I haven't done a little monthly round up in ages so I thought it's a blogging habit I would start again (providing I do something more interesting than work, laundry and clean!)
I'll start with our dear friends Ali and Aidan's wedding day. I have nabbed a few of the polaroid snaps as I was too busy enjoying the day to remember to photograph it. We had such a great day and we were honoured to be part of it and witness you two become Mr and Mrs at the stunning Orange Tree House!
For Ali's hen (flamingo party) we arranged a Floral Crown making class with Petal Studio in Belfast. It was such a fun afternoon and I certainly now appreciate the work and intricacy that goes into making one.
We were all so proud of our efforts that we wore them for the rest of the day. Though we did get some interesting looks and glances from passers by in the street when walking to dinner.
I had such a great time at the Floral Crown Workshop, that my sister and I booked ourselves on to the Petal Scents Of Summer Workshop at the end of July which took place at Conway Mill in Belfast. I didn't know that the old converted mill existed but it's got a market and lots of small businesses too so I will definitely go back some day when I have time for a good look round!
Abigail from Petal Studio is really creative and organised a really fun day for us all, we began with the day with a demonstration from Abigail and then we had a go at creating our own arrangements. Having worked up a bit of an appetite we then were treated to a delicious lunch courtesy of Abigail's hubby who was the chef for the day.
Almost all of the flowers we used on the day were locally grown or foraged. Who would have though that so many colourful and delightful blooms grow in so close to home. As you will see in the photo below, we had lots of different blooms and foliage to choose from. It took me a little while but I eventually settled on using some gorgeous hydrangea and dahlias.
After the floral arrangements, we also had the chance to create our own scented candles with The Bearded Candle Maker. I really enjoyed learning about creating scents, I found it fascinating about how pair different scents together, it's much more involved than I had expected. We also got a chance create our own hand rolled beeswax taper candles. I found the whole day really therapeutic, there was something really relaxing about creating something from scratch.
Check out the hashtag #PETALxbcm on Instagram for more on the day!
After our friends wedding, we took the opportunity to enjoy a little staycation in a beautiful cottage in Greyabbey called 'Lilac Tree Cottage'. Greyabbey is situated on the Ards Peninsula in Co. Down and overlooks the beautiful Strangford Lough. In an ideal world this is the kind of place I would love to live! The photos speak for themselves. #cottagegoals
With Northern Irelands weather being forever unpredictable, we didn't plan anything as we didn't want to jinx it! However we braved the chance of rain and had a lovely day at Mount Stewart which is a National Trust owned stately home and formal gardens. I had a great day photographing flowers and soaking up all the history. We also had a beautiful lunch in the cafe, I'm considering going back just for the roast beetroot salad alone!!
Later that evening we had a lovely meal in Balloo House, which is a favourite spot of mine. Those who have followed me for a while may recall Simon and I had a lovely meal here a few years back for our 2nd wedding anniversary! The food is delicious and the service is impeccable.
We also got the chance to go to Haptik, a Melbourne influenced coffee shop in Newtownards. We seldom find ourselves in that part of the world and we were excited to try it out! It's defo worth a trip there if you are in need of delicious food and coffee.
Hope you enjoyed my little July round up! Hopefully I can cram some excitement into August to share with you all!