Wedding of the Week: Harry Potter inspired this Cork couple's wedding theme

This Cork couple who live in Ovens enjoyed a wedding ceremony early in the new year which had a Harry Potter feel to it.
Wedding of the Week: Harry Potter inspired this Cork couple's wedding theme
Ruth Power and her bridesmaids. Pictures: Anne Marie Cronin Photography

TEN years after meeting just before the start of their Leaving Certificates, Ruth Power and Sean O’Shea were wed.

Ruth, who works in VMWare Ballincollig, and Sean, who works in Dell, Ovens, are both from West Cork, but now live in Ovens with their cocker spaniel, Freddie.

The couple didn’t want a drawn out or stressful engagement and decided to only tell the guests — 60 family and close friends — just three months before the wedding when everything was already booked!

Ruth Power and Sean O’Shea on their wedding day. Pictures: Anne Marie Cronin Photography
Ruth Power and Sean O’Shea on their wedding day. Pictures: Anne Marie Cronin Photography

“It worked!” says Ruth. “We had such a relaxed run up to the wedding and everything was perfect.”

The special ceremony was held in Hayfield Manor on January 3. Rena Noonan was the registrar.

Ruth said: “Hayfield Manor at Christmas time is so special and festive and the decorations were beautiful.

Ruth Power and Sean O’Shea with the bestman and groomsmen.
Ruth Power and Sean O’Shea with the bestman and groomsmen.

“The classic style of the lobby and the grand staircase always reminded me a little bit of Hogwarts in Harry Potter, so we decided to name the seven tables at the reception after the seven Harry Potter novels, and put together Harry Potter-themed gift bags for all of the children.

“Every little detail, from the night of our tasting to the day itself, was so perfectly managed by all of the staff and it made it all even more special.

“It was so relaxed and exactly what we wanted.”

The couple with their wedding party.
The couple with their wedding party.

Sean’s colleague, Barry John Maher, played guitar — a selection of their favourite songs, including Everlong by Foo Fighters — when they walked down the aisle after the ceremony.

Conor (The Loungeman) also played for the reception and was “brilliant”.

The happy couple in the gardens at Hayfield Manor, Cork city.
The happy couple in the gardens at Hayfield Manor, Cork city.

The bride and groom’s first dance was to A Rainy Night in Soho by The Pogues.

The bride looked stunning in her dress from ‘Say I Do’, from Midleton, with jewellery from Azure. Hair was styled in Kal’s Salon, Ballincollig, while make-up was by Megan Coade.

Ruth Power and Sean O’Shea surrounded by family and friends at their wedding in Hayfield Manor, Cork City.
Ruth Power and Sean O’Shea surrounded by family and friends at their wedding in Hayfield Manor, Cork City.

The bouquets and buttonholes were by Peter Tora (Scent of Tora) in Castletownbere.

The suits for Sean and the groomsmen were from Suit Distributors.

The celebrations continued the next evening at Castletownbere with extended family and friends.

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