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Drenagh is the talk of the wedding world at present, now that the search seems to
be on for the perfect alternative venue.
Nestled deep in the green and leafy estatelands of Limavady, you will have all the privacy you need for the big day, whilst having five star service all the way.
Here's a lovely pic of the famous staircase, privy to wonderful lantern candlelight and floral creations, the perfect backdrop for your first photo together and the perfect backdrop also for drinks reception....
With its wonderful Steinway piano, you can serenade your guests with classical music or some fine jazz whilst they enjoy Drenagh's trademark elderflower champagne.
relax in front of the open fire in the library....
Or enjoy some scones and clotted cream in the drawing room, with its fabulous view over the estate.....
Amble your way from the house to the walled garden , where you will find the state of the art Marquee...seduce your guests to the strains of beautiful harp music whilst they eat....
The ultimate in comfort from The Wedding Room and their famous white sofas with blossom trees for effect... ahhh I love this...
With one of the best floor spaces ever to show off your cake and all its glory. Flowers by Tortraits..
Or ramp up the romance with an outdoor ceremony in The Moon Garden, with its covered canopy...this is the spot whatever the weather....
Beautiful music for one of the most mystical backdrops! Flowers by Ma Fleur
Oh My, look at this floral decor by Tortraits
The gal who makes it all happens in a practically perfect way!
And the Maestro of all food and of course, the Elderflower cocktail...
Whats left to say...except that this is one of the best hidden wedding venue secrets of the north!
So many options for you on your big day and perfect whatever the weather...
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This Spring saw another exciting venture from Galgorm Resort and Spa and the surprises do keep coming from this tip top Resort!
This is where my own wedding reception took place and it was the top fabulous venue even then!
On approaching the entrance hall we have this view of the most opulent Chandelier and the beautiful floral work of Sally's Floral Studio dressing the banister
Have a look at the main seating area, with its comfy sofas in rich hues and tones. Bright and airy, yet retaining the central open fire...thank goodness for that!
A great place to thaw out after the photo session :-)
And the wonderfully spacious bar area in lighter oak, matching beautifully with the oak flooring...a major bonus for the Harpie accoustics when I perform for drinks before dinner!
And now for a look at the dining room. Fabulous chandeliers set the atmosphere with room dressing by Barbara at Fairytales.
AH....here she is....!
Room dressed and ready to go as the top table is set!
Look who I met in the Renaissance Suite...
Tis the two James Robinsons...really there are TWO!
and...here's a wee sneak of the lovely team who will make your big day perfect in every way! They are certainly a pleasure to work with when I perform at Galgorm :-)
What I can say is that if you are looking for a larger venue with plenty of light and space, decorated in the most up to date of styles yet retaining the comfy features then this is for you!
I am always proud to receive bookings for the resort for ceremonies of all types, drinks reception and for dinner. Harpie, voice, piano and organ available.
Shown here performing in the atrium of the Renaissance Suite, Great Hall Upper. Piccie by the swifty Mr Kris Dickson
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Just a wee short blogaroo to let you know whats happening in my musical world.
Vocal is trending music at present with many religious and civil ceremony brides asking for songs, classical, romantic, pop, you name it!
Just last week we had a performance of how long will I love you with voice and Harpie at a wedding in The White Horse Hotel!
I can also offer piano and voice for drinks receptions or ceremonies too...
Heres my latest video of Love Me Like You Do... from 50 Shades of Grey
Already it has had over 6.400 views!
Check out the video performance here ( vocals/piano)
Ah well, after watching the second series of Game of Thrones I needed a wee trip out to see those famous Dark Hedges. This coincided with a wee visit to The Hedges Hotel!
I could not drag myself away from taking piccies and nearly getting knocked
down by cars several times!
Amazingly mysterious , I'm transported back in time to the scene from the Game of Thrones in Season 2.....
Meanwhile a mere stones throw away, a fabulous family run hotel is going from strength to strength, and they even tell me that the Game of Thrones cast paid them a visit during the filming!
At The Hedges Hotel you will get a welcome second to none. Friendly and homely but with vast new facilities too....
Just check out the spaciousness of the main function room. Happily it will seat 150 guests.
And plenty of quirky little alcoves
to enjoy a quiet drink!
Enjoy a bite in the A La Carte Restaurant... Or mosey downstairs to the Bistro for lunch... with its wood burning stoves and fabulous panoramic views!
Just look who I bumped into on
the way to explore the bedrooms!
For a moment I thought it was
Jon Snow...Winter is coming! lol
For honeymooners , this is the bridal suite...
Fab jacuzi bathroom.
Even the standard rooms are plush!
Then it was through reception and
to the Bistro for my lunch..
Chilli Chicken toastie ...yumaroo! And I can highly recommend the vegetable broth...if that is on the wedding reception menu then its a win from me...to tasty to photograph, it was down the hatch :-)
And so it was back to the Hedges...ah who is this but local artist, Rosella Watton-Austin who has an invested interest in painting The Hedges (amongst other things!)...love these colours.
Ah just one more pic....
And the final word must go to The Hedges Hotel. Wedding fayre on 8th March.
Call in to view the splendid function suite set up for a wedding! You might even hear some Harpie in the background too
Thanks to Manager James for showing us around.
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My first visit to The Red Door Country House as Harpist Les Magee was quite some time ago...this is one of my old piccies with Harpie ready to roll in the Bar area.
In January of this Year, the whole place saw a major refurbishment of what already was a fabulously quaint and cozy wedding venue with one of the best views around....
This time I set up
in the main lounge area with the wonderful open fire and comfy sofas. Gorgeous new decor adds to the ambiance of this light and airy room
Before starting my drinks music I just had to have a wee sneak around to take in the new style and features. Here's the beautiful dining room set in sumptuous warm velvet shades.
Room for 160 guests in this newly extended dining area. And just wait till you see the view from these windows.... Lough Swilly in full splendour!
The new reception area through to the dining area looks splendid!
With plenty of nice wee snug areas for a quiet drink!
And plenty of these fabulous canapes being handed around by the ever friendly staff!
Plenty of fires to keep you cozy.....
And plenty of ambiance as the sun goes down
Views to die for....great for your wedding photos!
See what I mean??
And this...is my favourite room of all...
So that is the Red Door Country Hotel according to the book of Harpist Les Magee!
Great for weddings serving 160 guests. Also great for afternoon tea ( which I have sampled) and also great for dinner. I'm hoping to go real soon!
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And plenty of the finest canapes being handed round by the wonderfully friendly staff....
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Now just a wee note of whats coming up next in the way of fabulous wedding Fayres. The Causeway Hotel have just refurbished their wedding function suite and are opening it to brides on SUN 1st MARCH 2015
Harpie will be there performing for all. So if you have yet to hear me..come along and be serenaded!
As you can see it is looking swell, dressed especially by The Wedding Room, Coleraine
Don't miss this fabulous day out and maybe even stay for the superb steaks at High Tea!
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This will be another extremely busy and successful day with the Resort showing off the huge range of facilities it has to offer, including the Four Seasons Suite, The fabulous Renaissance Suite and the refurbished Great Hall Lower. (Cant wait to see!)
So much to take in and this will include a fashion show in the marquee area. Its great to come and see the place at its best, fully decorated and functioning. Some great prizes to be won, the Resorts own suppliers there to chat about what they can provide and their friendly staff there to answer your questions too!
Harpie will be plucking strings in the atrium of the Renaissance Suite.
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This is another great friendly hotel with oodles of room and packages to suit everyone.
A Great favourite is the wonderful conservatory for your drinks reception. I have played here a few times now and the harp sets the atmosphere..
Here's my Harpie set up in the bar area of the main ballroom for the pre -dinner drinks.
Do come along and have a chat on the day.
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II I guess it was only a few months ago, on one of my regular visits to Galgorm, that I heard of the new restoration plans for the Great Hall. It seems like no time at all, we were all studying the diagrams of forward planning and imagining what it would be like...well...what a job they have done!... and in such a whizz of a short space of time too!!
My first walk about the place was early on the morning of the open day. I can say that my breath was suitably taken away as I took in this wonderfully new and fresh environment...giving a nod to some of the best and newest 5 star hotels in London. So with out further ado, lets have a look at what this new Renaissance has to offer
Just before you enter...there's the Renaissance garden...a trendy state of the art semi-covered outdoor area for fair weather. In a way its reminsicent of a roof terrace and is a great addition, meaning that guests can mingle out and indoors.
This area will prove atmospheric by day or night, with the gentle candle light and
an outdoor log burning fire for chilier evenings.
The main entrance gives way to this fabulous foyer with state of the art light fittings and beautiful furnishings. The high ceiling and wooden floor add the the wonderful accoustics for live music..especially my Harpie...she loved it!
From this foyer, double french windows open on to the Renaissance garden. This is a fabulous plan as it means your entertainment for drinks can be heard both outside and inside at the same time!
From the main foyer, a corridor passes through to the main lounge and bar area
Regal purple and golden moss in
rich velvet upholstery is the order of the day,
with a well lit bar and modern fire place that
still harks back to the golden era. A perfect mix of old hollywood glamour with innovative modern design.
Next we proceed intoto
the main function room..
With its fabulously bright ambiance
The Hollywood glamour continues, with the spacious and well lit bar framing the room.
Ah Hark, who is this?
The wonderful James Robinson..
its always a pleasure!!!!
Just look at those wonderful
lamps . Flowers by Sallys
Floral Studio. Always
Another fabulous addition to the room are these comfortable booths with
intimate lighting...perfect for when the party begins...
sit , relax and watch everyone else shake their thang!!!
Behind the top table, you have a fabulous
view of that famous rolling river!
The word Renaissance itself is in essence a revival based on the old classical models and I would agree that the Suite has been well named. I am proud to have performed in this Suite on the day where thousands of people queued to be first to view it!
I could not have let this day pass without choosing a gown in keeping with this wonderful stylish venue. I did search high and low...and without knowing anything of the decor of the suite...this is what happened...co-incidence that everything matched perfectly!
Gown designed by Sheree at Cameo Bridal ( Ballymoney)
Stitched by Sandra Tompson, Coleraine.
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Last year seems ages ago now! Its taken me a while to think over the highlights. It was an exceptionally busy year of travel all over N and S Ireland and also to London for a little plucking too! So where to start?
and the beautiful function room , complete with crystal chandeliers
And hows this for a totally
wonderful backdrop for your piccies?
Then it was off to the Oratory at Ballyliffin for a beautiful ceremony and
straight across the road to the Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa for some Drinkies.....
Over to London to perform in the famous Sofitel St James, Pall Mall.
I managed another wee burst in the Long Gallery at Stormont Parliament Buildings once more. Proud to perform at this important occasion and in such a prestigious building.
Then there were the Castles!
Here's the church at Castle Leslie Estate. This is the church where Paul McCartney was married!
Book Harpie for this and you have the organ music for free!
And here's my Harpie set up in the dining room for the drinks reception before dinner...
Then there was Castle Upton, just across from the Templeton Hotel. What a beautiful residence...with its very own peacock in the garden!
Belfast Castle in the wilting heat ( can you believe?)
Ballygally Castle for an outdoor wedding on the hottest day of the year! Yes really.......
Then there were a plethora of beautiful Galgorm Resort Brides.
What an amazing place with so many different venue and pricing options!
The amazing Ghost House
With bouquets by Sallys Floral Studio
( got to love this gals bouquets)
And my good friend Jos wedding with the piccies by the River
with Derek J Ewing as MC and generally carrier of suitcases, Photographers gaffer, speech maker, dryer of tears....you name it!
And the so so trendy Four Seasons Suite....
Oh I could write about Galgorm all day I have so many piccies of it!
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On to the beautifully romantic
Mussenden Temple....with flowers by
Just look at this beautiful bouquet
by mark at Ma Fleur, Portstewart.
Then there were the DRENAGH weddings.
THis picture shows a civil ceremony set up in the ballroom by The WEDDING ROOM Coleraine.
Harpie set up in the dining room!
In the beautiful
During the ceremony...
And the marquee
(flowers by Tortraits)
Before I knew it, it was Jingle bell time and up to LEAF DESIGNS for some Christmas music at their open days...
And down to SOLIS CASTLE ESKE
for a lovely Christmas wedding on Harpie and piano both...hmmmm I can still smell that mulled punch!
Then it was up to the lovely TULLYGLASS, where Harpie shared the stage with Santa in the beautiful Conservatory...
with this lovely trio....
The year ended with concerts.
This is CANTARE performing at the Riverside Theatre , Coleraine
And here I am with singer MAGGIE FERRIS,
who organized the concert
Concert with Cantemus at Star of the Sea, with Hazel Drummond, who has taught me everything I know.
St Patricks, Coleraine for nine lessons and carols.
Christmas definitely in the air.
My 12 hour non stop music for charity event has become an annual event, with friends from near and far meeting for a good old sing/play together!
Below are some of the kids who benefited from last years monies! These are two projects which are run out in Tunisia!
The girls and their embroidery
Phew.....so I think that was it for last year. Just a short summary. There were so many weddings, all equally beautiful and I always get to meet some of the nicest people! Now I'm looking forward to casting some magic over some gorgeous weddings in the coming year! Have you booked yet? Mail me for a special quote firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh and I almost forgot....the prize for chief lifter of Harpie this year goes to.....
Markie....at Ma Fleur.....!!!
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Here's a beautiful shot by Digitalbride, taken in the Ghost House
Harpie at The Great Hall Lower for dinner
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Now, one of the interesting things about my website is that I can see exactly where people are searching from in the world! I can also see exactly what phrase they used to google me.
So last week I was having a smile to myself as someone had googled "Les Magee Gowns"
Now that is an interesting topic. Harpie will always come along with a fabulous gown and the exciting thing about that, is that nearly all of them are bought from Charity, meaning others less fortunate will benefit, whist hopefully I will look good as well as sound good, at your event.
Lets have a look at a few.......
This wee red number came out of a phone call from Gloria at HOPE and GLORIA , Coleraine. All proceeds from the shop go to help those less fortunate. Its a virtual treasure trove..so get down there!
I did modify the collar and added a vintage brooch from
MKvintage, who have a fabulous stall at the St Georges Market, Belfast.
So this lovely one came from Vintage Oxfam in Belfast.
In 2010/11, Oxfam reached a staggering 14.5 million people in 57 countries! So its got to be for a good cause!
Full length tafetta skirt with velvet polka dot and double underskirt, bodice in velvet. It really is a beautiful quality.
Pictured here at the wonderful
This beautiful dress is pink silk over laid with black lace. I customized the flowers on the waistband. It came from the Cancer Shop on Railway Rd, Coleraine.
Photograph on the rooftop of Lissan House, Cookstown. Another beautiful venue.....
This pink number came from the Cancer Shop in Limavady. Its beautifully made and has netted underskirt.
Here it is with a fab pair of pink leather mules bought about 12 years ago in Copenhagen.
Perhaps this is one of my oldest and the favourite. Emerald velvet bodice and satin skirt and sash. I bought this in Oxfam Coleraine, where the gals are always looking out for gowns for me!
Again it has a netted underskirt and the colour is beautiful.
In the wonderful backdrop of the altar at St Eugenes Cathedral, this very straight tourquoise number is of heavy satin. You cannot see clearly but the bodice is embroidered with silver thread. I don't usually wear it with Harpie as the skirt is so straight and makes it difficult to play! It is gorgeous and would be great for a summer cruise!
Bought from Cancer Research Coleraine.
So thats about all from my vintage frocks. I am wearing another tomorrow night but dont have a pic as yet. Look out on my Facebook page for that. Charity shops have some of the most beautiful vintage dresses and its great to know the money is going to worthwhile projects all over!
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SO it has to be said that there's a full on change in the trend of wedding venues in general, with more people now opting for something a bit more alternative.
I first visited DRENAGH a few years ago, when they were just considering setting up as a venue for brides marrying in the NW!
I thought it time to find out for myself of all the good things I had been hearing, so off I set on the May bank SO off I set on the May bank holiday to find out just what's been going on at this beautiful gentlemans residence and country estate!
After meeting the wonderful Cathy in her office, we went on walkabout to have a look at the amazing changes and transformations!
Here's my first port of call. The brand new marquee, seating 300 guests within the walled garden. This is the side view, complete with decking...receive your guests for champagne reception here! Wonderful!
State of the art washrooms and fabulous bar complete with huge dance floor prevails inside!
The marquee is set in a beautifully landscaped walled garden....complete with fountain.
So...grab a parasol and lets take in the gardens!
Herein lies one of the most spectacular pieces of architectural history....
the wonderfully romantic MOON GARDEN, available for your ceremony ( civil or religious)
And don't worry, as every eventuality of the Northern climate has been anticipated with the addition of a removeable canopy!
Wow-de wow at the view from the back of the moon garden. Isn't this just something else indeed? Now lets see inside!
Steps to say " I Do!"
With beautiful feature wall behind. Decor and florists paradise!!!!
SOSO.....moving on to the gardens beyond the maison......
Got to love this.....S
Amazing photo opportunities everywhere you turn!
SO next its off to the Clock Tower.A beautiful self catering wing of the house. Available for wedding guests or simply for a couple of days chill for you and your friends. Beautiful and full of character.
The main sitting/kitchen/dining area
And here is my very favourite room of all...
reach me my candle holder and my Pride and Prejudice.
prey thee goodnight, Sir!
This wonderful apartment is available as a two bed or four bed rental. Views from the windows are stunning and so relaxing.
lALL in all a beautiful venue with flexibility of the marquee, the moon garden and the Clock Tower accomodation. Extra accomodation is also available within the main residence.
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During the course of a year, I'd say I am privileged to visit many fabulous venues....Last month saw me travel to London for a couple of weekends performing at the fabulous Sofitel St James on Piccadilly.
Afternoon tea of course, is quintessentially English and is still big business within the best 5 star hotels in London. Here it is no different
So I made my way to the Rose Lounge in order to suss out their very own Harpie.
You can actually smell the scent of roses in this beautiful lounge, tables strewn with rose petals and all......
And here she is.....a wee bit different from my ebony Harpie but so elegant and lovely!
Lovely accoustics and a touch of class. Mind you....all those cake stands and sweet trolley was making me v hungry....
Oh and he
Now you can see what I mean........................................
These are all served up by the lovely Julietta, who will cater for your every whim
The hotel has a fabulous bistro style restaurant, reasonable prices and a very interesting menu. Man entrance on the corner of Pall Mall.Oh and it also has a beautiful spa, if you are in need of some chill time in the very busy city!
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SO next time you are around Piccadilly and in need of a break from the shops, Call in.Afternoon tea is 3-6 pm and of course you will be serenaded whilst you eat!
Priced at £28 a total bargain!
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This weekend sees the fabulous ULSTER BRIDE SHOW at the amazing TITANIC BELFAST. Always an amazingly classy show , with fashion being paraded on those infamous stairs!
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OH look....you never know who might be
there from Celebland either!
Goodie bags galore with some fabulous competitions and
special offers on the day!
HARPIE is exhibiting in the glass apex foyer upstairs in the main show area. Dont miss the live performance!
I have FREE tickets to give away for entry to the show . One admits two people.
SHOW runs Friday to Sunday. Opening at 3-8 on Friday then SAT and SUN 12-6 pm
ITS CERTAINLY GOOD RECOMMENDATION, WHEN YOU LIKE TO EAT, SLEEP and SPA AT THE SAME WEDDING VENUE AS YOU PERFORM BEAUTIFUL MUSIC.....
BY NOW OF COURSE YOU KNOW I AM TALKING OF
I FIRST STUMBLED UPON THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE WHISLT HAVING A WEEKEND BREAK IN DONEGAL. THEY WERE POLISHING THE BEAUTIFUL FLOORS AND IT WAS JUST ABOUT TO OPEN. FROM THEN ONWARDS I HAVE PERFORMED AT MANY WEDDING CEREMONIES, DRINKS RECEPTIONS AND DINNERS TO BOOT.
ITS A FAIRYTALE DREAM COME TRUE. SUMPTUOUS RECEPTION AREAS AND BEAUTIFUL ROOMS WITH GENUINELY LOVELY STAFF (IN ALL DEPARTMENTS)
THE FOOD IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE SPA IS STATE OF THE ART. ALL IN ALL A BEAUTIFUL FIND.
ITS NO WONDER BRIDES FALL IN LOVE WITH THE CASTLE WITH ITS BEAUTIFUL GARDENS ON THE EDGE OF LOUGH ESKE. SUCH BEAUTIFUL PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES LIE WITHIN THE GROUNDS AS WELL.
SO I HAVE PUT TOGETHER A LITTLE RUNNING MOVIE OF MY BEST WEDDING PICCIES ACCOMPANIED BY SHE MOVES THRO THE FAYRE ON MY HARP. THE OTHER ADDED BONUS IS THAT THE HOTEL BOASTS TWO FABULOUS GRAND PIANOS. AMAZING FOR YOUR DRINKS RECEPTION. I DO OFFER BOTH HARP AND PIANO AT THE CASTLE FOR THE SAME PRICE AND IT REALLY IS A BEAUTIFUL CONTRAST OF INSTRUMENTS TO
ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS.
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Looking back over last years diary, I have to say there were some great times , some beautiful brides and some totally fabulous venues.
One of the best places for me is Galgorm Resort and Spa not only because I have a long association with making music there, but because of the sheer choice of function suites, packages and of course the wonderful staff....nothing is ever too much trouble!
So the year started with a gorgeous wedding in the Four Seasons Suite...cant believe thats a year ago. I was to return there many times during the year and also to the Phantom House, Ghost House and the Great Hall, all of which have their own fabulous ambiance.
And for a little bit of tinkling the ivories of this beautiful white baby for the drinks!
So where can we go to next but a wee trip next door to the beautiful
Heres the beautiful bride and
her groom, just before dinner is called
Oh and heres a wee sneaky pic
and what a view it is!
Of course what a very big year it was for our very own Belfast and for the new TITANIC MUSEUM. I felt really pleased to perform for the NITB at this beautiful venue, although it has to be said it is also a fabulous wedding venue too
Where the famous carpet matched the gown. LOL
And so it was back to more weddings again. Its great when you go to play harp or sing etc and find yourself in an awesome cathedral...
Heres my Harpie in St Eugenes Cathedral. What a beautiful house of God.....
It's one of my favourite venues because of is wonderful accoustics. What a privelege to play harp, sing and also to play the wonderful three manual organ....
Widors toccata sounds fab on this instrument!
(never mind the sticky sweet on the organ stool ewwww!)
Now we are on the topic, one of my most exciting bookings this year came ,once again, in conjunction with NITB. This time in St Annes Cathedral Belfast, where MCI had set up the most fabulous and atmospheric ambiance for a very special dinner
The Highlight of Harpies Year at St Annes Cathedral. What a beautiful place...made even more beautiful by those fantastic uplighters!
So of course we do spend quite a lot of the year promoting etc and there was one very special night in our very own Coleraine
Heres my Harpie Gal at
decor and event specialists open evening.
Oh la...I love those table centres!
Co Down has another gorgeous
venue, especially if you are having
a civil doo. Heres the wonderful
CLANDEBOYE LODGE. This is the beautiful ceremony room which is found upstairs. Sets a beautiful atmosphere...and an even nicer one with the Harpie gal serenading the guests!
Then its a little further south into the county of Down to the beautiful
A great place for Harpie and has the added bonus of a grand piano as well....
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Following on with the theme of alternative venues, this year saw the opening of LISSAN HOUSE to the public...as both a venue of historical interest and also as a wedding venue. And gorgeous it is.
Heres my Harpie in the Ballroom. Fabulous for a civil ceremony /dinner.
Then there was the most alternative venue of them all...The Aegean Odyssey and the beautiful white grand for midnight recitals. And of course , the best view in the world.
JACKSONS family run hotel in Donegal is every musicians dream...with the fabulous new banqueting suite and a beautiful piano with the Harpie on tow!
Perfect for your drinks reception!
So we have covered a fair few miles in the space of a year, Harpie and me. We ended on a high note with my TEN HOUR NON STOP MUSIC for charity, when loads of my musical friends joined me for a musical extravaganza to provide for two places very close to my heart!
Here we are as old friends unite again for a beautiful evening of song!
For these little guys...and many more like them!
It was a busy year... and this year Im hoping to do it all again...in the same locations and in some new ones and with a whole new set of beautiful brides!
On my travels I am fortunate to fall upson some of the most beautiful Hotels, Stately homes and, of course, churches...no heres one in a million. Out by Gartan, Letterkenny and with a breathtaking view to die for.
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THe church itself, known as St Colmcilles ( named after a saint who was born in the nearby village of Gartan) perches on a hillside with a magnificent view of Gartan lake with the surrounding mountains .
How's this for a view from the Church?
And the view from the organ stool! Hard oh so hard to concentrate on the musac!
And such a beautiful building inside. Not long refurbished and with excellent accoustics for Harpie and singer alike
Speaking of Donegal singers...
heres the lovely Barbara Edwards Soprano....just enough time for us to pose for a piccie before our rehearsal. what a gorgeous sunny day too. ahhh lovely!
Oh and here we are ready for the bride to appear!
And heres one of our favourites!
Father McKeever has given some of the most wonderful Homilys this past year.
Not forgetting the wonderful brides and grooms that we have seen happily married at Glendowan in 2012.
Its a beautiful chapel with a great view and has a fabulous organ.
Leaving you with one last pic of my Harpie gal in that beautiful sanctuary....
Hey....concentrate on your work and stop lookin out that window at the view!!!
for wedding mass on the Harp, organ and voice. Tailor made to suit your gorgeous day!
Heres a wee Blogaroo for you gals who arent having a church wedding, but all the same would like a religious ceremony!
There are so many beautiful venues from Hotels to Estate Houses and National Trust properties that you need not settle for a civil ceremony, just because you are not going to be in church!
If you are having trouble finding a minister, then look no further!
Now heres a man I met a while back. This is Rev Fred Cowan
and he will make the ceremony super special for you in his own relaxed way....guests will really enjoy him too!
Next meet the Rev Dr Lee Glenny
who is based in Coleraine!
Heres a wee ceremony at the
Mussenden Temple. Was really lovely to have a religious ceremony in this very spectacular building, with Gods awesome creation surrounding us all!
Heres another wee religious ceremony, this time at the spectacular Phantom House, at Galgorm Resort and Spa
Galgorm will be happy to pass on info of this particular minister to you
Talking music for a moment....Harpie can be used to effect at a religious ceremony out of church. The harp has been used for congregational singing of hymns and it does work well. For those of you who still fancy a little organ music, we can arrange to hire a keyboard for you as well...just in case you fancy Widor or Mendelssohn for your exit music!
SO religious ceremony at your venue of choice is very much a possibility!!! hope this info has been helpful for those of you in search of a minister for your ceremony!
Heres a taster of the main function rooms available for your wedding....
The Great Hall..............
The Phantom House.......
The Ghost House.......
And the Four Seasons Suite....
and wedding breakfast!
Come along on the day to see these rooms in full set up for your day. Also top wedding suppliers will be there to cater for your needs.
Dont forget the fabulous FINISHING TOUCHES prize...worth £6000. Someone has to be the winner!!!!!
Harpie will be in the Great Hall performing. Stop by and say hello!!!!
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We who are fortunate to live on the N coast can rant and rave for days about the scenery and the beautiful beaches...but what about getting married in a unique historical building that has three windows with the best views in Ireland!
So here it is. The beautfiul Mussenden Temple and I have been fortunate enough to perform here quite a few times now!
Once you start climbing the steps,
look left and you have the beautiful expanse of Downhill beach!
The building inside is circular with a domed ceiling and will seat up to 100 peeps for your ceremony!
Love this black and white decor from
The accoustics are just fab for my Harpie!
Nows here's that breathtaking view from the west window!
And the North window!
And the view towards Castlerock
You wont beat this view for your champagne reception!
Oh and here comes the Master of all Champagne ceremonies himself...
Chris from CL Catering
will set up a beautiful little drinks celebration for after ceremony!
And heres a wee selection of this years brides.....
So Romantic indeed!
Lots of places for piccie opportunites which include the ruins of the house and of course the beautiful garden and walk ways as well........
Heres one of my fave taken in the winter of 2010
And theres always the beach as well!!!!
All in all its a very unique and beautiful venue!
Heres a groom going for a wee pre wedding amble to himself!
The last round of praise must go to the staff, who work though all conditions to maintain the beautiful building.
YOu will find the staff a pleasure to work with. Lyndsey will look after your every request!
And a big thanks this summer goes to Brian for lifting the Harpie up the stairs!
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SO a few months ago I had the privelege of driving along this fantasitc drveway
Eventually it leads to this beautiful
Let me introduce
once inside the house...you will be in awe of this beautiful staircase that
runs directly from the main entrance hall.
And fantastic for wedding piccies too!
This is undoubtedly the piece de resistance.... The Ballroom with its fabulous domed ceiling and silk wall mural.
And the accoustics are fabulous for my Harpie gal as well.
Fits in nicely....beautiful for your civil ceremony and fine dining!
The beautiful entrance hall
And the library.....
Drawing room set up for drinks and buffet! I love the colour!
First floor landing, complete with grandfather clock!
And a few quirky things along the corridors....!
The house opened to the public just this year and now sees its first Wedding open day. It really is worth a visit if you are planning your big day!
Also worth a visit to have a look through the house and a wander around the oh so beautiful grounds as well.
WEDDING OPEN DAY
SUN 30th SEPT
HARPIE IN RESIDENCE
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So this year has found me with Harpie in a handful of new wedding venues. I did stop on the way to a Donegal wedding one day just to check the place out...and what lovely staff I found. They gave me a wee mini tour and to my surprise in a few weeks I was booked for a beautiful champagne reception, following a beautiful ceremony in St Eugenes Cathedral.
Don't I just love this reception area....great for indoor piccies too!
So the red carpet was ready for the special arrivals after the ceremony.
Beautiful lanterns set the tone too!
This opulent reception area,
just off the function suites
really is to die for
And here is Harpie set up and read to go in the fabulous reception area with a very
But before I start must nip to loo.............
Totally love this.....
Love love love the loos!!!!
Now heres what you will find in the
wonderful function room, set up beautifully for your wedding dinner.....
Beautiful chandeliers on the ceiling too...
Guests await the bride
and groom before the meal commences!
And another wee sneak
at that beautifully set function room...
And a wee look at the
beautiful winebar....great for a bite any night!
The Hotel has packages to suit all
wedding sizes and all budgets....
Why not check it out.
Call Helen on
Wedding Fayre this evening 19th Sept
starts 6 pm
Autumn wedding fayre season is about to break, so I thought it an idea to let you gorgeous gals know where I will be exhibiting for the next few weeks.....
The fayre at Solis Castle Eske has still to be confirmed so watch out for this at a later date!
Its always worth visiting the fayres to have a look at the instrument and to hear it live. Also you can pick up so many ideas from the many exhibitors there as well as viewing the Hotels wedding set up......dont miss it!
Well in this business, I have to say on the road at weddings and fayres I have met some of the best people in the business...with great personalities and thats a real bonus!
Now let me introduce Stephen
who is the owner at
A wonderful musician
in his own right,
stephen will set a great atmosphere for the brides entry at church or at the hotel for your drinks reception!
And here he is.....with the fabulous scottish pipes at Solis Castle Eske.
He can provide pipers for any special occasion
All of the pipers are registered with the Pipe Band Association and have vast experience in the competition field!!
A wonderful musician
in his own right,
stephen will set a great atmosphere for the brides entry at church or at the hotel for your drinks reception!
Brides arrival at Solis Castle Eske....no better place for the pipes
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Pipes are not the only name of the game! Stephen is a professional DJ with seventeen years experience in the world of weddings and entertainment....
So if you are looking for a piper to add that beautiful atmosphere or need your evening entertainment covered....Heres the man!
oh and dont forget to add him on Facebook too!
So many times on my way to various Donegal venues, I have passed this magnificent hotel, with is proud and modern circular entrance and the quaint little church which is cleverly integrated and forms their atmospheric restaurant....
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The first thing you will notice is the amazing amount of space available in the main reception area...great for meeting and greeting your guests on the big day!!!
Gotta love this chandelier!!!
And some quirky wee nooks
Now...a look at the main function room set
up in all its splendour for someones big day....roomy, plenty of light and with a platform for the all important top table!
The ever popular candy cart...yumm
and some beautiful table centres
from a recent wedding by
Love this wee touch for your
SO one of the bonuses for me
about this great venue is the
presence of a fabulous grand piano. Heres my Harpie with the grand.
Book me for drinks and you can have both Harpie and piano for the same price!
If you are on a budget...why not have me on piano alone!!
Suppliers at the recent wedding fayre by wedding organizers
(check perfect bliss out for their ever popular discout cards and save ££££)
Beautiful put ups by
And of course....
three beautiful brides!
Now on to the other merits!!!
A wee sneak peek into the atrmospheric church where you can dine on only the finest of things...
everyone should check this out. I have eaten there now a few times always great food and spectacular service from the waiters....plus an extra special atmosphere!! (romance prevails!)
Yummie cheese board!!!!
Restaurant is well worth the visit...or for more casual dining, the hotel also has a bistro with an excellent menu too!!!
Remember its only a 50 min drive from Coleraine too...!!!
So the merits of An Grianin ...call in and have a look for yourself. Staff are helpful and you can have a look around and maybe have a wee bite in the church <3
So last weekend saw me travel down Newcastle way for a beautiful wedding at Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. And what a fabulous place it is....
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Well over a century old and oozing character, this is a fabulous venue.
It also boasts a wonderful spa for all your relaxation needs!
The beautiful gardens are framed
by the Newcastle beach and
the rolling Mountains of Mourne...
surely any photographers dream?
Beautifully tranquil and relaxing!
Of course in good old NI we have to
prepare for the worst case scenario of rainy rain rain....so lets sneak a pic inside......
Beautiful foyer complete with grand staircase and
open fire......love this!
And what a fireplace this is....
So heres whats in store
for your guests as
they arrive for the drinks
This area overlooks the gardens, beach and mountains...
beautifully laid tables and pristine staff to serve you......
And Harpie sets a beautiful ambiance too......
Lovely selection of drinks!
Delicious homemade shortbread
with tea and coffee....these were
For me the other major positive is this wonderful grand piano....I can perform for drinks on Harpie and piano BOTH for the same price included....think jazz and cocktail, classical...great background for your drinks....
Perfection....in even the smallest detail.....
Heres a nice wee piccie of
the lovely Naomi on her special day with the Harpie!
Bride and groom wait to make their
big entrance at the wedding breakfast
I should add.....not only just for weddings...I have enjoyed a two day spa break here and can say the food in the main dining room was top notch....
The main lounge and
bar area is deliciously
So if you are a bride in Co Down area looking for the splendid venue. This is it. Perfect building with the perfect view...perfect service and with...the perfect ambiance of both Harpie and Piano...what more can I say!!
Mohammad is the fabulous events manager....He'd be pleased to plan the perfect wedding for you
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So last month saw my first performance in The beautiful Ghost House at Galgorm Spa and Resort and what a venue, on what was probably the warmest day of our year!
Bright and airy, set in the
grounds of the estate...how gorgeous is this?
So when I arrived, Sally
was already there working
her magic on the beautiful
And of course, the
thousands of candles and
ivy with roses and petals....
As you can see, the Great hall is not too far from view!
Patrick was preparing
the all important red carpet
dont hoover until I wheel harpie in!!!!
Sir James was checking out
some last minute details
in his usual bid for perfection
He really is fabulous at the job!!!
Oh look at Sallys
gorgeous pink roses!
And heres my best gal
ready to perform for the
arrival of the guests
and then one beautiful bride!
And wasnt she just
The blessing of the marriage....awwww
Plenty of girl power on the day with the wonderful
Rev Maureen Hassard of
Ballymena Methodist Church!
And of course my eyes would keep wandering to these
confections of perfection...
I love Sallys Bouquets....
And these beautiful gals!
So after the ceremony,
it being such a scorcher,
I decided to wheel harpie
up the path to the Four
Seasons for the reception..
much to the amusement of
Time to get my own back now....!
Here he is, up a hill at Galgorm getting the best possible shot of the guests!
And again....as he sets up
the perfect shot on what was a gorgeous day!
Before we knew it...
time for dinner in the fabulous four Seasons suite...
.....and my last little blessing of the day...I spied these cutie pies whilst packing up....
couldnt resist a wee
And the sunset on the way home.....another beautiful day in one of the best wedding venues with some of the best suppliers in the business.
I can totally endorse the Ghost House as a ceremony venue....romantic and suitable whatever the weather...did I mention it has a cute woodburning stove too!!!!
Well, I think its about time we had another cheeky wee competition!!!
So heres a nice piccie of whats in
store for the winner...
a beautiful display of scones, sarnies and pastries...yum
All served up in the drawing room.
(Heres my Mummie enjoying a special treat!)
And you might fancy a wee stroll by the lake afterwards?
But beware....all strange kinds of
mythical creatures haunt the gounds by day and night.....LOL
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So amidst all of the last few months of Titanic Fever, I excitedly received a booking to come play in this mighty museum. On the run up, I had been following many of the historical programmes on TV so I was in a real state of excitement when I arrived at the service entrance...along with Harpie Gal of course!
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The sheer height of the building is an
amazing sight to see....but gives an idea of the height of the ship itself
Now once inside...I was marvelling at the wonderful carpet...and the points of the compass....and how a gals gown always has to match (LOL)
Now for the one thing that really made my evening...getting to see the staircase...gave me goosebumps.
It really is a fabulous structure and is the focal point in the ballroom
You can but wonder how passengers had felt when they first saw this in all its glory....
Just had to get up there for a piccie!
The ballroom was beautifully set for dinner...just as it might have been on the first night of the voyage
And on closer inspection, was dressed
with reproduction china from that first
Such attention to detail shown in these vintage floral arrangements by FLORAL EARTH
Heres the Harpie Gal and me
ready to roll in the beautiful lounge
Even the loos are swishhhhh!!!!
Mens nicer than the ladies...methinks!
The most exciting thing of all is that this very special ballroom with staircase and beautiful lounge and bar area are available for rental for your wedding!
If you want to have a preview of exactly what it would all look like then
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Now after having been at the Tullylagan House Hotel last week for their annual wedding fayre...my thought was I simply have to boast about the merits of this place on my bloggie.
A little bit of Olde World Charm with fabulous gardens for your piccies and an amazing marquee for your special day.
So I had a little peak around the main manor house and into reception,
where theres a beautiful lounge area...
But what I love best of all is their function suite. Its so atmospheric and reminds me of a medieval dining hall...set for dinner or civil ceremony
it really has a wonderful atmosphere all of its own!!
Beautiful top table set up!
Set up for a civil ceremony!
and who is that I see? hmmm
Harpie gal sneaking in to the shot..
In all honesty the room suits the instrument very well and makes for a most romantic atmosphere...awwwww
Heres the huge marquee with dance floor and also the bar!
To the rear of the marquee there are toilets with a little rest area.....everything is catered for!
So now a quick gander around the gardens and a few sneaky places for your wedding piccies!!!
So there you have it....another of my favourite venues...versatile...whether you'd like the functions suite or the opulent marquee, Tullylagan is pleased to cater for all sizes of weddings , with fabulous menus, excellent lounges and beautiful gardens surrounding the Manor....what more could a gal ask for???
Contact them directly on +44 (0)28 8676 5100
If you are thinking of Harpie at Tullylagan...mention this blog for a special offer...!!!!
Well....I thought its a while since I have been to the beautiful Castle Leslie..so heres a wee blogaroo about the Harpie gals visit to this special place...
Very popular for weddings and of
course for the wedding of
Sir Paul Mc Cartney..well its a
beautiful place indeed.
So of course I had to have a wee
sneak peek around the rooms
and well...I wasnt too disappointed
The beautiful drawing room, with
views over the lake
And heres the gorgeous grand
piano...just perfect for
Lady of the Manor
in the library (LOL)
This is the beautiful Victorian
And heres the Harpie gal in one
of the beautiful bright lounges
And...the view from
And here we are set up in the Marquee and ready for
Castle Leslie with its beautiful rooms
and fabulous gardens is the ideal
setting for your special day
add Harpie and Piano and you
have the most romantic ambiance...
for Brides chosing this venue...
any package combination of
So last week saw my first civil ceremony at the Four Seasons Suite, Galgorm Resort and what a beautiful day it was...in all respects...Sunshine all the way!
The room looked fabulous with its white leather chairs in rows and a beautiful petal strewn aisle for the bride... I set to work tuning my Harpie, which looked fab at the top of the room...
Heres my gal...
waiting for the bride to arrive....
The AMAZING James Robinson....has everything under control...
Ah...here comes the gorgeous bride...Elma...and just look at that bouquet....!!!!
And what a cutie....the little page boy...and another fabulous bouquet for the bridemaids....
I just couldnt stop snapping these fabulous flowers...they made for such a beautiful day...theres no doubt about it....
So if youve already booked
for the Four Seasons for
your ceremony and/or
reception..you are in for a
Mind you...dont forget the
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Romance by the water....that is what Harveys Point Hotel truly is...the Hotel itself is so close to Lough Eske...it can be seen at close quarters from every dining area...and what a picture that is....regardless of the weather. Family run....attention to detail is the order of the day..your wish is their command.....!
THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST PICCIES I TOOK
WHEN DOWN AT HARVEYS FOR A WEDDING..
.GREY DAY, AS MANY WOULD THINK..
BUT SOO ATMOSPHERIC!
Heres Harpie set up
right by the lake for
a super vintage set up
Now I wont be able to move on without showing you loads of pics....because this day...was
Each chair was backed with a huge bouquet of gorgeous flowers in summer colours....
And here they are...
the guys who make it
Monica and Raymond
from SIMPLY DIVINE
they will be in charge of
room set up and decor...
and what a fab job they do....!
After that romantic ceremony outside by
the lake....inside we went for drinkies...
Another good thing about Harveys..they have several pianos...
good news for me as I can offer you both instruments for the price of one!!!!!
This is a sneak wee pic
I stole last weekend when
great place for your wedding
Piccies...theres no doubt..
Oh...and if its a tad chilly to go outside....just look at the view from your table...love love love this...
All function suites overlook the Lough......
Restaurant set up for
dinner on a Saturday
evening....(not just for
weddings you know!
nice weekend treat
and there is cabaret
and a fabulous carvery on
The setting is just so beautifully rural
its hard not to want to go out walking
to clear your head and soo relaxing too....
SO...after all this lovely blog of Harveys Point...
why dont you drive down and have a look...
Great location just outside Donegal Town...
fabulous food and beautiful rooms
(Exec is my fav ) I was lucky enough to stay
there last year...tip top.
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So I will leave you with one last piccie
of the cake from the vintage wedding at
Here it is....
and it totally astounded me...
designer ccake makers from Brighton...
They have their own tv programme on
I feel privilaged to see one of their cakes
in the flesh! Yum...may.....x
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Todays blog is about types of harps.....
If you are really keen on a harp for your special day, you will have a choice of two types...CELTIC (folk) or CONCERT (pedal)
Heres a piccie of the two
To the left is a celtic harp. Its
much smaller than the concert harp and will need a bit less space
and is much easier and lighter and can be carried solo.
The concert harp in comparison
stands at 6 ft tall and because it
has an iron frame and a pedal system is much heavier. Its much
more difficult to transport and will need a large vehicle and an extra pair of hands.
The folk harp will make a beautifully delicate sound and set a lovely etherial atmosphere. The concert harp is built to be heard with a full orchestra and has a much bigger sound board attached
and therefore makes a bigger sound......the pedals will allow for a wider
repertoire of music, where jazz and classical have many accidentals, the
pedal harp will allow for this.
When I decided to buy the concert harp
I wasnt really prepared for some of the
logistics of actually setting the harp up!
Luckily, some venues have lifts that are big enough for me and Harpie together!
In other places....welll....hmmm
you will need an extra three pairs
A bit of forward planning and organization needed....but well worth it
when the concert harp is set up and playing as the bride enters!!! It will become the focal part of your room!!!!
and here we are in the depth
of winter weddings 2010....
where even the brides were struggling to get to their receptions....thank goodness harpie has a trolley!!!
As you can imagine, pricing varies between celtic harpists and concert harpists for the above reasons. They are two different products...but theres therefore a market out there to suit all budgets!
REMEMBER WHEN YOU BOOK ME YOU NOT ONLY HAVE A HARPIST BUT ALSO A PIANIST.......ORGANIST and VOCALIST
MY PACKAGE DEALS INCLUDE ALL OF THE ABOVE FOR BOTH CEREMONY and RECEPTION and if youd like DINNER!!!!!
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............And tears are heard within the harp I touch.
Imagine a fairytale castle nestled amongst the trees, set on the edge of a lake with mountains in the background....how much more romance can you ask for a wedding venue?
and here I am at the front entrance
of one of my favourite venues...Harpie on tow....
So just imagine this as a backdrop
for your wedding piccies!
just beautiful...and this is only one
of many romantic scenes within the
And a wee relax by the fire in one
of the fabulous lounges.....
Here are the gals waiting to
serve the champagne reception!
Whilst the piccies are being taken
in the beautiful surroundings!
Heres double the value....
you can have both Harpie and
Solis own gorgeous white grand
piano for your drinks reception
if you book me...theres no extra charge....!
Jazz, classical and of course Snow Patrol and Adele...!
Heres a sneak peek of the harpie
set up for a civil ceremony in the main function suite....
And the Ballroom set up for a good big irish weddin!!!!
And Heres Monica hard a work
on a lovely piece for civil ceremony
in the library......
However, if you are thinking intimate
Solis can still do the job...heres a civil set up in the library
for a smaller number..sooooo romantic.....
Theres so much to say about this
place, and if you really want credentials heres Noreen Lyons (centre) who has just scooped the award of Wedding Co-ordinator of the year!! Your wish is her every command!
The hotel has also received wedding venue of the year and is at present up for other awards!
So SUNDAY 25 MARCH
12-6 PM sees the Solis wedding Fayre
THis is a great opportunity to see the whole estate set up for your big day and to meet the
exclusive wedding suppliers
chosen by the Hotel to make yours the perfect day.
Harpie will be there on top form
with special discounts for
those booking on the day!
So guess I have to finish with one of
THEE best things about the Solis
and that is the BIG breakfast! I usually dont
bother too much with brekkie
theres an exception when staying at
SOLIS....four words are springing to
this pic here is only one course...
theres oodles of gorgeous things
from compotes to smoked meats,
salmon and breads, dinky bread and
butter puds...ohhhh I could go on..
So just think of me next Sunday
morning before the wedding
show starts....this is what I shall
be looking at!!!!!
SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!!
Last Sunday saw me driving to Galgorm Spa and Resort yet again for the spring bridal fayre...and what a fayre it was!!!
Boot full of harpie and various other props needed for the day. Sun shining so who could complain.
So on arrival of course, I couldnt wait to sneak a wee peek here....
Of course its the wonderfully romantic
(shhhh...its my fabourite part of the whole
The atmosphere is so well set right, from the
gorgeous lanterns twinkling in the door way..
But I was interested to see exactly what
was inside this time....
So no big disappointments
isnt this so beautiful
This attention to detail
is what I love...
Opulance all the way..
So its over to The Great Hall...and who is the first person
that I manage to bump into?
The Wonderful James Robinson...who
by the looks of it...is giving up his day job..to come and
join me as a duo...LOL (J/k of course!)
Just one of the top people who work at the resort...and
will work so hard to make your day super perfect...
Great Hall upstairs
Flowers by SALLYS
Oh....and who did I meet at the bottom of the stairs
who is a close-up magician..
great idea to keep the guests entertained during the drinks
Hmmm...all the nice things were at the bottom of the stairs...including this cake of cheese...and it tasted delicious as well....
great idea if you are not into a sweet wedding cake and prefer savoury...
So heres a novel idea to meet
and greet your guests....
what a fabulous company.
They can make alsorts of
They can also freeze your tableplann into a block of ice...
be glad to offer something
exciting for the big day!
Galgorms very own talented chef..
or is it???
Watch closely as this guy
takes all your guests by
surprise with a totally
Minutes later and here he is strutting his stuff....
apols about the blurred piccie
as he moves around soooo fast!
fabulous act altogether
to book CAMEOFLAGE
Really fabulous and very funny!
Now, whilst we are on the subject of class entertainments....these guys need no introduction...they are perfection on strings!!!
I love love love listening to them....they have a huge repertoire for every occasion and will get the house rockin if you so desire as well.....
check out their website and also their various utubes...
just all round beautiful music by beautiful
Then there was that
beautiful pink and
just my style
Lush flowers by
Love this totally....
So...in between talking to
potential brides and grooms I had to do another wee
sneak peek over to the
and I just spied this wee
bride and groom arm in arm
pacing up the aisle together
melt of heart......
Beautiful venue with woodburning
Just lovely...with room
enough for my Harpie to
bump up the romance..!!!
Phew ...after all of that I was exhausted....its a wonder i had time for the harpie gal at all....of course Idid... and here she is herself
at the top of the stairs!
It was a fabulous day...one of the busiest I have seen at the resort..with all staff working extra hard to show brides and grooms what it has to offer...
My connection with Galgorm goes back lots of years...to when I was a student and the Hotel was lots smaller...and I was their pianist on the weekends....it was a great place then.....but now....well....its just total FAB......!