Saying ‘I do’ same day as the Royals

This weekend, when Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle, there will be weddings taking place here in Cork too, writes ELAINE DUGGAN
Saying ‘I do’ same day as the Royals

AT BLARNEY CASTLE: Gary Sheehan and Theresa Murphy who are to wed this Saturday, the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Picture: Gavin Browne

ON the morning of her wedding day, a bride is usually completely pre-occupied with getting herself ready — after all, there’s hair to be done, make up to be perfected, the dress to manoevure yourself into...

The last thing you expect is for her to be glued to the TV. But that is what one Cork bride will be doing, just an hour before she walks down the aisle this Saturday.

You see, Theresa Murphy is sharing the same wedding date as American actress Meghan Markle and British Royal, Prince Harry.

The 27-year-old Cork woman is set to walk down the aisle at 1.30pm at Berrings Church — however, she plans to switch on the box, to see Meghan wed her prince at 12.30pm.

Theresa says that despite a hectic morning ahead, she wants to get a glimpse of the princess-to-be’s dress!

Theresa, from Berrings, met her fiancé Gary Sheehan, aged 31, from Grenagh, when they were both working in SuperValu in Blarney. They are together ten years and living together four years.

As Blarney village is close to their hearts, after their church ceremony in Berrings they will travel to Blarney Castle for photographs — while on the other side of the ocean, Prince Harry and his new bride will be tying the knot in Windsor Castle.

Theresa, who grew up in Bishopstown and moved to Berrings as a teenager, said she became aware of the fact that they would be celebrating the big day with the Royals when friends began tagging her after Harry and Meghan set their date, after they were engaged last November. It’s proved a fun talking point among family and friends since!

Gary Sheehan and Theresa Murphy who are to wed this Saturday, the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Picture: Gavin Browne
Gary Sheehan and Theresa Murphy who are to wed this Saturday, the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Picture: Gavin Browne

Theresa, who works for Eir as a team leader in Churchfield, explained how Gary and her got engaged.

While Harry popped the question to Meghan during a quiet night at home when they were roasting a chicken, Gary proposed to Theresa in a much more romantic fashion.

Theresa explained: “He proposed in Venice two and a half years ago. To be honest I thought he fell, we were getting onto a gondola when he went down on one knee. He had the ring picked. Everyone knew, he had asked my dad, he didn’t tell my mom until the day before we left… just before we left, in case she told me.”

So will the wedding be any resemblance to the royal affair?

Theresa said their special day will be very traditional, as she is the last in her family to wed and the youngest and was keen to keep it so.

“I am the youngest in the family, the last in the family to get married, while Gary is the first. Our wedding is traditional, at the church in Berrings.

“I have four bridesmaids, four groomsmen, three flower girls and one page boy.”

She has 16 nieces and nephews — so it was hard to try accommodate them all.

The Cork couple are looking forward to hosting their reception at the Cork International Hotel. Theresa is reluctant to give too much away about the big day.

Gary Sheehan and Theresa Murphy who are to wed this Saturday, the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Picture: Gavin Browne
Gary Sheehan and Theresa Murphy who are to wed this Saturday, the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Picture: Gavin Browne

She did speak about her dress — she found the perfect one two years ago, but when she went to order it the line had changed. She got a variation of the dress and had it altered, she wasn’t sure about how it would turn out until she tried it on three weeks ago, and there were lots of tears, given her delight. She even gets emotional talking about it!

There’s lots of guessing going on about what if any royal family jewellery and tiara Meghan will wear. Theresa is hoping to have something from her ancestors, close to her heart too.

“I was looking for my something old, new, borrowed and blue — I hope to have my grandad’s blackstone ring pinned to my dress, that should cover something old and new.”

Anything unusual planned? There will be a Donald and Daisy themed wedding cake, added Theresa.

“I am a big Disney Fan. Gary loves Donald Duck,” she said.

There are rumours that Meghan will break with royal tradition and give a speech as the bride, which is the norm at a wedding in the US. But this is not something Theresa will be doing, she assures me!

“My hormones are everywhere, not a hope!”

After the wedding the newly- weds will be going to New York for four days, before flying out to Barbados for ten days. The day after they get home to Ireland, they will then head of to Sneem in County Kerry, where they enjoyed their first ever weekend away — they try and get back to that location at least once a year. True romantics at heart!

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