Real Irish Wedding: Bernie Sheehan & Mortimer O’Connor
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Real Irish Wedding: 28th December 2012, St. Mary’s Cathedral, The Malton Hotel, Co. Kerry
This gorgeous couple met on New Year’s Eve in Cork in 2009. Mortimer was struggling to get the attention of the bar maid and so turned his attentions to Bernie and the rest is history.
For the proposal, Mortimer planned a surprise trip to Paris: “It was only when it came to boarding the plane that she knew Paris was our destination!” he reveals. With the Paris lights in the background, I said to Bernie, as I got on bended knee, that such a wonderful romantic weekend could only be made better by her agreeing to be my wife. Thankfully she agreed!”
The couple chose The Malton Hotel in Killarney as their wedding venue as it was half way between Bernie’s home and Mortimer’s.
The wedding theme was love, hearts and stars, with the focus on the importance of family and friends.
The theme was initially set by the wedding stationery. The front cover of the invitation was a tree made up of two trunks and intertwined branches. The leaves were in the shape of hearts and two love birds sat on a branch.
As you entered the Cathedral there was a mosaic, created by Bernie, at the start of the aisle. The mosaic had the words “Sheehan” and “O’Connor” with the back drop of a tree and heart shaped leafs.
The table plan was a large tree with a card for each table hanging from the tree. There were also hearts hanging from the tree and the table around the tree had floral arrangements in the shape of hearts.
Bernie made almost 300 individual clay star shaped Christmas decorations with each persons name on them. We individually boxed these and used them as the place names on the day.
There were even stars on one tier of the wedding cake and the cake topper from Cake Toppers Ireland had a back drop of hearts and stars.
“We had no wedding planner. We designed and planned everything ourselves,” Mortimer reveals.
“We had very specific ideas and we surrounded ourselves by the best suppliers in the country. Any idea that we came across or thought of we wrote down. The one piece of advice we would give anyone getting married is to surround yourself with excellent providers who are used to working together.”
Bernie went on weekly road trips across the country in the search for her perfect wedding dress and then finally she found ‘the one’: “I knew that I wanted a dress with lots and lots of bling! I tried many dresses and finally in De Stafford’s in Nenagh, I found the dress of my dreams! It was Champagne ivory in colour, with lots of Swarovski diamonds. I had the style altered to suit my shape and I was thrilled with the results.”
Mortimer wore a charcoal Gibson suit with a champagne waistcoat and cravat matching the brides dress from Tom Murphy’s Menswear, Patrick’s Street, Cork.
The bridesmaids wore beautiful dark magenta satin bridesmaid dresses from Brides of Eire in Clonakilty, Co. Cork.
Wedding flowers were by Sliabh Luachra Florist & Garden Centre, Gneevguilla Upper, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
“We asked Breda for something with the WOW factor, with lots of colour and bling and something fit for a celebrity wedding. She certainly delivered that and much more.”
A work of art, the wedding cake consisted of Chocolate biscuit cake, Chocolate fudge cake, Lemon cake, and Fruit cake was to die for. “The guest’s couldn’t stop eating it,” recalls Bernie.
Entertainment played a huge part on the couple’s day, with music being a continued theme. During the ceremony Sacred Sounds from Dublin, provided the signing and music. At the drinks reception, the couple wanted to acknowledge Irish music and culture and hired a traditional Irish group, Arundo. For the main reception guests were entertained by Cork based group, Shine.
“People said they never danced and enjoyed so much fun at a wedding,” says Bernie.
The little details:
Reception venue: The Malton Hotel in Killarney
Wedding dress: De Staffords in Nenagh
Wedding flowers: Sliabh Luachra Florist & Garden Centre, Gneevguilla Upper, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Groomswear: Tom Murphy’s Menswear, Patrick’s Street, Cork
Wedding cake: A Cake for All Occasions, Glanmire, Cork.
Photographer: icphotostudio, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Videographer: CosmoVideo Productions