Wedding of the Week: Imagine meeting your future husband after an accidental swipe on Tinder? That's what happened this Cork couple

The story behind how Deirdre O'Donovan and Philip Nannery met in Cork  only a month after he moved here from the US is a 'hilarious' one - and they love to share the story.
Wedding of the Week: Imagine meeting your future husband after an accidental swipe on Tinder? That's what happened this Cork couple
Deirdre O’Donovan and Philip Nannery were wed at Trinity Presbyterian Church this summer. Pictures: Sean Clarke

An accidental swipe on Tinder led to the marriage of Deirdre O’Donovan and Philip Nannery.

Deirdre, a lecture in CIT from Cork City wed Philip Nannery, a recruiter from North Virginia near Washington DC, USA.

The duo met online, only a month after Philiip moved to Cork to do a Masters in UCC.

Deirdre explained how they met on Tinder.

“I had actually opened the app to delete it for a while after a few crazy dates, but dropped my phone, and when I picked it up, I had accidentally swiped and matched with Philip! He messaged straight away, and was funny, nice and seemed genuine in the first message, so we went out, and the rest is history! I had to tell him I swiped on him by accident after a few months though, because it made me feel guilty! He thought it was hilarious, and loves telling the story!” 

The couple who live in Cork city got engaged on the boardwalk outside the Clayton in Cork City on July 29 2018.

They were married in Trinity Presbyterian Church, which is just off MacCurtain St, at 2pm on Friday July 26, 2019.

STUNNING: Deirdre O’Donovan sourced her dress from Sharon Gregory Design Studio in Mallow.
STUNNING: Deirdre O’Donovan sourced her dress from Sharon Gregory Design Studio in Mallow.

The bride’s dress and veil were from the talented Sharon Gregory Design Studio in Mallow.

Her earrings were a gift for her 30th, her clutch for the evening was a Christmas present from my sister Helen.

Philip’s suit was an unexpected lucky find in Debenhams. He had a particular shade of blue navy he wanted and finally discovered it there. His tie and cufflinks were from Savilles.

Janice, who is the owner of Be Fabulous hairdressers on Watercourse road did the bridal party’s hair, and Clare of Makeup by Claire did our makeup.

Flowers were from Best of Buds, and were “beyond what I had imagined!” the bride said.

Joining them on their special day were Philip’s family, all living in the US - Philip’s dad, also called Phil, and his partner Lori were there. Philip’s mom Alison came too.

Deirdre’s parents, Donal and Fiona were there, as were our grandparents, lots of our cousins and aunts and uncles.

BRIDAL PARTY: Maid of Honour was Deirdre’s younger sister, Helen, bridesmaids were her sister Niamh and friend, Aileen. Best Man was Rob Mulvihill and groomsmen were his brothers Sean and Aidan, from Virginia.
BRIDAL PARTY: Maid of Honour was Deirdre’s younger sister, Helen, bridesmaids were her sister Niamh and friend, Aileen. Best Man was Rob Mulvihill and groomsmen were his brothers Sean and Aidan, from Virginia.

Maid of Honour was her younger sister, Helen, and bridesmaids were her baby sister Niamh and a great old friend, Aileen.

Philip’s Best Man was Rob Mulvihill who he met while they were both teaching English in Japan, and his groomsmen were his younger brothers Sean and Aidan who both live in Virginia.

The ceremony was celebrated by Rev. Richie Cronin, who is the minister of Trinity Presbyterian.

“It was lovely to have Philip’s priest, Fr Eoin Whooley of South Parish also there to read and pray a blessing. 

"A family friend, Patricia Barber, who often plays the organ and piano in Trinity, played the music for our wedding as a wedding present! We were very lucky because she plays beautifully.”

The reception was in the Radisson Blu hotel in Little Island.

“Five minutes in to our first meeting with them we knew we would be having our reception there.” 

They were left in the safe hands of wedding planner, Joanne O’Donoghue.

“We were able to just fully trust her with everything.“ 

A SLICE THAT'S NICE: The fantastic cake was by Brian Roche of Baker Boy Cakes. 
A SLICE THAT'S NICE: The fantastic cake was by Brian Roche of Baker Boy Cakes. 

The fantastic cake was by Brian Roche of Baker Boy Cakes. 

The band and DJ were Transmission, who were “unbelievably good.” 

Car and buses were booked with Aidan Roche of Chrysler Wedding Cars.

Their first song “definitely wasn’t the traditional “slow” song as the bride explained: “It was Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Suede. It was so much fun to dance to an upbeat song, especially one that we dance to all the time. The band did an amazing job with it.” 

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

“Seeing each other in the church for the first time. We were both just so excited and so ready to get married. But there were so many special moments. We’d both do the whole day again in a heartbeat!”

BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Deirdre O’Donovan and Philip Nannery at the Bierhaus on Popes Quay where they had their first date. Pictures: Sean Clarke
BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Deirdre O’Donovan and Philip Nannery at the Bierhaus on Popes Quay where they had their first date. Pictures: Sean Clarke

 “One of the nicest memories for us has to be having photos taken in the Bierhaus on Popes Quay after the ceremony. It’s the first place I took Phil on our first date, because he was new to town and I wanted to show him my favourite places. It’s been one of his favourites too ever since!” 

BREAKING WITH TRADITION: Deirdre O’Donovan and Philip Nannery had their first dance to ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ by Blue Suede.
BREAKING WITH TRADITION: Deirdre O’Donovan and Philip Nannery had their first dance to ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ by Blue Suede.

Photographer was Sean Clarke (seanclarkephotogrpahy.com), who they said took “amazing photos”.

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