Wedding of the Week: Cork couple put the wheels in motion

When Cork couple Sarah Galvin and Fergus Murphy wed they were keen to put their own stamp on the special day
Wedding of the Week: Cork couple put the wheels in motion
Sarah Galvin and Fergus Murphy. Pictures: Philip Cullinane photography.

THIS couple were happy to put their own stamp on their wedding — with trucks, instead of wedding cars, and engine parts and fairy gardens forming centre pieces at their reception.

Fergus Murphy and his bestman and groomsman. Pictures: Philip Cullinane photography.
Fergus Murphy and his bestman and groomsman. Pictures: Philip Cullinane photography.

Sarah Galvin, from Farnivane, and Fergus Murphy, from Kilbrittain, now live outside Bandon. They met through mutual friends and the couple got engaged on Christmas Eve, 2015 on the way back from Cork city, where they went to see the festive lights.

Sarah Galvin with her bridesmaids. 
Sarah Galvin with her bridesmaids. 

Sarah recalled: “Fergus had been working abroad and flew home to surprise me that day.”

They were married in St Martins Church, Farnivane, on November 30, 2019.

The bride’s dress came from Vows, the shoes were from Italy — Sarah said they bought them when Fergus was driving trucks on the continent and she went with him for a spin. 

Sarah Galvin and Fergus Murphy, who now live outside Bandon.
Sarah Galvin and Fergus Murphy, who now live outside Bandon.

Make-up was by Christine O’Connor MUA and hair was by Serphina and Chloe in the Pretty Parlour, Bandon. The groom’s suit came from Gentleman’s Quarters on Patrick Street.

Both families were in attendance, their parents, Sarah’s grandparents, their siblings, niece and nephews. Fergus’s late brother Ciarán was remembered during the ceremony by lighting a candle.

The bridal party included sister-in-law Tracy, Fergus’s sister Rosena, her cousin Amy, and friend Aoife. Her little cousin Caoimhe was flower girl. Fergus had his friend Terry, Sarah’s brother Darren, and his other friends Andrew and Jason. His nephew Rohan was ring bearer as well as the altar server, and his nephew Finn was the page boy

The ceremony was a pretty traditional church ceremony.

The newly weds, Sarah Galvin and Fergus Murphy.
The newly weds, Sarah Galvin and Fergus Murphy.

The bridesmaids and Sarah walked from her parents’ house to the church.

Caroline Spillane sang and played guitar for the ceremony.

The couple enjoyed their wedding reception at the Kinsale Hotel and Spa and decided to put their own stamp on the wedding reception — the centre pieces were bits of wood with engine parts and fairy gardens.

Sarah Galvin and Fergus Murphy cutting the cake at the wedding reception in Kinsale Hotel and Spa.
Sarah Galvin and Fergus Murphy cutting the cake at the wedding reception in Kinsale Hotel and Spa.

The cake was designed by Evelyn in the Kilmichael bar and made by Anne Collins, a friend of hers.

The couple didn’t go for traditional wedding cars, but two trucks instead.

The band was Deuces Wild and the first dance was to You’re The One by Shane Mac Gowan and Marie Brennan.

What was the most memorable thing about the day?

The couple said: “It was just a nice, chilled out, fun day surrounded by our closest friends and our families.”

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