Wedding of the Week: Our Tinder love match

Fiona Barrett from Midleton, and Peter Kelly from Cobh, in County Cork, who now live in Midleton, met on Tinder. Here they share their love story
Wedding of the Week: Our Tinder love match

MR AND MRS: Midleton-based couple Peter Kelly and Fiona Barrett who met on Tinder and wed last November in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island. Pictures: Bismark Photography

WHEN a second chance of love came around for Fiona Barrett and Peter Kelly, they both fell head over heels.

WITH THIS RING: Fiona Barrett and Peter Kelly were married in a civil ceremony by friend Lorraine Fitzgerald.
WITH THIS RING: Fiona Barrett and Peter Kelly were married in a civil ceremony by friend Lorraine Fitzgerald.

Fiona, from Midleton, and Peter, from Cobh, who now live in Midleton, met on Tinder.

“We love telling this story,” said Fiona. “While on holiday, my niece was talking about Tinder. I had never heard of it and when I came home I mentioned it to my daughter and it was she, along with her fiance David, who actually set it up on my phone for a laugh.

BY THEIR SIDE: Family played an important role in the couple’s special day.
BY THEIR SIDE: Family played an important role in the couple’s special day.

“Never in a million years did I ever think I would meet the man of my dreams on it. It only took three swipes until I came across Peter. He was my first and only date and we arranged to meet for a coffee in Coppingers Bar, Midleton, and here we are now today, happily married.”

WEDDING PARTY: Peter and Fiona have two sons and two daughters between them, Aaron, George, Ariana and Jayne. Peter’s brother Jimmy was best man, Ariana was maid of honour.
WEDDING PARTY: Peter and Fiona have two sons and two daughters between them, Aaron, George, Ariana and Jayne. Peter’s brother Jimmy was best man, Ariana was maid of honour.

They were engaged on a romantic getaway to Lanzarote in November, 2018, and were wed 12 months later in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island on November 15, 2019. They opted for a civil ceremony as they had both been married previously in church.

Beautiful floral touches.
Beautiful floral touches.

Speaking about the dress, Fiona said: “I knew from the get go that I didn’t want anything traditional, given the time of year I went with a beautiful burgundy mermaid evening gown which I bought online.

CUTTING THE CAKE: The five-tier cake was made by sister-in-law Sandra Barrett.
CUTTING THE CAKE: The five-tier cake was made by sister-in-law Sandra Barrett.

“I bought my shoes and jewellery in Flamingo in Midleton, the rose gold looked amazing with the burgundy and they were so comfortable.

“All the men looked fantastic and were suited from top to bottom by Simply Suits, Cork.”

Fiona did all the table decorations and table flowers, while Ina McCarthy Florist did the beautiful bouquets.

The quirky favours.
The quirky favours.

Make-up was by Caroline Bourke, while hair was by Urban Retreat in Midleton.

There were more than 200 people in attendance, as they have a big family.

Fiona said: “The most amazing part of our day was seeing all our loved ones in the same place at the same time. They travelled long distances to help us to celebrate our day.”

SEALED WITH A KISS: From the first look walking up the aisle, to the warm-hearted speeches, the first dance and the cutting of the cake — the couple have so many special memories of the day.
SEALED WITH A KISS: From the first look walking up the aisle, to the warm-hearted speeches, the first dance and the cutting of the cake — the couple have so many special memories of the day.

Fiona’s son Aaron walked her up the aisle, to her father Ron, who then passed her over to Peter. Her sister Louise and brother Kenneth sang her up the aisle which was really special.

The wedding favours were from Coyne rocks, they were all painted by hand, each different from the other.

The band was Oceans 8: “We didn’t come off the floor for the night,” said Fiona.

Entertainment also included Jason O’Callaghan, hypnotist, and Brian cuff’s Photo Booth. Sheena from Bismark did the photographs while James at Scan productions did the video.

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