Wed­ding of the Week

Melissa and Leo’s spe­cial day a cut above the rest

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page -

AS the cur­tain came down on 2017, one cou­ple made sure they made it a mem­o­rable year. Melissa O’Sul­li­van, from White­scross, and Lee Martin, from Onslow Gardens, tied the knot on De­cem­ber 29 at the North Cathe­dral, fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion in the Mary­bor­ough House Ho­tel.

Melissa ex­plained how they got to­gether: “We met on a ran­dom Thurs­day night out in Ha­vana Browns. My­self and one of the girls de­cided to go out af­ter work, it was Christ­mas week... lit­tle did I know five years later I’d marry the man of my ab­so­lute dreams.”

Melissa is as a hair­dresser at John Geaney while Lee is an NCT in­struc­tor. He pro­posed in the hair­dresser’s staffroom, just be­fore lunch one day. Melissa said: “He timed it well, it was the most amaz­ing whirl­wind three-sec­ond mo­ment of my life, can I add it wasn’t the usual but I’m glad he made this our spe­cial mo­ment, and a very new mem­ory for us. Can you imag­ine the ex­cite­ment/buzz this cre­ated in the sa­lon on a Fri­day af­ter­noon?”

Melissa’s wed­ding dress was bought in Lon­don and she fell in love with it as soon as she saw it. Her shoes were Vivi­enne West­wood. Her head piece was some­thing bor­rowed from her aunt, who used it at her wed­ding 16 years ago. Makeup was by Co­lette of Porce­lain in Glan­mire and Ali­son of Ar­mani in Brown Thomas. Hair­dresser was Karen Buckley of John Geaney and friend Ni­chola Kiely from Nics Pin Ups did the brides­maids’ hair. Lee had his suit espe­cially made in Sav­illes, Oliver Plun­kett St.

Join­ing the cou­ple on the day were their fam­ily — Melissa’s mam and dad, Lavinia and Wil­liam O’Sul­li­van, her two broth­ers and sis­ter, two grand­moth­ers and one grand­fa­ther and nephew/god­son Jayke. Lee’s fam­ily was his mam, An­gela Martin, while his two broth­ers and god­child Emily also en­joyed the day. The cou­ple lit a can­dle in mem­ory of Lee’s dad Donal, who couldn’t be there with them.

Melissa’s sis­ter Dion was maid of hon­our, brides­maids were Lisa MacCarthy, Leah O’Brien and So­phie Cough­lan. Best man was Roy O’Dono­van, grooms­men were Lee’s broth­ers Daniel and Owen, and Jonathon Mul­ryan. Paige boy was Sam Long and flower girl was Emily Martin.

The cake was from the mini cake com­pany, the cars from Ex­ec­u­tive Cars and the band was Pump Up The Jam from Dublin — peo­ple didn’t leave the dance floor on the night.

Re­flect­ing on the mag­i­cal day, Melissa said: “This was the hap­pi­est, most mem­o­rable day of our lives!”

Pic­tures: Healy Rim­ming­ton and Claire Browne

Melissa O’Sul­li­van from White­scross and Lee Martin from Onslow Gardens were mar­ried at the North Cathe­dral.

CEL­E­BRAT­ING: The bridal party on the steps of the Mary­bor­ough House Ho­tel.

BY HER SIDE: Melissa with her brides­maids on the wed­ding day.

BELLS WERE RING­ING OUT: The cou­ple, who are both from the north­side of Cork, set up home there.

SAY­ING I DO: The cou­ple had a beau­ti­ful cer­e­mony, sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends, at the North Cathe­dral.

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