Dream Capture Photography was on hand with her photography skills, as was the ever so reliable Eimear who made the most beautiful Cherry Blossom cake as well as allowing me to go home and get ready whilst she finished decorating on the night of the party. Rois Davis, a dear friend and art teacher, painted me the most beautifully intricate cherry blossom backdrop for the selfies.
|My Hair for the party|
|Setting up in Primrose on The Strand|
|White Chocolate & Passion Fruit cake tasted unreal.|
|Holly (Cousin), Me and Pat (Godmother/Aunt)|
|My soul sister, Aisling of Dream Capture Photography|
Left to Right: Pat (Godmother), Jayne (Cousin), Elaine (Sister), Lola (niece), Me, Mother, Holly (Cousin)
|Lola (niece) & I|
|My little loves.|
Left to Right: Stephen, Michael (Godson), A.J (Nephew) and Lola (Niece)
|Eimear! I'd be lost without her. Everyone needs an Eimear in their lives.|
|Elaine & A.J|
We decided that Primrose on The Strand was an ideal location as its French interior blended majestically with the Cherry Blossom theme of the party. We basically booked out Primrose's weekly 'Fizzy Friday' night of food, cocktails and music for our party. We had the freedom of decorating the area as well as having power over the contents of the menu and signature cocktail, which came in little teacups and saucers.
|My good friend and photographer of 'Inspired', Andrejs|
|Myself and soon to be married couple, Andrejs & Jennifer|
|Myself and Mustafa|
|Mother & Daughter, Elaine and Lola|
|My incredible parents|
|My second set of parents, my God Parents.|
|Stephen and his parents|
|Good friend Rosemarie & I|
|Redheads unite. Gorgeous Marese & I|
|The best guys|
|"EAT IT WOULD YE?!"|
|When I take it for myself...|
|Stephen and his friends|
Left to Right: Gerard, Conan, Stephen, Paul & Ciaran
|Our number 3.|
|So it begins...|
I'm beyond grateful and blessed to be surrounded by such loving people. I feel very lucky to be able to call these people family and friends and I'm honoured that I'll have them around me as I embark on my life with Stephen.
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