A PROPOSAL with a Play-Doh ring was a novel way for Craig Duggan to ask for the hand of Donna O’Flynn — but he had a little help from their two children.
Donna, of Farranree, and Craig, of Fairhill, grew up two minutes apart as youngsters, but didn’t meet until later years. They now live together in McSwiney’s Villas with their children, Carrie-Jane and Eli.
Donna explained how the couple first met: “We actually met over a full weekend, so the first night we met at a mutual friend’s house party on the Friday, we happened to be both at the same 21st birthday party the Saturday night and the Sunday night we were both in good old Havana Browns with friends and ended up getting chatting again!
“Now we’d have never, ever crossed paths before that weekend. The following day he asked for my number and the rest was history (nine years of history, almost to be exact!)”
The proposal was something very special and came four weeks after the birth of their son Eli. Craig called Donna upstairs where her daughter Carrie-Jane was playing with Play-Doh and told her: “Look what I made you, mom, a ring.” Donna added: “I was wondering why Craig was sitting on one knee with Eli on his knee… he was staring at me, laughing, saying ‘have you not noticed anything? Look at the kids t-shirts and bib’ — they had ‘Mammy will you Marry Daddy?’ on them and Carrie Jane held out the ring to me. It was the most thoughtful and simple proposal and I’ll never forget it!”
Craig had organised for them to go get the real ring the next day.
They were wed on September 7, 2019, in the Church of the Ressurrection in Farranree and the reception was hosted in the Radisson Blu, Little Island, surrounded by their wonderful families, children and friends.
The bride’s dress was Dando London she got in Cindarella’s Closet. Craig bought his tux in Morley’s on Patrick Street. The Diamond Divas did the whole bridal party’s hair and make-up.
Donna’s parents, Margaret and William, and Craig’s parents, Paul and Johanna, joined them on the day, as well as Craig’s grandmother ‘Nana Kitty’, which meant the world to them.
Maid of honour was Donna’s sister Geraldine while bridesmaids were sister Debbie and nieces Niamh and Sarah, junior bridesmaid was niece Rebecca and the flower girls were daughter Carrie Jane and niece Isabelle.
Craig’s best man was brother Shane, his groomsmen were his cousins Gary and Jack and Donna’s brother William, and page boy was son Eli.
“A huge thanks to Fr John and Martha of Farranree church for all their help leading to our big day and who gave us a ceremony to remember, and the gorgeous Audrey Milner, a close family friend who had us in floods with her beautiful singing,” said Donna.
The reception was in the beautiful Radisson Blu in Little Island.
“We just love the hotel and Joanne ,our co-ordinator, couldn’t have been more accommodating to us, everything was fantastic and went along so smoothly.”
Karen’s Cakes did the wedding cake. The band was Phil n The Blanks and DJ was Dean Ahern. Photographers Ray and Irene Terry, from Ray Terry photography captured the day stunningly. Videographer was Greg from DG videography.
As to the most memorable thing about the day? Donna said: “Stepping back as the meal was going on and looking around seeing a room full of love and people who touched our lives in one way or another and who were part of our journey from the very beginning. Be it family, friends or friends who became family to us. It was just amazing to have all of our favourite people in the one room together to share the most special day of our lives with us. Also to have our beautiful children walk up the aisle with me is a memory I will treasure forever.”