Wedding of the Week: Couple who met at Irish dancing class wed

This Cork couple whose childhood homes are only minutes away from each other, got married recently. 
Wedding of the Week: Couple who met at Irish dancing class wed
SAYING I DO: Louise Casey and Breandán Hasner from Toames, Macroom who were wed recently at Our Lady of the Wells Church. Pictures: Dominic Dunne

THEY first met at Irish dancing class as children, however they only got to know each other properly when they travelled to secondary school on the same bus.

This month, Louise Casey and Breandán Hasner, both from Toames, in Macroom, tied the knot.

ARM IN ARM: Louise Casey with her dad Jerry Casey walking her up the aisle.
ARM IN ARM: Louise Casey with her dad Jerry Casey walking her up the aisle.

The couple’s childhood homes are just a five minute drive from one another, but they live in County Clare, where their careers brought them. Breandán is an Operations Manager in SES Water Management and Louise a Clinical Dietitian in University Hospital, Limerick.

Reflecting on how they first met, Louise said: “In hindsight we first met at Irish dancing class as children. However, we only got to know each other properly at secondary school as we travelled on the same school bus. We sat together on the way home from school before Breandán asked for my number. Since then there hasn’t been a day in over ten years that we haven’t spoken to each other.”

LOOKING TO A BRIGHT FUTURE: Louise Casey and Breandán Hasner.
LOOKING TO A BRIGHT FUTURE: Louise Casey and Breandán Hasner.

They were engaged in 2018, in Amsterdam for the Christmas markets. Louise explained: “Breandán arranged a private boat tour on the canals during the Light Festival. Our captain Pino was a character and we laughed throughout the whole tour.” 

They were wed on August 15 2020 (The Feast of the Assumption) in Our Lady of the Wells Church, Clonmoney, Co Clare.

Covid made planning the wedding stressful, due to constant changes to government guidelines and lack of certainty.

THE BRIDAL PARTY: Rachel, Niamh, Bernice, Louise, Megan.
THE BRIDAL PARTY: Rachel, Niamh, Bernice, Louise, Megan.

The bride looked stunning in her Enzoani dress. The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in dusty rose purchased in Diamond Bridal, Maylor Street, Cork.

The men wore Benetti suits purchased in Desmond’s Menswear in Ballincollig. Hair and make up was by FMN studio.

Louise Casey and Breandán Hasner with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Louise Casey and Breandán Hasner with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Guests included parents, sisters and their partners, Breandán’s seven-week-old nephew Luca Kiely, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Bridesmaids were Niamh Casey, Rachel Casey and Megan Cronin, while best man was Donal Kelly and groomsmen David O’Connor and Derek Keaney. Flower girl was Ally Walsh. Fr Tom Fitzpatrick provided a beautiful ceremony in Our Lady of the Wells Church.

BY HIS SIDE: Breandán Hasner, the groom with his groomsmen in Bunratty, Donal, Dave and Derek. Pictures: Dominic Dunne
BY HIS SIDE: Breandán Hasner, the groom with his groomsmen in Bunratty, Donal, Dave and Derek. Pictures: Dominic Dunne

Louise said: “He has a busy schedule and we really appreciated him accommodating our marriage at short notice.”

The wedding reception was hosted in Bunratty Manor: “Every member of staff is so sincere, accommodating and professional,” the couple said.

Their first dance was to Your Song by Elton John.

Bridesmaid Meg Cronin and the couple’s sisters prepared a surprise video, with wishes from those who could not be there on the day.

The couple also thanked photographer Dominic Dunne for helping to capture their wedding day perfectly.

* If you have a wedding of the week you would like to feature, email Elaine at features@theecho.ie

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