Wed­ding of the Week

Spe­cial day a dream come true for Mandy and Ian

Irish Examiner - County - - Front Page -

THEY tied the knot ex­actly five years to the day af­ter their first date and Mandy Case and Ian Leech have now cel­e­brated their first Christ­mas as a mar­ried cou­ple.

Mandy, orig­i­nally from Liver­pool, has been liv­ing in Ire­land for over 25 years and she and Car­ri­ga­line na­tive Ian now re­side in Glenville.

They ex­changed vows re­cently in a cer­e­mony in the Im­pe­rial Ho­tel, led by reg­is­trar Thomas Walsh, be­fore be­ing toasted to their fu­ture by their guests in the venue’s pen­t­house suite dur­ing their re­cep­tion.

Help­ing the cou­ple plan their big day to per­fec­tion were the bride’s par­ents, Lynne and Dave Case, and fa­ther-of-the-groom Michael Leech, who also took on the best-man du­ties.

By her side as brides­maids were Mandy’s sis­ter Denise Case and daugh­ter Char­lotte Shiels.

On their first date, Mandy and Ian en­joyed lunch to­gether in Fer­moy and he popped the ques­tion two-and-a-half years later af­ter an­other ro­man­tic meal, in Cork city.

The team at the Im­pe­rial Ho­tel — led by wed­ding co-or­di­na­tor Lynda O’Sul­li­van and events man­ager James Gunter — helped en­sure Ian and Mandy’s big day was, as the bride de­scribed it, “a dream come true”.

The groom’s niece Ruby O’Con­nell, a clas­si­cal singer, per­formed for the new­ly­weds and their guests.

“Ruby was ac­com­pa­nied by a harpist supplied by the Im­pe­rial Ho­tel and it was mag­i­cal,” de­clared the bride.

Mandy was pic­ture-per­fect in a dress by Amer­i­can de­signer David Tut­teri for Mon Cheri. It was cus­tom­fit­ted for the bride by Anna McMil­lan of McMil­lan’s Ate­lier in Mi­dle­ton.

Ian and Michael looked dash­ing in suits from Mor­ley’s, Cork.

Agnes Stodolny of Bracket Stu­dio cap­tured the big day on cam­era. Mandy cre­ated bou­quets for her­self and her bri­dal party with silk flow­ers, while the team at the Im­pe­rial sourced fresh flow­ers for the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion. The bri­dal hairstyling was by Flamenco Redz, Rath­cor­mac, with makeup by Char­lotte Shiels. James O’Dono­van pro­vided the videog­ra­phy and DJ Liam Ó Catháin from Bal­ly­duff en­sured the dance floor was full.

The new­ly­weds en­joyed a trip to a 1980s mu­sic fes­ti­val in the south of Eng­land the week­end fol­low­ing their wed­ding and will travel to the Ca­nary Is­lands for a sec­ond honey­moon at a later date.

Mandy is a preschool teacher at Circle Time Montes­sori School in Castle­lyons and Ian is a man­ager for Dell Tech­nolo­gies, Cork.

Doc­u­men­tary-style wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy of Mandy Case and Ian Leech at The Im­pe­rial Ho­tel, Cork, taken by Agnes Stodolny, Wed­dings of Won­der, Bracket Stu­dio Pho­tog­ra­phy, Cork.

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