Wedding of the Week
Jacqueline and John celebrate eternal love in the Eternal City
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.
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.