Yay, we’ve made it to Friday but there’s still lots of beauties to come before we bid farewell to the Week of Love for another year. Today I’m feeling pretty excited to share our first elopement on the blog, and our first international couple, Danielle and Ace.
One of my favourite things about my job is the variety; just like days of the week, no two weddings are ever the same. Thanks to Kelly McAllister for capturing the precious memories of Danielle and Aces’ ceremony on the incredible Howth Head and sharing them with us.
Danielle and Ace, who are from Princeton, West Virginia met during their freshman year in college. After becoming good friends first, they began dating. Six years on whilst a holiday in Punta Cana, Ace surprised Danielle.
“On our last night Ace arranged to surprise me with a romantic dinner on the beach. He planned to ask me then, but we never made it to dinner. Let’s just say, do not drink the water in the Dominican Republic, I was so sick in my life! Ace took care of me all day and had to cancel dinner. He ended up asking me that night while I laid in bed in my pyjamas. It definitely wasn’t the romantic engagement he had planned but it was still perfect. Looking back we both get a laugh from it.”
A month after their engagement the couple began their wedding plans, and soon realised it became about pleasing everyone else, which didn’t sit well with them.
“I was constantly stressed and my heart wasn’t in it. Ace and I had already booked our honeymoon in Ireland so we decided to look into eloping there. We found Waterlily Weddings online and I got in contact with Michelle. After speaking with her and hearing her ideas I knew an elopement was right for us. She made the whole experience so easy. I told her what we wanted and our budget and she worked her magic.”
For her elopement on the edge of Howth Head, Danielle wore a ivory lace dress with nude lining from BHLDN. It was the first and only wedding dress she tried on!
“The best part about the whole day was how relaxed it was. There was rain forecasted at the time we had planned our ceremony. Since it was just us, it wasn’t a problem to move up the time of the ceremony by a few hours. By doing so, we were able to have the ceremony outside as planned. At the very end of the ceremony we included an Irish blessing. The blessing we chose read:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
We chose that particular one because my grandma (who has since passed) had embroidered and framed it. The date on the back of the fame says 1971. It hangs in our hallway outside our bedroom. At the end of the ceremony when the celebrant read “and rains fall soft upon your fields” it began raining. We all laughed as we rushed to get out of the rain because the timing was perfect.”
Danielle’s Advice for Eloping
“Do what makes you happy! Remember your wedding day is about you as a couple. It is a celebration of your love for one another. It doesn’t matter if you choose to celebrate just the two of you or share your day with 200 others. Also I highly suggest a wedding planner. Planning a wedding is like having a second job. Having a wedding planner really helps you stay organised and helps reduce some of the stress. Also make sure you invest in a photographer that suits your needs. Because we were eloping, our photos were extremely important to us. Kelly did a fabulous job at truly capturing the essence of our day which allowed us to share it with our family and friends back home.”
Ceremony Celebrant: A Beautiful Ceremony.
Photographer: Kelly McAllister Photography.
Florist: The Garden, Dublin.
Hair & Makeup: Hession Hairdressing, Dublin.
Wedding Planner: Waterlily Weddings.
Wedding Dress: BHLDN.
Don’t forget to pop back tomorrow and Sunday, as it’s love week we’ve gone all out!