Wednesday, 10 September 2014

For we may and might never all meet here again

There is a reason for the prolonged absence since my last post, I have been away in Ireland (Oranmore to be exact) at an old friend's wedding.  I was born and grew up in Ireland and hadn't been back there in 5 years, so it was so wonderful to reconnect with so many people and explore some of the places I spent time in as a child. It made me really realise how much I miss it and I have vowed to go back soon!

My mum, her partner, my brother and I all drove over in the camper van. It was a very long journey- we drove right up to Holyhead from Cornwall and then across Ireland. The van was packed to the brim with decorations; pinatas, bunting, banners and soft sculptures! My brother George and I were a little space restricted in the back but it was definitely worth it; just look at how gorgeous it all looks in the marquee! The wedding took place at Heather's (the bride's!) childhood home, Oranmore Castle, which is one of my favourite places in the world, it's breathtakingly beautiful. It was so funny to go back there having just decorated my own home and see how much of my aesthetic I've taken onboard from there.

We spent the first few days decorating and helping with all the wedding preparation and then on Saturday it was the big day. We got dressed up in our finest togs and watched Heather & Niall's blessing in the Great Hall; the fire crackling behind us and the smell of delicious food wafting in. The food was gorgeous, some particular highlights were the gorgeous cheesecake below and some delicious lobster caught fresh that afternoon. George and I stayed up far too late (we ended up with 3 hours sleep!) and had the best time dancing, chatting and eating! The next day we were back off in the van at 8 for the drive back to Cornwall. It all went so quickly it felt like a whirlwind.

We all had the most gorgeous time and met new and old friends.  I can't wait to go back and see everyone. I'm also looking forward to finally inviting people to visit us over in Cornwall! It feels so lovely to reconnect the two parts of my life and it made me realise the importance of keeping in touch and also how formative my time in Ireland was in the creating the person I am today.

I'll leave you all with this, the first verse and chorus
of an Irish folk song which everyone sang after the bride and the groom cut the cake (with a sabre sword!) It's sentiment is beautiful and it seemed to perfectly fit the mood at that moment:

Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme 

Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine 

Let us drink and be merry, all grief to refrain 

For we may and might never all meet here again

Here's a health to the company and one to my lass 

Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass 

Let us drink and be merry, all grief to refrain 

For we may and might never all meet here again

[There will be even more (!) photos soon when I get my disposables developed] 

Outfit Details

Green silk 1930s dress - car boot sale
Green pashmina - charity shop
Floral Headdress - Mrs MacBeth's Department Store
Indian silver bell bangle - charity shop
Velvet heart earrings- Mrs MacBeth's Department Store 
Third eye necklace - Mrs MacBeth's Department Store
Claddagh Ring - a shop in Galway



  1. Looks like you guys had a blast! I love all the bright pretty colors!

  2. suc amazing pics, you look like a fairy or a goddess! Love it!!

  3. What a beautiful celebration, those decorations are so fun, its nice to see wedding style that is not so prim and proper. I love how you paired the two shades of green together too!

  4. I love these pictures!!!! You are a colorful beautiful gorgeous bunch of people I'd love to hang with. Your necklace is so crazy good!

  5. I do like Irish songs (and voices)! I'm always moved by nostalgic and melancholic songs, especially ballads. I like the lyrics of this one, it reminds me of wedding songs we have here. This wedding looks lovely...I do like the bride's wedding dress and you look fantastic in green:) Wonderful photos, I'm looking forward to seeing more.

  6. Just gorgeous! I love how the hall was decorated and your bastard massive head piece and green dress look amazing. xxx

  7. What an amazing venue for a wedding, and even more amazing considering it's the bride's childhood home. You look utterly gorgeous in that amazing headdress. Two shades of green paired with pink is a great combination.I love that dress and can't believe you found a 1930's silk frock at a car boot! Yes, old friends are important. Are you doing a Beyonce dance in that gif?! Xxx

  8. Amazing, you look outstanding and what a fun time this looks like. Love all the colours and happiness filled in these. Am glad you enjoyed yourself. Your head piece is too gorgeous, love that a lot with the green of your outfit :))))) xxx