Wed­ding of the Week

Ode to Joy as happy cou­ple cel­e­brates their spe­cial day

Irish Examiner - County - - Front Page -

Their paths first crossed one Christ­mas, so it’s no sur­prise Joy Higgins and Dave O’Leary chose a win­ter won­der­land theme for their big day.

Mi­dle­ton na­tive Joy and Dave, from Ballinhas­sig, were in­tro­duced to one an­other by mu­tual friends on a night out in Rear­dens Bar in Cork’s Washington St.

The cou­ple got en­gaged in Dubai in 2016, with Dave pop­ping the ques­tion on a ho­tel rooftop mo­ments be­fore the New Year’s Eve fire­works lit up the night sky.

Last De­cem­ber, they ex­changed vows in a cer­e­mony led by Canon Michael Leamy in the Ho­nan Chapel, UCC.

Af­ter­wards, Dave’s club mates from Ballinhas­sig GAA pro­vided the new- ly­weds with a guard of hon­our.

The re­cep­tion was held in Fitzger­ald’s Vi­enna Woods Ho­tel in Glan­mire where staff and man­age­ment en­sured a dream cel­e­bra­tion.

Help­ing them plan the big day were the bride’s par­ents Doris and Liam Higgins and the groom’s mother and fa­ther Noelle and Fin­tan O’Leary. Mary Sex­ton and the Mun­ster String Quar­tet pro­vided the church mu­sic and later on Ocean’s Six kept ev­ery­one danc­ing at the re­cep­tion.

The bride wore an Ian Stu­art-de­signed dress, pur­chased in the Moderne Bridal. Mother of the bride Doris also wore a dress de­signed by Ian Stu­art.

Baker Boy cre­ated the wed­ding cake, which took the form of a replica of the glam­ourous bride’s wed­ding dress, and he de­signed tuxedo cup­cakes with the dap­per groom in mind.

The bridal hair and makeup were by Marie Hickey of Bridal Hair by Marie and Ni­cole Hughes, The Beauty Guru.

Pho­tog­ra­pher John Sex­ton cap­tured the big day on cam­era and An­dras Czipa of Life Time Pic­tures was the videog­ra­pher.

The groom and his party cut a dash thanks to Mor­ley’s For­mal Hire, Grand Pa­rade.

The new­ly­weds en­joyed a three-week hon­ey­moon, planned with Mary Foyle of Travel Coun­sel­lors. It took them to Can­cun for eight days, fol­lowed by four days in Las Ve­gas and a week’s Caribbean cruise.

The wed­ding of Joy Higgins and Dave O’Leary.

Joy with her fa­ther Liam, and right: the new­ly­weds em­brace.

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