Julia and Donovan came to Ireland to get married from Pennsylvania, USA. Loughcrew Lodge is a stunning location for any wedding, but for the privacy of an elopement, it is just perfection. Elopement weddings are very special and I love being able to capture the emotion, often in amazing locations, like on the cliff, beach or as in this case, church ruins.

A lovely message from the couple:

“My husband and I were introduced to Johnny and his work through our wedding planner (Yvonne Cassidy). We are from the United States and decided we wanted to elope in Ireland. We were completely nervous about finding the right photographer for our ceremony. Once we saw Johnny’s work it spoke for itself. His photos were stunning, relaxed, candid, and the exact style we were looking for. When we first emailed him, he answered us right away and told us about the different packages he offered. We chose to do his pdf package, it fit our budget perfectly.

The day of our ceremony was the first time we met and instantly he made us both feel comfortable. I never imagined having so much fun taking these photos. He captured intimate shots as well as relaxed funnier ones that matched our personalities. It started raining towards the end of the ceremony and he was willing to endure the rain and take some of the most amazing photos for us.

Not long after our ceremony Johnny emailed us a link to our files. The photos were so easy to access and download. On top of that, they were beautifully done and captured our day perfectly! We could not be more thankful for him.

We would recommend Johnny to anyone!”


For Julia and Donovan:


May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
the rains fall soft upon your fields.
and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.


May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children’s children
May you be poor in misfortune,
rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward.


May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
and may the hand of a friend always be near


May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.


Florist + Celebrant: Yvonne Cassidy
Make – Up/Hair: Gina Gillespie
Venue: Loughcrew Estate Weddings

For any other romantics out there thinking of an elopement wedding here in Ireland pop me an email.


As a tattoo artist Donovan has high standards when it comes to body art….and love is…letting Julia perform her first tattoo of a carrot on your leg. :) although the story behind this little tattoo is lovely. In Julia’s own words…”When Donovan and I first started dating we got into a small argument (I’m not even sure what it was about anymore) and he drew me a picture of a rabbit holding a carrot that said: “I’m sorry I made you mad, you can have my carrot.” So for a few years after that, we joked and said one of us should get a rabbit and the other a carrot tattooed. Well, I just so happened to get a rabbit tattooed on my leg by a different artist. So I told Donovan he had to now get a carrot, which we decided should be done by me! It was my first and last tattoo I will ever do haha. But that little carrot has so much meaning to us. It makes us realize that even if we don’t always see eye to eye about things, we still love each other.” So sweet Julia and Donovan!!.

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