Wed­ding of the Week

Cather­ine and Donal’s fairy­tale of New York comes true

Irish Examiner - County - - Front Page - Eve Kel­li­her

NEW YORK will al­ways have a spe­cial place in the hearts of Cork new­ly­weds Cather­ine Fitz­patrick and Dó­nal Kelly.

As they watched the sun­set from a rooftop over­look­ing the Em­pire State Build­ing in July 2016, Dó­nal popped the ques­tion. “He had asked my dad’s per­mis­sion to marry me in the men’s room at Shan­non Air­port be­fore our flight be­cause it was the only room I couldn’t fol­low him into!” said Cather­ine.

The paths of Cather­ine, a pri­mary school teacher, and Dó­nal, a mem­ber of An Garda Siochana, first crossed in 2009 at a bar­be­cue or­gan­ised by a mu­tual friend. “I didn’t stay at the bar­be­cue for long as I didn’t know many peo­ple there and as I made my way to the front door, I met Dó­nal by the stairs in his uni­form,” said Cather­ine. “I men­tioned to our mu­tual friend that I needed my pass­port signed so he passed on my de­tails to Dó­nal af­ter I’d left. Long story short, I popped into the Garda sta­tion the fol­low­ing day and the rest is his­tory!”

The cou­ple were wed in St Mary’s Cathe­dral, Kil­lar­ney, in July, by Canon John O’Dono­van and held their re­cep­tion in the five-star Muck­ross Park Ho­tel.

The bride’s sis­ter Aileen Fitz­patrick was her maid of hon­our, while her cousins Louise O’Flynn and Me­gan Geaney were her brides­maids with Cather­ine’s god­daugh­ter Tara Geaney join­ing forces with Grace Kear­ney to take on flow­er­girl du­ties.

Aileen took care of the bridal makeup while Jewel Beauty en­sured the brides­maids were pic­ture-per­fect.

Dó­nal’s brother Bren­dan Kelly trav­elled home from Aus­tralia to take on the key role of best man, while his friends Alan Di­nan and James Davis were by his side as grooms­men.

Lead­ing pho­tog­ra­pher Emily Do­ran cap­tured the big day on cam­era.

Mu­sic was pro­vided by the Mun­ster String Quar­tet and singers Lor­can, Cil­lian and Siofradh Geaney.

The stylish bride wore a gown by Amer­i­can de­signer Wat­ters, which she sourced in Mem­o­ries bridal bou­tique in Cork.

Award-win­ning hair­styl­ist Tri­cia O’Sul­li­van cre­ated a soft up­style for Cather­ine and Tie the Knot Wed­dings pro­vided the flo­ral ar­range­ments. Hid­den in the bridal bou­quet was a ring which be­longed to Dó­nal’s late mother, Teresa.

Wed­ding band Top of the Popz was a big hit with the guests, who were also en­ter­tained by selfie mir­rors by Selfie Mir­rors Kerry and Selfie Mir­rors Ire­land, while Li­u­tas Films pro­vided the videog­ra­phy ser­vice.

Brian Roche of Baker Boy Cakes made the cus­tom­ized three-tier wed­ding cake.

The Glan­mire-based new­ly­weds started their hon­ey­moon in Mi­ami be­fore em­bark­ing on a Caribbean cruise and com­plet­ing the hol­i­day in Mex­ico.

Cather­ine Fitz­patrick and Dó­nal Kelly on their wed­ding day.

Bride Cather­ine Fitz­patrick and groom Dó­nal Kelly cel­e­brat­ing their wed­ding day with their bridal party.

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