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Couple dance atop Howth Summit during their Engagement Session in Dublin, Ireland.

Two Texans’ Windy Howth Engagement Photoshoot | Dublin, Ireland





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This engagement photoshoot in Howth was as windy as it was fun! We were delighted to meet Emily and Jacob and share in part of their Irish adventure ahead of their wedding. They were both so full of life and love, and it was clear to see that they were head over heels for each other.

They had travelled a long way from home (and for the first time outside the US), so they really made the most of their time by touring all over Ireland. And what better way to mark the end of an adventure than with a fun photoshoot together in Howth!

Howth Engagement photoshoot with American couple at Howth, Dublin.

Located on the outskirts of Dublin, Howth is a picturesque fishing village that offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the east of Ireland. The air is filled with the scent of saltwater and the sound of lapping wave and rocking boats.

Howth engagement photoshoot with texan couple in Ireland.

A Windswept Howth Engagement

Howth can be gusty even on a fine day, but the wind really held nothing back this time! Wind and rain rocked Ireland the week Emily and Jacob came to visit. However, their luck kept them dry and happy throughout their adventure on the Emerald Isle. We waited out a downpour to meet the pair – thankfully they brought some Texas sunshine with them and there was no rain on our parade!

A loving portrait of newly engaged Emily and Jacob from Texas, featuring a rainbow, at Howth Harbour.

We began in the harbour, walking along the east pier to enjoy the broad horizon, tumbling waves, and wheeling sea birds overhead. The gentle jangling of the docked boats brought a peaceful, idyllic feel to Howth as we strolled, took photos, and enjoyed getting to know one another.

Newly engaged couple holding hands at sunset in Howth Harbour, with a rainbow behind them.
View of Ireland's Eye island from Howth Harbour during an American couple's holiday in Dublin.

Along the pier, we captured some truly stunning shots of them with Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island behind. The colourful sky and the lively, jumping waters were the perfect complement to Emily and Jacob’s engaging and joyful character.

Engaged American couple walking down Howth pier together on a sunny Irish day.
Sweet black and white portrait of an American couple visiting Howth Harbour.

Atop Howth Summit

We drove up to Howth Summit together for the next leg of their engagement session as the sun began to sink. Atop Howth Hill, one can bask in the evening light and drink in the gorgeous view of Dublin Bay that stretches out for miles. Howth Hill is one of our favourite walks, and is of course an excellent place for photos too!

Irish wedding and engagement photographer, with couple on Howth Hill.
Bright and airy portraits of Emily and Jacob enjoying the sunset during their Howth engagement photoshoot.
Engaged couple dancing in Howth with the beautiful Baily Lighthouse behind them.
Close up portrait of Emily and Jacob hugging and laughing during their engagement session in Howth, Ireland.

Emily and Jacob were so excited to take in the sights and breathe in the fresh Irish air – and there was plenty of it! The wind did not let up, but we embraced the weather and had a great laugh. There was not a straight hair in sight!

Why Have an Engagement Photoshoot in Howth?

One of the best things about Howth is that it offers a wide variety of backdrops for photoshoots. There are quaint shops and cafes, rugged cliffs and seascapes, and charming streets and alleyways. It’s a place where you can find the perfect spot for any type of shoot, whether it’s romantic and intimate or fun and playful.

Beautiful airy portrait of Emily and Jacob climbing Howth Hill together.
Jacob kisses his fiancΓ©e in this emotional black and white portrait in Howth.
Couple dance atop Howth Summit during their Engagement Session in Dublin, Ireland.

If your wedding on the horizon, doing an engagement photoshoot in Howth is a great way to:

  • Get used to being in front of the camera (and working with us);
  • Have a wider variety of images (with a fun and more casual vibe!) in your final wedding gallery;
  • Spend a day out in this lovely coastal town (make a date of it!);
  • Create a lasting memory together (like this couple did) and build excitement for the big day!

We visited Howth with two of our dear friends for their engagement session as well and had an amazing time together. At their wedding, we saw their portraits from Howth printed and hung up around their wedding venue as part of their decor!

Engaged couple Emily and Jacob hug on the top of Howth Summit, Dublin, with The Baily Lighthouse behind them.
Engagement photoshoot on Howth Hill captured by an Irish wedding photographer.

We took our last few shots down beside The Summit Inn, an icon of Howth Hill. Then we finished off the day with a coffee with Emily, Jacob, and family (who had wisely spent their day sightseeing around Howth).

Engaged couple share kiss in the sunset beside The Summit Inn with a map of Howth behind them.

It was an absolute pleasure photographing Emily and Jacob. Their Howth engagement photoshoot will surely live long in their memory. Not only for the laughs and new sights, but the photos they will hold on to forever.

Boats at sunset in Howth Harbour, Dublin, Ireland.

We wish Emily and Jacob a long and happy life together, and an unforgettable wedding this year! Thank you both for sharing part of your love story and Irish adventure with us.

One of Dublin’s Hidden Gems

If you’re looking for a place to spend a day trip in Ireland, Howth should definitely be on your list. Some of the key attractions include the Howth Castle and Gardens, the Martello Tower, and the Baily Lighthouse.

If you enjoy the great outdoors like us, the Harbour and Howth Hill make for a perfect hiking loop. And if you’re a foodie (and hungry after your hike), be sure to stop by one of the local fishmongers or seafood restaurants to sample some of the freshest and most delicious seafood in the country! We cannot emphasise this enough πŸ˜‰

If you’re planning an engagement session, or just looking for a beautiful place to explore, we highly recommend Howth!



  1. Ann Marie says:

    What a beautiful engagement session!! I am definitely a fan of the windswept look and anything along the water -these are stunning! πŸ™‚ Love it!

    • Ivana Milchanska says:

      Thank you Ann Marie – yes we were so fortunate with the weather and got that lovely windswept look (while remaining dry)! πŸ™‚

  2. Hillary says:

    So glad they got lucky with some blue sky and sun for their engagement shoot! Beautiful couple and photos!!

  3. Jen says:

    Sam! These are so romantic. How could these cuties not be so excited for their windy Howth engagement session. They look so happy. I can’t wait to get back to Dublin, Ireland!

    • Ivana Milchanska says:

      Aw thank you Jen! We had a blast πŸ™‚
      If you do plan to visit Dublin again, let me know and I can give you some tips!

  4. Danielle says:

    omg I love this! The rainbow in the back of their hand with the rings, chef’s kiss! I love the hat too. They are not in TX anymore that is for sure, great photos!

  5. Marta says:

    So beautiful! I would love to visit Ireland some day!

  6. Kat says:

    Such a cool location to my American eyes, and she definitely has a Genevieve O’Reilly look to her!

    • Ivana Milchanska says:

      Oh you’re right, she does πŸ˜€
      I’m sure they’d both be pleased to hear that!

  7. Meg ONeill says:

    I can smell the saltwater and feel the wind while reading this and looking at your beautiful photos! What a picturesque slice of coastal land, and that lighthouse is just the cutest thing ever! I love your work – thanks for sharing!

  8. Brandi says:

    Ugh these are stunning! This perfectly captures the love of the couple and the beauty of Howth! Congrats and wish them the best!

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