THE ITALIAN Garden on Garnish Island proved the idyllic spot for this couple to get engaged.
Mairéad Dineen and Kieran O’Brien met on Tinder in May, 2017, when they both lived in Dublin.
Mairéad is from Ballydehob and Kieran was born in London, but moved to East Cork when he was about 12, where he grew up in Shanagarry. They live in Ballydehob now.
They got engaged in August, 2018, in the Italian Garden on Garnish Island and were wed at St. Brigid’s Church, Ballydehob, on August 8.
They were originally due to have 270 guests, but this had to be reduced to 50, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The bride said: “We went ahead as we just wanted to get married and didn’t need a big party. The day was about us and we decided that we would get married even if we were only allowed have witnesses, so anyone extra we were allowed have, we saw as a bonus.
“We had to take a positive approach to it. What’s meant to be, will be after all.”
The bride chose her dress from Brides of Éire, Clonakilty, from the Romantica collection. Kieran and the groomsmen got their suits in Simply Suits.
Her hair piece was from a little company called Rosie & Dott. hair was done by Bernie in the Whizzer Scissors, Ballydehob, and make-up was done by Stacey Egan, Bantry.
They were joined by parents and siblings and some extended family. However, sadly, Kieran’s sister, who lives in Canada and was unable to join them.
The bridal party included two college friends, Grace Crowley and Trish Aherne, and the bride’s sister, Máirín Dineen. Kieran’s two home friends, James Ahern and Eoin McGrath, and his brother Liam O’Brien, were in his party.
The priest who married the couple was a first cousin to the father of the bride, and had also wed the bride’s parents, which was a special touch.
The couple had their wedding reception in the Fernhill House Hotel and Gardens, Clonakilty.
Their cake was by Louise of Cuckoo Cake design.
Hell for Leather provided the music and their first dance was It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith hHill.
The bride’s sister rewrote Ed Sheeran’s song Galway Girl as Ballydehob Girl and performed it during the speeches, which was unique and lovely, the bride said.
By Elaine Duggan