My wedding day adventures by TaraD

Looking through our wedding pictures and seeing how much love and magic was captured has left me with the same butterflies that I had on the day all over again!!

From the madness the morning of with everyone making sure they hadn’t forgotten anything to calmness at the end of the night realising that we had just pulled off the most amazing day and night of our lives was mind blowing!

Looking at the wedding pictures, my wedding ring or of course my wife any bit of stress involved in the lead up to the wedding was so minor in comparison to this feeling of love.

The love we felt from our friends, our parents, our brothers and sisters and even our photographers is a feeling that we will never forget.

It’s the little things on the day that you don’t plan that are the ones you never forget, the wind leaving the house teasing to mess up my hair or lift up my dress to show off my carefully selected knickers! The breath taking feeling of seeing my bride looking so beautiful waiting for me in the registry office with a cheeky smile and a look on her face of here we go!!!

The moment when our nephew starts crying with happiness doing his reading. The moment our sisters signed their names to our marriage cert. The hug my mother in law gave me, that loved filled hug and emotion filled congratulations. The moment of surprise when I heard my wife’s voice singing through the speakers of the registry office, playing just after we said I do.

The rain that poured down after the ceremony that had us all laughing running to the cars!! The cries during the speeches, the fun when taking the photos.

The feeling of doing our first dance to claps and cheers, the feeling of going to bed married. I would do it all over again but looking at the pictures will do for now!

~ Adeline x

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Happy Thanksgiving by TaraD

Even though we in Ireland don’t celebrate Thanksgiving as a holiday and a lot of people might not know the history behind it, I still think it’s a good day to reflect on your life a little bit and say what you’re thankful for.

Today and maybe every day if you can take some time to be thankful for what you have and try not to focus on what you want.

Write a list, like an affirmation and find some time to yourself to recite it. What you put out into the universe comes back with the same amount of positive energy you put in to it so with that in mind here’s the things I am thankful for:

I am thankful for my health and that of my family and friends.

I am thankful for my wife and the wonderful wedding day we had this year.

I am thankful that I have the energy and ability to get out of bed every morning and face the day whatever it may bring.

I am thankful I have a warm house and a dog that is always happy to see me.

Most of all I am thankful for my life and my experiences that have made me the woman I am today.

So today take stock of what’s most important to you and say thanks to people or the universe for being here.

Adeline x

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Today we have a great interview with headpiece designer Cathy Troth from  Headpieces by Cathy Troth, enjoy!


Originally from England, I moved to Co. Kerry 16 years ago.  Since leaving university in 1996 I’ve worked in fashion retail at various levels.  I live in Firies, with my husband of 16 years and 2 sons; a rose amongst thorns!!

I design, create and retail occasional and bridal headpieces and veils.  I also offer a service of upstyling a client’s own headpiece.  All of my services are offered at an affordable price as my vision for Headpieces by Cathy Troth is to bring a formerly seen luxury product to everyone.  Why should a uniquely created headpiece be available only to people for whom money is no object?

I have a passion for vintage and it is with this in mind, and the 1940s ethos of ‘make do and mend’ that leads me to incorporate vintage or recycled gems into my headpieces.  Again ensuring their uniqueness.


It’s the different types of people I meet that makes my job.  I love hearing their stories, listening to their concerns and reassuring them that they are now in safe hands and they don’t have to worry.  Meeting with clients allows me to gauge their personality which I use to help me design a piece to reflect and compliment them.


For my ready-to-wear creations, it can be quite literally anything that inspires me. A fabric, beading, a picture.  For my commissioned pieces, it’s the person that inspires me. After talking with them, I can usually gauge their personality and I use that as a springboard for the design.


I am seeing a moving away from veils and more headpieces are being ordered.  Pieces that can be worn all day comfortably. However, there is something special about a veil; conjuring up an air of pure romance.


Ensure you employ people you trust to work with you on your big day. You should feel that when you hand over that section to them, your burden is lifted not added to. That is one of aims for my clients. Don’t panic!! There is time to do everything!!

Thank Cathy for sharing! For more information about Cathy Troth headpieces please visit  Headpieces by Cathy Troth

~ Adeline

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Have a hair trial!

Make sure to do trials before your wedding, you should almost see them as interviews for the big day! With the hair trial don’t be afraid to try something new, you want to look and feel a bit different than what you’re used to on a normal weekday.

Research and research again!!

Google, Google and Google hair ideas, use the words like ‘cool’, ‘unusual’, ‘funky’, ‘vintage’ in your searches, save all the images on your phone or print them and bring them with you.

Take advice from your hairdresser!

Take into consideration any advice your hairdresser gives you, he or she might suggest a hairstyle that could be the one!

Be comfortable.

Make sure you are comfortable with the hairstyle you choose and that it will be manageable on the day, see how you feel after the hair trial and imagine yourself wearing it all day. If you are not happy don’t be afraid to try another style!


Think practical, rain and wind in Ireland, will your hairstyle sustain this and if you are going abroad think of how your hairstyle and certain products will wear in the sun.

Dress prepared.

Wear a shirt with buttons or dress so you can get changed into your wedding dress easily without ruining your hair!

Adeline x

For a hairstylist we would recommend make sure to have a look at Tricia O Sullivan! http://kerryhairdresser.com/

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Thrifty Thursday by TaraD

Thrifty Thursday! Looking do to something different on your wedding day??

Key to a successful marriage

This project is affordable and gives an alternative to a wedding guest book! This idea can be done in different variations to make it unique to you.

For this project you will need:

  • Antique style keys
  • Paper card
  • Small hooks
  • Twine
  • A board or frame(with glass removed)
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Pens (gold and silver to add a bit of colour!)
  • Chalk board to explain what you want your guests to do!

This project doesn’t cost much and will give your wedding day a unique and fun touch!

Step one:

You can use a gift tag that you have lying around at home or a stencil to cut out the shape you want on the paper card to create your tags.

Step 2:

Use the hole puncher to make a hole at the top of the prepared tags.

Step 3:

Feed the twine through the hole to make a loop and tie.

Step 4:

Count the number of guests attending and screw in the amount of hooks required into the board or frame.

Step 5:

Hang the tags off the hooks and you’re good to go!

Don’t forget to leave pens for the guests to use! 😉

Adeline x

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