Wed­ding of the Week

Teach­ers Anne and Aaron en­joy an A-plus cel­e­bra­tion

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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.

Pic­tures: John Sex­ton

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.

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