Two years ago this month, Kate McSweeney and Denis Magee were engaged. Fast forward to 2019 and the couple, from Midleton, were wed, surrounded by friends and family.
The duo met in secondary school and “went out” for a while in their teenage years. They stayed friends and romance rekindled in May, 2013. They got engaged on December 22, 2017. They were married in a civil ceremony in Radisson Blu, Cork, on August 30, 2019.
Kate’s dress was by Mori Lee and was purchased from Vows in Blarney. Her veil was her sister Nicole’s — her something old and borrowed. Make-up was by Kate Williams and hair by Sinead Eaton, talented ladies from Midleton. Suits and Shoes were purchased from Simply Suits in their Kinsale Road store.
The bridal party included: Maid of Honour Nicole Keeshan and bridesmaids Jackie Horgan and Ber Morrissey. Flower girl was their beautiful daughter Olivia Magee, junior bridesmaids were Amy Keeshan, Emma Keeshan and Kayla McSweeney.
Best man was Evan Magee, groomsmen were Richard O’Sullivan and James O’Regan, page boy was Andy John Dorgan.
Ushers were Callum McSweeney and Dara Keeshan.
Among the special guests were Denis’ grandmother May Magee, who is 96 and travelled down from Northern Ireland for the day.
Recalling the beautiful ceremony, they said: “Bernadette Caulfield-Waugh was brilliant as the celebrant and read a beautiful remembrance poem for us. Kate’s father William McSweeney gave a powerful rendition of Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years on his trumpet.
“Aoife O’Neill was the wedding singer and was outstanding.
“Alison Magee and Rory McSweeney did beautiful readings.”
“The Radisson were so good to deal with throughout with special mentions to both Joanne & Dori,” the couple said of their reception venue.
The cake was by the Baker Boy. The band were The Love Junkies and the couple’s first song was to James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go. Magician Ger Kearney also entertained.
As to the most memorable thing about the day?
“Seeing each other for the first time at the beginning of the ceremony.
Denis mixing up the words ‘wife’ and ‘life’ at the worst possible moment,” they said.
Photographs were by Tony Dunn Photography, while videographer was Brian Connolly from Arclight, who both captured the day perfectly.