I also was ill for a while but thank God, all better now!
So now that I'm back, I thought I'd update you all on the wonderful little getaway, and give you some amazing destinations to go to whenever you need a quick break, or if you're overseas, if you just really need some of what Ireland has to offer you.
I think sometimes I take it for granted that I have these wonderful countries right beside me!
I've taken several trips over the past year to Northern Ireland, which is such a beautiful place.
We started off our journey in Northern Ireland, where my future sister-in-law's wedding ceremony was.
Now, before I begin,
I got the wonderful opportunity to photograph Sarah and Niall's wedding, and I've now opened Nataly J Photography
If you would like your wedding photographed, portraits, baby bump/newborn shots, etc, please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Launching the website asap!
Now, back to the wedding.
Sarah was such a beautiful, gracious bride.
and walking back out after saying "I do". (Technically, they said, "I will", but you get me.)
After the ceremony, we headed down to Ireland for the reception. (Talk about an awesome wedding, being held in two countries!)
With their theme being a 'travel' wedding, I think they got off to a good start!
We arrived at Tankardstown House.
Gated, and driving in on a long winding road lined by Irish trees that curved over, leading to the front of the house.
Walking inside, greeted by scones and a warm fire.
Candles lit everywhere, the cosiest atmosphere.
We had to check into our rooms, which turned out to be cottages.
Sharing with a bridesmaid, Nathan's mom, and a few others, the cottage was absolutely lovely.
If you ever happen to find yourself in Ireland, I cannot recommend this place more. One of the most wonderful uniquely charming places I've ever stayed.
More on that later though, back to the wedding!
So after checking in, we headed out to the garden for some tea/coffee and scones, so fabulously british it's crazy.
To all my American friends out there, yes, British people are tea and scone enthusiasts, but dang it, they do it so well!
I never thought I'd like tea and scones moving here but they've roped me in.
Awaiting the arrival of Sarah and Niall, they arrived fashionably late, but boy did they arrive in style!
Niall is a pilot, which inspired the travel themed wedding, and they sure did stick to it right!
Coming in by helicopter, they were instantly greeted with champagne.
Pictures all around to work up the appetite.
Now off to reception it is!
Walking in, you're greeted by wonderful bamboo chairs, and the scene is like it jumped right off a Pinterest board.
Table numbers were written on the back of postcards from different countries.
A marble cake made by Sarah (!!!) with some tips and help from Baked Blessings.
The cake topper was made by Nathan and Sarah's mom, who will soon be launching a store where you can custom order your very own cake toppers!
For now, if you'd like a personalised cake topper, contact me and I'll forward you on.
Such a creative family!
Paper airplane place cards..
and chocolate airplane favours.
They also played the great "Mr and Mrs" game at the reception done by the bridesmaids, which was great.
After having food to fill up my tummy probably twice around,
the photobooth fun began and the dancing commenced.
PS, we have launched our Photobooth in The City in Northern Ireland, so go get yourself a photobooth for your wedding or party!
We danced the night away, and eventually I got really tired because photographing in heels all day can really wear you out!
So I made my way back to my cottage after most people had gone, and grabbed a really relaxing shower.
But before I jumped in, I almost didn't notice, but there were a couple bathrobes and slippers per room for you to use at your leisure!
After a nice hot shower and a wonderful long day, all you really want to do is climb into an amazing robe and slippers!
Then walking into my room to be greeted by an electric fire, oh how cozy!
I had the most wonderful 9 hour sleep wrapped in my duck feather and down duvet!
And finally, before checking out in the morning, everyone that stayed over night grabbed some breakfast in the morning.
I didn't get any pictures of the most wonderful restaurant (I was too tired to think at that time!), so credits to this one go to the Independent, found on the Tankardstown website.
Ah the most amazing getaway!
Next, we went down past Galway to Clifden and Kylemore Abbey, but more to come in the next couple blog posts!
Love you all,