THIS couple decided to celebrate their wedding in the place they now call home... Cork city.
Jean Evans and Joe Coffey are from Tipperary and south Kerry, but now live on Hanover Street. Jean is a civil servant and Joe is an architect.
Jean explained how they met: “Joe went to college with my brother’s best friend and they all ended up in a house share. I ended up living next door and spent all my time hanging out with the guys and things just grew from there. We’ve known each other probably 13 years and are together eight.”
They were engaged in a treehouse in Cottages for Couples in Skibbereen in November, 2018. Joe actually had the proposal planned for November, 2017, but sadly Jean’s father passed away that August, so he waited.
They were wed last November, in Ss Peter and Paul’s Church on Paul Street, followed by the reception in The Imperial Hotel on the South Mall.
“It was the most amazing weekend of our lives,” said Jean.
“We really wanted to have a city centre wedding and loved the idea of our guests being able to walk from the church to the reception. Also, we really wanted to have our photos in and around the city. We’ve lived here for 15 years and it feels like home so we wanted our photos to reflect that.”
The suits were from Gentleman’s Quarters on Patrick Street, while Jean’s dress was from Memories Bridal Boutique, on Tuckey Street. She wanted to go a bit alternative for the day so got an embellished white leather jacket on Etsy. Ruthanna Crowley did make-up while Donna of Pinup Hair in Innishannon did her hair.
Jean’s brother gave her away: “Which was lovely because he is Joe’s friend so it was very full circle.”
The couple’s friends Liam and Aoife McGill performed the music for the ceremony, while Father Pat McCarthy was happy to let the couple have The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen and Simon and Garfunkel scattered in amongst the traditional hymns.
The wedding drinks reception was held in Souths Bar: “It was magic, the decor is so 1920s and with the lights and decorations it felt like going back in time.”
Blue Moose was the band and the floor was packed for the night. Their first song was Just Like Heaven by The Cure.
Instead of a cake they went with a stack of cheeses in the shape of a tiered cake.
There were memorable speeches and the happy couple said the hotel staff were amazing.