I'm on a real white peony buzz at the moment. Loving their elegance. So beautiful.Here's a little bridal bouquet montage.
So there have been some exciting developments around here of late... my beautiful baby boy, Elliott, finally arrived, two weeks late, on April 29th.To add to that joy, flowers that I did for a gorgeous Brumley and Wells shoot have been featured on Once Wed. Unfortunately I was much too pregnant to make it to the shoot on the day but instead sent my flowers. Well done to Ciara at Style Serendipity and everybody else involved, such a fabulous job.
Editorial Credits: Photography: Brumley and Wells | Concept and Styling: Ciara O’Halloran of Style Serendipity | Flowers: The Informal Florist| Location: Killruddery House| Hair: UpStyle Junkie | Make Up: Annette O’Brien | Dresses: Little White Dress | Paper Goods: Brumley and Wells | Model: Lauren of Andrea Roche
Spring is here at last. The sun is shining. The city playgrounds are busy again. We badly needed to get out of the house. Johnny ran around like a mad goose. It was incredibly invigorating and we plan to hit some slides and swings again within the hour. I feel great today. 8 weeks to go, 32 weeks gone. Not long now and 3 will become 4. Today seems full of promise. The abundance of hellebores has definitely added to the cheer. When they peek their hardy heads above ground, defying the last lingering chill of winter, it's a minor miracle. For flowers that don't last well once they're cut, they're tough little beauts when left to their own devices. I almost feel guilty cutting them to enjoy so fleetingly in arrangements but I can't resist their rich colour and shy, nodding heads. Just beautiful. Here are a few of my iPhone snaps from a recent shoot with Irish Country Magazine. I finally had the pleasure of working with the brilliant Sharon Hearne-Smith, which was an absolute delight. The fabulous props and styling were courtesy of the talented Pearl from Pearl & Godiva. And I have my gardening guru, Geraldine, to thank for the beautiful hellebores. Incidentally, Geraldine and I are pretty excited at the moment - we have big tuber and seed plans afoot for the coming year. I'll keep you posted.
You may remember I mentioned a wedding of two charming scientists that I worked on a little while ago. Well that lovely couple, Sonia and Paul, have since sent me some fab photos of their special day taken by the very talented Christina Brosnan. The wedding took place in Kilshane House and it quite literally brought me home. I grew up in Tipperary town, a few miles from the venue and had (indoor) camped in Kilshane as a kid when it was a neglected and unloved old building - many years prior to its fabulous restoration.Setting up the florals that morning in the orangery was such a reflective and enjoyable experience. Memories of innocent late night sniggering in paper-thin sleeping bags came flooding back. But that was then. Long gone are the dark corridors and torch wielding pre-teens. These days it's a lovingly restored Regency house back to its former glory.
Huge congrats to Sonia and Paul on their beautiful wedding. Enjoy.
My 2012 wedding season drew to a close with a table full of antiquated pewter vessels awaiting a citrus twist. Loved working on this wedding. It was a welcome bit of space to get busy again with flowers after the madness and over indulgence of Christmas. It also gave me time to reflect on a great year - flowers and family wise. So much has happened during my first year of business. I've worked with lovely couples on their happy day and it has brought me an unexpected level of joy. I've also been lucky to enough to meet fabulous people through work and had the opportunity to collaborate on exciting projects, so work wise it's been a good run. Then there's the family side of 2012. Everyone is safe and healthy. Plus we have a little addition to our family due in April. Couldn't ask for more really. Of course the end of 2012 was balanced by vomiting bugs, cabin fever, tetchiness and writing off of the family car (not through our actions!!) but it's still been a good year. I wish you a very happy 2013. Cx
Here's the fig-and-bramble-style winter table inspiration shoot that I did back in December with the One Fab Day team. Beautifully styled by OFD's Karen. The gorgeous photographs are by Sona from Inspired by Love. Loved the collaboration and the results of our collective toil. Although I can hardly call it work given we spent a pre-Christmas day in a Dublin 8 loft tinkering with tablescapes, chatting and eating great sambos. Pretty much ideal. Also gave me a surprise opportunity to catch up with Emily, OFD's new DIY Diva. Happy days... Check out the full shoot on http://onefabday.com/christmas-wedding-inspiration/
I was really excited to receive these photos from Maria & Alan's fabulous Dublin city wedding that I worked on last spring. There are so many details about this stylish wedding to adore. Maria had a really strong vision for the day and it totally paid off. The results were gorgeous. Their cracking wedding photos are by We Are The Mastersons.