Wedding of the Week: Cork Church youth group brought us together

A young couple living in St Luke's, Cork City tied the knot earlier this month. Here Gosia Szlapka and Fletcher Flynn tell us about their special day.
Wedding of the Week: Cork Church youth group brought us together
ECHO WEDDING OF THE WEEK: Gosia Szlapka (maiden name) Groom: Fletcher Fynn. Laura & Benny photography

THEY met at their church youth group in Cork ten years ago and this summer Gosia Szlapka and Fletcher Fynn tied the knot.

The couple live in St Luke’s, Cork city, and first set eyes on each other at the Cork Church youth group, a decade ago. They started dating six years ago.

Gosia, aged 24, is working as an analytical chemist in a pharmaceutical company. Originally from Zielona Gora in Poland, she moved to Ireland 12 years ago.

While Fletcher, aged 25, from Durban, South Africa, moved to Ireland in 2001 and works as a Selling Partner Associate in a multi-national company.

A DAY TO REMEMBER: Gosia Szlapka and Fletcher Fynn had their ceremony and wedding reception at the Midleton Park Hotel.
A DAY TO REMEMBER: Gosia Szlapka and Fletcher Fynn had their ceremony and wedding reception at the Midleton Park Hotel.

They got engaged on the 35th floor of London Sky Gardens in October, 2018, and had their wedding ceremony and reception at the Midleton Park Hotel on September 1. The ceremony was carried out by the pastors from their church.

The bride got her dress in Rice ’n’ Roses in Donnybrook, while the groom’s suit was from ‘Suit Select’ in Tralee, where the bride’s family lives. 

HAND IN HAND: Gosia Szlapka and Fletcher Fynn who met at the Cork Church youth group, ten years ago.
HAND IN HAND: Gosia Szlapka and Fletcher Fynn who met at the Cork Church youth group, ten years ago.

The groomsmen suits were from Morleys on Grand Parade and the bridesmaids’ dresses were purchased online.

The bride’s hair and makeup was done by Karolina Wichniewicz @carolinamua87, who did a great job creating a very delicate and beautiful look.

Eight members of the bride’s family travelled over from Poland, as well as parents and siblings from Tralee. The groom’s family travelled from Germany, Netherlands, South Africa and closer to home in Galway and Douglas to be with them on this special day.

Recalling the day, the couple said: “The ceremony was very special to us because it focused on our faith in God and our love for one another and all the guests present.”

The day was made stress-free thanks to their families and the bridal party and the staff at Midleton Park Hotel.

LOOKING FORWARD TO THEIR FUTURE TOGETHER: Fletcher Fynn and Gosia Szlapka, who live in St Luke’s, Cork city.	Picture: Laura & Benny photography
LOOKING FORWARD TO THEIR FUTURE TOGETHER: Fletcher Fynn and Gosia Szlapka, who live in St Luke’s, Cork city. Picture: Laura & Benny photography

The hotel was beautifully decorated, with an arch and fairy light backdrop from ‘To Have and to Hold’, while ‘Ace Entertainment’ supplied the couple with a love sign, flower wall and Ferrero Rocher heart.

There was also high praise for Laura & Benny photography, for their great work in capturing the day. DJ Mark Cosgrove was equally ‘brilliant’.

The couple chose 'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran as their first dance.

CELEBRATING THEIR LOVE: Gosia and Fletcher cutting their wedding cake, at their reception in the Midleton Park Hotel.
CELEBRATING THEIR LOVE: Gosia and Fletcher cutting their wedding cake, at their reception in the Midleton Park Hotel.

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

“The outpouring of love we received from all of our guests!” they said.

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