Amanda and Sean’s Intimate Elope in Ireland at the Cliffs of Moher
Amanda and Sean traveled all the way from America to elope in Ireland and have a Celtic Hand-fasting ceremony at the Cliffs of Moher in December. However, Mother Nature had other plans, as the winds were too crazy and gusty for the ceremony to take place on the cliffs. Plan B was put into action, and we searched for shelter to keep out of the rain and wind. We were lucky to find the beautiful Kilmacreehy Church ruins in Liscannor – Loughloon. Despite the challenging weather, Amanda and Sean bravely went ahead with the ceremony.
Liscannor is a small fishing village located on the far side of Liscannor Bay, known for its popular beach to the west of the village. The ruined castle in Liscannor was originally built in the 12th century by the O’Connors and later became an O’Brien stronghold, occupied by Sir Turlough O’Brien during the threatened invasion at the time of the Spanish Armada (1588). The Kilmacreehy Church, also known as St. Macreehy’s Church, dates back to the 12th century and was built on the site of a famous 6th-century school founded by St. Macreehy.
After the ceremony, we attempted a little walk near the Cliffs of Moher, but again, the winds were too strong the closer we got to the cliffs. Amanda and Sean’s story serves as a reminder that sometimes, things don’t go as planned, but with a little bravery and adaptability, beautiful moments can still be created. Best wishes to the happy couple!
A FEW WORDS FROM THE BRIDE + GROOM
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“May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow May the soft winds freshen your spirit May the sunshine brighten your heart May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.”
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Amanda and Sean’s first look was a total surprise as Sean didn’t see Amanda’s dress until the moment before they headed out to the ceremony. They had their first look outside the hotel where they stayed and it was a total fairytale moment. The look on Sean’s face when he saw Amanda in her beautiful dress was priceless and you could feel the love and excitement between them.
Here’s a photo that illustrates the location where we pulled over to park at the Cliff of Moher. As you can see, due to the high winds that were present, the water was being blown upward which made it difficult to fully take in the beauty of the cliffs.
I was searching high and low for a suitable spot to provide shelter for us from the rain and wind. We were fortunate to come across the picturesque Kilmacreehy Church ruins in Liscannor, which proved to be the perfect refuge.
Irish Handfasting is a traditional Irish wedding ceremony where the couple’s hands are tied or “fasted” together with a ribbon or cord. This ritual is symbolic of the couple’s commitment to each other, and their union. The tradition has its roots in ancient Celtic culture, and it was believed that by binding their hands together, the couple’s fate would be intertwined. Today, the practice is often incorporated into modern Irish weddings as a symbolic gesture, and it can be performed by a priest or a secular celebrant.
Amanda and Sean ventured over the fence near the cliffs of Moher to discover a picturesque location for their photoshoot.