Wed­ding of the Week

Fam­ily helps Amy and Stephen’s big day to bloom

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Eve Kel­li­her

FRIEND­SHIP blos­somed into ro­mance for Amy Han­ni­gan and Stephen Buck­ley. The cou­ple first met 17 years ago in Bal­lyphe­hane, where they are still based. “We used to hang around with the same friends and then we would go to a disco up in Har­lequins and it just went from there,” said Amy. “We got en­gaged three years ago, on July 16, 2015, at home.”

They were wed in Au­gust in the Church of the As­sump­tion, Bal­lyphe­hane, by Fr Michael Mur­phy and held their re­cep­tion in The Kings­ley Ho­tel.

The bride’s mother and fa­ther, Pauline and Micheal Han­ni­gan, and the groom’s par­ents, Ber and Pat Buck­ley, helped them host the cel­e­bra­tions to per­fec­tion, as did the bride’s grand­mother Rose Han­ni­gan.

Amy’s cousin Laura Han­ni­gan was maid of hon­our with an­other of her cousins, Tara Ga­han, join­ing forces with a friend, An­nmarie O’Sul­li­van, and Amy’s sis­ter-in-law Ciara Buck­ley to take on brides­maid du­ties.

Stephen’s friends Jonathan Mur­phy (best man), Niall Har­ring­ton and Wayne Ho­gan (grooms­men) to­gether with Amy’s brother Gary Han­ni­gan (grooms­man) were by his side for the oc­ca­sion.

“Our big day was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing — one of the best days of our lives — and we had beau­ti­ful weather to top it off,” said Amy. “My nana Rose is so spe­cial to us both as she is the only grand­par­ent be­tween us and we were de­lighted to have her at our wed­ding; it made it ex­tra spe­cial.”

John Sex­ton cap­tured the big day on cam­era and Amy looked pic­ture per­fect in a Mark Les­ley de­sign she bought in The Moderne Bridal, Cork.

The bridal hairstyling was by Ni­chola Kiely of Nic’s Pin-ups, with makeup by Re­becca O’Dono­van from Jeanette Cronin Makeup.

The groom and his party cut a dash in suits by Mor­ley’s, Cork.

Story Be­gins took care of the videog­ra­phy with Cork Wed­dings & Events pro­vid­ing the flo­ral ar­range­ments.

Amy and Stephen hon­ey­mooned in Thai­land for three weeks. “We left three days af­ter our wed­ding, Au­gust 7, which was also my birth­day,” said Amy. “We took in Bangkok, Koh Sa­mui, Phuket and Phi Phi Is­land.”

Pic­tures: John Sex­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Amy Han­ni­gan and Stephen Buck­ley who were mar­ried re­cent­lyinthep­arishof Bal­lyphe­hane, where they first met 17 years ago.

Amy (above) and Stephen below with their re­spec­tive wed­ding par­ties.

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