Dunluce Castle Northern Ireland Elopement

Two years to the day before their wedding day, Jeffrey got down on one knee on a pier in Mexico and asked Kristina to be his wife. So how did a couple from the USA, who got engaged in Mexico end up at Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland on their wedding day?

Dunluce Castle Elopement

Kristina & Jeffrey were originally planning their wedding back home in Texas, USA. But when a sibling complained that their wedding date clashed with an important American football game, and was inconvenient, they started to have second thoughts. After realising how much they were spending on the wedding, the decided to cancel it. Instead, they decided to get married abroad with just a small number of guests to be their witnesses, and after coming across a blog post from another wedding outside Dunluce Castle, they decided that was their dream location.

When looking back on their wedding day memories, Kristina & Jeffrey loved the fact that their wedding was the complete opposite of normal weddings. They felt like they could let go, dance in the rain and just enjoy the whole day without any kind of fixed schedule. When asked about her favourite moment Kristina said ” I liked dropping my dress in the ocean and watching it flow with the current against the shore. It felt so exhilarating to simply enjoy my time without the pulls of daily life.”

So did the day go as they planned? Well not exactly. Two of their guests we unable to check in to their hotel on the evening of the wedding, and with nowhere else to stay, they all squeezed in to Kristina & Jeffrey’s room, sleeping in a row with beds pushed together.
I’ll leave you with some wonderful words of advice from the bride Kristina for couples who are planning their weddings:
Make it about you and your fiance. Don’t let people dictate a day that means little to them in the long run and everything to you in the long run. Remember that every bride is beautiful on her wedding day. Don’t stress the little things and don’t fear going off the beaten path if you feel trapped like we did. We are glad we did the wedding how we did. There is not much if anything we wished we didn’t do. Maybe planned dinner better? We ended up eating takeaway at a counter serve that sold chicken strips, fish and chips. But in hindsight, it tasted better than most American wedding dinners, so maybe not. We didn’t realise the city shut down so early, which was fine, just wish we knew earlier.

Bridal details for an elopement at Dunluce Castle by Paula O'Hara Bridal preparation for a Northern Ireland elopement at Dunluce Castle by Paula O'Hara An elopement at Dunluce Castle in the rain by Paula O'Hara The Dark Shadows Game Of Thrones wedding in Northern Ireland by Paula O'Hara Kristina & Jeffrey elope on a beach in Northern Ireland by Paula O'Hara

Photos Paula O’Hara Photography  //   Videography Story of Eve

Destination North Coast of Ireland  //  Event planner ~ Stylist ~ Florist Alise Taggart

Dress La Reve Bridal Couture – Maggie Sottero (designer) ~ Kristen Johnston (alterations)

Bride’s Shoes Bussola  // AccessoriesTs Studio Jewelry (Etsy)

Hair & Makeup EyeDoMakeup by Becca  //  Cars David Andrews

Entertainment Arco String Quartet  // Celebrant Eamonn Andrews, Belfast Spiritualist Church

Suit Dillards  //  Groom’s Shoes Johnson & Murphy

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Editor of We Are The Wanderers Cat Ekkelboom-White at Lake Prags in the Dolomites in Winter

Author: Cat Ekkelboom-White

Cat is the founder of We Are The Wanderers as well as a photographer for Wild Connections Photography and mentor at the Adventure Wedding Academy.