There are so many incredible wedding photo locations near Dublin and in the city itself. From Georgian doorways and historic buildings to beachy bays, there’s something for everyone. But I think there’s something extra romantic about outdoor backdrops that show off the sweeping beauty of our Irish scenery. Whether you’re planning a destination wedding in Ireland and are looking for a dreamy backdrop for your couple pics, need a scenic spot for engagement photographs or even ideas for a proposal, you’ll find a location to love on this list.
Dublin has several lovely parks to use as outdoor wedding photo locations, including Iveagh Gardens and St Stephen’s Green. But for a true urban oasis, seek out Phoenix Park. It’s the largest park in Ireland, so you can always find a romantic, secluded spot for pictures. And if you’re lucky, you may even get some of the park’s deer in the background!
Killiney Hill is popular amongst walkers and hikers, as well as being a truly breathtaking photographic location. It’s especially popular for engagement shoots, but would make a wonderful backdrop for wedding pictures too.
This affluent seaside village is one of the most idyllic spots in Dublin, with its quaint harbour, cliff walks, and panoramic views back over the bay and the Mourne and Wicklow Mountains. It’s also the place where the protagonist of James Joyce’s Ulysses proposed to his future wife, so literature lovers take note!
South of Dublin city lies what is surely one of the most photogenic places in Ireland. Glendalough is a glacial valley with tranquil lakes, moss-covered monastic ruins, and incredible views. You may recognise it from the film P.S. I Love You, adapted from Cecelia Ahern’s popular novel. Powerscourt Estate, also in County Wicklow, is another wonderful wedding photo location.
Also known as The Guinness Lake, Lough Tay is another idyllic outdoor location for wedding photographs. You might also recognise this area from the silver screen, since it has acted as a setting for numerous films and television series, including Vikings, Leap Year, and Excalibur.
The Cliffs of Moher
A little further afield than the other wedding photo locations near Dublin, but I couldn’t leave this one off my list! Besides, the iconic Cliffs of Moher are well worth the trip. They’ve appeared in many films, from The Princess Bride to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and make a stunning location for a post-wedding couple shoot.
Of course, these are just a few of the iconic wedding photo locations near Dublin, and across Ireland and Northern Ireland as well. But whichever backdrop you choose, your wedding album is bound to be spectacular when you wed in our gorgeous country!
Slán go Fóill,