Wedding of the Week
From a chat over tea to a walk down the aisle for Louise and Conor
THEIR eyes first met across the kitchen table and Louise McCarthy and Conor Ryan exchanged wedding vows recently. Conor, a lorry driver, also works part-time as an agricultural contractor and he spotted Louise when he arrived to help out with the ploughing at Louise’s family’s farm.
“My mother invited him in for a cup of tea and I was there in the kitchen so we got chatting,” said Louise, a member of staff at Kinsale Community Hospital.
“The next day Conor arrived to finish the work and came in to the kitchen again where I was on my own to give him the dinner. Again, we got chatting and before he left he asked me out on a date.”
The rest is history and Ballygarvan native Conor whisked Louise, from Rathrout, Ballinadee, off to Rome where he popped the question at the Trevi Fountain. “It was a big surprise as I thought we were going there to visit Conor’s brother Fr Fergus Ryan, who is a priest in Rome, but Conor had something special in mind,” said Louise.
And Fr Fergus was to play a key role in their wedding when he married the couple in the Church of the Scared Heart, Ballinadee, in a Mass led by Fr Michael O’Mahony.
The reception took place in Fernhill House Hotel in Clonakilty and helping them plan the big day were the bride’s mother Noreen McCarthy and the groom’s parents Eileen and Tom Ryan.
Louise’s brother Tim-Joe walked the bride up the aisle in memory of her father Patrick.
Her six sisters were by her side as bridesmaids — Aine (chief bridesmaid), Cait, Noreen, Breda, Mary and Helena.
Conor’s brother Eoin Ryan was best man with Barry Marshall, Jonathan Chambers, Richard Murphy, Seán Carey and the bride’s brother Anthony McCarthy as groomsmen.
Louise’s niece Alison McCarthy was the flower girl and her nephew Tony O’Mahony was the pageboy.
The bride’s godfather, James O’Brien, supplied the transport and her uncle Tony O’Mahony and his son Sean O’Mahony joined forces with Louise’s brother Anthony to organise a pyramid comprising hay bales for one of the wedding photoshoots by photographer Marc Coombes.
Alex McCarthy created the wedding cake. The bride and groom embarked on a weeklong Mediterranean cruise to start their honeymoon before spending five days in Salou and returning to Rome to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome and make another wish.
The newlyweds will reside in Rathrout, Ballinadee.
The bride and groom, Louise McCarthy and Conor Ryan, with their bridal party.
Louise McCarthy and Conor Ryan with friends and family members after their wedding ceremony.