Wed­ding of the Week

21st birth­day bash led to ro­mance for Maria and Keith

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Eve Kel­li­her

A21st birth­day party led to ro­mance for Maria Mur­phy and Keith Hob­bins. Maria, from Rockchapel, Co Cork, and Keith, from Listry, Co Kerry, were wed in St Mary’s Cathe­dral, Kil­lar­ney, by Fr De­nis Stritch, Rockchapel, and held their re­cep­tion in the Bal­ly­garry House Ho­tel in Tralee.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Ian Cronin of IC Photo Stu­dio cap­tured the big day, which in­cluded a pho­to­shoot in Kil­lar­ney Na­tional Park.

The new­ly­weds, who will re­side in Listry, had plenty of help when it came to plan­ning and cel­e­brat­ing their big day, in­clud­ing from Maria’s par­ents Sheila and Michael Mur­phy and Keith’s mother and fa­ther Ca­r­ole and Michael Hob­bins.

The brides­maids were Julie Leahy (Maria’s sis­ter) and Mairead O’Driscoll (the bride’s best friend), while the best men were Thomas Hob­bins (Keith’s brother) and John Hob­bins (the groom’s cousin).

Matthew Hob­bins, Maria and Keith’s fouryear-old son, en­joyed tak­ing on the key role of page­boy, while Maria’s nieces, Mikayla and Ava Leahy, joined forces with Keith’s nieces Laura and Amy Hob­bins as flow­er­girls.

The cou­ple have known one an­other for many years and started dat­ing af­ter Maria in­vited Keith to her 21st birth­day party in Au­gust 2009. “We of­fi­cially started go­ing out on Oc­to­ber 7, 2009, then got mar­ried eight years later on that date,” said the bride.

They got en­gaged on Christ­mas morn­ing 2014 when Keith had bought Maria a dress­ing ta­ble. “He had hid­den the ring in­side the drawer and when I found it he pro­posed.

“Our wed­ding day was lovely and re­laxed, we even saw each other be­fore the cer­e­mony when Keith called to the house to see me be- fore he went to the church.”

The new­ly­weds and their guests danced long into the night to the sounds of the band Free Beer.

The cou­ple hired a VW camper­van for the oc­ca­sion. “It was gor­geous in pho­tos and was such a spe­cial mode of trans­port for our big day,” said Maria. “The owner, Timmy Lyne, Pre­mium Vin­tage, was such a plea­sure to deal with. On the way to the re­cep­tion Keith, Matthew, and I had a lovely pic­nic in the back of the camper­van; it was such a spe­cial part of the day where it was just the three of us.”

The new­ly­weds will hon­ey­moon in Dis­ney­land Paris with their son this Christ­mas and en­joyed a mini-moon in Inchy­doney Is­land Lodge and Spa.

Maria is a Montes­sori teacher and Keith is a car­pen­ter.

Pic­tures: Ian Cronin/IC Photo Stu­dio

Maria Mur­phy and Keith Hob­bins with the their son Matthew and the VW camper­van they rented from Timmy Lyne, at St Mary’s Cathe­dral, Kil­lar­ney.

Matthew Hob­bins, Maria and Keith’s four-year-old son, was page­boy, while Maria’s nieces, Mikayla and Ava Leahy, joined forces with Keith’s nieces Laura and Amy Hob­bins as flow­er­girls.

Brides­maids Julie Leahy and Mairead O’Driscoll with Maria’s par­ents, Sheila and Michael.

Maria Mur­phy and her dad Michael in the VW camper­van on the big day.

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