Hi there! For new followers on Insta, we thought we’d make a quick introduction.
Our story began in 2010 on that magical green island, better known as Ireland. It wasn’t some classic love story where we met and fell in love. I (Elena), newly widowed, decided to take a guided tour vacation in Ireland with my youngest daughter, Alyssa. All bags were packed and we were off. Shortly upon landing in the land of rainbows and leprechauns, we were met by our very Irish tour guide, Mr. Derek McBride. The trip was going well until Alyssa slipped in the bath injuring herself and I was left to attend the daily outing on my own. Derek, feeling sorry for the shy and quiet blonde sitting alone, invited me to join him for lunch, and then for dinner. It was after that day that it all really blossomed. Many Skype sessions and flights back and forth between countries followed after that. Four years later, we married in an Irish celebration in Killarney joining two families as one. Since then, Derek has become a U.S. permanent resident and calls Virginia his home. Very P.S. I love you, right?
We both embrace our love of travel and have made many incredible memories together in different places throughout the years, but our true love always returns to Ireland. It inspired us to create ‘Emerald Isle Connections’ to allow you to see our beautiful Ireland from your very own eyes.
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