Rome Fridaygram

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done a Fridaygram post, the last of which was an Ibiza Fridaygram, so needless to say I’ve had a pretty busy few weeks. In between Ibiza and now Rome, I was also in London for a weekend break so there’s been lots going on. And when there’s lots going on, that means there’s lots of photos too.

Not only has it been a busy few weeks but the weather has also been amazing, I don’t know about you but I just love this time of year. They say you’re at your best in the season you were born in, and as I am a summer baby, then maybe that’s why I love it so much. Or maybe because sunny days are just more fun!

We were due to arrive in Rome last night but unfortunately we had a personal emergency and had to change our flights. Thankfully, all is okay now and we managed to get out on the first flight this morning but that means I don’t have any Rome pictures to show you just yet. I promise they will follow, but for now, here’s a look back at what’s been going on over on my Instagram for the past two weeks…


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Happy Friday! And don’t forget, if you’re on Instagram then please come follow me over there too.

Ciao…

Sorcha x

Ibiza Fridaygram

Happy Friday from sunny Ibiza! I hope it’s a lovely sunny day wherever you are too, and if not, then at least the weekend is almost upon us!

With all the gorgeous weather we’ve been having, I’ve been snap happy on my phone and camera over the past two weeks since I last shared a Fridaygram post with you all. I’ve revisited my favourite place in the world, Ballymaloe House (which is also where Dave and I got married), I’ve been out for some lovely meals, have been running in the sunshine, and now, am in Ibiza. 

So if you’ve missed out on my Instagram photos, or if you’re not yet following me over there, then here’s a look at all the pretty pictures I’ve been sharing…

 

It’s amazing how much better your photos look with a bit of sunshine. Whilst one or two of these pictures have been borrowed from Pinterest, they all give the same message – it’s summer!

Hope you all have a fabulous Friday.

Sorcha x

Wedding, Photos, Love

Well this is the post you’ve all been waiting for (well maybe not!) but a couple of weeks back, I promised to share a full post on our wedding photography once I received all the images from our photographers. I’m so excited to say that the time has finally come and I hope you won’t be disappointed!

Can I just start by showing you the amazingly cute packaging that our USB key arrived in. Because oh my god, seriously, I’ve never seen anything like this before!

I opened the parcel to find this little wooden box, which slides open. And inside was not only the cutest ever matching wooden USB key, but also some Polaroids of some of our pictures and a little magnet. I’m all about the details, and this was just the icing, on top of the icing of the cake!

Our wedding photographers were the amazing Paul and Elaine from Moat Hill Photography. Like most brides, I didn’t know where to start when looking for a wedding photographer so put a lot of time into researching different people. I asked all my friends who had been married for recommendations, I trawled through magazines and wedding blogs, and I read what felt like hundreds of reviews online, until I came across Moat Hill.

The minute I came across their website I was sold. The decision was made. Aside from the small task of getting Dave on board too, I knew these were the photographers for us. I needn’t have worried about Dave either because once he saw some images of previous weddings they had done, he was in agreement and we pretty much booked them on the spot!

Of course we still had to meet with them, but we were pretty sure nothing could happen that would change our minds, and we were right. When we met with Paul to run through our vision for the day, we instantly clicked with him. He has that incredible ability to be super professional, whilst also being completely laid back – the sign of someone truly passionate about what they do in my opinion.

We didn’t want just standard wedding photos, now don’t get me wrong, of course we wanted some traditional pictures, but we also wanted in the moment, good and bad, funny and sad. We wanted relaxed. And we knew that’s exactly what we would get after just a few short minutes into our meeting with Paul.

On our wedding day itself, both Paul and Elaine were such a pleasure to work with. One of the things we loved most when we decided to book them was the fact that they both could come to shoot our wedding meaning nothing would get missed. Elaine spent the morning with the boys, while Paul spent the morning with my girls and I, and honestly it was all just so easy going. They fitted in so well, we hardly even knew they were there! We completely put our trust in them for the day, we had no lists, we just let them guide us through it all and I’m so glad we did because we were not disappointed.

How they managed to capture every little detail of our day the way they did, is incredible to me. They missed nothing and it has been so amazing to see our day through their eyes. As a bride or groom, you miss so much of what is going on because you’re so busy, so it has been a very special experience being able to now see the day unfold through our pictures.

So here you go, here’s a little taster of just some of our incredible photos:


So there you go, eeeek! I hope you like them as much as we do!

I haven’t shared too many pictures as I plan on doing a few more posts. I have a very funny story about my dress which a couple of friends have told me I have to share on the blog so I might do that soon, and I’ll do a separate post on all the little intricate details too if you would like to see them so just let me know.

Obviously there are many great wedding photographers out there, but Moat were just perfect for us, we honestly couldn’t have asked for any better. So to any of you budding brides out there looking for something a little less ordinary, I would definitely recommend checking them out: www.mhphoto.ie.

And as I say so often, oh how I wish I could do it all over again…

Sorcha x

Fridaygram

It’s Friday and that’s the best day of the week in my view. I’m very excited about the weekend ahead. My sister, who just got engaged (squeal) is coming home for the weekend and we are going to celebrate, big time! But before I close out the week, I’ve decided to share my week in review from Instagram.

I’m thinking of doing this every Friday from now on so please let me know your thoughts and whether you enjoy seeing my pictures. I am by no means the best photographer in the world, but I love pretty pictures, and am completely obsessed with Instagram. Oh, and if you want to come follow me there (please do), you can do so by clicking here.

Anyway here’s a look back over my Instagram week…

Saturday

If you read my review on the new restaurant Angelina’s yesterday, you’ll know that this is where I spent a lot of my evening and night last Saturday. Chatting with the girls, eating delicious food and sipping on prosecco. What more could a girl ask for?!

Sunday  

Given said evening and night of alcohol on Saturday, Sunday was spent mostly in bed, in my pyjamas, blogging, reading and Pinterest pinning. This was a good day.

Monday

A little Monday Motivation goes a long way, and I came across this cute picture on Pinterest so had to share it. Coffee is definitely what we all need to get us through Monday!

It was also a freezing cold day on Monday, but dreaming of warmer days I donned my ballerina pumps with my skinny jeans.

Tuesday

I love playing around with makeup as you may already know, so on Tuesday I shared one of my favourite makeup looks, a golden smokey eye paired with one of my go-to lipstick shades, Dark Side from MAC. This is look I went for on my girls night out last Saturday.

Wednesday

My gorgeous gold Gorjana necklace, need I say more?!

I’m a big book lover, book worm, bibliophile – there are many ways to describe my love of books. When I came across this photo on Twitter I just had to share it. It encapsulates so many of my favourite things, summer, flowy dresses, and reading.

Thursday


I recently shared a sneak peak of my wedding photos with you all, and yesterday I shared a Throw Back Thursday snap to one of my favourite wedding pictures. Now, I know I’ve promised you all a full wedding photography post and it’s coming, I swear! I’m just waiting on the USB to arrive from my photographer so I can share some of the images with you all.

But for now this will have to suffice. Oh how I wish I could do it all over again…

When I came home yesterday evening, I took out my happiness planner and entered my comments for the day. I love this happiness planner I got recently, if you’d like to know more about it you can read my full happiness planner post here.

My hubby and I are currently looking at redecorating some rooms so, as I so often do, I was looking up some inspiration on Houzz and Pinterest. How gorgeous is this living room? Exactly my style, soft tones, grey couch and a picture wall. I just had to share it.

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My love for neck pieces is unwavering! Today I’ve opted for this spiked monochrome chunky neckpiece from Topshop. Perfect match to my knit black jumper.

So there you go! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, please let me know your thoughts.

Oh and, Happy Friday! 🙂

Sorcha x

Eeek, It’s Wedding Photo Day

Sniff, sniff, sniff… Don’t worry, these are not tears of sadness, they are tears of joy, of excitement, of elation, of happiness, because we just got our wedding photographs and they are amazing. Simply amazing. They are everything we could have ever hoped for and so much more.

When we were planning our wedding, it took us a while to find a photographer that was perfect for us, but all the effort and research we put in was so worth it. I will share a full post on all our wedding photography details shortly (once I’ve finished balling!) but for now, here’s a sneak preview…


Everyone tells you what an amazing experience it is looking through your wedding photos, and they weren’t wrong. I have been counting down the weeks since we got home from honeymoon and I’m so happy the day has finally arrived where we can relive it all again through our photos.

What an amazing day it was, if only we could do it all over…

I’m off to look at them for the hundredth time but I’ll be back with that full post soon!

Sorcha x

Shake it like a Polaroid Picture

Photographs. Who doesn’t love them? Well maybe some of you don’t, but they are one of my biggest loves. I’m obsessed, and anyone who knows me will attest to that. I love nothing more than spending an evening going through boxes of old photos or flicking through my laptop, laughing to myself at the memories they invoke. It’s also not unusual for me to sit in my parents’ house for hours on a Sunday afternoon, sorting through old pictures and relaying stories with my Mum about times gone by.

For this post however, I’m going to specifically talk about my love of Polaroids. Capturing a moment and producing an instant print = JOY! I’ve wanted a Polaroid camera for as long as I can remember, but they were expensive back in the day and for one reason or another I never got one. Then they kind of disappeared. Apart from my sister, I didn’t know anyone who had one. The Polaroid dream had died until one day not so long ago, the revival came. Hallelujah!

Early last year I began noticing the odd ad here and there about new Polaroid camera models as well as similar less expensive instant camera options from other manufacturers. What seemed like overnight, these ads were suddenly everywhere. No matter where I looked – television, magazines, social media; like a sign from the photo Gods, Polaroid was there!

I couldn’t ignore it any longer and so began researching different options available. My first proper reintroduction was a few months back when Dave surprised me with an account with a company called Polabora. They print your photos on Polaroids and send them to you, taking away the need for a camera altogether. Genius I thought. What I didn’t realise then was that actually loads of companies were doing this and I was just late to the Polaroid party (awkward for me). I don’t know how I missed it but I was in Polaroid heaven, and started printing a LOT of photos. I have so many printed now that I’ve recently begun working on a Polaroid wall project in our living room – but as it’s not finished yet you’ll have to wait a little longer to see it!

Anyway, I could now print as many Polaroids as I wanted, without the need to pine over a camera anymore. Or so I thought… Having the Polaroids just fuelled my infatuation further and I decided the time had come to treat myself. Given that I was also planning a wedding, what better excuse did I need?!

Our wedding was photo themed from beginning to end; we had a photographer and videographer, we had a retro style photobooth, we had photo stick props, we had a hashtag, we had signs saying please Instagram, we had an Instagram sign prop, we had Polaroid place name favours for each of our guests. And most importantly of all, we had a Polaroid camera.


 

When browsing wedding ideas on Pinterest, I had seen an image of a Polaroid picture line and just had to have something like it at our wedding. So, I took the long-awaited plunge and finally bought myself a Fuji Instax Mini 8 camera and 120 Polaroid films. The Instax camera is one of the cheaper options on the market, and was the perfect wedding option. I wanted to capture every single second of the day and not miss a thing. I had all my friends instructed to take as many photos as possible. They didn’t disappoint (thanks friends!).

   

As any bride will know, your day goes by in a heartbeat, you miss so much of what’s going on. People told me this coming up to the wedding and my god were they right. I can’t tell you how happy I am now that I have so many photos to look back on. And I don’t even have my professional photographer photos or video back yet. Can you sense me squealing with excitement? I am!

Realistically, you probably don’t need all of the photo elements that we had on your wedding day, but if you’re looking for a quick, inexpensive way to capture all the fun moments then I would definitely recommend it. We managed to hold on to about eighty Polaroids thanks to our friend Alex who made sure they all got hung up on our picture line, and I can’t tell you how many times we’ve sat looking through them already. All that’s left to do now is add them to my wall project!

 

Sorcha x