Wed­ding of the Week

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Engagement in city of love led to big day for Lisa and Joseph

AN ENGAGEMENT in the City of Love led to a big day out for Lisa Daly and Joseph McSweeney. Joseph, from Drom­boy South in Car­raig na bhFear, pro­posed to Lisa, who grew up in Sixmile­wa­ter in Whitechurch, on the sec­ond-last day of their hol­i­day in Paris in Au­gust 2016. The day was also the sixth an­niver­sary of their first date.

“We walked around the grounds of Ver­sailles be­fore head­ing back into Paris,” said Lisa. “Joseph had built up a scrap­book with ev­ery­thing we had done for the pre­vi­ous six years (con­cert tick­ets, movie tick­ets, trips abroad, trips at home, spe­cial events, and spe­cial mem­o­ries) and on the last page had sten­cilled in ‘Will you Marry Me?’. It was given un­der the guise of an an­niver­sary gift and when I reached the last page, Joseph was down on one knee with an engagement ring prof­fered.”

The cou­ple were mar­ried in Barnabrow House, by reg­is­trar Thomas Walsh, and held their wed­ding af­ters cel­e­bra­tion the fol­low­ing day in Blar­ney Golf Re­sort.

“We planned a three-day event for our wed­ding — a small gather­ing on the first day in Barnabrow House, which in­cluded about 20 peo­ple (some friends but mainly fam­ily) where we avoided for­mal­ity with­out hav­ing a tra­di­tional wed­ding party,” said Joseph. “It was a beau­ti­ful cer­e­mony, which we were de­lighted to share with some of the most im­por­tant peo­ple in our lives. We then got to sam­ple the de­li­cious food in Barnabrow be­fore drink­ing, singing and play­ing mu­sic for the rest of the evening. On the fol­low­ing day there was a larger party in Blar­ney Golf Re­sort where more friends and ex­tended fam­ily came along and joined in the cel­e­bra­tion. Fi­nally, we had a more re­laxed gather­ing in Whitechurch for friends to re­cover from or con­tinue cel­e­brat­ing on the third day. We got lucky with the weather with gor­geous sun­shine for the first two days but the third did have a lit­tle too much rain!”

Help­ing the cou­ple lead the cel­e­bra­tions were both sets of par­ents, Frances and Der­mot Daly and Deirdre and Jim McSweeney.

Mal­low pho­tog­ra­pher Fiona Fuller cap­tured the big day on cam­era, in­clud­ing a pho­to­shoot on Gar­ryvoe Beach.

Lisa looked pic­ture-per­fect in an El­iza Jane Howell dress sourced in the Lilac Rose bridal bou­tique in Lim­er­ick and Joseph was dap­per in a suit by Sim­ply Suits, Cork.

The cou­ple had no prob­lem ad­her­ing to the “some­thing old” tra­di­tion for the oc­ca­sion. Lisa wore her ma­ter­nal grand­mother’s engagement ring (dated from 1947) through­out the cer­e­mony and a bracelet that be­longed to Joseph’s grand­mother.

Joseph was proud to don cuff­links de­signed and cre­ated by his grand­fa­ther Fin­barr McSweeney for his own wed­ding in 1949. The cuff­links had also been worn by Joseph’s fa­ther for his wed­ding.

The bridal makeup was by Kate Mulc­ahy while the hairstyling was by Miriam’s Hair Stu­dio in Car­raig na bhFear.

Flow­ers by Ina, Mi­dle­ton, pro­vided the flow­ers on the day.

They new­ly­weds hon­ey­mooned in Italy, tak­ing in Venice, Bologna, Mo­dena, Florence, and Satur­nia in Tus­cany.

Lisa is a prac­tice ac­coun­tant in Cork city cen­tre while Joseph is a soft­ware de­vel­oper for RR Don­nelly in Cork.

The new­ly­weds are presently liv­ing in Bot­tle­hill, Burn­fort, with their two cats, Missy and Buddy.

Pic­tures: Fiona Fuller

Lisa Daly and Joseph McSweeney af­ter they were mar­ried in Barnabrow House by reg­is­trar Thomas Walsh. They held their wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion the fol­low­ing day in Blar­ney Golf Re­sort.

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