Celtic Handfasting Ceremony at Killilagh Church Ruins. Destination Wedding In Doolin , Ireland Ch & E

By MrsRedHead In Weddings

Celtic Handfasting Ceremony at Killilagh Church Ruins. Destination Wedding In Doolin , Ireland Ch & E


The most important thing about our wedding was to blend our families together and share our day with them.


The pure beauty of Ireland. We are “ocean people”, so we knew we needed to be near the ocean for the day. It was amazing.


It was the perfect day! We were planning on getting married at Doonagore Castle, in Doolin. However, a huge storm was blowing in, and we were afraid our guests would be caught in the storm.

Niall Hughes, owner of The Sea View House, where we were staying, suggested we have the ceremony at the ruins of an old church. He quickly showed me pictures of the site on his phone, and I knew instantly that the vibe would be perfect for us. It was the most beautiful location. It rained a tiny bit, the sun came out, our children were happy, and our friends can not stop talking about it!

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Besides marrying my best friend, having Dara Molloy as our celebrant made the ceremony so special. His blessings and words were just so beautiful. We chose to also have a handfasting ceremony. Dara included our children in this, and it is something I will never forget.

We met in high school. (way back in 1986!) Then in our last year of school, Chris’ family moved to Florida. We always stayed in contact with each other through the years. (even before social media!) Chris eventually got married. I eventually got married. Obviously not to each other. Years later, we met up and it was as if we were back in high school. We wanted nothing more than to be together. After many years as a couple, we decided to blend our families together, officially! Our children are our greatest joy. We wanted them to be a huge part of our wedding day. We decided to take a trip of a lifetime and travel to Ireland form New York. It was a wonderful vacation for all of us. Doolin was a magical place to get married. There is no place more beautiful! The children had a wonderful time. This was a trip we will never forget!

How did the proposal go, if there was one?

It was a Monday night. After a very long day, I was looking forward to catching up on some TV. Chris came into the room, jumped up on the bed, and asked me to marry him. Again. But this time he had a ring. It may not be as romantic as other couples…….but it was perfect for us!!

We did have Lucy, the Hughes’ dog, at our wedding. She was so sweet. We needed her to be there!!! We don’t mind you using pictures of the kids. They would love it!



● Photographer: MrsRedhead Photography

● Videographer: Greg from Dgvideo

Elope In Ireland – Sea View House Doolin

Celebrant : Dara Molloy Celtic Priest


● Ceremony: ruins at Killilagh Church, Doolin

● Reception (if different): Dinner at The Oar, followed by many pints, and way too many bottles of Whiskey at Gus O’Connor’s Pub, Doolin

● Wedding Dresses/Suits: Fantasia Bridal, Rocky Point, NY/Men’s Warehouse, Patchogue, NY

● Bridesmaids dresses/Groomsmen suits/Wedding party outfits: Lulus/Men’s Warehouse

● Shoes: Converse Sneakers!

● Flowers: The Sea View House

● Cake: The Sea View House

● Cars: The Sea View House

● Makeup: Makeup By Ailbhe Hughes

● Hair: The Sea View House

● Wedding Rings: Debra at Patchogue Jewelers, NY

● Band/DJ: Live music all night long at Gus O’Connor’s Pub

● Planning/Styling: Us!

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