Such a perfect day captures magical real weddings. Here Marcy and Jim explain how they had the adventure of a lifetime, flying from Chicago to Northern Ireland to get married by the rugged coast at Dunluce Castle – their own romantic Game of Thrones moment
Photography: Graham Crichton
For Marcy and Jim, their wedding was planned as something very special and, inspired by Game of Thrones, they decided the perfect spot was over 3,500 miles away. Planned with the help of a local team, this turned into a day they will never forget. Marcy takes up the story.
Marcy: A Google search yielded Dunluce Castle, and we were immediately enchanted. We didn’t even realise that this castle was featured on Game of Thrones until after the fact. However, we were aware that Mermaid’s Cove, which is underneath the castle, had been used as a location. Our family members chose to make the trip with us and my brother, who got ordained just for this occasion, officiated the wedding dressed as Jon Snow.
“The craggy shore and lush yet desolate landscape was the perfect combination of dramatic and romantic. It was a dream come true”
I wish I had made special arrangements for my dress. I fell in love with it as soon as I put it on – perfect for a wedding at a castle ruin in Ireland. For some reason, I didn’t weigh ease of transport from Chicago to Ireland into my decision. The airline told me I could use the pilot’s coat closet, but it turns out that this is a very small closet. Thankfully, it made it to Ireland undamaged. Dunluce was a bit colder than we’re used to in August, but luckily the rain held out for the duration of our time at the site. The craggy shore and lush yet desolate landscape was the perfect combination of dramatic and romantic. It was a dream come true.
Graham says: This stretch of coast is incredibly beautiful, but also at the mercy of the elements and on this particular day it was unseasonably cold. We thought Marcy’s brother might find it too hot dressed as Jon Snow, but as it turned out he was the only one of us who stayed warm. The light and the setting were magical and it did feel a special place. It was a huge pleasure to work with Marcy and Jim to make their dream for their wedding day come true.
Photos: Graham Crichton; grahamcrichton.com