Table of Contents
- The Ancient County of Sligo
- Sligo’s Historic Temple House Estate
- Time for Romantic Portraits
- A Secluded Sligo Elopement
- Make your Elopement Personal
Eloping in the Ancient Countryside of Sligo
Sligo is an uncommon place for an elopement, but Natalie & Dermot are not ones for treading old ground. Their elopement wedding at Temple House Estate in Sligo was a truly special day.
With both the bride and groom’s families coming together for the first time, it was a beautiful occasion filled with laughter – and fantastic dance moves!
If, like this couple, you live in Canada or the USA, you may have wondered how (or where) to elope to Ireland. Searching for the best place to elope can be daunting but there are plenty of options to choose from. Major landmarks, like the Cliffs of Moher, offer an epic backdrop. While hidden gems like Temple House Estate and Wicklow’s Trudder Lodge can be ideal for family getaways in the Irish woodlands! Drop us a line to ask about elopement options.
Starting the day, Dermot’s best man kept spirits high with his jokes and banter. Originally from Ireland, Dermot met his beloved Natalie in western Canada and they returned to Co. Sligo for their elopement.
Temple House, Sligo’s secluded gem
Meanwhile, Natalie was getting ready in her wedding dress with the help of her doting mother. Her family came with her from Canada and met Dermot’s Irish side for the first time!
By the way, shout out to the bride, Natalie – She is a professional calligrapher and designed her own wedding invitations!
While the couple were preparing themselves, their families enjoyed exploring the historic Temple House Estate. The perfect place for a secluded elopement, Temple House provides serene views of the castle ruins and lake behind. The grounds offer space for ceremonies, drinks reception, and evening festivities!
Their adorable newborn baby boy needed some help getting ready too!
Romantic Portraits at Temple House Estate
It goes without saying, but making time for quality time together at your wedding is paramount. Natalie and Dermot were so present in the moment, they soaked in every minute of their portraits. They’re an inspiration!
After some light drinks, we gathered the family for some formal portraits outside, with their baby boy looking absolutely adorable in his little waistcoat.
A Secluded Sligo Elopement
We then took Natalie and Dermot down to the garden for some romantic portraits. The castle ruins behind, and the lake beyond, made for an epic backdrop at dusk.
The couple chose to focus their day around who they are as people. For them, this meant carving out a time and space for themselves, secluded in natural beauty. They brought only their nearest-and-dearest with them, which made the whole day so personal and genuine.
Natalie and Dermot’s fun-loving personalities shone through as they danced and laughed together throughout the gardens. Later, they sat down for dinner, served by the owner of Temple House, with touching speeches shared by their families – now united!
As the sun began to set, the music started and the newlywed couple hit the dancefloor! The little ones couldn’t resist joining in the fun either. It truly felt like a family vacation, with both sides of the family getting to know each other and enjoying the rural Irish charm of Temple House.
Make your Elopement Experience truly Personal
For Natalie and Dermot, their elopement wedding was the perfect way to celebrate their love in an intimate and personal way, with only their closest family present. They made Temple House their home for the day and it was filled with family, laughter, and love.
As their elopement photographers, it was an honour to capture such a truly genuine and special day for the pair.
Let Natalie and Dermot’s elopement day serve as inspiration. Don’t be afraid to shape your wedding day around who you are as a couple. If being surrounded by only your closest loved ones for an intentional and familial day sounds right, consider an elopement.
Thank you Natalie and Dermot for choosing us as your elopement photographers. We wish you and your family the very best!
If you have questions about having an elopement, or need a photographer to capture your intimate wedding day, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Sligo is a land steeped in ancient history and replete with natural beauty. Near Temple House Estate is Knocknarea (the fabled grave of the mighty Queen Maeve). It’s an absolute must for fans of hiking and exploring! As is the iconic Ben Bulbin and the surrounding mountains. And you owe it to yourself to visit Rosses Point to enjoy an ice cream and watch the sun setting into The Atlantic Ocean.
Temple House Elopement Vendors:
Photography: Ivana & Sam
HMUA: Redz Hair & Makeup
Invitation Design: Natalie Raftery Design
Dress: Willowby & Watters
Florals: Leitrim Flowers
Venue: Temple House