Wedding of the Week: Cork couple enjoy day of smiles... not tears

It was an emotional, but very happy day for Sarah King and Shane Deeney when they tied the knot.
Wedding of the Week: Cork couple enjoy day of smiles... not tears

Sarah King and Shane Deeney signing the register at the spiritual ceremony at the Fernhill House Hotel. Pictures: Ray Terry Photography

WHEN Sarah King and Shane Deeney celebrated their wedding day, they promised it would be one of smiles and not tears.

The couple had put off their special day due to Covid and set March 12, 2022 as their new wedding day. Sadly the bride’s mother passed away last September and the intimate, traditional wedding they planned then changed.

Bride Sarah King with daughter Ellie, who played a very important role in the day.
Bride Sarah King with daughter Ellie, who played a very important role in the day.

Sarah explained: “We had entertainment all day long. Our intention was to have zero opportunity to dwell on my mam not being there, but instead celebrate all the happiness and fab memories in our lives. 

Sarah King with her bridesmaids. The bride’s dress was bought by her mother before she passed away, in Cinderella’s Closet.
Sarah King with her bridesmaids. The bride’s dress was bought by her mother before she passed away, in Cinderella’s Closet.

"We knew my mam was with us throughout the day and we really hope we did her proud.”

The couple feature in this week's Wedding of the Week.

Groom Shane is originally from Manchester but moved to Cork when he was a child. The couple first met through mutual friends, when they were teenagers.

Sarah King and Shane Deeney in the grounds of Fernhill House Hotel in Clonakilty where they had a two-day wedding celebration, followed by a week away in Dubai.
Sarah King and Shane Deeney in the grounds of Fernhill House Hotel in Clonakilty where they had a two-day wedding celebration, followed by a week away in Dubai.

“Shane asked his friend to get my phone number. I was a young 15 year old and I turn 30 this year so it’s been a long but fantastic 15 years of knowing him,” said Sarah.

“We got engaged in Newcastle on a weekend trip and Shane had the whole weekend planned without me knowing!”

Recalling the wedding day, Sarah continued: “Our magical day wasn’t a typical traditional wedding, but it definitely was a day to remember for us and all of our guests.

The couple said the day wasn’t your traditional wedding, but was a day to remember for them and all of their guests.
The couple said the day wasn’t your traditional wedding, but was a day to remember for them and all of their guests.

“Our original date was for last June, but due to Covid we had to put it off. We had it all planned, but in September my mother suddenly passed away so in January we sat down and discussed putting it off again, but instead we completely changed everything, all our songs changed, our band changed and we added more entertainment. 

The couple pictured with family.
The couple pictured with family.

"The day was going to be emotional anyway so we wanted to make it as upbeat and happy as possible, while still having touches for my mom.”

The couple were married in House Hotel, Clonakilty, in a spiritual ceremony by Damian Moloney.

Sparkle performed for the couple at their drinks reception and set the tone of the day. 

MR AND MRS: Sarah King and Shane Deeney on their wedding day. They were wed at Fernhill House Hotel.	Pictures: Ray Terry Photography
MR AND MRS: Sarah King and Shane Deeney on their wedding day. They were wed at Fernhill House Hotel. Pictures: Ray Terry Photography

Right after dessert, the HIIT Drummers did a set – a big surprise for everyone! The Pearls band then took over and the dance floor was full for the night. The party also enjoyed a second day of celebrations in Fernhill, where an Irish trad ban performed for a few hours.

The couple pictured with family.
The couple pictured with family.

“It was the best day ever and we both would love to do it all again,” the bride said.

“Overall, we all loved our day it was truly special,” she added.

Ray and Irene Terry were the photographers, and the videographer was Brian of Arcklight.

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