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  • Amy Trucks

Americans Eloping in Ireland

An American couple hold hands and look out over Dublin Bay after eloping in Howth, Co. Dublin.
An American couple traveled to Ireland to say vows at St. Mary's Abbey, Howth, Co. Dublin. Here they are looking out over Dublin Bay.

It's no surprise that many Americans come to Ireland to elope or to have a destination wedding. The country has an abundance of breathtaking scenery, castles galore, and a very welcoming English-speaking community that is known for their sense of humor and love of "the craic". If you don't know what "the craic" is yet, make sure you look it up before coming to Ireland!

If you want to plan your own elopement or destination wedding in Ireland, have a look at the requirements here. It does require a little bit of advanced planning if you want it to be legally binding so it's best to familiarize yourself with the requirements before booking anything. If you want to hire a company to help you plan everything, a quick google search will lead you to a few companies that will do the planning for you.

I recently photographed a lovely couple from Texas in a non-legally binding ceremony. They plan to go back home to Texas to make it official but they shared vows in a beautiful location with me as their only witness and it made for such a touching, memorable experience for them and for me! A non-legally binding ceremony could be planned anywhere at any time. The only trouble you might encounter is rain so plan a back up day or time just in case! We tend to have four seasons in one day.

A bride and groom elope in St. Mary's Abbey, Howth, Co. Dublin.
An American couple said vows in a non-legally binding ceremony in St. Mary's Abbey, Howth, Co. Dublin.

As an American photographer living in Ireland myself since 2015, I have found that Americans traveling to Ireland for their elopement or destination wedding find comfort in having another American photograph their special day. Perhaps they are concerned that they won't understand an Irish accent giving them posing instructions or perhaps it just gives them more comfort to feel a sense of home in a foreign place. Whatever the reason, I am only too happy to help them capture their special day. I love to meet fellow Americans and to see Ireland through their eyes.

Ireland is a glorious place and I am so lucky that I get to photograph so many stunning locations. If you're an American looking to get married in Ireland, please feel free to get in touch. I would love to take part in your special day! You can see more of my wedding photographs here. I am based in Dublin but can travel anywhere within the Republic of Ireland. Ah sure... we're only a small island!


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