Monday, 22nd August 2011

Just Married…

Our wedding day has come and gone, we’re married and we couldn’t be happier! We don’t have all of our photographs back yet, but I had to share a little sneak peek of our big мультизональные кондиционеры в минске day..

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I’ll be blogging our full wedding very soon, watch this space!

Photography by Bella Lunardi Photography. мультизональные кондиционеры в минске

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Thursday, 24th February 2011

FARRELL & CHASE LOVES DESTINATION WEDDINGS…

As most of you probably know myself and Alan are busy planning our wedding in Rome this Summer. I have been to a few destination weddings both in Italy and Spain and have to say, I love them! Everyone is so relaxed, the sun is shining (hopefully) and the celebration usually extends over a few days allowing you to spend time with friends and family you normally mightn’t get the chance to do so with.

I love seeing real destination wedding for inspiration and getting advice from brides who have planned their own destination weddings. So I thought it would be great if there was a dedicated space where fellow brides planning their dream destination weddings could come to find inspiration and advice and so, flyawaybride.com was born…

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I was thrilled to launch Fly Away Bride on February 14th, yes Valentines day, and the feedback and reaction for everyone has been great! Fly Away Bride will feature only the most unique and gorgeous destination wedding related content, brilliantly talented vendors, real weddings full of style and great ideas and of course my personal experiences while planning my own wedding in Rome!

I hope you enjoy the blog x

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Tuesday, 1st February 2011

OUR ART NOUVEAU WEDDING INVITATIONS

Well they’ve been a while coming, the hardest customer to please is yourself, but myself and Alan finally sent out our wedding invitations. I designed the bespoke wedding stationery suite to set the tone for our Rome wedding this summer. Inspired by the romance and elegance of 1900’s to 19020’s style the Art Nouveau design features curved forms flowing from a stylised butterfly…

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We chose to send our guests a flat invitation, a wedding booklet and and RSVP card. We wanted to use a muted subtle colour palette to create a romantic vintage feel and printed our stationery with a pewter ink and also blind embossed (printed with no ink). I selected an organic curvaceous striking font for our names which was contrasted with a sans serif minimal font.

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I went searching for a stamp that would compliment our stationery suite, the An Post Wedding Stamp or 2010 just didn’t suit at all, so I looked through their website and came across their Stamp Issues section. As soon as I saw the Czeslaw Slania I knew it was perfect. The stamp depicts a scene from the ballet Romeo and Juliet, how fitting, and the colours of the etching were perfect!

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We wanted to provide our guests with all the information they would need to book their flights, accommodation and to plan their trip to Rome. We included in the wedding booklet a map of Rome, information about our favourite sights, restaurants, cafes and bars. We wanted to share our love for Rome with our guests giving them a sense of why we chose Rome as our wedding destination.

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It really is true once you’ve sent out your wedding invitations, everything does become very real, and very exciting!

We’ve had lots of great feedback from our guests complementing our wedding invitations, I can truly say that they have set the perfect first impression for our стоимость кондиционеров в витебской области wedding

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Monday, 3rd January 2011

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2011

I’d like to thank all of our readers for following and contributing to this blog over the past year and wish everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year for 2011! I’m really looking forward to the year ahead, it’s going to be a very busy and exciting year, both personally and professionally…

Wedding planning season is upon us and I’m anticipating a busy Spring at Farrell & Chase, with lots of exciting new plans to be announced throughout the year, the first being our return to The bride of The Year Show in the RDS January 29th and 30th where we will be showcasing some new designs and exciting new products.

As most of you know myself and Alan are planning our wedding in Rome, we have set a date, July 15th, and have also booked our venue and church. So now that we are into 2011 the real excitement begins! I’ll be blogging throughout the next six months about our plans and progress.

Myself and Alan are also currently self building our house. We have had big delays due to the snow and frost but hopefully we’ll get things in motion now again and get a real push ahead in the next few months. The plan is, fingers crossed, that we’ll be moving in before our wedding.

Although a bit daunting, it is a very exciting time and I can’t wait to share our ups and downs, hopefully mostly ups, over the coming year with you установка кондиционеров недорого в витебске all

2011, the year that will be…

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Thursday, 30th September 2010

OUR ROME ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

Myself and Alan met our wedding photographer, Christina from Bella Lunardi Photography while we were in Rome last week, to discuss our wedding photography and to have an engagement shoot with her … and I’m very excited to show you some of our pictures!

We were a bit nervous at first about the shoot but Christina really put us at ease, we had a good chat with her in a bar before the shoot.  Then we walked around the city enjoying the sights and amazing views and we couldn’t resist a delicious italian ice cream, with Christina taking pictures as we went.

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I’m delighted that we did the engagement shoot, we now know Christina and the way she works and feel completely relaxed about our wedding photography. We really love our pictures, we’ll always have them to remember our wedding planning trip to Rome together.

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Monday, 27th September 2010

THE ETERNAL CITY

Myself and Alan arrived back on Sunday from a six day wedding planning trip in Rome, and what a trip it was!

A marathon wedding planning session, an engagement photo shoot, my 30th birthday thrown in for good measure and of course some shopping. I’m still dreaming about walking the cobbled streets admiring the beautiful sights and sounds and of course enjoying the delicious food and wine. I really wish I was still there.

But I’m back home now and it’s down to serious wedding planning. My head is buzzing with wedding ideas!

We arrived at our apartment, just a stones throw from the Spanish Steps, at lunchtime on Tuesday after getting a door to door shuttle service from the airport. A service I would definitely recommend, it cost €25 for the two of us to be dropped right outside our apartment. We travelled in a comfortable air conditioned car with five other people, we were dropped off second and the journey only took 45 mins.

The first thing we did was go for a walk around the Spanish Steps and stop in a cafe for some pasta and a drink, delicious! Then we walked down Via Condotti, admiring the designer shop windows, to Via del Corso, the main shopping street. We saw a sign for Scholars Lounge and decided to check it out. It’s a really nice pub at the end of Via del Corso with well priced drinks and friendly staff in a great location. And best of all they serve Irish breakfast, so we can recommend it to any guests who what their fix of Irish food and drink when they’re in Rome! After a few too many drinks we strolled back to our apartment stopping for some pizza along the way.

On Wednesday our first port of call was St. Isidore’s College, our chosen church, to meet our priest Fr. Louis Brennan. St. Isidore’s is an Irish Franciscan Monastery with a beautiful church facing out onto the driveway. The church is on the smaller side perfect for our 34 guests. The church itself is really beautiful and bright and Fr. Louis was very welcoming and friendly. They only have one wedding a day and college is gated with a nice driveway up to the church so weddings are very private and personal. We fell in love and knew it was the church for us straight away. Fr. Louis introduced us to Aida, the secretary at St. Isidore’s. She was so helpful recommending venues and musicians and she also offered to organise our flowers and to arrange a wedding car. We are really delighted with our choice of church and can’t wait until next July!

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Our next stop was Hotel Hassler, a beautiful hotel at the top of the Spanish Steps, we viewed the garden and the roof top terrace. The roof top terrace really took our breath away, the panoramic views are truly stunning and unmatched by any other views in Rome. The terrace fits max. 30 people and is ideal for a small intimate wedding. Unfortunately we may have too many guests for this option.

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We then visited De La Ville Hotel next door to the Hassler. Again it is located at the top of the Spanish Steps, a great location only around the corner from St. Isidore’s. De La Ville was recommended to us by Aida and another couple who got married in Rome. I have to say I wasn’t expecting it to be quite as beautiful as it was, with such a nice atmosphere. The staff were very welcoming and the manager Domenico showed us through to a private garden area which he recommended for arrival drinks and then through to a private room just off the garden where we could have our meal and some music. We would have exclusive use of these two areas all night. The only restriction is on late night music which seems to be standard throughout Rome. There is a rooftop terrace on the 6th floor with amazing views over Rome, a great space possibly to finish off a magical wedding night!

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We finished off the evening with a tasty meal in Il Giardino di Albino a very relaxed restaurant located down a narrow cobbled street. The pastas were really tasty, true homemade Italian food and the prices are very good too. Do be careful when ordering meat dishes. There was an American girl at the table beside us who thought she had ordered roast pork and not pork spine!

On Thursday we had an appointment to visit Casina Valadier. The villa took our breath away. Casina Valadier is located near the top of the Spanish Steps in Villa Borghese with mesmerising views over Rome. We were shown the side terraces and the central terrace which were beautiful but had expensive exclusive rental costs. We were then shown up the lovely winding stairs to the Impero room, a beautiful room with painted walls and ceiling, which can fit up to 150 guests. The Impero room has it’s own private terrace to the back overlooking Villa Borghese and windows to the front overlooking the city. They proposed to host arrival drinks on the private terrace and then to move inside to an imperial table for our wedding meal. We would have exclusive use of these areas until 12.30am.

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On Thursday night we had a really nice meal in Babette’s Restaurant, a lovely restaurant for a romantic dinner near Piazza del Popolo. The starters were so tasty, I had brioche filled with brie and Alan had mozzarella wrapped in Parma ham. We both ordered pasta dishes for our mains, mine was a home made pasta with a tomato and olive sauce and Alan’s was spaghetti ragu. We really enjoyed the meal, the atmosphere was so nice and relaxed in the garden, I will definitely return.

We finished off the night in Gregory’s Jazz Club, it’s only around the corner from De la Ville Hotel and down the road from Casina Valadier so we thought it might be a nice spot to finish our wedding night off with a few drinks and some jazz music. There was no live music on that night but we were talking to the owner and he advised us to come along Friday night to see a great live jazz band playing. We discussed the wedding over a few drinks and they would be happy to accommodate us. The area upstairs had velvet sofas and fits 30 people very comfortably. We were invited to go up and listen to a musician practicing on the piano. So we ended the evening with the club to ourselves having a drink and listening to our own personal pianist.

Friday was my 30th Birthday! We decided to take a day off from wedding planning and walked over the river to Trastevere to escape the tourist crowds. We wandered around the narrow cobbled streets and stopped for lunch in a pizzeria. We shared the nicest pizza of the trip and enjoyed a drink. We did a small bit of shopping on Via del Corso and Alan bough me a beautiful Furla handbag for my birthday! We had reservations for dinner at Casina Valadier so strolled up there enjoying the views over the city at night and enjoyed a very nice meal on their central terrace. Casina Valadier is a really beautiful spot for a romantic meal, the pasta was sooo delicious! The prices are high but you are paying for one of the best views in the city. We ended the night in Gregory’s Jazz Club enjoying cocktails and listening to an amazing Jazz band. A very special birthday experience.

We had arrange to meet our photographer Bella Lunardi on our last day, Saturday, to discuss our wedding photography and to have an engagement session with her. So first thing that morning I went to Toni & Guy to get my hair washed and blow dried, a trial run for our wedding. They were very helpful and did a great job, I was very happy. One tip don’t mention weddings, prices triple! Just make an appointment for a blow dry or up style and have it done in the salon. We met Christina from Bella Lunardi at the Spanish Steps and went for a coffee and a chat. Christina was really nice and put us both at ease. We had allot of fun during our engagement shoot and we’re much more relaxed now about our wedding photographs. Here’s a sneak preview of our engagement shoot…

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We had a drink with Christina and her husband after the shoot and then it was sadly time to pack! We finished our last night in Rome in Gusto, I will definitely be returning, the bruschetta, my favourite, was the best we had in Rome sooo good. Gusto has a pizzeria, restaurant, wine bar, cheese bar and cafe. Perfect for any gathering, I think it might be our choice for dinner the night after our wedding. The atmosphere was great and they have live music in the bar at weekends.

Alas our trip had to end, we really did have a taste of la dolce vita and can’t wait to return next summer!
If any fellow brides or grooms have any questions about any of the venues or suppliers I have mentioned please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would be delighted to help.

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Saturday, 7th August 2010

IKEA IDEAS

I’m loving these IKEA images… lots of inspiration for our wedding party and our house!

I am a big IKEA fan, I will be so dangerous when our house is built and I am let loose in there, so you can imagine my delight when I cam across some of these images on Bride & Joy. The really stunning styling, by Lo Bjurulf of Agent Bauer, shows IKEA in a whole new light…

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I especially love IKEA decor mixed with vintage or antique pieces for a more personal, eclectic look, swoon!

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Monday, 14th June 2010

SWEET & SAUCY

I stumbled across Sweet & Saucy looking through the Green Wedding Shoes Blog, a great blog for beautiful wedding inspiration, and fell in love. Sweet & Saucy, I love the name, based in the US specialise in custom desserts, wedding cakes and much more yummy treats that really look beautiful. Their wedding cake designs are stunning, I love the elegant understated look…

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I have been looking for cake inspiration as I am planning on decorating my own wedding cake. A family friend has a bakery and their cakes are so delicious that we never even considered going anywhere else to have our wedding cakes baked but I really love the idea of decorating the cakes myself. I have always been interested in cake decoration so this is my chance to really embrace it. I have been looking for something different in decoration and think I’ve hit the jackpot in inspiration with Sweet & Saucy, their cakes really are beautiful. I also love the images of the cake tables, three beautiful cakes on lovely cake stands with flowers and candles decorating the table…

Watch this space for some of my practice cakes.

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Tuesday, 8th June 2010

I HAVE MY WEDDING DRESS!!!

I am very excited to tell you all that I have chosen and have in my house my wedding dress! I know it’s just over a year to our wedding but it was the one and I couldn’t not buy it.

I bought my dress from a supplier I met at The D4 Berkeley Wedding Fair. It is a stunning dress that I had been looking at on the designers website, my mother called it, when she saw it she instantly knew it would be the one. It isn’t exactly what I had in my head, it’s so much nicer, but it does have the vintage hollywood glamour feel to it that I have been so drawn to.

It was the first dress I tried on, such a cliche. I tried on a few more to make sure, the silk gowns I loved so much on the bridal websites were terrible on me, I’m far to curvy for them. I also tried on a mermaid shape dress which made my figure look amazing, but I couldn’t walk or sit down in it, I know wedding dresses shouldn’t be practical but this was a whole other level. I also tried on a beautiful flowing chiffon gown which I did really like but it was very similar to a dress I already have. Compared to any other dress I tried on, the first, the one, was just wow. I got that feeling that I never thought I would get, butterflies in my tummy, I really didn’t want to take it off! It is perfect on me too, no alterations needed.

I did try it on a couple of times with my mother when I got it home but it’s packed away now, but it might have to come out again for one last look and to show my bridesmaids.

I’ll let you all in on a little secret, it is a Jenny Packham gown, but I will reveal no more. Alan has said he wants it to be a total surprise when I’m walking up the isle.

I can’t wait to wear it. Roll on July 15th 2011!

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