Wedding of the Week
Special day a dream come true for Mandy and Ian
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.