Marrying Captain Redbeard: An Irish Castle Elopement

When I started this blog, I intended it to share beyond jewelry, and include all facets (ha! get it?) of my life. So here I am, sharing one of the most beautiful days of my life, in a series of posts dedicated to our one year of marriage. Don’t worry, there are jewelry pictures, too. 

Captain Redbeard and I eloped to Ireland last year, and married at the 1590s Ballyseede Castle of Tralee, Ireland.  The Castle boasted beautiful red double doors, guarded by twin lion statues, above the entrance stairs that were made for a grand entrance.

I skipped the traditional veil and opted for a royal length cape on a cathedral length train for the wedding silhouette. It felt regal, befitting of a castle wedding ceremony.

Befitting of marrying my king.

It took hours for me to get ready, and minutes for him to get ready. Yet, it was still he who took my breath away. And after one year of our own trip, I am finally showing these photos.

We vowed our lives to each other, and sealed our vows with a wax seal. We hugged before we had our first kiss. I cried. I shook. He couldn’t figure out my wedding band. We laughed. We kissed. And we laughed some more. And we kissed some more. 

And it was happily ever after. 


I love you, Captain Redbeard. Thank you for always making me laugh.

Happy one year anniversary. To many, many more.

Something olde, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.

CRB’s birthstone are pearls, and I donned 12mm South Sea pearl studs.

Something blue.

Lauren Lorraine heels that CRB surprised me with as a gift to wear to a wedding, one year prior.

The bridal bouquet that almost didn’t happen. I ordered these two days before our wedding. The brooch was my something borrowed from Marnie, the owner of the castle.

Wax sealing our vows in letters to a future-us that we will soon open


engagement ring | vintage from Jewels by Grace
her wedding band | trinity de cartier ring from Cartier
his wedding band | custom hand-hammered by me ring from David Klass Jewelry
12 mm golden south sea  pearl studs | vintage
platinum and diamond brooch | antique
diamond tennis bracelet | James Allen
art deco style sapphire ring | custom from David Klass Jewelry
1600s silver Irish sixpence | antique
heels | bridal collection by Lauren Lorraine
wedding gown and cape| bespoke
venue | Ballyseede Castle

7 Replies to “Marrying Captain Redbeard: An Irish Castle Elopement”

  1. Gorgeous!
    Congratulations! I’m obsessed with that sapphire ring…obsessed with everything actually. That setting!!!!!


    1. Thanks Brittany!! I had the setting modeled after an antique floating around!!!

  2. Those shoes are so stunning — and he gave them to you for another wedding? I love it!

    I hope to see photos of your California reception eventually, and your honeymoon looks!

    1. haha, yes, I was his +1 to his friend’s wedding, and he surprised me that morning with them to wear with my outfit. I’ll continue sharing 😀 and over sharing, I promise!

  3. Happy anniversary! Wishing you both many, many, many years of happiness! <3

    1. Thank you, Naz!!!

  4. I didn’t see his wedding band from DK. Happy anniversary!

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