The Marie Collins Award


Samantha and I go back about 7 or 8 years now, we met on Twitter. And, took our relationship offline when we journeyed to a conference together. Who knew then that this glamorous woman that I was sitting beside would end up being one of my closest friends.  Samantha Kelly aka Tweeting GoddessSam is a person with great insight and a real go-getter. Even though her journey has been tough, she always had time to lend a supportive hand.

She has helped and supported so many people along the way, that there are too numerous to mention. But, unfortunately she has had her fair share of bullies. And, people who just are just so unhappy with themselves. That, she becomes the target of their anger and disappointments. But, she has stayed true and has never wavered from being who she is. 

Sam has achieved so much in the last few years. That, I am in awe. She has gone from being the Funky Goddess to spreading her#twittermagic Twitter Magic everywhere. And founding the Women’s Inspire Network, a fantastic network that is full of warmth, support and learning. 

She has built an amazing team around her. And, one of her team was Marie Collins. Marie was a beautiful woman. She always had time to help and a warm welcome. Marie CollinsShe had the biggest of hearts and friendlist of smiles. Infact, it was Marie who designed my logo for the Women’s Inspire Event held in the Radisson Blu  in 2017. 

Meeting Marie for the very first time, in person was amazing. I was really nervous because I was going to be inscribing live at the event the next day and had produced the speaker gifts. #win17dublin I was full of anxiety. She came straight over, gave me a huge hug and said don’t be so nervous, everything will be fine. Of course, she was right.

To our hearts disappointment Marie passed away within weeks of the event. I didn’t believe it. She was just so full of life. 

With the next event coming up in Galway. Sam wanted to do something to remember Marie. She asked me to inscribe a piece to present to her husband Danny at the Galway event. Presenting Danny Collins with a gift She also wanted to recognise the people within the Women’s Inspire Network who encapsulated the kindness, support and warmth shown by Marie with the Marie Collins Award. And, to my absolute delight she suggested that I inscribe these very meaningful awards. 

WIP-marie collins awardEach time I sit to inscribe these awards, I remember Marie’s kindness to me. Each stroke of the pen is with her smile and warmth. These awards are made with love and in memorial of our beautiful Marie Collins. 

I have the privilege and pleasure of inscribing the Marie Collins Award on behalf of the Women’s Inspire Network and Sam for Eimear Kelly and Anna Daly with Marie Collins Award Samantha Kelly and Lisa Kelly Marie Collins Award Martina Kenny, Deirdre O’Sullivan, Janette O’Rourke, Esther Lawson de Ocamp, Lisa Kelly, Noreen Maher, Eimear Kelly, Martina Lennon, Dee O’Leary, Barbara Edwards, Ailish McCormack Kelly and Louise Tyrrell. All of whom encapsulate Marie’s beautiful warmth and kindness.  

Noreen Maher Marie Collins Award Barbara Edwards with Marie Collins Award Louise Tyrell and Dee Oleary with Marie Collins Award

Ailish McCormack with Marie Collins Award

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Wedding Invitation Tips

Hello Snowflake Designs shares 10 Top Wedding Invitation Tips.

The very first glimpse your guests will have of your Wedding Day is your envelope. So, it’s pretty important to get your stationery right. Afterall, your choice of invitation will help set the tone of your day. 

Ciara from Hello Snowflake Designs is a wonderfully talented Irish boutique stationery designer who specialises in Weddings. She shares with you her top 10 Tips covering topics like choosing the right invitations and envelopes for your big day to calligraphy. 

Emily Wedding Stationery Pack
Emily Wedding Stationery Pack

Because, Calligraphy is so often overlooked. And, all too often couples are left wishing they had budgeted for a calligrapher to inscribe their wedding stationery. I was delighted to read that Hello Snowflake Designs mentioned Wedding Calligraphy. Asking a Calligrapher to inscribe your envelopes will has Ciara says

turn a standard envelope into a thing of beauty.” 

And, guess who one of her favourite calligrapher’s is? You guessed it, me! A fantastic endorsement Ciara. Thank you!

I’m always happy to chat with you about your wedding stationery calligraphy. Send me an email or call me on 087 9887017

Feel free to look through my gallery to see some wedding calligraphy examples. 


Choosing the perfect ring for your engagement and wedding day

Choosing the perfect ring - irish wedding chat - topic

Choosing the perfect ring for your Engagement and Wedding Day is a daunting thought. There are so many things to get right. From the budget to the style and sizing. It’s a maze! Choosing the perfect engagement and wedding ring - blue-sapphire-engagement-ring-diamondpro

Over on #irishweddingchat we cover lots of topics and choosing the perfect ring. I think is one of the more important decision you has a couple will make. Afterall you will be wearing your rings…like forever! 

Every week we cover a different topic over on #irishweddingchat and next week our topic is Table Decor.

On Monday’s we have a Twitter chat from 10pm until 11pm. Where you can chat with some of Ireland’s Top Wedding Services, Suppliers and Venues. While the showcase their gorgeous gifts, venues, bridal and groomswear and so much more. To join the conversation use the hashtag #irishweddingchat. You can also find us on Instagram

Including Your Dog in the Wedding

What better way to celebrate your wedding day than with your best friend? Your dog, that is. To inspire you with fun ways to include your pup in the wedding, Personal Creations put together gorgeous mood boards with over 20 ideas for incorporating your pooch in the wedding fun.


From morning preparation to walking down the aisle, there are plenty of roles your pup can fill when it comes to the wedding! They’ll steal the show with their fluffy cuteness and fill you up with joy while they do!

Capturing the Moment with your Dog
Colour Coordinating with your Dog
Getting ready for the big day with your Dog
Walking down the Aisle

Getting engaged is just the beginning of the countless memorable moments

Getting engaged is just the beginning of the countless memorable moments you’re sure to share with your spouse –– why not capture it with some fun engagement photos? In my opinion, you’re engagement photos should be just as personal as your wedding.

You should use this opportunity to not only let your guests know you’re tying the knot, but to give them a first glimpse of what’s to come. Whether you subtly incorporate your wedding theme or reflect your personality as a couple, these photos should be uniquely yours. With fun and creative photos in mind, I thought I’d share these adorable engagement photo props from Shutterfly. They include creative photo props for every couple. Whether you bonded over your love of comics, have kids, or would like to invite your pets to your photo shoot, you’re sure to find a prop that will capture a cute or funny shot depending on your style!

So Very Sarah


I’m soo looking forward to collaborating with SVS Event Concierge

Delighted to be able to offer my bespoke Calligraphy service as part of SVS Event Concierge. Below I’ve shared SVS’s blog – I do hope you enjoy the read. I certainly did.

SVS Event Concierge are passionate about creating beautiful experiences and moments to remember for their clients. Bringing you unique additions to your events and special occasions. They pride themselves on giving you a warm, friendly, personal and above all reliable service. working alongside the best selection of suppliers and brands to help you to create something truly special. They also like to work with local brands, products and suppliers unique to the destinations the service to give you those little extra touches and locally inspired bespoke elements to your requirements.

Royal Love Stories and Weddings from around the World via invaluable

With Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle, everyone is talking about royal weddings. This love for the royal family is nothing new though. For decades, if not centuries, the public has admired what royal weddings embody around the world, especially when it involves an unlikely couple getting together for their fairytale ending.

In fact, Meghan and Prince Harry’s relationship isn’t the only one people have followed for it’s unlikely match. This visual from Invaluable charts royal love stories from around the world. No matter their background or social standing, it goes to show just how powerful true love is. From Prince William and Kate Middleton meeting in their college dorm to Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III meeting at a photo shoot, the love stories behind these iconic couples is inspiring to follow!

It’s engagement season!

It’s engagement season, which means that there’s a lot of love in the air! It also means that it’s time to start thinking about engagement parties. Engagement celebrations are so much fun because they mark the start of a period of wedding planning and excitement. If you’re planning an upcoming engagement party, Shutterfly created this gorgeous guide full of engagement party decor ideas that will definitely inspire you, no matter what your personal wedding style is! The guide includes 24 gorgeous decoration ideas and eight unique party themes to keep in mind as you start planning your celebration. Now that we’ve got the decorations covered, it’s time to start thinking about invitations, food, and the venue for the special event. Grab your fiancé and start planning!

24 Engagement Party Decoration Ideas for Any Theme

Glamorous Wedding Invitations

Jagdeep Sahans, Calligrapher

I got a little mention in this 17 Glamorous Wedding Invitations by

17 Incredibly Glamorous Wedding Invitations for 2017 Couples

Calligraphy will always glam up your wedding invitations and WOW your guests from the moment they receive your envelope.

If you would like to have your wedding invitations inscribed with the beautiful art of calligraphy.  I’d be happy to chat with you. Feel free to send me an email via my contact page or phone me on 087 9887017