Mel and Alan be­gin their ‘walk of life to­gether’

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GO­ING walk­a­bout through Cork city was one of the many fun as­pects of Mel Brod­er­ick’s and Alan O’Rior­dan’s big day. Af­ter ex­chang­ing vows in a hu­man­ist cer­e­mony led by Norma McEl­lig­ott, at The Triskel Christchurch, on South Main Street, they were ac­com­pa­nied by their pho­tog­ra­pher, Ag­nieszka Stodolny (Bracket Stu­dio), as they strolled through Bishop Lucey Park, the English Mar­ket, Mut­ton Lane Inn, and along Oliver Plun­kett Street. “When we were in the English Mar­ket, get­ting a few snaps, the man­ager of the Far­m­gate Cafe came down and sur­prised us with cham­pagne! She said she was de­lighted to see the mar­ket be­ing pho­tographed and was thrilled that we came in,” said Mel.

“The Mut­ton Lane Inn staff also had great craic with us and had us in be­hind the bar and ev­ery­thing!” The bride and groom then re­joined their guests at the re­cep­tion venue, the Im­pe­rial Ho­tel.

The Dou­glas-based new­ly­weds got en­gaged in Am­s­ter­dam in April, 2016. “We had ar­ranged the trip for my 31st birthday. I had no idea he would pro­pose, so it took me com­pletely by sur­prise!” said Mel.

“He had bought a ring in Pan­dora, as he knew I would want to choose my own! He snuck the ring in with his hand lug­gage. It was not your typ­i­cal ‘bells and whis­tles’ spec­ta­cle of an en­gage­ment, but very spe­cial to us.” De­spite both be­ing for Youghal, their paths didn’t cross un­til a night out in the town’s Gate pub, in the sum­mer of 2011. “We be­came friendly and, by Christ­mas, we were to­gether,” said Mel.

Help­ing them lead the cel­e­bra­tions on their big day were the maid of hon­our, Mel’s twin sis­ter, Cather­ine Furey, and her brides­maid and friend, Treasa Hyde.

Alan’s cousin, Frank Moloney, was best man, with his friend, Mark Wal­she, as grooms­man.

The cel­e­brant helped en­sure the day was ex­tra spe­cial. “Norma was amaz­ing and ev­ery­one com­mented on how per­sonal the cer­e­mony was. She had to lit­er­ally ‘tie the knot’, which is a throw­back to old pa­gan ways,” said Mel.

“Chris Crow­ley, in the Im­pe­rial, went above and be­yond for us.” The bri­dal hair and makeup were by Kim Moyni­han, Cork, and Michelle Hen­nessey, Youghal, and were done in the Im­pe­rial Ho­tel. Mel looked stun­ning, in a Rembo dress sourced in Say I Do, Mi­dle­ton.

A friend, Maria Deeni­han, made the wed­ding cake as a present, and the band, The Con­verse Al­lS­tars, from Gal­way, kept ev­ery­one on the dance floor.

The new­ly­weds chose Thai­land for their hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tion.

Mel is a phar­macy man­ager with Lloyds Phar­macy and Alan is a chef in Ap­ple HQ, in Cork.

Pic­tures: Ag­nieszka Stodolny, Bracket Stu­dio

Mel Brod­er­ick and Alan O’Rior­dan out­side Arthur Mayne’s, on Pembroke Street, and be­low, in the English Mar­ket.

Pic­tures: Ag­nieszka Stodolny, Bracket Stu­dio

Mel Brod­er­ick and Alan O’Rior­dan, who met in Youghal and who got en­gaged in Am­s­ter­dam.

Mel Brod­er­ick and Alan O’Rior­dan, left, in the Mut­ton Lane Inn, and, above, on the street.

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