Wed­ding of the Week

Jac­que­line and John cel­e­brate eter­nal love in the Eter­nal City

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Eve Kel­li­her

ARo­man hol­i­day set the scene for Jac­que­line Mur­phy and John Crotty’s en­gage­ment and nup­tials and a sig­nif­i­cant date played a key role in both oc­ca­sions.

Jac­que­line, from Far­ran, Co Cork, and John Crotty, orig­i­nally from Cap­po­quin Co Water­ford, met on De­cem­ber 27 sev­eral years ago and in Oc­to­ber 2015 he whisked her off on a sur­prise trip to the Eter­nal City where he pro­posed — on the 27th of the month.

“This en­sured Rome was a special place to us, and so we de­cided to get mar­ried there on June 27, 2017,” said Jac­que­line.

“By co­in­ci­dence both our par­ents’ wed­ding an­niver­saries fall on the same day, March 27, and my birthday is July 27!”

The cou­ple’s paths first crossed when John was liv­ing in Swansea but vis­it­ing fam­ily for Christ­mas in Water­ford and they ar­ranged to meet in Cork.

Jac­que­line and John were mar­ried in an in­ti­mate cer­e­mony with 30 guests com­pris­ing fam­ily and close friends, with guests trav­el­ling from Ire­land, Wales and the United States.

They ex­changed vows in Santa Maria in Ara­coeli. “The mo­ment I saw this church I just knew this was where I had to be mar­ried,” said the bride.

The re­cep­tion took place in a villa set in the grounds of Borgh­ese Park in Rome, called Casina Val­adier.

“We had our drinks re­cep­tion in the foun- tain gar­den area and our meal on a ter­race of the villa over­look­ing Rome,” said Jac­que­line. “Later, we moved back to the gar­den for cake cut­ting and our first dance, by can­dle­light.”

Alice Tay­lor was chief brides­maid with John’s nieces Freya Wil­lats and Is­abel Wil­lats as brides­maids.

John, who had spent 12 years liv­ing and work­ing in Swansea, had two best men, Christo­pher Thomas and Michael Ah­erne, from Wales and Water­ford re­spec­tively. His brother Pa­trick Crotty was grooms­man.

Also cel­e­brat­ing with the new­ly­weds were both sets of par­ents, Eileen and John Mur­phy and Nora and Stephen Crotty.

“I planned the en­tire wed­ding my­self from start to fin­ish, ev­ery­thing from the le­gal and re­li­gious pa­per­work, sort­ing a venue, church and florist, all with­out any as­sis­tance from a wed­ding plan­ner!” said Jac­que­line.

“I chose the won­der­fully tal­ented To­mas Kor­nas to take our pho­tos, and he flew to Italy from Port­laoise es­pe­cially to shoot our wed­ding. I also had the fab­u­lous Lola Des­mond (Makeup by Lola) and Cathri­ona Ro­han of Cathri­ona’s Hair Sa­lon (Castle­gre­gory, Tralee and Din­gle, Co Kerry) fly out to look af­ter the beauty side!” The cake, by Trace of Cakes, Ballincol­lig, was flown from Cork to Rome.

The bride wore a dress and veil by Is­raeli de­signer In­bal Dror, teamed with hair jew­els and ear­rings Azure Jew­ellers, Cork. The groom looked dap­per in a Hugo Boss suit.

Jac­que­line works for Cork County Coun­cil and John is the man­ager of Spike Is­land De­vel­op­ment Com­pany.

Pic­tures: To­masz Kor­nas

The wed­ding of Jac­que­line Mur­phy and John Crotty.

Jac­que­line Mur­phy and with her fa­ther John Mur­phy, chief brides­maid Alice Tay­lor and brides­maids Freya and Is­abel Wil­lats.

Above: Jac­que­line Mur­phy and John Crotty with their wed­ding party. Be­low:The happy cou­ple in the Eter­nal City.

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