Wedding ideas – Filigree Monograms http://filigreemonograms.com/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 01:46:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://filigreemonograms.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Wedding ideas – Filigree Monograms http://filigreemonograms.com/ 32 32 ‘It’s a total disaster’: Omicron devastates India’s huge wedding season | India https://filigreemonograms.com/its-a-total-disaster-omicron-devastates-indias-huge-wedding-season-india/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 01:04:00 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/its-a-total-disaster-omicron-devastates-indias-huge-wedding-season-india/ youUntil December 28, Heena Vashisht was a happy bride-to-be. The 28-year-old was thrilled that her family put all the arrangements in place early for her wedding on February 10, until the last candle. But his plans were shredded by Omicron’s surge of India. The nuptials can go ahead in New Delhi as planned, but only […]]]>

youUntil December 28, Heena Vashisht was a happy bride-to-be. The 28-year-old was thrilled that her family put all the arrangements in place early for her wedding on February 10, until the last candle. But his plans were shredded by Omicron’s surge of India. The nuptials can go ahead in New Delhi as planned, but only if it reduces its guest list from 650 to 20.

“My own immediate family is 80 years old. How can I reduce the number of guests to 20? The tension in my family is unbearable right now. No one knows what to do and my mother’s blood pressure has skyrocketed with all the strain,” Vashisht says.

With India’s third wave led by Omicron firmly underway, the New Delhi government has, in addition to other restrictions, limited wedding guests to 20, dealing a blow to India’s traditional wedding season, which extends from November to March.

Thousands of families are in the same agony of uncertainty as Vashisht, with most arrangements paid for, in whole or in part.

Vashisht’s father fully paid for the hall at Tivoli Farms on the outskirts of town. “I wanted to be ready for every little thing, so everything was decided and the advances paid. When I ask about rescheduling the date, all the sellers say if I do, they might not be able to do it for the same price,” Vashisht says.

In pre-pandemic times, some weekends in December could see more than 20,000 weddings take place in the capital in a single day, choking the roads with traffic. It is during this period of November-March that the industry earns the bulk of its money because the weather is more temperate.

A bride reaches for her coronavirus vaccination certificate to show to a medical professional at her wedding venue. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

Before the last wave, when cases were almost absurdly low, pandemic fatigue had resulted in even splashier and more luxurious than normal “revenge weddings”. November was filled with destination weddings: after two years of little to no travel, people wanted to hang out in another city.

“You can’t celebrate with 20 people”

Industry suppliers are also facing crippling losses. Its earnings were previously estimated at around $50 billion and New Delhi is one of the biggest wedding markets. On a single “auspicious” day – November 14 – around 5,000 weddings took place in the city as the industry sought to recover. Flights to honeymoon destinations such as Goa tinkled to the sound of brides wearing their traditional red wedding bracelets on both arms.

Rajeev Jain, chief executive of event management company Rashi Entertainment, believes the industry is an “easy target” for coronavirus restrictions. Employees at most sites and vendors are fully vaccinated, he says. The industry, he said, had taken every precaution because otherwise it would “die its own death” and all the government has to do is insist that all guests be vaccinated.

Abhishek Mishra, co-founder of Seasons Catering, agrees, saying crowds at airports and train stations are much larger than at weddings. “I was at Indore airport the other day and there was barely room to stand. Election rallies are held with tens of thousands in attendance. but no, marriages should be annulled,” says Mishra.

Mishra’s phone rang with distraught families asking for refunds. Some have been waiting for more than 18 months to have a marriage without pandemic restrictions. He intends to give the refunds due to their distress and “for the good of our reputation”. It must also pay the salaries of hundreds of permanent and casual employees.

“It’s a total disaster. There are hundreds of small vendors involved in a wedding. They are not able to absorb the losses,” he said.

Another couple, who did not want to be identified, were due to fly to New Delhi from London for the big day on January 23. More than 500 guests were going to party by the swimming pool of a five-star hotel. Except for the flowers, hefty advances had been paid for most things – the caterers, the DJ, an entire wing of the hotel, the decorations, the outfits.

A wedding guest receives a dose of Covid vaccine during a quiet moment.
A wedding guest receives a dose of Covid vaccine during a quiet moment. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

“Everyone had booked their flights, hotel rooms, rental cars, photographer, band, everything. We postponed it indefinitely because you can’t have a wedding with 20 people,” explains the future bride.

India has been enjoying a boom since June. As recently as November, the capital of 20 million people was recording just 35 to 45 new infections a day. But with Omicron fueling a sudden surge, the government reimposed restrictions. India is recording around 258,000 cases a day nationwide, with New Delhi recording 18,286 cases on Sunday.

Sahiba Puri of XO Catering by Design in Delhi understands the need for the restrictions but has no idea what to do with the cooks who have come from different parts of India for a pre-wedding function over the weekend -end.

“The bride’s family wanted to provide guests with all kinds of regional cuisines, so these cooks came and bought so many ingredients. Where are they going? They pay rent for where they are staying and other expenses,” says Puri.

As the industry watches another disaster, Mishra and others plan to ask the government to relax the 20-guest rule. The All Indian Traders Confederation has also written to the government asking for a relaxation.

However, given the current surge in cases, any easing is unlikely. Arnav Gupta, wedding card printer, says: “Everyone is so haunted by the brutal second wave that no politician will take the slightest risk.

Vashisht decided she could not rescind the invitation of 630 guests. She has no choice but to postpone, but planning a later date also proves impossible. “Who knows when this wave will end? It’s just started. Am I tentatively looking at a date in March? April? Can? I mean, who knows? This limbo is killing me.

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‘Devastated’: 15 fire victims mourned at Bronx service https://filigreemonograms.com/devastated-15-fire-victims-mourned-at-bronx-service/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 00:32:54 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/devastated-15-fire-victims-mourned-at-bronx-service/ Ms James spoke next, hammering home the theme of neglect. “We know that death is something we all have to look forward to one day, but we also say that the individuals for the neglect of this building and for so many fires in the Bronx must be held accountable,” she said. declared, as the […]]]>

Ms James spoke next, hammering home the theme of neglect. “We know that death is something we all have to look forward to one day, but we also say that the individuals for the neglect of this building and for so many fires in the Bronx must be held accountable,” she said. declared, as the crowd shouted. “Allahu akbar” or “God is great”.

“No individual should be forced to have heaters, no individual should have doors that don’t close,” Ms James said. “There were conditions in this building that should have been corrected.”

“Amin! shouted the crowd.

During the service, Imam Musa Kabba said he struggled to control his emotions as he listed the names of the families – Dukuray, Drammeh, Jambang, Konteh, Tunkara, Toure – who were decimated by the fire.

“When the Lord asks for something, we have no choice but to accept,” he said, adding, “I try to control myself.”

Relatives began to sob quietly.

“My heart is done,” said 33-year-old Yahya Sankara. He had lost his sister Fatoumata Tunkara and two young nephews, Omar Jambang and Ousmane Konteh.

Omar was 6 years old. Ousmane only had 2.

Ms Sillah, who expected to celebrate a cousin’s wedding this weekend alongside Ms Drammeh and her family, struggled to deal with her grief. On Saturday evening, she passed the Twin Parks building.

“It was a place that used to be very busy, and every Gambian family in the community had someone living in the apartment,” she said. “It’s a sad, sad place right now.”

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January 15 Letters: They Wed Safely; a different approach to sick days; what brings the rain https://filigreemonograms.com/january-15-letters-they-wed-safely-a-different-approach-to-sick-days-what-brings-the-rain/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 17:01:00 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/january-15-letters-they-wed-safely-a-different-approach-to-sick-days-what-brings-the-rain/ They got married despite the COVID and the snow We must avoid pandemic despair. None of us can afford to go there! On that note, my family just celebrated my niece’s wedding. It was supposed to be a big wedding (joining a big Italian family) with a wedding planned a few years ago for Victoria […]]]>

They got married despite the COVID and the snow

We must avoid pandemic despair. None of us can afford to go there!

On that note, my family just celebrated my niece’s wedding. It was supposed to be a big wedding (joining a big Italian family) with a wedding planned a few years ago for Victoria and another in Italy.

The pandemic has changed that to a wedding in Victoria at a stunning venue. This was eventually reduced to 50 people. And then that was reduced to 50 people with “no dancing or shuffling between tables”.

Ten days before the planned New Year’s Eve wedding, the venue was closed due to COVID. The groom’s parents kindly offered their home to the determined bride and groom and permitted 12 guests, six per table, with the wedding ceremony only permitted outside in their backyard.

The snowstorm reduced this backyard ceremony to about nine minutes with the marriage commissioner, two pretty little bridesmaids and the bride and groom running outside to quickly say their vows.

A wonky zoom camera was installed to give extended family members and friends a glimpse of the bride and groom’s backs from about 50 feet away.

I thought it was hilarious and unique and lovely. My partner and I got dressed at home for the Zoom call and after the wedding was over, we danced around my office to What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

Our niece and new nephew are happily married! We think their dynamic spirit will serve them well. No need to let a little pandemic get us down!

Thelma Fayle
Victoria

A better idea for mandatory sick leave

First of all, five days is hardly enough. Second, five days per employee could be very difficult for small businesses.

An alternative solution could have been to add “COVID sick days” to the EI program.

Either the worker could apply without a waiting period, or the employer could continue to pay the worker and then apply for EI.

Employers who already have sick days in their agreements or those who have salaried employees would still cover until those agreed sick days are used.

Andrea Racicot
View Royal

No, First Peoples are not all the same

Subject: “Name of new Island-class Gabriola ferry angers ex-Chief Snuneymuxw”, 13 January.

If anything, it should be considered educational – for non-natives! For centuries, the stereotype has been that First Peoples are one. Wrong! We are diverse and distinct.

I once told my late father that our Best Western Tin Wis Resort in Tofino would be better served if employees from different nations continued to work there – it would let the world know that we are not stereotypical.

Remi Tom
Port Alberni

Higher tax possible for non-vaccinated

Given that our health care systems have to pay for COVID, I have a lot of sympathy for Quebec’s idea of ​​taxing anti-vaxxers and I’m not sure BC should reject the idea of ​​taxing anti-vaxxers. right away.

Of course, bio-ethicists immediately jump out of the woodwork and complain that a flat tax affects the poor and marginalized more than the rich.

There is a simple way around this. Rather than taxing anti-vaxxers directly, why not adjust the “Personal” amount on their tax return? This is the tax “credit” that applies to all of us and is increased for the elderly and infirm, etc.

If the anti-vaxxers see this amount reduced, then the rich pay a lot more taxes; the poor and marginalized pay little or nothing. In short, the marginalized are not affected. If, however, you are the world No. 1 in professional tennis, you pay a lot more.

Same result. Different mathematics.

Neville Hircock
Parcville

Pineapple express against atmospheric river

Remember the good old days when heavy rain in British Columbia was called a pineapple express? Now they are called atmospheric rivers, a new term loaded with fear, stress and worry.

If both terms mean the same thing, could we go back to pineapple express please? It’s a little easier on the psyche.

Lia Fraser
Victoria

Think Kenney, Harper and those license plates

Re: “We are laughing stock because of the demonstrations”, letter, 12 January.

We are the laughing stock because of the protests? The Alberta letter writer might have a valid point, but he has to look in his own backyard.

The premier of Alberta is the most ridiculed premier in all of Canada. Alberta gave us Canada’s most hated prime minister of recent times, Stephen Harper.

By the way, we consider these red and white license plates as learning plates!

Grant Maxwell
Nanaimo

Take advantage of decolonization

Subject: “Schoolbooks at $238 and up: profiting from ‘decolonization’”, commentary, 13 January.

Geoff Russ’ comment is unusual to say the least. The appeal of predominantly white, liberal/progressive academics with the government handmaiden who funds the academic industry of grievances and victim decolonization and reconciliation is a huge step in the pursuit of reconciliation.

By weeding out the crooks, those who profit from the continued misery of Native people, as Russ shows bluntly and clearly, non-Natives will have more to understand, remember, and fully support.

Without the vigorous response of the Indigenous peoples to rid the dialogue of profiteers, nothing will change.

Atcheson Clay
Saanich

Higher interest rates, higher taxes could help

Over the past decade, housing prices have become unaffordable. Why? Low mortgage financing rates are part of that.

More attractive, the return on equity without tax consequences on main residences has encouraged owners to invest.

Consider buying a primary residential property at $1,000,000. The 25% down payment is $250,000. Mortgage financing is $750,000.

An annual increase in the price of this house of 5% brings a gain of $50,000. The return on equity of $250,000 is 20%. This gain is not taxed on the sale of the principal resident’s property.

The leverage available to primary residential property allows for returns like this. Where else can you get a huge tax free return?

Many primary resident owners leverage their valuable property to purchase residential investment property, which adds to affordability.

Things can change when interest rates on residential mortgages rise and residential property prices fall. In this case, a 5% decrease in property value results in a 20% decrease in equity.

Deficit spending and current financial needs in Canada could result in a progressive federal tax on gains on the sale of residential property. This could apply to larger wins with increasing tax rates as the amount of the win increases.

As interest rates rise and the potential tax on residential properties becomes attractive to senior governments, housing prices could recover and become more affordable.

Pierre-Daniel
Victoria

Paper millionaire? yes you can spend it

It’s true that you can’t spend a paper asset, but if you’re a “paper” millionaire, you can get a term loan, line of credit, reverse mortgage, and more.

So you can spend it without selling the property.

james marshall
Esquimalt

Drivers are worse than they were in 2014

Subject: “Misbehaviour has become the norm”, letter, 13 January.

I thought I was the only one objecting to the current narcissistic driving culture in the area. It’s very different from when I arrived in Victoria in 2014.

Coming from Ontario, I was pleased to see that people here weren’t running red lights, speeding, etc. I had the impression of arriving in a civilized city. No more.

Vicki Metcalfe
Esquimalt

Yes to immigration, no to unfettered cash

Canada’s future is better aligned with high rates of tax-paying immigrants, which will ensure Canada’s financial stability and culture. Don’t cut immigration rates, but please follow the (unfettered) money that devastates the opportunity for Canadian citizens to own homes.

If a foreign investor wants to buy Canadian investments or companies, they must undertake a major audit of their funds abroad to prove that the money is legal and taxed in their home country.

But that same person can transfer $2 million (or more) to buy a Canadian home without liability or verification to make sure the money is clean and legal.

Although these purchases of houses with foreign money represent only a small percentage of real estate transactions, they accelerate the cost of ownership because the price of the house is not the first consideration for those who bring money. questionable money in Canada.

Solution: The government must require all banks to report and declare all foreign money transfers to Canada, and then verify each transfer with the same rigor used to verify foreign investments.

Tax at a high rate (40%) all unverified cash coming into Canada and make it the owner’s responsibility to prove the cash is legal to ensure it is not laundered in housing.

Make it retroactive (10 years) and Canada will have billions of dollars in additional tax revenue to invest in housing and social programs for all.

Blake Mooney
Saanich North

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Their first date ‘felt like Christmas’ https://filigreemonograms.com/their-first-date-felt-like-christmas/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:00:09 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/their-first-date-felt-like-christmas/ Two weeks after the Scottish party, Mr. Shorter was working his way through Mrs. Quiles’ calendar. A flirty text dialogue he initiated the night they met was in full flight. “The reason I asked him to kiss me in Macau was because our chemistry had increased exponentially in those two weeks,” Ms Quiles said. Once […]]]>

Two weeks after the Scottish party, Mr. Shorter was working his way through Mrs. Quiles’ calendar. A flirty text dialogue he initiated the night they met was in full flight. “The reason I asked him to kiss me in Macau was because our chemistry had increased exponentially in those two weeks,” Ms Quiles said.

Once Ms Quiles sat at the table – a coveted corner seat which Mr Short had secured by bribing the butler with a pair of Nikes – and ordered a cocktail, “I was like, ‘Wow , he understands me,'” she said.

Back in 2012, neither was interested in dating anyone else. In 2013, Mr. Shorter moved into a condo near Mrs. Quiles’ home in Jersey City. Until then, he had spent most of his life in the Bronx, where his mother, Deborah Shorter, his grandmother, Sadie Gray, and six aunts had guided him through Evander Childs High School and straight into his first job selling sneakers at a local H. & Y Sports shop.

Two years later, they moved into a new home together in Jersey City. In 2016, she quit her agency job and started POP! By Yaz.

Mr. Shorter, who then ran the Nike store, was his sounding board for ideas. He also provided a backdrop of harmony at home, which Ms. Quiles’ past relationships lacked. “Early on, NaVell laid the groundwork for a respectful way of communicating,” she said. “We would have fights, but we never raised our voices or swore at each other.”

Past relationships were no longer worth reminding Mr. Shorter. For him, a future with Mrs. Quiles became all that mattered. “I was like, when you know, you know,” he said. “Even the food didn’t taste good to me when she wasn’t there.”

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Jessica Rowe celebrates her wedding anniversary in an unconventional way https://filigreemonograms.com/jessica-rowe-celebrates-her-wedding-anniversary-in-an-unconventional-way/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 21:07:47 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/jessica-rowe-celebrates-her-wedding-anniversary-in-an-unconventional-way/ Jess Rowe has shared a birthday tribute to her husband, Peter. instagram The couple quickly received well wishes in the comments below. Journalist Sarah Harris shared a bunch of heart emojis, while actress Suzan Mutesi wrote: “Happy birthday @jessjrowe !! I love you guys so much! ❤️❤️.” Jess and Peter first met when the former […]]]>

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The couple quickly received well wishes in the comments below.

Journalist Sarah Harris shared a bunch of heart emojis, while actress Suzan Mutesi wrote: “Happy birthday @jessjrowe !! I love you guys so much! ❤❤.”

Jess and Peter first met when the former Today’s show the host was just 19 and doing college work experience at Channel Ten. At the time, Peter was a sports journalist.

Years later, when Jess was an established journalist in her own right, the couple crossed paths at the TV WEEK Lodges.

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They got to talking and Jess later told Mia Freedman No filter podcast that at the time she was thinking, “Why can’t I meet a nice guy like that? Why don’t I attract really good people like this handsome guy?”

After breaking up with her boyfriend, she was chatting with her friend, rugby league journalist Tony Peters, about wanting a nice guy and mentioned Peter’s name.

Tony then called Peter and convinced him to ask Jess out.

WATCH: Jessica Rowe films TikTok embarrassing her children (Story continues after video)

Newly divorced and just starting a job at 60 minutes, Peter wasn’t really looking to date but decided to give it a shot.

“I said, ‘Well, if she calls me within 10 minutes and asks me out, I’ll go,'” Peter said. Nine Honey.

“And she rang. And I said, ‘I like your style.’

“We went out on a Sunday night to a Thai restaurant in Balmain. It was June 2001 and we never left each other.”

The couple have been married since 2004 and share two daughters, Allegra and Giselle.

For your own fairy tale love story, like Jess and Peter’s, sign up at harmony today!

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R&B group Maze retain loyal fanbase 29 years after latest new album https://filigreemonograms.com/rb-group-maze-retain-loyal-fanbase-29-years-after-latest-new-album/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 09:17:59 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/rb-group-maze-retain-loyal-fanbase-29-years-after-latest-new-album/ NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANE – JULY 07: Frankie Beverly of Maze performs during ESSENCE 2019 Festival at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 07, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Photo by Erika Goldring / Getty Images, Contributor / Getty Images The R&B group Maze has been around for over 50 years. Led by the soft-spoken, baseball-cap frontman […]]]>

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANE – JULY 07: Frankie Beverly of Maze performs during ESSENCE 2019 Festival at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 07, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Photo: Photo by Erika Goldring / Getty Images, Contributor / Getty Images

The R&B group Maze has been around for over 50 years. Led by the soft-spoken, baseball-cap frontman Frankie Beverly, this Bay Area collective (originally formed as Raw Soul) have released eight studio albums (all gold), as well as some live albums. (One of them, “Live in New Orleans” from 1981, also went gold.)

They are the source of old-school, urban and contemporary jams such as “Joy & Pain”, “Southern Girl”, “Before I Let Go”, “Golden Time of Day” and the classic “Happy Feelin’s”. Of course, many of Maze’s tracks have been sampled by hip-hop legends: 2Pac, J Dilla, A Tribe Called Quest, Rob Base, and even local hip-hop heavyweights UGK and Z-Ro.

However, Maze hasn’t dropped a gift of the Silent Storm in decades. Their last album of new music, “Back to Basics,” was released in 1993. (In a 2006 interview with Ebony, Beverly said that a new album, aptly titled “Anticipation,” was in the works.) And yet , Maze still remains a beloved band in the African American community and is headlining, along with the Isley Brothers, at the Toyota Center in Houston on January 15.

In a 2017 review for The Undefeated website, Bruce Britt wrote, “Attend a wedding, picnic, backyard barbecue or other similar black American family outing and you’re bound to hear Maze’s tracks on the playlist, the full-bodied funk of the band mingling with each other. perfectly with the most daring dishes of the rap and R&B idols of the day.

Frankie Beverly & Maze, The Isley Brothers, LeVelle

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15

Or: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk

Details: $ 69.50 – $ 199.50; toyotacenter.com

No one knows better how Beverly and her team move black audiences than Derrick Winfree, better known as DJ Aggravated of Houston. The veteran spinner has seen how well the locals respond to Maze, whether on wax or in person.

“Houston loves Maze,” he says, referring to the myriad of times he’s surprised the band live with an enthusiastic and enthusiastic audience.

In his early days, he remembers playing at a wedding and seeing firsthand what Maze does to people. wedding reception and they requested it. And then I saw the response he got, especially “Before I let go” and then it changed my mind. “

Ah, yes, “Before” is a staple of barbecues, a tune that will instantly get young and old alike. Hometown Queen Beyoncé knows it, which is why she made a cover of the song in 2018, as a bonus track for her album “Homecoming” and her Netflix concert film.

Beverly, who wrote and produced the song, had no idea Beyoncé was having an online cover. “She’s a great friend of mine, but I had no idea she was going to do this,” Beverly told Billboard after it happened. “She was silent until her people called me one day, maybe a week or two ago. When they played it, that’s when I heard the first draft of it, and I was blown away. It is a blessing.

Aggravated is known for performing both versions at places such as Third Ward’s Bar 5015, where the Sunday brunch crowd enjoys the soft, relaxed grooves that Maze is famous for. “They like a wide variety of music,” he says. “You can get away with Maze. You can get by with Earth, Wind & Fire. You can get away with everything and then turn around and play the best trap music ever out there. “

Maze is still considered a must-see whenever the members go on tour. They are known as the “Black Grateful Dead” for keeping a loyal fan base even though they haven’t released an album in years. (I’d say it’s a jam group for people who store stuff in Crown Royal bags.)

These days, it looks like people would be going to see Maze if it wasn’t maybe the last time they filmed. Beverly turned 75 in December, so the possibility of him hanging up the hat for good is increasingly likely.

Aggravated says he thinks he’s seeing Maze this weekend – you know, just in case it’s the last time. “Both groups are old,” he says. “So I don’t want to be one of those people who was like, ‘Oh, I got a chance to go see their last show. I wouldn’t like to be that guy, you know.

Craig Lindsey is a Houston-based writer.




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Inside My Wedding: Experience Co Tyrone Couple’s Big Day at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan https://filigreemonograms.com/inside-my-wedding-experience-co-tyrone-couples-big-day-at-the-four-seasons-hotel-in-monaghan/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 09:01:39 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/inside-my-wedding-experience-co-tyrone-couples-big-day-at-the-four-seasons-hotel-in-monaghan/ A couple from Co Tyrone shared it all on their gorgeous wedding day at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan. Claire Ferguson, 30, and husband Kieran Hughes, 31, had their big day on December 11, 2021 during a service at Clonoe followed by a beautiful reception. In Be’s weekly column “Inside My Wedding”, couples dive […]]]>

A couple from Co Tyrone shared it all on their gorgeous wedding day at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan.

Claire Ferguson, 30, and husband Kieran Hughes, 31, had their big day on December 11, 2021 during a service at Clonoe followed by a beautiful reception.

In Be’s weekly column “Inside My Wedding”, couples dive into their special day to give you some tips and ideas for your special occasion.

The MRI radiologist and sales representative met at the University of Belfast, having their first date years later in 2015 before becoming engaged in July 2020.

Here’s all about their special day during the holiday season!



Go up the aisle

Tell us about your wedding day!

It was just the best day and weekend from start to finish. Whereas in the moment it seems very surreal. The day started with our makeup artist Laura Kelly who was more than a makeup artist that day. Our two hairdressers Tina and Keiva from Urban Hair in Cookstown arrived with a smile and patience to style six hairstyles beautifully.

We had a fabulous breakfast delivery from Moon and Back to Donaghmore. The house was quiet and the prosecco was opened. Karen Grattan our photographer arrived and our videographer Ronan TV, who is also one of my best friends, arrived and brought the craic with him.



Claire’s beautiful wedding dress

We got dressed and my dad and my family were waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs and it was a lovely time. The only nerves I had were walking down the aisle. Now I just want to start all over again! The wedding mass was wonderful with our priest Fr Mulligan then Mollie McKeever singing. Some of our guests have said great readings and prayers. We walked out into the aisle with two massive smiles for Picture This’s “Take My Hand”.

We left in a hummer with our procession. We both decided to travel with them rather than in our own wedding car. We all loved this moment so much. Some of our favorite songs with great memories have been played.

In our pre-reception arrival suite, Joseph McVeigh sang and all of our guests loved it. Drinks, food, good company and music. The atmosphere was something else. Our day was gone but we enjoyed every minute of it all. Our alliance, the Manouche Boys, was exceptional. Due to Covid we couldn’t hear them until our day, but we didn’t think about it too much and rocked. The dance floor didn’t stop and we all danced the night away. Thank you to our amazing guests who were all there for a great time.



The wedding party

How did you start planning your wedding?

We first decided on our date which was December 11, 2021. Fortunately, I love a winter wedding as it was our only option to book while hosting the football season! The place and the chapel were free and we confirmed.

From there I checked with Lulabelle Beauty to see if Laura was available otherwise we might have had to rearrange … luckily she said yes – because I was so confident in her to paint our faces .

I didn’t have any vendors in mind, but we didn’t research too much and booked them quickly. Everything was booked in September and we haven’t thought about or planned anything for next year.



The bridal party

How did you choose a place?

I had no place in mind nor any dream of a wedding at the castle. We contacted the Four Seasons in Monaghan and they had our date available so we went to chat and decided to do some local shopping.

The staff were amazing before the wedding and made us feel special that day. We wanted something easily accessible for our guests with a 40 minute commute time after the ceremony at St. Patrick’s Church in Clonoe.

Tell us all about your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses and costumes!

I proposed to my three bridesmaids, Niamh, Joanne and Duibhin, in August 2020 before Joanne returned to work in Dubai. She wouldn’t be there for dress shopping, so I quickly searched for stores in Belfast to do a day of it before she left two days later.

Pronuptia in Belfast was the perfect place to have lunch and a drink so I made an appointment. The Pronuptia girls were awesome and that day I fell in love with the dress and went back to my mom at a later date. I went to a few other stores just to take a look and confirm that ‘St. Patrick Zacaria ‘was that one.



The happy couple

I haven’t been to any store for bridesmaid dresses. I ordered bridesmaid dresses for Christmas 2020 when Joanne was at home. I had been put on emerald green but then the champagne dresses appeared on ASOS, I bought four and that’s it. Girls could do anything to look good.

Kieran was supported by TW Menswear at Carrickmacross. I just wanted a timeless black suit with a satin lapel. With busy schedules, Kieran left on his own and was taken care of by Martin, Peter and Blaine. The suits were Bennetti Menswear. Always so laid back, Kieran had his shoes sorted two days before the wedding in Nineteen83 Menswear in Dungannon.



The newlyweds

What has been the best part of building up your day?

I had so much fun and memories created during my bachelorette parties! With Covid, I went with different groups of friends and everything went very well. I took a surprise trip to Liverpool, a weekend on the north coast with a surf lesson, and I also created carnage in Belfast.

I also enjoyed a pleasant spa day and night two weeks before the wedding. It was organized by my sister in law who is such a great support. Wedding week was such a good buzz to get organized and do songs with my mom. We had nothing more to do the day before the wedding, so Kieran and I enjoyed a nice lunch and relaxed.



Cut the cake

When Kieran left to return home to Monaghan, my bridesmaids arrived for a slumber party. Duibhin cooked a lovely meal and we sipped prosecco and laughed the night away before sleeping for a few hours.

What was the best part of your day and your other favorite parts?

I enjoyed every minute so it’s hard to pick the best time. The ceremony trip to the venue was so much fun with our best friends. I loved going down the stairs to see my dad’s reaction. As much as I was so nervous about walking down the aisle, I just loved it and that special feeling when we got to the top.

Standing out in a park in December sleeveless was also painless with all the buzz and adrenaline rush. We made our own craic throughout the photos. Our flower girl Ava and our page boy Oliver had a great day running together and it was heartwarming to see them. Seeing all of our guests enjoying a lovely meal, dancing and socializing again was invaluable.



Claire and Kieran with their godchildren

How would you tell other bride and groom to plan first and what are your top tips?

I ordered my dress 15 months in advance and am glad I did as it took 9 months to arrive with delays from Covid. Get organized as early as possible to relax. Finalize all vendors a few weeks before the day. Don’t worry about the little things in the wedding week, because when the day comes, nothing will put you in tune – well, hopefully, no!

I was in a little love bubble and couldn’t have been bored. It’s up to you to make the most of your day. We didn’t focus on planning a day two outing. We understood that it was December and that a lot of people had plans and worked on Monday mornings.

We had food at the hotel and a large crowd of us went to McAleers in Dungannon to keep the mood going. The cocktails were flowing and it was nice to sit and chat in a nice cool setting before the music started.



During speeches

What were the most difficult parts to plan?

I didn’t like sorting out who to invite, but other than that the planning was a snap. We were so lucky that the restrictions with the numbers were lifted as we had 190 guests. Our music was supposed to end at midnight but we started the party at 3pm in the arrivals hall. I chose the music for the ceremony and Kieran chose the entrance music and the first dance song.

Did your wedding have a theme?

We didn’t really have a theme. I’m not a very colorful girl and like to keep it simple. I like black, white and gold a bit. We kept the green and ivory flowers with the metallic flowers as well.



Beautiful reception hall

My Flowers by Geraldine florist knew exactly what I had in mind and arranging the flowers was an easy task. We had fresh flowers but the bouquets were silk and I will have them forever.

Loved having the Christmas trees and decorations to add to them. Our wedding day was very relaxed.

Would you do something different or wish there was something you didn’t worry about?

I had my bridesmaids’ sweaters on and I wish we had a picture with them in the park. I was worried about the first dance as the week went by with us and we couldn’t practice. It wasn’t great, but we just made do with it.

Has Covid changed your plans at all?

We didn’t have to rearrange and got married on our original date. Two weeks before our wedding, it was announced that the day was to end at midnight. We tried to put everything in order and bring dinner forward to give the band and the DJ more time to play.

Our goal was to spend as little time as possible taking our photos and to get to the venue as early as possible to enjoy the time spent with our guests.

Would you like to tell us everything about your wedding day? Email be@belfastlive.co.uk to be introduced!


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Tim Dowling: It’s almost our 30th wedding anniversary – but first a dance with the trash | Family https://filigreemonograms.com/tim-dowling-its-almost-our-30th-wedding-anniversary-but-first-a-dance-with-the-trash-family/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 10:16:00 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/tim-dowling-its-almost-our-30th-wedding-anniversary-but-first-a-dance-with-the-trash-family/ I am sitting at the kitchen table. My wife is standing in front of the sink, turning her back to me, washing the dishes while telling me about all the upcoming social obligations that she has managed to get us out of. “Is that a good idea,” I ask, “we’re never going anywhere again? “ […]]]>

I am sitting at the kitchen table. My wife is standing in front of the sink, turning her back to me, washing the dishes while telling me about all the upcoming social obligations that she has managed to get us out of.

“Is that a good idea,” I ask, “we’re never going anywhere again? “

“I don’t care,” she said. “I forgot how to socialize and I don’t want to learn anymore. “

“No, I mean, neither do I,” I said. “It’s just, I don’t know.”

“If you now want to take charge of our social life, do not hesitate,” she said.

I stay silent for a minute, keeping open the possibility that I haven’t heard this song.

“What do you want to do for our 30th wedding anniversary?” ” I say.

“Oh my God,” my wife said, turning around. “How far is it?” “

– It’s next, I say.

“But still months,” she said. “Several months.” ”

“There’s probably still time to get a divorce first, if that’s what worries you.”

I say this with the confidence of someone who thinks: there is nowhere near enough time to get a divorce first.

“I don’t want to do anything,” she said.

“I know, but it’s 30,” I said. “It sounds like the kind of thing we should invite everyone we know to a remote island.”

“And kill them?” ” she says. A brief silence follows.

“Well, maybe,” I say. “But don’t put anything about that in the save date email.” “

I had no intention of giving my wife the opportunity to reconsider three decades of marriage; I only brought it up to distract her from the idea of ​​giving me exclusive responsibility for our social calendar. She did the same with the kitchen about two years ago, and I didn’t fare well.

The afternoon brings a desire for a long and lonely walk, but the sky turns black and the rain falls in swollen sheets. I lie on the sofa with a book on my chest. Thirty years is more than half of my life, I think. I have been married most of my life. And during that time, countless opportunities to be a better husband have been wasted.

My eyes are just starting to roll to the back of my head when my wife comes in and says a few words.

“What?” I said, the book sliding off my chest.

“It’s garden waste,” she says.

It is the abbreviation of a particular phase of the rotating collection cycle: the night of the three bins – black garbage, leftover food, wheelie of green waste from the garden.

“Uh,” I say.

Half of our front garden is given over to a small, paved driveway (it was like this when we moved in), so it’s impossible to get the trash to the sidewalk without someone – my wife – backing up a little car while someone else – me – pulls the trash out of their normal resting place. I have had hundreds of opportunities to perform this function with something like grace over the years, and I have not taken any of them.

The rain is pouring down my collar as I pull yard waste off the bricks in the glare of the car’s headlights. The trash can wheels get stuck in gravel, almost knocking it over.

“Holy shit,” I say. Behind the windshield, my wife’s face shines as she looks at her phone.

That evening, my family had fun with the shriveled carrots I produce for supper.

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“They look like raisins,” says the one in the middle.

“They were small at first,” I say, “but then I left them in the oven. I thought adding an unprepared veggie dish to a standard Tuesday meal was within my abilities, but it turned out to be akin to adding a fourth chainsaw to a juggling routine right before. time of the show.

“The rice is not cooked,” says the older man.

“I forgot the rice,” I say. “Because of the carrots. “

“Is this meat safe to eat?” Said the youngest.

“I don’t recommend that you eat it,” I said.

Lying in bed later with the rain still hitting the roof, my mood cleared. It is wrong to dwell on past missed improvement opportunities, when there are still opportunities to come: islands to rent, guests to invite, quicksand traps dug and covered with leaves. Save this date.


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Madison LeCroy says ‘Southern Charm’ cast isn’t invited to her wedding https://filigreemonograms.com/madison-lecroy-says-southern-charm-cast-isnt-invited-to-her-wedding/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 22:54:00 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/madison-lecroy-says-southern-charm-cast-isnt-invited-to-her-wedding/ Lovely not invited. “Southern Charm” star Madison LeCroy disclosed some wedding highlights on Thursday, including who is – and, more importantly – who is not invited to his upcoming nuptials. “The cast of ‘Southern Charm’ won’t be at my wedding just because we make family, and that’s kind of it,” the 31-year-old said in an […]]]>

Lovely not invited.

“Southern Charm” star Madison LeCroy disclosed some wedding highlights on Thursday, including who is – and, more importantly – who is not invited to his upcoming nuptials.

“The cast of ‘Southern Charm’ won’t be at my wedding just because we make family, and that’s kind of it,” the 31-year-old said in an Instagram Live video.

LeCroy’s rep reiterated his statement to Page Six, explaining that the wedding will be strictly for “personal friends and family.”

The mother-of-one, LeCroy, also revealed that she is aiming for a destination wedding in December 2022, even mentioning that a New Years wedding “would be fun.”

LeCroy explained that they keep the wedding on the small side, so they can instead have fun in a well-designed, fully-furnished home in Charleston, SC.

The reality TV star got engaged to her boyfriend Brett after seven months of dating in October.

“I’m engaged! And I’m so excited because I honestly had no idea at the time,” she announced on Amazon Live. “It was a very special time for my family. We have a lot. traveled the world, and thought maybe it would happen then, but I think it happens when you least expect it.

Madison LeCroy on her Instagram Story Thursday
LeCroy and her fiancé have been engaged for three months.
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LeCroy said she had no hesitation in agreeing, and Brett even asked permission from her son Hudson, which the 8-year-old happily gave.

The salon owner has kept her relationship with her man quite private, and it looks like that isn’t going to change anytime soon.

When asked if her future husband would make an appearance in the new season of “Southern Charm”, she flatly dismissed the idea, saying the show was “not her thing”.

“I would go crazy if people were mean to him,” she added on the same Instagram Live.

LeCroy dated co-star Austen Kroll in 2018, but she told Page Six in December 2020 that they had decided to quit for good.

“I hope he [Kroll] shows maturity, supports me and is happy for me, ”she told Page Six after her engagement. “He knows what I want in my life and to see it become a reality I think he will be happy for me.”

“Southern Charm” airs on Bravo and recently wrapped up filming for Season 8.


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Drama? Kim Kardashian no longer follows Miley Cyrus on Instagram https://filigreemonograms.com/drama-kim-kardashian-no-longer-follows-miley-cyrus-on-instagram/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 23:41:00 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/drama-kim-kardashian-no-longer-follows-miley-cyrus-on-instagram/ Kim kardashian maybe “liked” the idea of Pierre Davidson join Miley Cyrus for her New Years Eve party, but now that it’s over, it looks like she’s no longer following the talented singer on Instagram. © GettyImages When Cyrus shared the first promotional image from his NYE ​​party with Davidson on December 9, the Skims […]]]>

Kim kardashian maybe “liked” the idea of Pierre Davidson join Miley Cyrus for her New Years Eve party, but now that it’s over, it looks like she’s no longer following the talented singer on Instagram.

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When Cyrus shared the first promotional image from his NYE ​​party with Davidson on December 9, the Skims founder received a “like.” And it looks like similar items have been removed as Kardashian’s profile no longer appears in the photo. Cyrus is a marketing genius and didn’t hesitate to joke about Davidson’s “Big Debut Energy” before the show. She even serenaded the singer on Tonight’s Show with Jimmy Fallon with an incredible performance by William “Mickey” Stevenson and Norman Whitfield’s 1963 Motown song, “It Should Have Been Me”.

To add to the drama, Page 6reported that after the appearance of The Tonight Show, Cyrus headed to the comedian’s apartment in Staten Island, where Kardashian also spent time. And the co-hosts even performed as a duet during the special, which might be hard to watch for someone like Kardashian who can’t sing. Regardless, Kardashian apparently hit the unsubscribe button. From now on, the Hannah montana star follows the reality star.

It was reported that Kardashian wanted to join Davidson for the show, but she never made it into the sunshine state. The mother of 4 was at home with the children while her future ex-husband Ye (formerly known as Kanye west) tried to schedule a last minute show in Miami. But the puzzling new couple didn’t spend too much time apart because they boarded a private plane Monday to the Bahamas. In photos released by the DailyMail, the 41-year-old sported an all-black look while the 28-year-old stuck with the brand in a casual look and a baseball cap.

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