A St Patrick’s Day Elopement In Ireland

We urge you to prepare, Fairies, because this elopement is going to make you want to drop the wedding planning and and simply run away with your fiancé! Jacy and Jordan spent over a year planning a traditional wedding at their hometown in Texas, but eventually realised that it just wasn’t the best fit for them.

“With all of the minute details to decide upon, guest drama to quell, and money to fork out, we felt that the focus was no longer on us and our love story. So, only a few months before our wedding date, we decided to ditch all of our plans and make a change. We wanted to get married somewhere that meant something to us and that reflected the beauty of our love.”

Ireland was the obvious choice for this couple, not only because their wedding date was St Patrick’s Day, but also because Ireland had taken root in both their souls from the moment they had first set foot there. 

“We did a lot of research to find the perfect location on the island to say our vows and found numerous beautiful cliffs and forests and ruins, but once we saw pictures of Dunseverick Castle, we just knew it was the place we wanted to become husband and wife, and a place we’d want to return to for the rest of our lives.”

The first vendor to be contacted by the couple was Rob Dight of Epic Love Photography, who in turn introduced them to more vendors. Rob’s photography and Nigel’s videography captured all of the overwhelming emotions that were felt on this magical day, while Sam Hanna’s officiating was so heartfelt and personalised, that Jordan and Jacy felt they had known him forever.

Is there anything that you would do differently?

“We wouldn’t change a thing about our actual wedding day, but given the chance, we’d go back and avoid all of the stress we put ourselves through before we finally decided to elope. Our fears that we would regret not having a “normal” wedding were completely unfounded!  (And I’d maybe bring warmer socks.)

What’s your advice to other couples?

“Be true to yourselves, to your relationship, and to your budget! Traditional weddings are a wonderful thing, but if the thought of dropping loads of money on one day or having to tailor your plans to meet others’ needs rather than your own makes you dread what is supposed to be a joyous occasion, don’t hesitate to plan something more intimate. Those who love you will not be offended if you decide to jet off and get married in the mountains or on the beach, I promise.

Scroll through for the breathtaking shots, Fairies!

I was insistent at first that I didn’t want flowers, as I knew my hands would be freezing and I planned to keep them tucked in my blanket shawl. But at about 9pm the night before the wedding, I began to regret that choice. I messaged Rob to ask if he thought there was any chance a florist would be able to make a bouquet on such short notice. He reached out to his contacts, and sure enough, the amazingly talented Floral Earth team said that they could make it work! The colours and blooms they chose absolutely blew me away, and I truly couldn’t imagine the wedding without that bouquet now.

“We both agree that our favourite moment of the day was when we got to slip away with our photographer and videographer to take some portraits along the rugged Irish coast.  It was wonderful getting some time to really let everything else fall away and just focus on one another and on the beautiful landscape around us. We were freezing the entire time, we were hailed on at one point, and my dress insisted on getting stuck in every barbed wire fence we climbed, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way.  We felt wild and free and ever so married.”

Photography: Rob Dight of Epic Love Photography, Videography: Nigel Ivy Film, Celebrant: Sam Hanna, Florist: FloralEarth, Headpiece: Innocent Chaos, Dress Designer: Willowby by Watters

Digital Content Coordinator: Zoe Kanlis

Featured Image: Epic Love Photography

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