Couple’s ultimate white wedding

Couple’s ultimate white wedding

Laura McDonagh and James Twomey, with their bridal party outside Cobh Cathedral after their wedding ceremony on Friday.

A COBH couple had the ultimate white wedding at St Colman’s Cathedral.

During the worst of the conditions on Friday, James Twomey and Laura McDonagh swapped vows in Cobh surrounded by close family and friends and of course tonnes and tonnes of snow.

It was a close call for the pair who reached out on 96FM radio to find someone who might be able to transport the family to the church on Friday after snow left them stranded.

Following the appeal, made by Laura’s sister and Maid of Honour Lisa McDonagh, the family were contacted by a number of people offering to help out for the special day.

Ex-firefighter Gus Tennent, who lives locally in Cobh was selected from the generous volunteers that came forward to chauffeur the family to and from the Cathedral for the wedding along with a family friend Doug Kavanagh.

“Gus was like a knight in shining armour,” Lisa said. “He has a 4x4 Land Rover and he cleaned it out and all in order to drive us to the church.

“He collected the mother of the bride on Friday morning, collected the hairdresser, the kids for the bridal party, and took everyone to the church.”

Further mishap threatened to plague the big day as the wedding ceremony was moved from 1.30pm to 3pm to allow for weather conditions to improve. Despite these issues, the wedding was ready to go ahead although the reception at The Radisson Little Island was put off to Sunday.

“Gerard and Catherine Curley, who own Jack Doyle’s pub, got in contact to say they would open in order to give us a venue to celebrate the special day,” Lisa said.

“They did the place up and brought in staff just for us, it was amazing.”

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