Flat tyre fails to put brakes on Louise and Phillip’s big day

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Eve Kel­li­her

NOT even a flat tyre could stop Louise Ah­ern and Phillip Mulc­ahy’s wed­ding party from get­ting to the church on time. The limo suf­fered the mishap while fer­ry­ing the grooms­men to the cer­e­mony at the Cathe­dral of St Mary and St Anne (the North Cathe­dral). “The driver had to change it quickly be­fore col­lect­ing the brides­maids but all was well that ended well!” said Louise.

Louise, from Dublin Hill, Cork, and Phillip, from Shan­non, Co Clare, held their re­cep­tion in the Gar­ryvoe Ho­tel.

Pho­tog­ra­pher John Sex­ton cap­tured the oc­ca­sion on cam­era, in­clud­ing pho­to­shoots at Fota House and Gar­ryvoe beach.

Louise’s friend Paulette Neer was her chief brides­maid with an­other friend, Pauline Kett, by her side as brides­maid.

Phillip’s friend Don­ncadh Kelly was best man with his brother David Mulc­ahy and child­hood friend Mark Scully as grooms­man.

The cou­ple’s son Fionn Mulc­ahy, two, en­joyed the key role of page­boy.

Louise and Phillip met through the dat­ing web­site Plenty of Fish in 2013 and he popped the ques­tion dur­ing a hol­i­day in Ham­burg, Ger­many, in De­cem­ber 2015. “We had a won­der­ful wed­ding day as I had planned it over two years,” said Louise. “It was a scorcher of a day and we cel­e­brated with our fam­i­lies and friends who trav­elled from near and far.

“My grandaunt Anna Hayes was present on our big day. She is in her 80s but is still the life and soul of the party.” The bride en­joyed tak­ing cen­tre stage with wed­ding band The Boo­gie Band for a ren­di­tion of the Thin Lizzy clas­sic “The Boys are Back in Town”.

Louise looked stun­ning in a Nicole Spose de­sign sourced in Di­a­mond Bridal, May­lor Street, Cork, with hair and makeup by Chris­tine O’Sul­li­van of Cre­ation Hair and Nail Stu­dio, Turner’s Cross. The videog­ra­phy on the big day was by Bluewire Me­dia while the flo­ral ar­range­ments, with bou­quets fea­tur­ing sun­flow­ers, were by Petals Flo­ral De­sign.

Singer and harpist Claire Hef­fer­nan, Lim­er­ick, pro­vided the church mu­sic while Brian Roche of Baker Boy Cakes cre­ated the five-tier wed­ding cake.

Gar­ryvoe Ho­tel’s gen­eral man­ager Stephen Bel­ton went above and beyond to en­sure that ev­ery­thing went ac­cord­ing to plan. “Noth­ing was too much trou­ble. We were treated like roy­alty,” said Louise.

The new­ly­weds hon­ey­mooned in Or­lando and Mi­ami and en­joyed a visit to Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios and Dis­ney World.

The bride, a med­i­cal sci­en­tist, and groom, live in Ra­heen, Co Lim­er­ick.

Pic­tures: John Sex­ton

Louise Ah­ern and Phillip Mulc­ahy on the oc­ca­sion of their wed­ding day. Louise, from Dublin Hill, Cork, and Phillip, from Shan­non, Co Clare, held their re­cep­tion at the Gar­ryvoe Ho­tel.

Louise’s friend, Paulette Neer, was her chief brides­maid with an­other friend, Pauline Kett, by her side as brides­maid for the oc­ca­sion.

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