Wedding of the week
Bowled over by marriage proposal, Annmarie and Seán tie the knot
Abirthday celebration led to an engagement for Annmarie Creagh and Seán McNally. Seán surprised Annmarie by proposing during her birthday dinner at Luigi Malone’s restaurant, Cork. “I arranged for the ring to be delivered with Annmarie’s dessert (amusingly she wanted to skip dessert and I had to convince her to have it),” he said.
“It was delivered under an upturned bowl and Annmarie got a big shock after curiosity got the better of her and she took the bowl away. I then went down on one knee.”
Annmarie, from Wilton, Cork, and Seán, from Dromahane, Mallow, were wed in Saint Peter the Apostle Church, Dromahane, by Fr Patrick Buckley, and held their reception in Springfort Hall Hotel, Mallow.
Providing music during the ceremony were the Mallow Resurrection Choir and one of Annmarie’s best friends, Ruth Moncomble, on violin.
Considering Seán is a member of popular Cork improvisation show Snatch Comedy, it’s unsurprising the jokes flew thick and fast throughout the wedding day with even the priest gettiing in on the act. “At one point, during Fr Buckley’s sermon, an ice cream van was to be heard jingling outside and without missing a beat he casually told us all the ice cream had arrived,” said Seán.
The bride and groom first met at a Christmas comedy production Seán was performing in. “I spoke to Annmarie after the show and we got on like a house on fire,” he said.
In fact, the groom joined his colleagues from Snatch Comedy onstage at the reception while Laura O’Mahony from CC Cahoots comedy company also entertained in style.
Band Red Effect ensured the dance floor was full throughout the night.
Annmarie’s sister Patricia Creagh and Sean’s sister Sinéad McNally were bridesmaids while Brendan Coffey was best man with Con Cremin as groomsman.
Also playing key roles were three young relatives of the bride, Cathal Kavanagh (pageboy) and Bria and Mya Tobin (flowergirls).
Helping plan the event to perfection were both sets of parents, Bernadette and Thomas Creagh and Catherine and Pat McNally.
Guests travelled from across Ireland as well as from France, the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Philippines. “The Mass itself featured different languages at different points. One of the prayers of the faithful was in Breton (Celtic language native to Brittany) and Annmarie and I exchanged our vows in Irish,” said Sean.
Fiona Fuller of Fuller Photography captured the big day on camera, while the floral arrangements were by Sharon Gregory.
As a corporal with the Reserve Defence Forces, 12th Battalion D Company, Seán cut a dapper dash in his dress uniform.
The newlyweds will reside in Mallow.
Annmarie Creagh and Corporal Seán McNally on their wedding day, and below with family and friends.