Wed­ding of the Week

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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.

Pic­tures: Bis­mark Pho­tog­ra­phy

Ce­line O’Dono­van and Peter Hor­gan were mar­ried in Mal­low.

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