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  • DIY Wedding USA

    Wednesday 15 June 2022 - Real Weddings, DIY - Tags: amazing-real-wedding, diy-wedding, usa-wedding, fur

    When we saw this amazing real wedding on the Ruffled blog we fell head over heels in love. The couple got married in Long Beach, California. The groom, Jonathan, is a jeweller who made all of the groomsmen’s cufflinks, the centrepieces and the altar, while Amy, the beautiful bride, took on the flower arrangements.

    They lined the altar with Amy’s grandmother’s quilt, which was also used in their engagement session and it was their main source of inspiration for their wedding. She wore a vintage wedding dress she found in Chile and had it altered with added flutter sleeves. Her amazing yellow birdcage veil is to die for! Incredible photographs by Chad Cress

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    For more of this wedding check out the Ruffled blog.

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  • 8 Reasons why every photographer should blog...

    Monday 13 June 2022 - Uncategorized - Tags: photographer, 8-reasons-why-photographers-should-blog, blog

    Every single day I look at my favourite wedding blogs, weekends included. And I am not the only one. Brides love to think about their weddings more than just about anything else (all you have to do is take a look at WeddingsOnline.ie to see that’s true) and the constantly fresh nature of blogs is right up their alley. As the editor of a wedding magazine, blogs connect me with the wedding world. They let me know what’s going on, and show me who’s hot in weddings. I find many of the images and weddings that we feature in B Magazine from blogs.  If I see something I like I will ask the photographer if we can print the images in the magazine or the blog with a prominent credit, giving them additional publicity and press for their portfolio. If you are a photographer and you don’t have a wedding blog...it’s time to get one and here is why.

    1. Web sites are annoying. Yes, every business should have one, but sites aren’t the best way to see a large quantity of images in a short amount of time. And, I am sorry to say (especially since 90% of photographers have them) flash sites are incredibly frustrating to use. They may look pretty, but most people won’t wait a minute for each image to load; they want to see everything, immediately (or as close as possible).

    2. Your clients are browsing. The main resource brides and grooms use for wedding plans is the web, and if your presence is not strong, they simply won’t find you. But if you are linked on other blogs, on WeddingsOnline.ie and easily found in a Google search, you are vastly expanding your presence.

    3. More traffic. If I am looking for cool wedding images for my blog and decide to take them from your blog (with credit and links to your site), you not only increase your searchability on the web, but will get more clicks to your site. You will also get traffic if you post one of your recent weddings on your blog and the couple tells their family and friends to check it out; they might post it on their facebook profile, twitter or MySpace, and the cycle continues!

    4. Your photos are most important. As a photographer, your portfolio is what will ultimately sell you to a bride. A blog is a quick and easy way to show your work without the confines of galleries and albums on a site. Each wedding you shoot should get a blog entry, so it’s there for anyone who wants to see it.

    5. Blogs give you personality. Displaying your prices, history and accomplishments on a static webpage is not enough anymore. Brides want to see your businesses personality. When you blog you are building a relationship without trying to sell them anything.

    6. Blogging builds brand recognition and makes you an expert. When you have a repertoire of posts, you build your reputation as an expert in the industry. You become the person who gives out advice and has amazing photos; and above all, has credibility.

    7. Networking. Whether it’s with brides and grooms, fellow photographers, journalists or other wedding suppliers; a blog will connect you with more people in the wedding industry.

    8. Blogging generates business. If it comes down to you and another photographer, the bride will choose the photographer they are most familiar with. When they Google your name and pages and pages of entries come up, it establishes you as the most reliable and logical choice. If they only see 20 images on the other photographer’s web page and see your whole portfolio on your blog, you are the person they know the most about and the clear best choice.

    Some photographer blogs I like and regularly check:

    www.jasminestarblog.com

    josevillablog.com/

    We know that your time is precious so we suggest that you create a blog feed (RSS or Google reader), bookmark these few blogs and submit your photos for publication regularly:

    www.stylemepretty.com

    weddinghigh.blogspot.com/

    flyawaybride.com/

    ruffledblog.com/

    thebridesguide.marthastewartweddings.com/

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  • Film Company of Ireland - Videographer of the Month -June 2011

    Tuesday 7 June 2022 - Supplier Spotlight - Tags: thady-kavanagh, videographer-of-the-month, videography

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    This month's Videographer of the Month is Thady Kavanagh, of Film Company of Ireland.

    "Your wedding day is about you! Not about the guy running around with a video camera. Thats why I shoot in a very discreet manner that does not draw attention away from you and makes you feel relaxed. I never do 'setups'. I offer three packages in total. If you thought cost was going to be a problem then check out my prices and see if one package would suit your big day. Your wedding only happens once. Video gives you the chance to relive that great day. So make sure you get the best." -Thady, Film Company of Ireland.

    Mobile: 087 6373743
    Email: [email protected]
    Web: http://filmcompanyofireland.com


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  • Fabulous Floral Centrepieces

    Tuesday 24 May 2022 - Decor Inspiration - Tags: floral-centrepieces, decor, wedding-flowers, wedding-table-flowers

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  • Wedding how to: The Dessert Buffet and Candy Table

    Wednesday 18 May 2022 - DIY, Decor Inspiration, Wedding Food - Tags: wedding-cupcakes, wedding-sweet-table, cake-stand, dessert-table

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    By Karen Birney

    There's no better way to cater for the entire family's tastebuds than with a dessert table. Dessert tables aren't only scrumptious to eat, they are also fabulous to look at and are a great colour feature for your reception! Try adding an array of sweets to your table, from cupcakes, to hard boiled sweets, to macaroons to lollipops or rocks! You could also whip up some nice fruit punch and sit the colourful jugs at the side of the table.

    Most of all have fun with it! Compiled by Karen Birney

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    There are some cute cake stands around at the moment, but if you can't spare the expence, go for a cardboard popup cake stand. These are perfect if you only plan on baking once in your married life!

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    There are some great additions you can make to cupcakes, like floral pinwheels or little flags, check out how B Magazine got on with their cupcake DIY projects here.

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  • Beauty Giveaway!

    Tuesday 17 May 2022 - Blog Competitions, Beauty - Tags: competition, bridal-giveaway

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    NUXE BODY is a complete body care routine with delightful textures and delicious fragrances. 

    You can win these four products worth over €93!

    - Nuxe Body Contouring Oil is especially formulated to reduce the appearance of cellulite on stubborn areas, such as your thighs and hips. 

    - 24 Hour Moisturizing Body Lotion with an ultra-fluid texture to caress dry skins and leave them soft and silky to the touch.

    - Fondant Shower Gel is a coconut cleansing base that cleans the body with infinite softness. 

    - High protection SPF30 sun care in a travel-size pack for skin that is protected, whatever the weather.

    To enter, leave us a comment under your WOL username and tell us how you will prepare your skin for the big day!

    (Competition closes on Monday, May 24th and the winner will be announced on the 'Old Faithful' discussion forum.)

    Good luck Wollies! x

     

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  • Ed's Honeymoon Picks!

    Wednesday 11 May 2022 - Fashion - Tags: penneys-sandals, awear-jumpsuit, retro-bikini, urban-outfitters-bikini, french-connection, stripe-dress, penneys-summer, monsoon-white-dress, tribal-summer-style, honeymoon-2011

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    Compiled by Karen Birney

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  • Wedding headpieces fit for a Princess

    Tuesday 10 May 2022 - Fashion - Tags: wedding-jewellery, hair-accessories, tiaras, veils, headpieces, hair

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    Headpieces by Stacey Hannan Designs

    By Karen Birney

    After that wedding last month, tiaras are officially back in vogue. Whereas for many brides tiaras are seen as being a bit too traditional, Kate showed us they can be worn with sophistication, simplicity and class. If you are still airing on the side of caution, hair-wise, you can easily do a take on the tiara with gorgeous pins, headbands, and slides. Now few of us can hit the stores and find ourselves a vintage Cartier fit for a Queen, but not to worry, there are so many brilliant Irish designers creating delicate pieces to adorn the crowns of brides today that we needn’t lose any sleep!

    And what better way to see these stunning pieces than on the brides themselves?! Compiled by Karen Birney

    Just click to see more Wedding headpieces, Jewellery,Tiaras & Veils!

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    All designs by Rangoli

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    Bidcage veils by Cel Design

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  • Wedding Flats!

    Wednesday 4 May 2022 - Fashion - Tags: royal-wedding-flats, royal-wedding-style, bridal-flats, wedding-shoes

    Make like a royal in a pair of these fabulous flats! Compiled by Karen Birney

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  • Royal Wedding: Pic of Kate's Dress!

    Friday 29 April 2022 - Uncategorized - Tags: royal-wedding-kate-middleton-wedding-dress, celebrity

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    Soooo Grace Kelly!

    Here's the train:

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    Kate's tiara was given to the Queen as a present for her 18th birthday.The dress is a vintage McQueen, redesigned by Sarah Burton and Kate. 

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    You like it?!!? How do you feel about the sleeves?!

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    Pippa, Kate's bridesmaid wore a white Nicki Macfarlane dress. Amazing shape, if you have the figure for it! Cowel neck, capped sleeves. She didn't carry her own bouquet.

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    She asked him 'are you happy?'

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  • A VERY sneaky peek at B Mag summer edition!

    Thursday 28 April 2022 - News - Tags: summer-edition, b-magazine, new-edition

    It's definately our biggest, if not our brightest, edition of all time! The summer edition of B is 300 pages of pure wedding goodness -fashion, beauty, real weddings, advice, inspiration, news, decor, dresses, shoes, headpieces, outdoor weddings, indoor weddings, blessings, ceremonies, weddings abroad, weddings at home. You name it, it's there.

    B will be out in the shops from next week, priced at €4 (yep, that's €2 less than some other wedding mags... Cheeky!) and if you sign up to WeddingsOnline you can get it for free! FREE WE TELLS YA! Here's a little looksee at what's inside:

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    So keep your eyes peeled for next weeks update on where you can get it!

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  • Beauty Giveaway!

    Monday 18 April 2022 - Blog Competitions, Beauty - Tags: competition, wedding-prize, perfume, giveaway

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    Newly launched Aura by Swarovski is the perfect summer scent. Fruity and energising, the fragrance is complimented by the super modern, super shiny bottle it comes in. Aura’s scents include lychee, rose, tuberose, pink pepper, amber, benzoin and white musk.

    To be in with a chance of winning this, tell us How you plan on adding some bling to your wedding day?! Leave your answer as a comment under this blog post, and we'll choose a winner at random!

    *{Competition winner will be announced on Monday April 25th at 12pm on the 'Old Faithful' discussion forum}*

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  • New Collections!

    Sunday 17 April 2022 - Fashion - Tags: designer-wedding-dress, princess-dress, royal-wedding-dress, wedding-style-2012, carolina-herrera-bridal, wedding-dress-2012

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    Venezuelan-born American designer Carolina Herrera wanted to create a gown for every personality in her Spring 2012 collection. Her traditional styles were given a twist with added block colour and unusual accents. The princess dress was a major theme throughout -we can definately see Kate Middleton wearing one of these when she gets married in two weeks time!

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    Images via Martha Stewart Weddings

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  • Royal Wedding -The Bouquet

    Monday 11 April 2022 - Flowers - Tags: wedding-flowers-wedding-bouquets, bouquet, flowers

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    The French Touch

    By Karen Birney

    So it's nearly two weeks until one of the biggest weddings of the decade (beside your own, obvs) and we in WeddingsOnline HQ are speculating about every inch of Kate and William's big day. Today it's been all about the bouquet.

    A Royal Wedding always has tradition at the heart of it, so with that in mind we see Kate opting for a pale bouquet, comprised of home-grown flowers. However we also think Kate will keep up with modern bridal trends for her day, so she might go with a very simple but romantic bloom, elegantly tied and with little or no extra detail. The most perfect flowers for this look are peonies and hydrangeas, which look infinately feminine and are a great look if you want something softer than a rose. We also think Kate will stay away from cascading flowers, so that she compliments, but doesn't take away from her dress (which we think will be a lot more demure than Diana's)

    Lily-of-the-valley may also make an appearance in the wedding flowers, Camilla Parker Bowles used this along with primrose in her dainty bouquet, and the flower was also famously held by one Grace Kelly, queen of bridal style, on her wedding day in 1956.

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    Hydrangeas & lily of the valley bouquet. The French Touch

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    There’s speculation that Fairtrade white roses from Kenya will be included, as that was where William popped the question while they were on holiday together!

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    Left: Pale pink & cream peonies, Right: Stephanotis, Flowers by Maria Svejdar

    Princess Diana's bouquet was made up of stephanotis and gardinias, among other flowers, and also included a sprig of Myrtle, which is a royal wedding tradition dating back to the time of Queen Victoria.

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    This is possibly where Kate can use some colour in her bridal wear without ruffling too many feathers! We've speculated that she may go for blue for her bridesmaids, to match the engagement ring that's made such a splash in the wedding world.

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  • The Summer Venue

    Thursday 31 March 2022 - Decor Inspiration - Tags: outdoors-wedding, summer-wedding, beaufield-mews

    Long days, beautiful blooms and maybe even some sun! Julie Cox, Managing Director of Dublin’s premier summer wedding venue, Beaufield Mews Restaurant, Gardens & Antiques, gives her top tips for the perfect summer wedding.

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    Photos by Leo Patrone Photography

    “For the perfect summer wedding make the most of any outdoor areas and make sure the venue has plenty of garden furniture as well as it looking pretty. There is no point in having a wonderful garden if the guests are uncomfortable standing in their high heels!” Julie Cox, Beaufield Mews Restaurant, Gardens.

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    “Some nice light music in the garden on arrival can make everyone immediately relax. Offer Pink Champagne or Pink Prosecco and add some fruit to the glass like blueberries for an extra special touch,” Julie says.

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    “Draught mini shots of Guinness are a great touch. It is literally a shot of Guinness, but it is fun and it is a new twist on the black velvet cocktail, when served alongside a glass of Champagne. We have fabulous miniature pint glasses that we serve them in.”

    Planning a summer wedding outdoors in Ireland can be risky to say the least, but when you have experienced and professional people like Julie Cox fromBeaufield Mews Restaurant, Gardens & Antiques on your side, there is no fear. You can be sure that there is a Plan A, Plan B and probably a Plan D for making sure your wedding fabulous from start to finish, come rain or shine.

    Planning a fabulous summer wedding is in the details according to Managing Director of Beaufield Mews, Julie Cox. Guests will remember your event if it offers them something different, something they may not have experienced at a wedding before. A great way to put that something special into your wedding is through unique menu options, like a picnic wedding!

    “We have dishes like a pig on a spit and our very popular Le Pique Nique menu option where guests are handed a wicker basket, red chequered napkins, picnic blanket and they find a space on a bale of hay to enjoy a lovely range of goodies including strawberries dipped in chocolate and homemade shortbread, a selection of Irish cheeses with homemade chutneys, mini terrines along with filo parcels of spinach and feta cheese, all whilst sipping some dressed pimms!”

    Assuming summer is hot (and I know that’s a big assumption) a big meal might not be what your guests want; something light and fresh would fit the bill better. Beaufield Mews offers Mini Feast Menus, which are like the Irish version of Tapas, where you get several traditional dishes with seasonal produce in smaller portions.

    “The emphasis is on fun and informality with no set table plan, no set starter and definitely no ‘meat and 2 veg’! Waiters roam the garden with trays ofcanaps consisting of things like deep fried cigars with parma ham and smoked mozzarella, oriental chicken satay bites, mini tartlets of goat’s cheese and red onion, mini Seafood roulade justto name but a few. At Beaufield Mews we are committed to using local, in season produce wherever possible,” Julie says.

    Weather can be the summer weddings best friend one second and worst enemy the next. Julie says you have to plan around the weather, don’t assume you will have horrible weather, and definitely don’t assume you will have great weather. Plan for both and then either way you will be prepared and happy. Beaufield Mews holds outdoor blessings and weddings under a light canopy so that even if it does rain, you can enjoy the great outdoors and stunning garden, without panicking.

    Contact Beaufield Mews:

    www.beaufieldmews.com

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    This article appeared in the Summer 2010 edition of B Magazine

     

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