Wed­ding of the Week

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Lor­raine and Kil­lian hit all the right notes on their big day

CON­SID­ER­ING Lor­raine McCarthy and Kil­lian Keat­ing first met while study­ing mu­sic tech­nol­ogy and went on to per­form to­gether in a col­lege band, it’s not sur­pris­ing mu­sic played a key role in their big day.

After their paths first crossed in 2005, at NUI Maynooth, they started dat­ing in Novem­ber 2007. They got en­gaged in Aus­tralia in Jan­uary 2015. “We were liv­ing in Perth, along with Lor­raine’s sis­ter Yvonne, and as a sur­prise birth­day gift we brought Lor­raine’s youngest sis­ter, Tríona, over for a hol­i­day,” said Kil­lian.

Dur­ing a sum­mer af­ter­noon with close friends in Perth, Kil­lian ar­ranged a char­ter yacht boat party set­ting off from the docks, against the back­drop of Perth city sky­line and the set­ting sun. “Ev­ery­one be­lieved it was a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion but 10 min­utes after leav­ing the dock, Kil­lian asked Lor­raine to go up on deck at the front of the boat to take a photo be­fore the Sun set. And there he went down on one knee and pro­posed,” said Lor­raine.

The bride, from Bar­ry­roe, near Clon­akilty, and groom, from Cobh, were wed in St Pa­trick’s Church, Kilquade, Co Wick­low, by Fr John Daly in Au­gust 2017 and chose Trud­der Lodge, Co Wick­low, as their re­cep­tion venue.

“Our wed­ding day was ab­so­lutely mag­i­cal. The vibe was re­laxed, ro­man­tic, vin­tage, mu­si­cal and great fun,” said Kil­lian. “As we both love mu­sic, that was a big part of our day and we in­cor­po­rated it into the decor as well: Vinyl record guest­book, record al­bum cover ta­ble num­bers and our own vin­tage gramo­phone on dis­play. We had the use of Trud­der Lodge for the whole week­end so we felt very at home and re­laxed and so did our guests.”

Lor­raine added: “Our hugely tal­ented col- lege friends Michael Gallen and Ciarán McCann, who are Dublin-based mu­si­cians in the band An­a­gog, per­formed for our wed­ding cer­e­mony and played haunt­ingly, beau­ti­ful mu­sic for our friends and fam­ily. It was a re­ally spe­cial per­sonal touch for us on the day. They had no hes­i­ta­tion in ar­rang­ing a beau­ti­ful ver­sion of the Juras­sic Park theme for my bridal march.”

Help­ing them cel­e­brate were both sets of par­ents, Kay and Chris McCarthy and Maura and Ray Keat­ing, and Lor­raine’s grand­mother Lily Ny­han.

The bride’s sis­ters Yvonne McCarthy and Tríona McCarthy were maid of hon­our and brides­maid re­spec­tively while Lor­raine’s friend Fiona May­ers took on brides­maid du­ties also.

Kil­lian’s friend Bruce Har­ri­son was best man while his friend Ed­mond Mitchell joined forces with Lor­raine’s brother Jerome McCarthy to take on grooms­man du­ties.

Lor­raine daz­zled in an “Et­tia” wed­ding dress by Mag­gie Sot­tero.

Cap­tur­ing the big day on cam­era was the team from This Modern Love with Big Day Films pro­vid­ing the videog­ra­phy ser­vice.

The new­ly­weds en­joyed a min­i­moon road trip in a VW Camper­van around Cork and Kerry and the Wild At­lantic Way and then back up the east coast through Water­ford and Wick­low.

They hon­ey­mooned in Queen­stown, New Zealand, in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Lor­raine works in the min­ing in­dus­try as a camp ad­min­is­tra­tor in Port Hed­land (two hours north of Perth) and Kil­lian is an au­dio­vi­sual tech­ni­cian for Mega Vi­sion Sound & Light­ing in Perth.

The new­ly­weds are cur­rently re­sid­ing in Perth.

Lor­raine McCarthy and Kil­lian Keat­ing first met in 2005 while study­ing mu­sic tech­nol­ogy at NUI Maynooth. They started dat­ing in 2007 and got en­gaged in 2015 while in Perth, Aus­tralia.

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