Mel and Alan begin their ‘walk of life together’
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.
Mel Broderick and Alan O’Riordan outside Arthur Mayne’s, on Pembroke Street, and below, in the English Market.
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.