Jessalynn and Kyle came all the way from Canada for their Northern Irish elopement and they brought their family and friends with them.
It was the most incredible day, full of adventure and the focus was capturing their love in the most stunning landscapes. For me, it was a dream as I got to explore my hometown and my favourite places with two people that have now become my friends.
Jessalynn had thought of everything and managed to plan a day so intimate and personal, despite being so far away from home. She rented 3 stunning properties in Portrush so everyone could be close to each other. I was able to recommend the wonderful Tiffany Faulkner for makeup and Jess knew of local hairdressers from her time working here a few years ago. She had two dresses, one being the ultimate princess dress, which looked incredible against the backdrop of Dunluce Castle. The second was so sleek and perfect to dance the night away in. I don’t know how she managed to get it all over as she even brought her flowers all the way from Canada.
Their Fairytale First Look was perfect in Dunluce Castle. While we waited for Jessalynn, Kyle and I even got to hear about the history of the castle as part of a tour for a group of tourists. On this occasion, my brother Ryan was my second shooter, which enabled us to capture a really dynamic first look as Jess crossed the bridge into the castle to find her groom. It was magical to be a part of.
After their first look, we then headed to the famous Dunluce Castle viewing point (also known as a muddy field) to capture the beautiful landscape. Jess was an absolute champ putting on some borrowed wellies and hopping over a wall to navigate the mud and cow pat. There were quite a few cows in the field though so we didn’t go right the way across (I had visions of awful headlines), but it definitely made for an adventure.
Jess and Kyle had hoped to have their ceremony on White Rocks Beach, but unfortunately that wasn’t to be. But we headed down for some portraits anyway. Jessalynn couldn’t believe how much the beach has changed since she was last here. Following a large storm this winter, the landscape of the beach has completely shifted, but she and Kyle navigated the rocks to get some really unique shots.
The ceremony was so simple and beautiful at the Magherabuoy House Hotel in Portrush. The love of these two was clear to see and that spoke volumes. After the ceremony we headed to the Springhill Bar in Portrush for some epic Irish hospitality, including, of course, some Guinness.
Family photos were taken on the quaint beach at the Arcadia before we all enjoyed a gorgeous meal at 55 degrees North, with the most stunning views of Portrush. It was a beautiful day and as the sun dropped, we had the most gorgeous view of the sea. The stunningly simple cake was from Angel Cake Bakery and tasted as good as it looked.
After dinner, I stole the two newlyweds away to head up to Ramore Head for their first sunset as husband and wife. All I can say is that it was the most magical experience to witness these two madly in love people watch the sun set on the wonderful day they had travelled thousands of miles for. For that to be in the town I love felt like a real honour to be a part of.
This wedding was an absolute joy to capture as it was all about the two of them and everything that mattered. Their love was clear to see and being around them was just a pleasure.
If you’re thinking of eloping to Portrush or the Causeway Coast, please get in touch. One of the many perks of working and living in this stunning place is that I know the little places and the best suppliers to make your day the success it deserves to be and I always love to help you create that magic.