Wed­ding of the Week

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Eve Kel­li­her

Amanda and Gavin get spe­cial hon­our on their spe­cial day

THE groom’s col­leagues from the De­fence Forces gave Lt Gavin Looney and his bride Amanda Riordan a guard of hon­our as they emerged from the church as new­ly­weds.

Amanda, from Dooks, Glen­beigh, Co Kerry, and Gavin, from May­field, Cork, were wed in St James’ Church, Kil­lor­glin, Co Kerry, re­cently by Canon Michael Flem­ing.

The bride, the daugh­ter of Mar­garet and Pat Riordan, and groom, the son of Vin­cent and the late Phil Looney, cel­e­brated with a re­cep­tion in The Heights Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney.

Amanda’s friend Han­nah Hennessy Deane was maid of hon­our with her pals Siob­hán Brox­ton and Caro­line Looney as brides­maids.

Gavin’s brothers Conor and Ian Looney lent their sup­port as best man and grooms­man re­spec­tively with a friend, Alan Dun­lea, tak­ing on grooms­man du­ties. Gavin’s nephew Billy Looney was page­boy.

Amanda works in Kerr Ac­coun­tants, Cork, and Gavin is based in Collins Bar­racks, Cork. He re­turned a few weeks be­fore the wed­ding from serv­ing over­seas in Mali with the De­fence Forces.

The new­ly­weds were also de­lighted to wel­come the All-Ire­land Club Ju­nior Hurl­ing/ Cork County Cham­pi­onship tro­phies for the day as Gavin plays for May­field GAA.

Amanda looked stun­ning in a Pronovias gown, pur­chased in Say I Do, Mi­dle­ton. The new­ly­weds di­vided their hon­ey­moon be­tween New York, Wash­ing­ton and Can­cun, Mex­ico.

They first met in Septem­ber 2011 on a night out in Cork. Gavin popped the ques­tion in De­cem­ber 2015 at Charles Fort, Kin­sale.

Ian Cronin of IC Photo Stu­dio cap­tured the big day on cam­era with South West Wed­dings pro­vid­ing the videog­ra­phy.

The bri­dal hair was by Seán Taaffe Hair & Beauty with makeup by Maeve Carey of Makeup by Maeve.

The flow­ers were by Shades of Bloom, Kil­lor­glin.

The new­ly­weds will re­side in Cork City.

Pic­tures: Ian Cronin, IC Photo Stu­dio

AT EASE: Lt Gavin Looney, May­field with his bride Amanda Riordan from Dooks, Glen­beigh, Co Kerry.

NAIL­ING THEIR COLOURS TO THE MAST: Lt Gavin Looney and Amanda Riordan di­vided loy­al­ties on the field of play, united now off it as new­ly­weds.

PUR­PLE PATCH: The new­ly­weds with some of their wed­ding party at The Heights Ho­tel, Kil­lar­ney and be­low at the church.

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