Wedding of the Week
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.