A few days before their wedding in Dromoland Castle, we met Mairead and George, a lovely couple from the US, for their engagement photoshoot in Clare. This shoot was only day one of the couple’s epic three-day wedding! Day two was their rehearsal dinner at Dromoland Castle Golf Club, and day three was, of course, the main event!
They chose the ideal place to host their wedding: the palatial Dromoland Castle
in County Clare, Ireland. Mairead’s family history has its roots in County Clare, and the nearby Quin Abbey was on her bucket list. Quin Abbey is a historic site tucked away in the West of Ireland.
This part of Ireland is home to many unique, beautiful and natural wonders… Quinn Abbey being just one such treasure in this serene corner of Ireland.
Engagement Shoot at Quin Abbey
As evening arrived, we met Mairead and George outside The Abbey Tavern for their engagement shoot. Although they’ve both been to Ireland many times, they were visibly excited to finally be here for their wedding!
County Clare is where Mairead’s family comes from, and indeed I noticed a few family names around Quin Abbey. Having scouted around earlier, we knew the best places to take Mairead and George for their shoot. It was a serenely calm evening and the clear sky was a blessing.
The ruins gave off a rough golden glimmer in the sunset, and the air had that unmistakeable hue of a hot summer evening. This gorgeous, long August dusk was perfect for an engagement shoot! We were delighted seeing Mairead and George enjoy making memories together.
Why Have an Engagement Photoshoot (in Ireland)?
Engagement shoots are a great opportunity to get used to being in front of the camera, which will help you feel more relaxed on your wedding day. They’re are also great for developing a connection between us as your photographers. This will make shoots run smoothly and you end up with a wider collection of portraits too (with a more relaxed and casual vibe).
With an engagement shoot, you’re not limited to venues, so you can choose a location that’s meaningful for you! Think of your favourite place in Ireland close to home, like a park, mountain, or the coast (like Howth!)
– anything that holds special significance for you. Bear in mind, you don’t have to have been there before!
Similarly, if you’ve never been to Ireland before but have always wanted to visit a special place there (like Mairead and George here), an engagement photoshoot might be the perfect reason to visit.
County Clare is replete with beautiful natural wonders, and is fed by many waters – it borders the waters Galway Bay to the north and the River Shannon to the south, and the wild Atlantic to the west. Clare is also famous for its legacy in traditional Irish music; suitably, George’s father is an accomplished musician and spent most of the rehearsal dinner playing the bodhran drum!
If you’re in this scenic part of Ireland, be sure to visit the Wild Atlantic Way’s many sights, such as: The Burren, Ballyvaughn village, Doolin village, Moher Tower (at Hag’s Head), Lahinch and of course, the Cliffs of Moher. These areas are easily accessible (especially with the town of Ennis and Shannon Airport nearby), and can certainly be driven through in one day!
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