Showing posts with label Ireland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ireland. Show all posts

Monday, 13 May 2019

Our Engagement Party



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.

We I decided quite quickly that we'd have a 'Cherry Blossom' themed party purely because they were in season and are my favourite flower. So, away I went onto the internet and googled everything party and cherry blossom related. That night I closed my eyes and all I could see were cherry blossoms. 


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.






Arriving

Holly (Cousin), Me and Pat (Godmother/Aunt)
My soul sister, Aisling of Dream Capture Photography
Bride Tribe
Left to Right: Pat (Godmother), Jayne (Cousin), Elaine (Sister), Lola (niece), Me, Mother, Holly (Cousin)

Lola (niece) & I 
fianc├ęs
My little loves.
Left to Right: Stephen, Michael (Godson), A.J (Nephew) and Lola (Niece)
The Bestie
Eimear! I'd be lost without her. Everyone needs an Eimear in their lives.
Elaine & A.J
Gacks






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

Team Bride
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
Little A.J



"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.

If you've any questions please get in touch: reddutchess22@gmail.com































Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Yoga Weekend Retreat at Redcastle Hotel || January 2019






I received an email early one morning from Redcastle hotel inviting me to experience their yoga retreat for an entire weekend. A holistic weekend at a 4* hotel in one of the most beautiful parts of Donegal? You bet! I replied immediately accepting the offer.

I was even more delighted to be able to invite my friend and fellow yoga enthusiast, Yasmin. Yasmin has been integral to the growth of Replenish, and she was the first person who came to mind when I was told I could bring a friend. Yasmin has experienced Yoga in all its glory when she was travelling through South East Asia, so of course she was exactly the person who would appreciate this retreat as much as myself.

The retreat was guided by Tara O'Rourke, founder of SaolBo Therapies and Training based in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Tara is 'gracious'.  She was passionate about every single person's experience during the yoga retreat and became a friend to everyone. She has the most calming presence and soothing voice. Tara is also a Wellness Therapist, Homeopath and Meditation teacher as well as being a Yoga teacher.



I received the itinerary and I patiently waited for Friday to come.




I practice yoga often as you'll see on my Instagram . Whilst I'm very flexible, I like to work on my strength and balance as having inner ear problems can inhibit my balance in general. Yoga is part of my 'Replenish Lifestyle' that I lead, and encourage others to lead in order to yield optimum mental health and wellbeing.

From the first Yoga practice on the Friday until the very final practice on Sunday morning, I had never felt more at peace, both physically and mentally.

Tara educated us in every aspect of the various types of Yoga we were practicing.  Her passion for what she was teaching enlightened me just as much as the learning of the importance of 'Pranayama Practice'. Prana is 'life force' and the sources of Prana are vital to our wellbeing, whether that is through our food, air quality and environment. So, Yasmin and I decided to go a walk in Moville for some good quality Donegal Prana after our practice on Saturday.

I also thoroughly enjoyed our 'Mantra with Intentions' session as I had never experienced doing anything like that before. We did Chakra Meditations with Mudras and Mantras and by the end of the session I felt relaxed yet, re-engerised.

For two mornings and two evenings Redcastle hotel provided the utmost quality of food that I found enhanced our experience even more. We sat, as a group, along the tables provided for us and we exchanged stories with each other, laughed and truly enjoyed each other's company.


View from our hotel room

Ready for Yoga

There WERE strawberries...but I ate them.

Our Yoga room for the weekend

Yasmin getting ready for some flow




There's my balance away...






A walk in Moville

Dinner Time

Don't pretend like you don't run for dinner as well




                           
Breakfast View









Tea by the Sea


"Bye Room'


The Group


Even if Yoga isn't your 'thing', just to experience a weekend in Redcastle Hotel is enough to help you unwind.

Thank to you Tara for making me feel renewed and to The Redcastle Hotel, and of course Feleena, for your unprecedented service and care.

Keep an eye out on The Redcastle website for their next retreat and offers:
The Redcastle Hotel & Spa


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