Erin & Tyler’s Dublin Ireland Elopement

Continuing on in our series of destination weddings, today I’m featuring one of my favorite commissions in my entire career. When Erin and Tyler first booked me, their wedding seemed fairly normal – a ceremony at a beautiful church followed by a lovely reception with all their friends and family. However, as the weeks of planning went on and the guest list grew, Erin and Tyler realized that all they really wanted was to be married, and the rest was just details. They decided to eschew the fancy centerpieces and table linens and pare their wedding down to the people and places that mattered most. I’ll never forget the day when Erin called me up and asked, almost apologetically, if I would be willing to fly with her, Tyler, and their pastor to Dublin, Ireland, the place that they met and had their very first date, and document their elopement. Naturally I just about jumped out of my seat with excitement, and a few months later we were off to the Emerald Isle!

I can never thank Erin and Tyler enough for introducing me to the beautiful wonderland that is Ireland. Traveling throughout Ireland is like walking into a postcard. Everywhere you turn is a new breathtaking vista – rolling hills thick with lush green grass, packs of sheep wandering alongside winding gravel roads, craggy mountains stretching up to the clouds, and rainbows everywhere you turn! As if the stunning natural landscape wasn’t enough, the people of Ireland are by far the nicest on planet Earth (high praise, coming from a Texan!). Everywhere we went, the locals embraced us with open arms and big smiles. I’ll never forget walking into an ancient looking pub in the middle of a tiny Irish town, hoping only for a drink and a warm meal, and instead being seized upon by a group of locals who had clearly known each other for decades, but they took us in as if we were old friends, and we drank and sang and danced into the wee hours of the morning. From the bustling city of Dublin to the little villages dotting the Ring of Kerry, every place and person we encountered was a charm. I understand now why Erin and Tyler were so anxious to return there to say their vows, and I am counting the days until I get to return there myself!

True to their mission of focusing only on the things that mattered most to them, Erin put a whole new meaning to the term “last minute.” When I shot their engagement session a mere week before we were to leave for Ireland, I asked Erin about her wedding dress, at which point she just shrugged, gave me her genuine and infectious smile, and said “I don’t have one yet.” You could have picked my jaw off the floor! Being a very planning-oriented person, my mind immediately raced with all of the options she had left – perhaps a sample sale, or Craigslist, or maybe she could borrow one from a friend – but Erin was unphased.  She gave another shrug and a smile, and told me that she trusted God would make it happen for her. Sure enough, Erin found a gorgeous lace wedding dress online, had the owner overnight it to her (and crossed her fingers that it would fit), and with only a handful of hours left before she had to board the plane, she picked up her dress from the mail and we set off across the globe. When we arrived in Dublin, Erin called up a local florist and asked them to put together a bouquet with whatever they had lying around, and she grabbed a small cake-for-two from a local baker.  Everything came together and Erin and Tyler got exactly what they had been hoping for – a beautiful, meaningful beginning to their marriage. Here are some of my favorites from their day:

Bride and groom elope for a ceremony in an ancient druid stone circle in the foggy misty Wicklow Mountains and a Guinness at the famous Temple Bar in downtown Dublin for the Irish destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves, based in Dallas
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Ariel House Bed and Breakfast Hotel in Dublin Ireland
wedding dress in Dublin hotel by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
wedding day jewelry, rings, diamond cross, garter, handkerchief, vintage beaded bridal clutch, Aggie ring
bridal wedding rings on Bible verse about husbands and wives, diamond cross, shamrock necklace pendant
bride getting ready for her wedding day with Clinique eye liner in Ariel House in Dublin by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride putting on mascara and wedding day makeup by Texas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride putting on wedding day diamond bracelet and cross necklace by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
lace wedding gown in Dublin Ireland by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler elope in Dublin Ireland, photographed by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
elopement of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by New Orleans wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by European wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

One of my favorite moments of the day was right before the ceremony.. The Irish rain began to fall (as it seems to do every 90 minutes, followed immediately by blue skies and sunshine, only to repeat the cycle again and again), and the pastor and videographer and I suggested that they wait out the rain for an hour or so.  Neither Erin or Tyler were having any part of it – they were ready to be married, rain or shine!

destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination elopement of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by Texas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
marriage wedding ceremony in ancient druid stone circle in Wicklow Mountains by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride and groom elope with only photographer and pastor to Ireland mountain for a private intimate ceremony
destination elopement of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by Texas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
pastor wearing a bow tie during an elopement at the destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Erin and Tyler were married in an ancient 6th century  stone circle nestled away in the Wicklow Mountains called “The Caher,” which was a stopping point for pilgrims to pray on their way to St. Kevin’s monastery.

marriage wedding ceremony in ancient druid stone circle in Wicklow Mountains by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
marriage wedding ceremony in ancient druid stone circle in Wicklow Mountains by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
marriage wedding ceremony in ancient druid stone circle in Wicklow Mountains by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination elopement of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by Texas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler elope in Dublin Ireland, photographed by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride and groom in ancient druid stone circle in Wicklow Mountains near Dublin Ireland after eloping
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
portraits of bride and groom in the wind and rain after wedding day ceremony in the Irish mountains by Stacy Reeves
portraits of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler after eloping in the Wicklow Mountains, taken by wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
portraits of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler after eloping in the Wicklow Mountains, taken by wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
portraits of bride and groom in the wind and rain after wedding day ceremony in the Irish mountains by Stacy Reeves
portraits of bride and groom in the rain after wedding day ceremony in the Irish mountains by Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
portraits of bride and groom in the rain after wedding day ceremony in the Irish mountains by Stacy Reeves
wedding band and engagement ring detail shot photo with Aggie Ring and US Naval Academy ring on wrought iron garden gate
wedding band and engagement ring detail shot photo on wrought iron garden gates
portraits of bride and groom in the rain after wedding day ceremony in the Irish mountains by Stacy Reeves
wedding band and engagement ring detail shot photo with Aggie Ring and US Naval Academy ring on garden step

After their ceremony, we headed back to Dublin to the famous Temple Bar, where Erin and Tyler first met.  They were both visiting Dublin with their friends on separate Spring Break trips, and after Tyler’s friend unsuccessfully attempted to hit on Erin, he introduced her to fellow Texan Tyler, and the rest was history!  It’s so ironic that two Dallasites had to travel halfway across the globe to find each other and fall in love, but I think it instilled in them a sense of destiny – that they were just meant to be man and wife!  For their “reception” they shared a pint of Guinness and a slice of wedding cake, and they asked the musician playing at the pub to sing “Galway Girl” for their first dance.

wedding reception decor at Temple Bar in downtown Dublin Ireland
wedding reception decor at Temple Bar in downtown Dublin Ireland
wedding reception decor at Temple Bar in downtown Dublin Ireland
guitar singer performing traditional Irish music at wedding reception at Temple Bar in downtown Dublin Ireland by Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
first dance of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler at Temple Bar in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
first dance of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler at Temple Bar in Dublin Ireland by Dallas wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
first dance of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler at Temple Bar in Dublin Ireland by Europe wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler cut their wedding cake at Temple Bar in Dublin Ireland during their wedding reception
Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler feed each other wedding cake at Temple Bar in Dublin Ireland during their wedding reception
bride eats small wedding cake top tier at Temple Bar in Dublin Ireland during a wedding reception
bride and groom toast with pints of Guinness at the famous Temple Bar in downtown Dublin Ireland
destination bride and groom toast with pints of Guinness at the famous Temple Bar in downtown Dublin Ireland
wedding cake and Guinness at Temple Bar
destination wedding reception of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride drinking Guinness at her wedding in Dublin Ireland
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride and groom portraits of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride and groom portraits of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

After a round of Guinness for everyone, we ventured out into the streets of Dublin, Ha’penny Bride, the campus of Trinity University, and St. Stephen’s Green for some “Day After” style portraits.

bride and groom portraits of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride and groom portraits of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride and groom portraits of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride and groom wedding day portraits in St. Stephen
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride and groom portraits of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride and groom portraits of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
bride and groom wedding day portraits in St. Stephen
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland at St. Stephen
bride and groom wedding day portraits in St. Stephen
bride and groom portraits of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
Ariel House wedding with Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves
destination wedding of Erin Mazur and Tyler Hufstetler in Dublin Ireland by destination wedding photographer Stacy Reeves

Thank you Erin and Tyler for allowing me to be a part of your very very special wedding.  It means to much to me that you took me along to witness and document your ceremony, and I can never repay you for introducing me to Ireland!!  Let’s go back and do a vow renewal very soon! ;)

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  • benj haisch - what a friggin’ fairytale. amazing coverage as well, Stacy.

  • Elizabeth Jayne - Amazing! What a beautiful, heartfelt and intimate wedding! Nice job, Stacy!

  • mike - Simply gorgeous, Stacy.

  • Veronica Varos - Stacy, these are absolutely beautiful. And such a lovely and clearly in love couple! :)

  • Meagan Bechtel - Stacy. This is SO special. I’m not much of a “crier,” but this definitely brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful way to marry your love.

  • Mandaroo - GORGEOUS! You captured them beautifully!

  • Robert London - Wow lucky you shooting in Ireland – you really captured “Ireland” which many a photog would have lost – love the plaid bob tie – good job!

  • Jessica Rae Schaack - Perfect does not begin to describe these! In my next life I am eloping in Ireland and hiring you to do it.

  • David Reed - Simply put one of the most amazing weddings I have ever seen. Beautiful as always.. ;)

  • Bec - amazing. These images are fantastic! I loved how small and intimate it was,sounds perfect!!

  • kimbrali - just wow. the images are so dreamlike. best wedding photos i have ever seen. in a world full of over the top weddings with more emphasis on the cake topper than the marriage i dont think these could be more perfect. i am so happy for this couple that they have so obviously found real and true love.

  • Jonny Carroll - great as always. Love the lighting.

  • Sophie Mortimer - Wow, Stacy! These are beautiful! You’ve captured the genuine emotion and romance of both the couple and the location. You are incredibly talented, too. These shots are stunning. I think you may even be good enough to make family portraits interesting. I still have not had a family picture that turned out well . . . or left any us happy with each other. Anyway, these are truly stunning. Thank you for sharing!

  • Bethany - Lovely! I love your blog!

  • SarahInParis - WOW Stacy, these images are INCREDIBLE!! Clearly I am going to have to find myself a husband and book you as my wedding photographer. Stunning work!

  • Stacy - Really Awesome Pictures! Very Gorgeous!!!!!

  • Adam Kealing - Incredible work. This whole thing is just amazing!!

  • Maria Leinen - Absolutely stunning Stacy! One of my favorite sets of your work. Not only because of the beautiful landscape & setting, but also because the photos themselves capture the intimacy that really is felt when a couple elopes by themselves.

  • Stacey - I love that they decided to elope. What a great opportunity for you as a wedding photographer to document their day in Ireland. Fantastic images.

  • Alan Hughes - stunning work Stacy….

  • Lem Lynch - Great photos! I love the shots on the streets with the locals.

  • samy - FANTASTIC! you inspire me! i’m 15 and your work has inspired me to pursue a career in photography :)

  • Edna - These photos are so gorgeous! I love everything about this post. I can really relate to that feeling of saying forget about the planning, let’s just elope — my fiance and I are going through that right now. And I’ve always loved, loved Ireland, so I love the shots of them in Wicklow!

  • Kay - These photos are absolutely beautiful! My fiance and I are looking to elope to Ireland just like this and these pictures brought tears to my eyes and definitely sealed the deal that we are going to do the same. Just a question though, how did the bride and groom get around the law that states you can’t get married outside? I am finding that to be a big hurdle in eloping to there.

  • Jean - The photos are awesome of beautiful people who are now one.

  • Kathy - I have the same question as Kay. How were the bride and groom able to do everything? Looking to elope in Ireland and quite confused as how to go about it. Also, these pictures are amazing. Definitely saved for future reference.

  • Lori & Matt - My fiance and I are considering eloping in Ireland in September, and we came across these pictures and LOVE them! Would you be available for hire to go back to Ireland to shoot our elopement?? Your work is amazing! Thanks — and hope to hear from you soon! :)

  • photojennette - what an incredible opportunity and session and thank you for sharing so much of the day! hope to be able to do this one day as well.

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