Wedding of the Week: A mountain top proposal

Ballincollig-based couple, Valerie O'Leary Ahern from Turners Cross and Vincent Ahern from Model Farm Road, recall their special day
Wedding of the Week: A mountain top proposal
Valerie and Vincent Ahern

ALL good things come to those who wait… so say this Cork couple, who wed early in the New Year.

Valerie O’Leary Ahern, from Turners Cross, and Vincent Ahern, of the Model Farm Road, live in Ballincollig. They met almost 20 years ago when Valerie walked into the Rendezvous bar for a friend’s birthday party.

Valerie O’Leary & Vincent Ahern first set eyes on each other in the Rendezvous bar almost 20 years ago. Pictures: Laura and Benny Photography
Valerie O’Leary & Vincent Ahern first set eyes on each other in the Rendezvous bar almost 20 years ago. Pictures: Laura and Benny Photography

“I spotted her across the bar and it was love at first sight,” said Vincent.

They got engaged in August, 2011, on the bridge overlooking Gleninchaquin Waterfall in Kenmare. Valerie recalled: “Vincent took me, our daughter Éabha and our little dog Rebel on the scenic route up the side of a mountain. When we got to the top he told me that he wanted to bring me closer to my grandmother Phil O’Keeffe, who had recently passed. He promised her that he would look always look after me and he got down on one knee.”

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

They were wed in The Honan Chapel in UCC on January 2. Fr Bertie O’Mahony performed the ceremony. Audrey Lynch and Tony Milner of The Velvetones sang.

En route to The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney, they made a pit-stop to J.M Reidy’s for a pint of Guinness, expertly poured by Valerie.

The couple were married at the Honan Chapel at UCC, followed by a reception in the Great Southern Hotel Killarney.
The couple were married at the Honan Chapel at UCC, followed by a reception in the Great Southern Hotel Killarney.

On arrival at The Great Southern they were greeted by Event Manager, Denise O’Sullivan and her team, who they are full of praise for.

“We had waited a long time for this day to come (as did our families) so we wanted to make it a day to remember,” they said.

Music played an important role in the celebrations, from The Velvetones to UV5 and The Piano Man, Sean de Búrca.

Valerie O’Leary & Vincent Ahern who live in Ballincollig, were wed on January 2. Pictures: Laura and Benny Photography
Valerie O’Leary & Vincent Ahern who live in Ballincollig, were wed on January 2. Pictures: Laura and Benny Photography

The bride looked stunning in her Stella York dress from the Moderne Bridal, shoes were by Freya Rose London and her bridal hairpiece was from Azure Cork. Suits were by Tom Murphy Menswear while the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses were from Monsoon. The Glam Squad were fantastic: Jenna and Nicola from The Salon, Ballincollig, and the very talented Nikki O’Leary, TheMakeUpDoll.

The couple said: “We’d like to thank everyone who helped us create such a wonderful and memorable day.”

The three tier butter cream cake was made by O'Carroll Cakes in Killarney and decorated with flwoers from Enchanted Flowers, who also did the stunning bouquets and floral arrangements for the day.
The three tier butter cream cake was made by O'Carroll Cakes in Killarney and decorated with flwoers from Enchanted Flowers, who also did the stunning bouquets and floral arrangements for the day.

They praised photographers Laura and Benny, who “really captured the atmosphere, the love and so many special moments throughout the day”.

As to what was the most memorable thing about the day?

“Good things come to those who wait. And wow, was it worth the wait. It was everything we hoped for and more.

“We were overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from our family and friends.”

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