Real Irish Wedding – Kris Kendellen & David Darmody
~ Real Life Wedding
18th March 2016. Ceremony and reception at The Set Theatre, Langtons Hotel, Kilkenny
Photography by Johnny Corcoran
A stylish theatre-themed day
Kris was in college training to be an opera singer and was performing in The Gondoliers at the National Concert Hall, and David was a dancer who was brought in by the choreographer as part of a dance group to dance in the same production. The makeup artist at the time spoke to each of the guys separately and gradually maneuvered them together over the couple of weeks of the performance.
In the first year of our relationship David joked about how it was his dream to be proposed to on a Broadway theatre stage in New York. After being together almost eight years, they booked a trip to New York and Kris spent months beforehand liaising with the owner of a Broadway walking tour company. “The tour was coming to an end and our guide (who was aware what would be happening) told David that as a little extra treat we were getting to see the backstage of the Lyceum – Broadway’s oldest theatre,” Kris explains. “David was ecstatic and I was getting nervous! We were met by the girlfriend of the company owner at the backstage door and she took over the ‘tour’. She ad libed her way through a tour of the backstage and as soon as we got onto the stage, she left us alone and took position in the rafters to take pictures of the moment. I told David that some dreams do come true and reminded him of what he had said eight years ago. I then proposed with a Haribo jelly ring brought from Ireland and David said, ‘Yes!’”
“The set theatre is a beautiful unique venue and because we are both so involved in theatre this was perfect for us,” David says.
The couple opted for a theatre-themed wedding day. “We did not need to do much because the whole venue was the theme,” Kris says, “we added to this by making all our table names to be a different show that we were involved in over the years. Also, most of the music we used in the ceremony was from musicals.”
Kris wore a navy three-piece Kurt and Kross suit with a white shirt gold tie and Ted Baker brown shoes. The tie pin was a gift from David on the morning of the wedding. David wore a grey wool three-piece Ted Baker suit with brown Ted Baker Shoes.
“As David and I have one sister each we wanted them as the groomsmaids,” Kris says. “As there was no bride we decided it would be nice to have some ladies in white. So we had our groomsmaids wear a white Roackabilly style dress from Folkster in Temple Bar. As a gift to them both we got them handmade individual head pieces from Jenny Vender which sat into the side of their hair. Both of the girls have long hair so we left it down and swept over one shoulder with the head pieces flat on the other side.”
“The only wedding flowers we had were for the goomsmaids’ bouquets and the grooms’ button holes,” Kris says, “we wanted to keep it simple simple simple, so we simply used babies breath (Gypsophila) bouquets tied with teal ribbon for one and blue ribbon for the other. We got these from a Tipperary florist.”
The couple designed their own invites and had them made as theatre tickets in keeping with the theme.
“Our cake toppers we got in NYC when we got engaged and were Lego men which we made ourselves in the Lego shop,” Kris says. “So keeping with this the cake was iced as Lego blocks. One layer was red velvet (David’s favourite) one was chocolate biscuit cake (my favourite) and one was traditional wedding fruit cake.”
“We are delighted with our photos,” Kris says, “Johnny Corcoran just made us feel so at ease and made us laugh all the time. He even met us for a pre-wedding shoot which really was a great way of getting used to Johnny and for him to meet us and get to know us as a couple which I think shows in the pictures he took of the wedding day. We chose Johnny because my mother had mentioned she had read something about him in the paper recently. When I googled him I saw his logo as an elephant and wondered why. After emailing with him a while, he explained that he worked a great deal with the Irish Deaf Society, and the reason for the elephant was when you mouth the words “Elephant Shoe” it looks like you are saying ‘I Love You’, I really liked this story. His work is amazing and he uses a lot of natural light which we both really liked.”