Use the most stunning Irish scenery for your elopement, 2023 & 2024
With Covid 19, many of us have had to go back to the drawing board when it comes to our wedding day for 2023 and beyond. It's made us think about how we are going to celebrate it and or possibly downsize our weddings. Having an intimate wedding or elopement in Ireland is the perfect solution.
So I've put together some spots in Cork & Kerry which would make the perfect spot to get eloped.
When to elope in Cork or Kerry, Ireland?
The weather in Ireland is notoriously changeable, with the rainy season generally lasting all year long. Being on the edge of Europe our climate means we are never too warm or too cold and West Cork has its own micro climate where its quiet temperate and mild, even in winter.
The warmest months to elope in Ireland are from May through to September. Autumn, Winter and Spring are generally cooler, wetter and windier.
Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 39°F to 66°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 73°F.
So pack your hiking boots, bring a warm jacket and pack a hot flask of whiskey to make the most of your Irish elopement photoshoot.
And yes, before you ask! I shoot in all kinds of weather!
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Where to elope in Cork or Kerry?
Cork is the largest county in Ireland, and I can guarantee around every corner there is some sort of hidden gem. I know the most beautiful places to get eloped and most of these are within an easy commute from Cork Airport or Shannon Airport. Be it up a boggy mountain, on a coastal cliff or in a vibrant or buzzing Cork or Kerry town or village such as Baltimore, Bantry, Kenmare, Killarney or Kenmare. An elopement in Cork or Kerry will never disappoint. I'm going to show you some great spots to elope to in Ireland.
Nestled in a hidden valley, Gougane Barra and St. Finbarr's church is a must see on your trip to Cork. It also makes for the most rugged and romantic of places to get married or eloped in Ireland. While the wait list for the church is years long, an elopement on the shores of the lake or in the surrounding hills.
The beautiful Gougane Barra Hotel is a great place to kick back and relax afterwards & traditional Irish Pub Cronin's is a great spot for a pint of Murphy's!
Gap of Dunloe
If you're looking for a truly unforgettable location to elope, look no further than the Gap of Dunloe. This stunning glacial valley is one of the most spectacular sights in all of Ireland and its remoteness makes it the perfect spot for an intimate ceremony.
As an elopement photographer, I highly recommend exploring the depths of the Gap of Dunloe & the Black valley to capture breathtaking photos in one of Ireland's most remote mountain valleys. This adventure will allow you to take in the stunning scenery and create truly unforgettable memories.
The rugged and wild landscape of the Gap of Dunloe provides an incredible backdrop for your elopement ceremony. With its soaring mountains, cascading waterfalls, and serene lakes, there are countless breathtaking locations to choose from.
Whether you're looking to exchange vows beside a crystal-clear stream or against the backdrop of a towering mountain, the Gap of Dunloe offers endless possibilities for a truly unique and unforgettable elopement. As an elopement photographer, I can't wait to capture the magic of this stunning location and help you create memories that will last a lifetime.
As an elopement photographer, I highly recommend starting your couple or elopement photoshoot in Dingle and exploring the breathtaking scenery of Slea Head. The area is filled with stunning backdrops that will make for truly unforgettable photos.
One spot you won't want to miss is Coumenoole Strand, where you can watch the wild waves crashing against the shore. Another must-see location is the cliff top at Dún Chaoin, which offers sweeping views of the surrounding landscape.
Whether you're looking for dramatic seascapes or rugged cliffs, Slea Head has it all. As an elopement photographer, I can't think of a more perfect location for capturing your love story.
Want to get married on the edge of the world? There is no where more picturesque than Sheep's head in West Cork. The untempered coastline make for a dramatic elopement backdrop.
If you're seeking a unique and stunning location for your couple or elopement photoshoot, look no further than Sheeps Head. This rugged and wild peninsula boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Ireland, making it an ideal location for capturing your love story.
Starting your photoshoot in Sheeps Head will allow you to explore its many picturesque locations along the trail head. From the jagged cliffs overlooking the sea to the rolling green hills dotted with sheep, there are countless backdrops that will take your breath away. Need I mention an ancient marriage stone.
You can also visit the Sheeps Head Lighthouse, which offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape & listen to the wild Atlantic Ocean unleash its force on the Irish coast.
As an elopement photographer, I highly recommend Sheeps Head for your photoshoot. Its unique and wild beauty will provide the perfect backdrop for capturing your love and creating unforgettable memories.
A vibrant town bustling with life, history, music and art, Kinsale is a fabulous place to get eloped, enjoy some Guinness in one of the many pubs and dance the night away. Enjoy a wander around the beautifully colourful streets or take a walk over to James Fort to get the best views of Kinsale Harbour, Charles Fort and Kinsale Dock Beach. A must for a sunset elopement in Ireland. Head to The Spaniard Inn or The Bullman to enjoy an evening stepped in Irish Tradition
If you want to get off the beaten track and enjoy your elopement in somewhere which isn't overly populated with tourists, the Kilcrea Friary makes a beautiful spot for your elopement. Opposite the friary is a castle, nestled amongst the trees and hidden from public view. It makes the perfect location to get away from it all and get some great couple shots of your micro Irish Elopement.
Three Castle head
If you're searching for a truly breathtaking location to elope, look no further than Three Castle Head. This stunning peninsula in southwest Ireland boasts some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the country, making it the perfect destination for an intimate elopement ceremony.
As an elopement photographer, I highly recommend exploring the rugged landscape of Three Castle Head for your photoshoot. From the jagged cliffs overlooking the sea to the rolling hills, an ancient castle ruin, dotted with wildflowers, this location offers countless stunning backdrops for capturing your love story.
One of the most iconic spots in Three Castle Head is the ruins of the three castles themselves, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea. This makes for a truly unforgettable backdrop for your elopement ceremony and photographs.
If you're feeling adventurous, we can also explore the nearby beaches such as Barleycove, which are known for their wild beauty and secluded locations. You might even fancy a dip! Imagine exchanging vows on a windswept clifftop with nothing but the sound of the waves crashing against the shore in the background. And we can go to the local bar for a pint!
Whether you choose to exchange vows in the shadow of the Three Castles or on a secluded beach, Three Castle Head is a truly magical destination for an elopement. As an elopement photographer, I'm thrilled to capture the magic of this stunning location and help you create memories that will last a lifetime.
Three Castle head is unique in that there is on site accommodation for lovers! Land is private and approval is needed ahead of your elopement! But don't worry, I'm friends with the owners.
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