Traveling from a different country to Ireland for a destination wedding sounds difficult enough. Having your chosen venue closed off weeks before your wedding and having a windstorm on the day are the last news that you’d want to hear, but despite all those challenges, Ashley and Mike’s wedding day became a “dream come true” for them. Their words, not ours.
Wedding venue change and a windstorm
This beautiful couple is based in Illinois, but their dream has always been to get married in a castle ruin in Northern Ireland. Having no idea how to make that dream come true, they searched for a wedding planning company that could help them plan their wedding while they were in the USA. They found Peach Perfect Weddings, and the rest is history.
During the planning process, they were in constant communication with their dedicated planner who even secured a new venue for them after the original venue unexpectedly closed barely two weeks before their wedding day.
As if that’s not enough for a challenge, a windstorm struck County Antrim, and made the hike to their ceremony spot even more challenging. However, with the right company on the day, Ashley and Mike managed to have their dream wedding come true.
The magical day that was
Instead of being a distraction, the wind created a more dramatic vibe for their wedding ceremony, and luckily, it did not rain on that day. The sky was just filled with glorious brightness, illuminating the lush greenery that covered the Irish cliffs. This breathtaking scene was the backdrop of Ashley and Mike’s destination wedding in Ireland, and they couldn’t ask for more.
The words spoken by their officiant, Sandra, were music to their ears because she customized the ceremony especially for the couple, thanks to their long discussions during wedding planning. Right after their first kiss, a beautiful rainbow showed up in the sky as if it was making up for all the challenges that came their way.
The Irish cliffs, Ballintoy Harbor, and The Dark Hedges
When the ceremony was over, Ashley and Mike walked along the beautiful Irish cliffs with their photographer and videographer who made them both feel comfortable the whole time. The wind was blowing so hard while they took photos and videos, but instead of allowing it to ruin the day, they just laughed it off and took advantage of the happiness that surrounded the couple. The results are beautiful wedding photos with the couple having fun. Ashley’s ruffled wedding dress danced gracefully with the winds, and it was just perfect for their clifftop wedding photos.
The cliff photo shoot was not enough to complete this already perfect day. Ashley and Mike proceeded to the nearby Ballintoy Harbor and had their photos taken against the majestic sea views as they walked along the whitesand beach of the Antrim coast. After that, they headed to a tourist spot called The Dark Hedges that gained popularity for being a Game of Thrones shooting location. It’s a dreamy alley where huge beech trees lined up, creating a dramatic backdrop for every scene. That meant another set of amazing photos for Ashley and Mike.
An adventure wedding to remember
That’s how their destination wedding in Northern Ireland ended, with three sets of photos in three dreamy nature spots - the cliffs, the whitesand beach, and The Dark Hedges. Although it was just a day in their life as a couple, the memories of that wedding in Northern Ireland will surely remain in their hearts even decades after.
If you’re inspired by this adventure wedding, learn more about destination weddings in Ireland, and see if it’s the right kind of big day for you.