Elopement to Historic Glendalough, Ireland

Anna and Justin are an adventurous young couple. They pretty much told me they’d hike up a mountain for their elopement to get married. Sounded pretty romantic but I wasn’t sure how that would suit their 4 guests, Romy, their celebrant from A Beautiful Ceremony, Ros their photographer from Couple Photography, or me! – Not that I wouldn’t do anything for my couples.¬† ūüėČ

What I came up with was for them to go hiking up mountains in the beautiful and historic area around historic Glendalough, Co Wicklow the day before their ceremony but for their wedding, have their ceremony on the edge of the upper lake so they still have the feeling of seclusion and mountains {without exhausting the rest of us}. A lakeside wedding in the Wicklow mountains it was!

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Post ceremony cake and sparking wine really hit the spot before going for more photos in Glendalough Monastic City.

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An impromptu bouquet toss may give us our next couple for Elope to Ireland. And the way the photos look, there was fierce competition to actually catch Anna’s bouquet!

And the couple end the afternoon as most Irish weddings and elopements finish up, with pints of Guinness in the pub.

Congratulations again to Anna and Justin!

Winter Elopement Ireland

As I mentioned in my last blog post about different types of elopements to Ireland, it does indeed take all kinds including those willing to plan a winter elopement Ireland!

Ashton and Jake were another example of that. She American and he English from Bristol, were young, beautiful, in love and ready for the adventure of a winter elopement in Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way. The wild west of Ireland.

Ashton contacted me with quite a short lead in time for their elopement. We had just over 3 months to plan their wedding for late November last year but we got it done with time to spare!

It took two brave soles like these to get out into the cold and wet on their wedding day with a great equally adventurous photographer to achieve the beautiful shots of them that you see here. That photographer was Egle from White Cat Studio.

On the elopement day, we banished Jake from the cottage that they had rented for the week just outside of Dingle as she got ready there happily on her own.

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Flowers and floral crown were by our local florist here in Dingle and once ready, she braved the elements to meet Jake close by at the beach for their first look.



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Back to the cottage to freshen up, Jake headed to the ceremony and Ashton showed off her baking skills {to the cottage’s pup} with the wedding cake she baked herself.




Once at the ceremony location, we realized they were not alone. A group of friends had all come over from Bristol to get a glimpse of the couple’s wedding. I couldn’t leave them outside could I? so we pulled up a few chairs and a few of the men stood at the back while they exchanged their vows, lit candles and promised themselves to each other with a Celtic hand fasting ceremony while overlooking a stormy winter sea.













Once the couple were official, they bundled up and it was outside again to take advantage of the scenery for more rustic shots on the hills of Ireland before meeting their friends in the warmth of an Irish pub.










In Ireland, everything ends up in the pub!

All in all it was a beautiful wedding full of warmth and love on a cold wet winter November day.

Thanks again to Egle at White Cat Studio for letting me share and more congrats to Ashton and Jake! xx

Eloping to Ireland – Your Style

All of our couples are so different and although we offer a comprehensive and inclusive package for eloping to Ireland, it’s important that they have input on what they want, what they envision and makes them know the day has been planned just for them.

It’s important that if they want privacy, that they get it. If they like to mingle and socialize, that they can do that too. The flowers should be to their taste and colors, location that matches their vision and most importantly a ceremony created for them by them with a celebrant who will work with them on all of customs and traditions they want.

A traditional church elopement

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Photos of Morgan and Herb by Andrew O’Dwyer Photography¬†

A classic civil ceremony elopement

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Civil ceremony elopement Ireland

Photos of Annie and Matt by Aoife Herriott

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Photos of Debbie and Rainer by McMahon Studios



Photos of Ariana and Cody by The Lou’s

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Photos of Nicole and Shane by Bartek Witek

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Wicklow Elope to Ireland Irish elopement eloping in Ireland Glendalough

Photos of Anna and Justin by Couple Photography

There are so many locations and styles for your elopement. And because it’s all about you, we will help you make it all yours!

Abbey Ruins, VW Bus and Lots of Love

This wasn’t our first elopement by a long shot, in fact it was a few years ago now, but when Clare and Ryan decided to elope to Ireland, I feel like their destination wedding catapulted what could be done for eloping in Ireland. They are a very special couple their day really kicked off something wonderful.

They were so full of love for each other and just beamed it along with a genuine kindness. You will see that come through in the photos here by Darek Smietana.

We all met up the night before the wedding for a drink in Doolin and got to know each other a little better. Telling stories about how we all got to Ireland and why it’s such a wonderful place. The stories were set to a background of Irish music in McDermott’s Pub and the scene was really set. Here is how it went




As Clare and I were planning, images and Pins were shared via Pinterest and I saw images of lots of VW buses and that they were from a beach town in California it wasn’t surprising but when Clare said that they both adored the cars, I set about trying to find one – and did! But we didn’t tell Ryan who was surprised and delighted to see his drive to his wedding. So fun.


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He did know he was going to an abbey ruins for the ceremony and thankfully, though it was a little chilly and breezy, the rain held off all day.

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Clare and Ryan’s ceremony was a mix of Celtic ceremony and western tradition with hand fasting and rings, meaningful vows and ¬†a few tears but ending in a loving kiss.

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Oops! how did that last photo get in there?? Anyway, Clare was prepared for the hills and the climbing walls to get their amazing photos. A beautiful Irish wool wrap and wellie boots were required as you will see!









Of course a quick stop at the pub was required to warm up. It was closed but a simple knock on the door and the owner couldn’t say no to our bride and groom. They look like they locals in the place.










Afterwards they set off around the cliffs of Clare. It just doesn’t get much better than this!






And you have no idea how difficult it was to choose photos for this. There were so so many beautiful images. As I always say, just being in love and full of joy makes for the best wedding photos. Thanks to Clare and Ryan for choosing us to help create your wedding day and to Darek Smietana again for the amazing photos. Apologies to you all for making you wait for them!

Medieval elopement Carlingford

Medieval elopement Carlingford

Hello Carlingford 

Carlingford is an ancient ¬†town steeped in history right back to the Iron age. It’s building and castles look as they have sprung straight out of a the page of a Harry Potter book and this where Sean and Julie had decided to have their elopement. Both Sean and Julie had been to Ireland on a few occasions before before they contacted us about their elopement.

An elopement in the beautiful medieval town of Carlingford would be a first for us but always up for trying something new and adventurous we went for it!

Introducing our beautiful elopement couple

Both Julie and Sean had just gotten engaged after they contacted us to set up their special day. They both hail from the Rocky mountain state that is Colorado. Sean proposed to Julie at the bear cage at the zoo and we still haven’t found out why ūüėÄ .

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They decided on Ghan house as their choice of venue for their elopement. This eighteenth century Georgian house built way back in the early 18th century was perfect elopement venue you could not get greater staff and a great restaurant to boot. Our couple booked their accommodation at Ghan house also.

Julie had decided to add some images from friends and family from home to her bouquet that we ordered from O’Neill’s flowers in Carlingford. Julie wanted something with ” fun pops of vibrant colors” and a winter/Halloween feel. Gerry came up trumps.project_20161110_0012

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Steady on there Sean! ūüėČ

project_20161110_0010project_20161110_0011Julie showing Vivienne a few images of her family back home in Colorado that she pinned to her bouquet. They also had Alphavideo shoot there ceremony for them so they could show the folks back home.

Onwards to Carlingford Abbey

The ceremony at Ghan house was a beautiful and touching ceremony by Vivienne from Spiritual Ceremonies. We all nipped over to the  medieval Carlingford Abbey for a small celtic handfasting ceremony. All the great images are brought to you by Viv Holst from Holst Photo. Who was fab on the day. Thank Viv.

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A wee trip around the medieval Carlingford town.

Sean and Julie decide to take a stroll around Carlingford and have Viv take a few photos. First stop was the Ma Baker’s pub and a lesson every bride should learn. How to pull a pint of Guinness just incase of emergencies of course.project_20161110_0031 project_20161110_0033 project_20161110_0034 project_20161110_0035project_20161110_0030project_20161110_0029project_20161110_0037

A great and fun Halloween was had by all and thanks to everybody in Carlingford and in making it so. From Primrose lane bakery for a beautiful cake and  Hair and makeup was by Majic hair design and thanks to Sean and Julie for letting be a part of their special day!

Thanks guys.