ireland, i love you.

It's no secret that I spontaneously flew to Ireland to meet + spend a week with pen pal who I kind of had a crush on...and that man has become my husband.

But here's something my husband doesn't know: On my last night in Ireland, I returned to my room in Dromoland Castle to find a card on my bed, left by the staff during turn down service. I've carried this little card around in my wallet from that day forward. It reads  like this:

When my feet trod Irish soil,
I felt that I had come to a magic country
And now as I said goodbye,
I know it truly as an enchanted island.

I pulled it out on my wedding day and couldn't stop smiling. Enchanted, indeed. Our ceremony included an Irish blessing...and I had a hard time keeping it together while it was read!

Because of Gabe's international job, we haven't yet spent a St. Patrick's Day together. But I spend mine cooking a traditional dinner of corned beef + soda bread + apple cake and throwing a dinner party. Full disclosure: I also usually flip through our photos from the trip...and get my nostalgia on.

Here are the photos I loved most this year. :)

Happy St. Patrick's Day, friends!:)


  1. Your posts always make me smile. As every girl ever probably is, I'm in love with your first date story. You guys are magical! Happy Saint Patrick's Day Bethany!

  2. Incredible photos, Bethany! You are such an amazing and positive woman! Be proud! :)

    Happy St. Patrick's Day, girl!

    xo, Eden

  3. p.s. I so envy all of your travels. Frealz. ;)

  4. Oh Dromoland Castle-- what a wonderfully magical place! We had the good fortune of stumbling upon it and unexpectedly staying for a night a few years back and simply fell head over heels in love. Such fond memories.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Happy St Patty's day to you ! There was an orchestra in my home town today playing beautiful Irish music ... i couldn't help but have a little jig ! lol xx

  6. Happy, Happy St Patrick's Day! You rock the green, B!

  7. What an amazing story! I never knew the whole backstory, it is magical how you two got to meet each other.

  8. So beautiful! My fiance are going to Ireland for our honeymoon and neither of us can wait! I'm so excited!

  9. You love Ireland & I love your Ireland story!
    Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you!

  10. Beautiful photos!!! I've always wanted to go to Ireland, and this summer I MIGHT be. So hoping that I'll find myself on a plane to ID in a few months...
    Happy Saint Patty's Day!!
    <3 Kiersten

  11. i've always wanted to go to Ireland.
    it's so romantic looking!

  12. I love those photos! I've always wanted to go to Ireland. One day, one day!

    x Jasmine

  13. hope you had a wonderful saint patrick's day bethany!! I love all things Irish and even wear an irish claddaugh ring. i think it's absolutely sweet that you two met there and that you celebrate in your own way :) very much looking forward to visiting this enchanted island :)

  14. I think this is so romantic :) Eeee! I still can't get over how perfect your wedding was (and romance). Your photos are amazing as usual.

  15. You take amazing photographs!! I can't wait to get to Ireland one day :)

    - Shauna life.love.


  16. الرشيد تعد افضل شركة نقل عفش بالكويت نقوم بنقل العفش الى اى مكان فى الكويت اتصل الان

    شركة نقل عفش الكويت
    رقم فني صحي

    نقدم افضل خدمات نقل العفش من الرياض الى الامارات و الى دبي و ابو ظبى
    فنحن افضل
    شركة نقل اثاث من الرياض دبي
    شركة نقل عفش من الرياض الامارات

    شحن عفش من الرياض الى دبي


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