On August 14th, 2018 Blythe and Tyler eloped in Doolin, Ireland on the Cliffs of Moher. They were surrounded by immediate family and the memory of Blythe’s father.
The day began in a cottage in the Doolin Hills. Hair and Makeup took place in the living room while Tyler got dressed in the bedroom.
You could feel the anticipation rising in the room as they got closer and closer to their first look. Tyler and his dad left for a bit so that Blythe could put on her beautiful dress and sentimental jewelry.
Her mom and sister assisted her in putting on her dress and tying up the 1930’s Irish lace sash around her waist.
Jewelry wise she wore a necklace that Tyler got her years ago and the silver pendant held her father’s ashes. He was with her in spirit this entire day – I could feel it in every moment. The ring she wore on her right pinky ring was her paternal grandmother’s. Each part of this day held so much sentimental value, it was truly the tying together of two families forever. The past, present, and future were omnipresent.
Blythe’s fun personality shined through her Avocado socks and stunning wedding boots!
The last thing to get together before the first look was the bouquet. Blythe and her wedding planner wrapped photographs of her father around the stem so that he would be there to walk her down the aisle.
Now it was time for the big moment. I waited outside with Tyler as she finished her last preparations before presenting herself to her future husband. You could see the excitement build on his face as those few moments passed and felt forever long.
The moment they had both been waiting for was finally here. As he turned around and saw his future wife for the first time, his face became overcome with joy. We all felt the emotion of their intimate first look even from a far.
Mom had tissues on standby after the big moment. After the first look we all drove to the cliffs to begin the ceremony. It was a bit of a hike up the mountainside but it was well worth it. Once we got to the cliffs our mouths dropped in awe. This was the most beautiful site I had ever seen, and an amazing place for a wedding.
Before the ceremony we all admired the beautiful landscape before us and Blythe got accustomed to her shawl. The temperature was quite frigid and the wind didn’t help – but at least it wasn’t raining.
Here is the face that says it all – “We’re getting married!”
There were several onlookers who were congratulating the two of them on their big day. It was obvious that the wedding brightened not only our days but several strangers’ as well.
The ceremony took place within the cliffside near a memorial for fallen climbers. The couple stood about 700 feet above sea level, near the edge where there were tremendous views of the ocean. They started the ceremony with an Irish tradition – the handfasting ceremony – to honor their heritage.
Then they exchanged their vows and exchanged rings.
The kiss was that of fairytales. You could feel their passion and excitement. Congratulations to the bride and groom!
After the ceremony I had the honor of capturing a few of their first moments as husband and wife by the cliffside.
Blythe looked stunning on the cliffs edge. She looked so natural in the environment, it seemed as though she belonged there.
Something very special happened after the first set of bridal portraits. In order to honor her father, her family and her spread some of his ashes over the cliffs. You could feel that he was looking down on the day – holding each of his loved one’s in his arms. I have no doubt in my mind that he was there with them that day.
After a few tears and several smiles, we headed off to our next stop – the Doolin Pier. On the way we stopped and picked some wild blackberries and to my surprise they were very tasty (and a bit sour).
The Pier had a beach full of fascinating rock structures. We stopped for a few portraits amongst them before heading to Doonagore Castle.
The castle really made the wedding day feel like a fairytale. It was the icing on the cake!
Our last stop was McGann’s Pub, my personal favorite pub of our entire trip to Ireland.
Blythe and Tyler were invited behind the bar to pour their own pints of Guinness together.
This was the perfect ending to the perfect Irish wedding. This couple is full of happiness and love. Congratulations again and Cheers!
Thank you to all of the vendors that made this day special:
Photography: Danielle Pearce Photography
Makeup: Marie O’Connell
Hair: Strandz Hair Studio
Dress Boutique: Blush Gowns
Dress Designer: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
His & Her Shoes: Red Wing Shoe Company
Wedding Planning: Elope Ireland
Videography: Dreamcatcher Productions