Wedding of the Week
Jazz festival helps Celine and Peter start on a high note
THEIR eyes met across a crowded ballroom during the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in 2011 and six years later Celine O’Donovan and Peter Horgan walked down the aisle as newlyweds.
The ballroom in question, at the Imperial Hotel, would also be the scene of their engagement. On April 2, 2016, Peter told Celine they had to view meeting rooms for a work event he was organising.
“It was funny because there was another couple actually viewing the room with a different manager when we arrived. Luckily the manager who was in on the secret of the engagement ensured Celine and I got to have a very special moment in the very first place we met,” said Peter.
Celine, from Dromahane, and Blackrock native Peter exchanged vows in St Mary’s Church, Mallow, in a Mass led by Fr Damien O’Mahony and held their reception in the Killarney Oaks Hotel.
Helping lead the celebrations were Celine’s parents Anne and Gerard O’Donovan and Peter’s mother and father Angela and Sean Horgan. The bride’s sister Claire O’Donovan was maid of honour with her friends Aideen Murphy, Emily Ahern and Padraigín Buckley as bridesmaids.
The groom’s brother Ian Horgan was best man, while his friends Mark Russell and Alex Hogan were groomsmen. Adam Horgan, Peter’s nephew, was the pageboy.
“The day couldn’t have gone better as Celine had arranged everything down to the last details,” said Peter.
Celine’s brother and sister and partners and cousin travelled from Australia for the big day.
The reception had a Hollywood theme and bride looked every inch the stunning screen siren in a Paloma Blanca dress, sourced in the White Room, Mullingar. Celine altered her dress to add a full-sized overskirt for the church which was removed during the photos to reveal the fitted original design as a surprise for Peter and a touch of 1920s-inspired glam for the reception.
The bridal makeup was by Claire O’Donovan (no relation) from Crazy Dolls with hairstyling by Lynsey O’Leary. Bismark Photography and videographer Patrick Corr captured the big day on camera.
As a surprise, Celine and Peter arranged for Celine’s favourite coffee specialist, Mr Cotton Coffee, to arrive outside the church to serve guests along with homemade scones from Ross’s Bakery in Blackrock.
The newlyweds’ honeymoon took them on an odyssey of Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.
Celine works as an IT analyst in Bord Gáis and Peter is a parliamentary adviser for Seán Sherlock TD. The couple will reside at Maryborough Hill.
Celine O’Donovan and Peter Horgan were married in Mallow.