Wed­ding of the week

Bowled over by mar­riage pro­posal, An­n­marie and Seán tie the knot

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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.

Pic­tures: Fuller Pho­tog­ra­phy

An­n­marie Creagh and Cor­po­ral Seán McNally on their wed­ding day, and be­low with fam­ily and friends.

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