Monthly Archives: March 2009

VOWS Awards 2009 for Scottish Wedding Suppliers

Vows Awards Logo

Vows Awards

The purpose of the VOWS Awards ‚  is to recognise those companies in Scotland who offer a consistant, excellent service. ‚   VOWS stands for Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier.

You can nominate your chosen wedding supplier on-line, ‚  once your Wedding has taken place, if this is ‚  after 20th September 2008 and ‚  before 20th September 2009.

Over the moon with the service offered by ‚  Sarah’s Creative Occasions, then please nominate us in the VOWS Awards, where your nomination will really count. ‚   With your vote, you will have a chance to win a luxury second honeymoon.

Guest at the BNI at Irvine

BNI Irvine Magnum Chapter

Last Thursday morning I attended the BNI at ‚  Irvine, ‚  on behalf of an existing ‚  member. ‚   It was another chance for me to network with similar individuals who are looking to promote their business and seek referrals. ‚   I gave a 60-second dialogue on the business for whom I was standing in for, and then I gave a 60-second presentation on Sarah’s Creative Occasions.

The Art of Negotation with the AABW

On Tuesday evening I went along to another AABW meeting at the Gailes Restaurant & Hotel by Irvine, and the guest speaker this month was Colin McDougall, presenting the fundamentals of negotiation and how to apply them in business. ‚   Much fun was had by all with Colin’s humour added ‚  around the many incredible stories he told from his time as a negotiator in the Strathclyde Police.

This month I ‚  too stood up, and gave a 5-minute presentation on Sarah’s Creative Occasions. ‚   I displayed a couple of moodboards for the guests to see some of my work first hand, and everyone also got to take home a free Wedding Guide Countdown.

AABW feature in the Ayrshire Post

AABW Committee

As previously advised in an earlier story, I am now a member of the AABW Committee and a couple of weeks we had our first committee meeting with the new committee. ‚   We turned up, and was greeted with a photographer from the Ayrshire Post who kindly took our picture.

And last week, the story was featured in the Ayrshire Post, edition dated Friday March 20 2009.

Seasonal Flowers for March

Blue muscariPink tulipWhite narcissiOrange primulaPurple anemone

March is the month ‚  for Spring, when the garden really starts to come alive and flowers in all stunning colours are blooming. ‚   If you wish to use some local varieties of flowers from your garden or nearby florist for a special occasion, then why not pick one of these:

  • Muscari
  • Tulips
  • Narcissi
  • Primula
  • Anemone

Gifts for Mothering Sunday on 22nd March

Flower seedFunky welliesCupcakes for mum ‚  

It’s Mothering Sunday this coming weekend, and so here’s a few ideas of how to show your love for your mum:

  • Buy her a pair of funky wellies for the Garden, now the Spring and the sunshine are here.
  • Why not take her to a local National Trust property, such as; Culzean Castle, Brodick Castle, Souter Johnnies Cottage or Burns National Heritage Park.
  • Treat her to a film and popcorn at the cinema, or buy her a voucher so that she ‚  can head along to her local in her own time. ‚   ‚  My local Odeon ‚  at Kilmarnock is my favourite picture house.
  • Bake her a basket of iced cupcakes.
  • Gift her some flower seed for the garden, or to sow in a decorative pot.

Yorkshire Weddings at Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle

My last full day in Yorkshire and I started it with a visit to Ripley Castle. ‚   Ahead of the guided tour I wandered around the walled gardens to see the Spring bulbs in bloom. ‚   Remarkably the castle has been the home of ‚  the Ingilbys for the ‚  last 700 hundred years. ‚   It was an enjoyable visit, particularly due to the tour guide’s interesting stories and how she demonstrated a number of key artefacts to us (such as the gambling chair and the hat boxes!). ‚   To help fund the upkeep of this historic sight Ripley Castle ‚  can be hired as ‚  a ‚  wedding ‚  venue, or to accommodate any special occasion.

I then went ‚  onto Ripon and visited ‚  their Cathedral, and then back to Harrogate to ‚  take in the history of this spa town ‚  at the Royal ‚  Pump House Museum. ‚   ‚  

Sarah visits Yorkshire & falls in love

Fountains Abbey

Bridging the gap

No pushover

This weekend I’m in Yorkshire and am staying in Harrogate, as a treat from my husband for my birthday.

This morning I visited Brimham Rocks ‚  and was blown away by the extraordinary 300 million year ‚  rock formations. ‚   I had seen similar scenery in Andalucia at a place called El Torcal, but I had no idea that we had a British ‚  version until now. ‚   I spent a couple of hours simply meandering through the aptly named rocky outcrops taking snaps under, over and through the formations. ‚   You’ll see from the photos above that I couldn’t help myself, and added a bit of humour to the shots.

Later, I went to another National Trust property called Fountains Abbey, and well, what can I say but just assure you that it was one of the most peaceful, yet the most immense and beautiful place on earth ‚  that I have ever been to. ‚   Fountains Abbey is a world heritage site, dramatic and the largest set of monastic ruins in the country. ‚   To one side lie the spectacular Georgian water gardens. ‚   The picture above has been taken from the River Skell looking back at the gigantic Abbey ruin.

Birthday Girl Today

It’s my birthday today, and I’ve enjoyed a fun filled day ‚  with plenty of ‚  humour, ‚  including receiving a 40th Birthday card (no I’m not 40, not just yet) and a special chocolate pudding.

Thank you ‚  to all my friends and family ‚  for their cards and gifts.

Sarahs Creative Occasions