Wedding of the Week
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.
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.