Thursday, January 24, 2013

Olé Madrid

A last minute decision to spend a weekend in Madrid proved to be a great surprise.  Known to enjoy more cloudless days than any other European city makes it a very tempting city break.  A beautiful city architecturally and culturally with extremely friendly people, great food and small enough to get around the city centre on foot- what more could I ask for.
For the foodies among us, Madrid’s tapas are a must-try. There is some interesting history attached to them, dating back to the 13th century. Stagecoach drivers would stop off at a tavern to take a break with a glass of wine after completing another long and often dangerous leg of their journey. After many such stops, they would get so drunk and eventually become such a menace to other travellers, that the government actually passed a law forcing them to eat something along with their drink. This snack would usually be a piece of bread and ham placed on top of their glass. These tapas (tops or lids) have now evolved into a delicious edible tradition that can be enjoyed to thisday. Thanks to my friend Patt for her top tips on what to see and do- Some photos below to prove I took your advice! Enjoy!

 One of the highlights of my weekend was seeing the El Grecos in the Prado Museum- I nearly got thrown out for photographing this (without flash might I add so absolutely no harm to this stunning crucifixion)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tammy & Freddie in The Annebrook Hotel & Belvedere Gardens

Tammy met her South African Beau in Mullingar a few years ago. They fell in love instantly and the rest is history. They had a beautiful wedding ceremony in The Annebrook Hotel and then we zipped over to the Stunning Belvedere House and Gardens between rainshowers for some great shots of the happy couple.  It was such a memorable wedding for me- highly emotional, tears of joy and laughter filled the day. We created timeless images which were true to Tammy and Freddie. I know when they look back over their album they will relive the day and thats what I hope to achieve at every wedding. I wish them both every happiness on their future adventure...

Secrets shared:

Brides Dress - The White room, Mullingar
Flowers -
Shoes - Bridal Store, USA
Bridesmaids dresses - Pamela Scotts
Grooms Suit - Galvins, Mullingar
Groomsman suit - Galvins, Mullingar
Hair - The Salon, Mullingar
Make Up - Fifth Avenue
Photographer Cole-Dupuis Photography
Band - Atlantic Avenue
Honeymoon Destination - Edinburgh
Word of advice for other brides and grooms - enjoy every moment, the day goes so fast!