Wedding of the Week: A puck around Delanys was a must for this couple after they got wed

A couple who met in America, through their love of GAA, were back home in Cork to wed, surrounded by family and friends and former and current team mates 
Wedding of the Week: A puck around Delanys was a must for this couple after they got wed

A PUCK AROUND IN DELANYS: The bridesmaids played with Delanys, Glen Rovers and Na Piarsaigh, while two of Tyson’s groomsmen Mike and Derek are team mates of Tyson’s in Vancouver.

A CORK woman who has played camogie since the age of nine at her beloved club Delanys, set off on a one year adventure to Canada in January, 2011 — and found her husband.

GUARD OF HONOUR: Elmarie Cronin from Cork and Tyson Van Beek from Canada were wed at the Church of the Annunciation in Blackpool.
GUARD OF HONOUR: Elmarie Cronin from Cork and Tyson Van Beek from Canada were wed at the Church of the Annunciation in Blackpool.

Elmarie Cronin took up ladies football in the summer of 2011 and headed off to Philadelphia in 2012 on Labour Day Weekend to participate in the North American Championship.

BY HER SIDE: Elmarie Cronin with her bridesmaids.
BY HER SIDE: Elmarie Cronin with her bridesmaids.

While there she met a Canadian, Tyson Van Beek, and they soon realised that they both played for the same GAA club in Vancouver. They met on the traditional Sunday night out after the games and love blossomed from there.

BY HIS SIDE: Tyson Van Beek with his best man and groomsman.
BY HIS SIDE: Tyson Van Beek with his best man and groomsman.

The couple, who now live in Vancouver, were engaged in 2017 on their fifth anniversary and came to Cork to wed this summer at the Church of Annunciation, Blackpool. They celebrated their reception in Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire.

BRIDAL PARTY: Maid of Honour Avril Kelleher, bridesmaids Trisha Coleman, Dawn Collins Maher, and Rebecca McGrail. Best man was Mike Clarke and groomsmen were Jim Martens, Derek Jung, and Justin Martens
BRIDAL PARTY: Maid of Honour Avril Kelleher, bridesmaids Trisha Coleman, Dawn Collins Maher, and Rebecca McGrail. Best man was Mike Clarke and groomsmen were Jim Martens, Derek Jung, and Justin Martens

The bride’s dress was bought in Vows in Blarney, the suits from Morleys in Grand Parade, the bridesmaid dresses from Diamond Bridal, Maylor Street. Make Up was by Dawn Collins Maher of Pure Beauty, Dublin Hill, and hair was by 3 Degrees.

BACK HOME TO WED: Elmarie Cronin from Cork met her husband Tyson Van Beek during her one year adventure in Canada. Pictures: John Sexton
BACK HOME TO WED: Elmarie Cronin from Cork met her husband Tyson Van Beek during her one year adventure in Canada. Pictures: John Sexton

Music in the church was by Elmarie’s wonderful and talented cousin Hilary Williamson, along with her husband Jim, and sons Cillian and Ordhran. Meanwhile, the amazing three- tiered wedding cake was by her cousin June.

ON THE PITCH: Elmarie Cronin and Tyson Van Beek at Delanys, getting some wedding pictures taken by John Sexton.
ON THE PITCH: Elmarie Cronin and Tyson Van Beek at Delanys, getting some wedding pictures taken by John Sexton.

Ocean’s 8, from Midleton, provided the entertainment and the couple’s first dance was to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

As to what was the most memorable part of the day?

Elmarie said: “I always dreamed of having my wedding in a marque on the main pitch at Delany’s GAA club as I spent most of my time as a young teenager and adult there, training, playing matches as well as attending all other code games as well. My bridesmaid Dawn and I were part of Delany’s majorettes and we often performed on that pitch for family day events and before big games.

SEALED WITH A KISS: Elmarie Cronin and John Sexton.
SEALED WITH A KISS: Elmarie Cronin and John Sexton.

“Even though I didn’t get my marque, I was able to have a puck around with my husband and marvellous ‘wedding team’, it was brilliant. Three of my bridesmaids I have played camogie alongside for many years, and even played against two of them when they played for local rival teams Glen Rovers and Na Piarsaigh. Our friendship has always stayed strong and true and we definitely stuck by the rule of ‘what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch’.”

LOVE OF SPORT: Elmarie Cronin and Tyson Van Beek.
LOVE OF SPORT: Elmarie Cronin and Tyson Van Beek.

The couple said the wedding day was the best day of their lives. As part of their honeymoon, they went to the All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Limerick and Kilkenny in Croke Park with Tyson’s parents — a day to remember.

SEALED WITH A KISS: Elmarie Cronin and Tyson Van Beek.  Pictures: John Sexton
SEALED WITH A KISS: Elmarie Cronin and Tyson Van Beek.  Pictures: John Sexton

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