A year of micro-weddings, couple shoots and exploring more of Ireland and Donegal
Well that didn’t go quite to plan, did it?
This time last year I was looking forward to what was going to be the most exciting year yet for Remain in Light, with lots of elopements, destination weddings and exciting adventures planned. I did shoot a few weddings at the beginning of the year, and even managed a lovely trip to London in January. Then March came along and the world went topsy-turvy.
From April to July there were no weddings at all, and for most of this time here in Ireland we couldn’t go further than 5km from our house. Come July that changed to county-wide travel being allowed, and honestly I had one of the most wonderful summers in years. While the sun shone we explored Donegal; we went hiking in the mountains, swimming in the sea, and we got to spend some precious time with family and friends.
I also got to shoot some beautiful micro weddings during this time, and I have to say I am a fan. There’s something very special about small, intimate weddings. When you take away all the trappings of a big wedding, what’s left is you and your absolute favourite people in the whole world, celebrating the most important thing – you and your love for each other. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a big wedding and the party and epic dance floor that comes with it, and I’m very much looking forward to getting back to these when things get better. But I’m now smitten with smaller weddings and can’t wait to photograph even more of these in the future, even post-covid. If you’re planning an elopement or intimate wedding, I’d love to hear about your plans!
Things closed back down again in December and now we’re back in proper lockdown. It’s been a hard time for everyone, but I continue to be grateful for my health and that of my family and friends. I’m also incredibly grateful for all of my wonderful couples – those who made it down the aisle in 2020 despite everything that was thrown at them, those who have had to postpone several times, and all of my new couples booking in this year. I’m hopeful that things will be brighter soon, and I cannot wait to be there to capture your day.
Here is a round-up of what I got up to in 2020 – grab a cup or glass of whatever takes your fancy and make it big!
If you like what you see and think we might be a good fit, get in touch for a chat!
Blue Monday, which falls on 18 January in 2016, is allegedly the most depressing day of the year. Understandably, tightened purse strings following the festive splurge, time passed since Christmas and failed new year resolutions is not a combination for happiness – but why is the third Monday in January apparently the worst day of the year?
The theory was first published in 2005 a press released under the name of Cliff Arnall, who at the time was a tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning – a Further Education centre associated with Cardiff University. Later, however, the Guardian printed a statement from the university distancing itself from the psychology professor: “Cardiff University asked us to point out that Cliff Arnall… was a former part-time tutor at the university but left in February.
The third Monday of January is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. Whether you believe that or not, the long nights, cold weather and trying to keep to new year resolutions are all probably getting to you a little by now. To make matters worse many will still be recovering from their Christmas spending So how can you make today – and the rest of January – a little better for you and your wallet? Well, if times are tight, a little extra in your pocket should make the month more bearable. Here are four easy ways to do just that.
You can make some quick cash by switching your bank account to one with a bonus. Some banks are giving away £150 for moving your custom, while others offer cashback or high interest. Of course it’s worth checking you won’t lose out in other ways such as high overdraft fees. If you’re likely to go into the red you might be better off switching to a bank with lower fees or even a small interest free overdraft.
What’s up in the loft? Or under the bed? If you aren’t sure it probably means you don’t need it – and that’s a sign you should try to sell it. If there’s the potential for it to be rare or part of a collection it’s worth seeking specialist advice. Otherwise head to a boot fair or list it online. Just don’t forget to factor in costs such as postage or fees. The are more tips in our step-by-step guide to selling online below. Just click through the slides.
Did you decide to stop smoking this year? Or was it drinking for a month? Whatever your resolution don’t just think about the health benefits as it could also be helping your bank balance. The average smoker lights up 12 cigarettes a day, adding up to nearly £150 in January. Having five less pints of beer or glasses of wine each week could easily save you £100 this month.
To mark the first UK show of artist
Henri Barande, graphic designer Jhon Newman and
German studio Schultzschultz have created
The Lodge Wooden
This response is important for our ability to learn from mistakes, but it also
gives rise to self-criticism, because it is part of the threat-protection system. In other words, what keeps us safe can go too far, and keep us too safe. In fact
it can trigger self-censoring.
One touch of a red-hot stove is usually all we need to avoid that kind of discomfort in the future. The same is true as we experience the emotional sensation of stress from our first instances of social rejection or ridicule. We quickly learn to fear and thus automatically avoid potentially stressful situations of all kinds, including the most common of all: making mistakes.
Defaulting to Mindfulness
Everything along the way, to and from, fascinated her: every pebble, ant, stick, leaf, blade of grass, and crack in the sidewalk was something to be picked up, looked at, tasted, smelled, and shaken. Everything was interesting to her. She knew nothing. I knew everything…been there, done that. She was in the moment, I was in the past. She was mindful. I was mindless.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.Logan Cee
Both of these assumptions, of course, could be entirely false. Self-censoring is firmly rooted in our experiences with mistakes in the past and not the present. The brain messages arising from those experiences can be deceptive.