Showing posts with label Wedding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wedding. 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.


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 
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

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


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:

Monday, 15 October 2018

An Amalfi Dream

Holly & Dave Wedding Video

Until you've eaten Pizza in Naples and sipped Limoncello in Amalfi, you've not experienced the essence of Italy. 

'September 28th 2018, Amalfi Coast' was etched on the wooden 'Save the Date' magnet that had just come in the post. 

"Stephen!! We're going to the Amalfi Coast ahhhhhhh" was the next thing I heard myself saying down the phone to my boyfriend.

Nothing could have prepared me for the holiday I was about to experience, and the wedding I was about to witness.


So the wedding of my dear friend Holly and her Aussie beau was to be held in Amalfitana, and I was going to make sure that it was the holiday of the year. Little did I know it'd be one of the most incredible holidays I'd ever experience.

First Stop:


Stephen and I arrived in Naples on the Sunday before the Wedding on the following Friday. We decided we would work our way down towards Amalfi town by renting a car making stops along the way. What's better than actually living like a local to experience the real culture of Italy?

Naples, much like Sicily, is a crumbling city. It's old, defaced and cramped, but that's what adds to its charm. With the endless cacophony of car horns, hyperbolic expressions of disdain from enraged drivers, and baby cries from beyond the repetitive, rusted balconies above, Naples is convincingly a movie set; Everyone plays their part to their utmost melodramatic ability. 

For two nights we stayed in a contrasting modern Air BnB. Usually, the Italian interior of most hotels is dated, but we realised we chose well when we got into our first apartment.

Italian Coffee

Old Bells

Italian Interior

Castel Nuovo

Built in 1279

Painted mural inside the castle

Street Art

After driving through the Amalfi I now understand why Italian cars are tiny


After two nights and endless amounts of the best pizza I had ever tasted, we got our rental car and made our way to Praiano for one night. Praiano is located on the iconic coast of Amalfi and we wanted to experience the restaurants that were literally built into the cliff walls.

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Amalfi Town/ Ravello

The following day we drove to where we'd be staying for the following four nights, Ravello. 
Ravello is 10 minutes from Amalfi town, and since I'm a creature who likes to stay in the middle of the countryside, I booked into the most charming little house high up on the Ravello hills. 
We had the most breathtaking view. Every morning I got out and I stood in awe at the view we had and even as I look at it now, I'm still mesmerised.

The Beginning of the Wedding Celebrations...

Holly, never settling for anything less than epic, had her THIRD hen party in Italy. The ladies dressed in red, and got ready for a fabulous evening that ended in us being about 10 metres under the ground in a cave that had been turned into a nightclub. There's a first for everything I suppose.

Mornings in Amalfi...

Amalfi Cathedral 

On the day before the wedding, Holly and Dave piled us all on a bus and didn't tell us where we were going. (I know, I wish you had friends like mine too) After a few (Derry) sing-songs on the bus we stopped and made a mysterious descent down the renowned vertical steps that Amalfi is known for.

And right there, laid in front of us, was another breathtaking view, a swimming pool, an open bar and the most delicious, fresh Italian food spread. "Are you surprising us all  and getting married right here, right now?" I asked Holly because I was convinced this was as good as a wedding reception could get...I was wrong (Just wait until I tell you about the actual reception).

Charlie (Videographer) and I

A beautiful soul with face to match 

The most beautiful sister duo

Bikini shot

It doesn't get any better...

Wait, it does <3

The Wedding Day

As if being a guest wasn't a privilege itself, Holly asked me to do her makeup on her wedding day. I was nervous, but delighted she asked me to contribute to her most special day. Honouring her own natural beauty, and usual delicate makeup style, I did a soft, whimsical glam look on Holly. With her bone structure and those brows, she doesn't need makeup at all.

Then, after I left I made my way to get ready myself. 

When I think of what to wear to a wedding I like to take into consideration the context of the wedding. So, taking inspiration from the Italian designers Dolce & Gabbanna, I decided to revere the the iconography of the local cathedrals and effigies. 

Here comes the bride...

Holly came up the aisle and my tears started to roll down my face, down onto my arm and onto the floor. I was fitting in with the melodramatic Italian culture.

Holly, never satisfied until she gets exactly what she envisions in her mind, (that's why we're friends), designed her own dress. The detail, the colour and the elegance of the fabric was majestic.

Mr & Mrs Bezzant

After the ceremony we were ushered to a little rustic restaurant at the side of the cathedral where wine, champagne and pizza awaited us. After we indulged there, we were summoned to go pick ourselves some gelato, adding to the endless treats Holly and Dave bestowed upon their guests.

The Venue

So I was wrong when I thought a wedding venue couldn't get any more beautiful than the 'pre-wedding' venue. Tucked away in the other side of Ravello stood the most iconic building with the most enchanted grounds. And of course, a view that Gods would envy.

Fixing up my makeup

The Bezzants

My Yasmin x

100% Pure Soul Sistas, never from concentrate.

Bridal Party & Mother-of-the-Bride (Even though she could be their sister)

Touch ups


Not only did Holly have mouthwatering options for my vegetarian palate, but also had SIX courses to her wedding meal. To be honest, with Holly being an absolute foodie, I didn't expect anything else. Stephen still talks about that meal to this day.

Holly wanted to change up her hairstyle for the evening celebrations and I was already ahead of her when she asked me to do a loose plait. I added flowers and she then removed part of her dress to reveal her petite curves. Just wait for her THIRD dress...

First Dance

And in true Holly style, she appeared from the shadows in her third dress and looked like a statue of a goddess carved from ice. With her raven hair, glowing skin, and Amalfi moonlight on her cheeks, I couldn't help but stare in awe at not only her beauty, but how she organised every single detail of the day to be magical. I felt like I was living my own childhood dream of being in a fairytale, and I was looking at a real life Queen. 


The next day we gathered on the port as Holly and Dave (again) treated us on a boat trip to the neighbouring town of Positano. (Seriously, I know! It literally doesn't get any better)

I couldn't wait to get into the sea and just 'Replenish' myself.

Mrs Bezzant 

Baby Shark...Do do do do

My love

Final Gelato
Never will I forget the experience Dave and Holly gave us. Not only was it an honour to witness their marriage, but to be there among her closest family and friends, and to be part of the biggest day of her life, was the biggest privilege I've ever felt.

Just one problem though...

...if I get married, how do I even begin going about planning a wedding to match that?

Watch their incredible Wedding Video here- Holly & Dave Wedding Video

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