International Chocolate Day by TaraD

Do you know anybody that doesn’t like chocolate?

We don’t, we’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like that sweet, smooth little piece of heaven.

Today is International Chocolate Day, and yes, that is a thing! We seem to celebrate so many other things, so why not celebrate something we all love so much?

Let’s admit it, we all find excuses to buy, eat of gift chocolates, so why not actually eat them on the day we’re celebrating it?

For those of you who like fun facts, chocolate has been around since 1750BC, as evidence found in Mexico.
Chocolate originates with the cocoa tree and it takes roughly 400 cocoa beans to make 1 pound of chocolate and 2-
4 days to make a chocolate bar. No wonder it’s considered a luxury.
Lindt, Godiva, Ferrero are all names that most people recognise globally. But who needs those when we have our own amazing chocolates right here in our backyard?

Ireland and Germany rate as the third biggest consumers of chocolate in the world! And it’s no wonder when we have our own brands of delicious chocolate being produced all over the country.

Many of them are hand-made and unique…and what can beat that as a gift? This is the gift that can’t ever go wrong.
If you have a special occasion coming up, like your wedding, or you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary,
birthdays, Mother’s Day, here is a short list of some of Ireland’s best chocolates:

Butlers Chocolates and Cafes https://www.butlerschocolates.com/en

Cadbury Ireland https://www.cadbury.ie/ 
Skelligs Chocolate Factory in Co. Kerry – https://skelligschocolate.com/

Hand made chocolates and an amazing day trip for the family as well to visit the factory and watch the chocolates being made.
Lily O’Brien personalised chocolates and great options for wedding gifts too. https://lilyobriens.ie

https://trufflefairy.ie/ – hand made chocolates. Requires a bit of travelling to Kilkenny but so worth the trip if you’re
into award winning chocolates!
https://chocolategarden.ie/ – another choice for award winning hand-made chocolates, straight out of Co. Carlow.
They accept school tours too!
Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll make a great choice!

Yum yum!

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Dunloe Hotel & Gardens by TaraD

The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens is set in a 64 acre estate, overlooking the beautiful Gap of Dunloe in Co. Kerry.

After its recent renovation, we had the pleasure of spending a day at the hotel, creating and directing a Wedding Inspirational Photoshoot which has since been featured in the Wedding Journal Magazine.

Our inspiration was led largely by the venue, the modern, yet sophisticated edge that it has. We co ordinated with suppliers who think outside the box, creating something different while still appealing to a wide range of brides.

We were delighted to work with some fantastic local suppliers such as Cathy Troth, who designed all the incredible headpieces for our models. I have had the pleasure of knowing Cathy even before her business began. She is an incredible artist who pays close attention to her clients needs and is able to create something special from the most random of starting points! It is inspiring to watch. So if you need a headpiece for a wedding or an event I would suggest that you give her a call!

Suzanne from Designer flowers by Kerry Wedding Flowers, who created the amazing floral bouquets! I mean have any of you ever seen something so different? WOW!

 

   

Tricia from Tricia O Sullivan hair and beauty http://kerryhairdresser.ie can literally do hair with her eyes closed. Her talents never cease to amaze me!

Likewise with Georgina who works her magic as a make up artist, you can see more of her work here https://georginamackessymakeup.com

They are a great team to work with and I always recommend them for wedding days as you need experienced, talented suppliers to make your day run smoothly!

 

The dresses were all supplied by Laura Kate’s Bridal boutique and I have honestly never seen such beautiful gowns before.

Our two amazing models Savannagh and Sarah Jane from the Norma O Donoghue model agency, showed all of our work with glamour and grace.

Thank you to all of you involved and a special thank you to the staff and management at The Dunloe for supporting our creativity and letting us explore the amazing setting that is ideal for any wedding day.

I hope some of our ideas, have given you ideas for your special day!

If you would like to see some of our real weddings at The Dunloe please contact us!

 

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