Wedding of the Week
Teachers Anne and Aaron enjoy an A-plus celebration
EXAM season remains in full swing and two secondary school teachers have already given full marks to their wedding day.
Anne O’Connell and Aaron Dowd met in the school where they both work. Anne, from Ballyhooly, Co Cork, teachers English and PE at Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen, where Aaron, from Castleblakeney, Co Galway, is a history and English teacher.
They got engaged last July. “After a day full of romantic surprises, Aaron got down on one knee in Glendalough in Co Wicklow,” said Anne. “Following this we spent two nights in Powerscourt Hotel.”
They were married in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Shanagarry, Co, Cork, by Fr Eamon Barry and held their reception in Garryvoe Hotel, Co Cork.
“One of the most enjoyable aspects of the wedding was the church ceremony — it set the tone for the day,” said Anne. “Everyone commented on Fr Barry’s sense of humour and his ability to combine a relaxed, easygoing attitude while maintaining the sanctity of our marriage vows.”
Helping plan the wedding were both sets of parents, Breda and Bill O’Connell and Ann and Dermot Dowd. Anne’s sister Eleanor O’Connell was maid of honour while Paul Bellew was best man. Ailbhe O’Connell, Anne’s niece, and Will O’Connell, Anne’s nephew and godson, were flowergirl and pageboy.
The couple said their big day was a “very relaxed, fun-filled affair”. “We spent the night before with both families in the hotel and I en- joyed a relaxing morning getting ready in the bridal suite with my mother, my sister, and some friends,” said the bride.
Anne looked picture-perfect in a Mori Lee wedding dress bought in the Bridal House in Rathfarham, Dublin. Bridal hairstyling was by Upstyle Junkie, with makeup by Laura Kay.
The groom and his party cut a dash in suits from Patrick Burke’s Menswear, Ennis, Co Clare.
Ballymaloe House and Gardens provided a scenic backdrop to the wedding shots. Photographer John Sexton captured the big day on camera, including a special ‘first-look’ photoshoot. “We decided to do ‘first look’ so we met before the ceremony and got our main photos taken before the church so that we could spend more time with family and friends during the reception,” said Anne.
“My sister and maid of honour Eleanor was pregnant and two weeks from her due date. She was absolutely fantastic in the lead-up to the wedding and took it all in her stride. On the day, our photographer John was like an extra bridesmaid making sure Eleanor didn’t have to do too much bending or fixing of the dress. He did it all himself and was such a gentleman in the process. We are very grateful to him.”
Bloomsday Flowers took care of the floral arrangements and the wedding cake was the creation of Cakes by Caroline B, Mallow.
The newlyweds, who live in Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare, honeymooned in Italy, taking in Sorrento and Rome.
The happy couple Anne O’Connell and Aaron Dowd on their big day.
Anne and Aaron were married in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Shanagarry, Co, Cork, by Fr Eamon Barry and held their reception in Garryvoe Hotel, Co Cork.