Galway has been my home for almost two years now. Being a native of Killarney, Co. Kerry, an area known worldwide for it’s natural beauty, I didn’t think I would ever find anywhere just as beautiful to live. But I must concede, Galway has some of the most stunning landscapes in the country, even the world. Famous for traditional stone walls and miles of green fields, this beautiful county has a vast array of stunning photo opportunities for your wedding day. Here are some of my favourites:
Galway City – Spanish Arch
In the heart of Galway city, colourful shops and pubs lead you down cobblestone streets to the sea. Inject some traditional Irish beauty to your photographs on Quay Street and have your photographer capture a perfect moment as you pull a pint of Guinness in one of the many famous pubs. Fast rushing water and elegant white swans can complete the backdrop as you move towards Claddagh.
Salthill – Blackrock Tower
This icon of Galway is known the world over. Skip along sandy and rocky beaches, and brave the strong winds on the Blackrock diving tower. The wind whipping through your veil will look incredible no matter what the weather. An ominous sign reads ‘look before you leap’, appropriate on a wedding day!
Connemara – Kylemore Abbey – Ballyconneely
The stark, wild landscape of Connemara provides the ultimate backdrop for your wedding photographs. The national park fills the senses with a rainbow of natural colours, grandiose trees and atmospheric waterscapes. Floating lilies and imposing buildings will please the architecture and history buffs at Kylemore Abbey. Frolic on the hidden beaches and meet a pony or two in Ballyconneely. Perfect for a rustic and country-inspired wedding!
This is only a tiny selection of the many places you can go for wedding photos – you can also look at Barna Woods, Renville Park in Oranmore, Cloghan Castle between Loughrea and Kilchreest, Coole Park in Gort, and the village of Kinvara.