Real Kerry Weddings


An Australian proposal led to an intimate wedding at home

Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney
Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney
December 19, 2015 – St. Brendan’s Church and The Heights Hotel, Killarney  

Breda Ryan from Tralee had known of Mikey Greaney from Brandon for years, but the pair didn’t meet officially until a close friend of Breda’s started going out with Mikey’s brother.

It wasn’t long before the pair fell for each other and moved to Australia after six months of dating. On the date of their second anniversary together, Mikey proposed. “He towed a roadwork sign from Coates Hire to the front of our Karratha house with a special message lit up in lights; ‘Breda Ryan, will you marry me?” Breda couldn’t believe her eyes and of course, she said yes!

The pair have been living in Australia together for four years but decided to get married at home. The date was set for December 19, 2015, in St. Brendan’s Church, Curraheen followed by a reception the Heights Hotel Killarney. They shared the day with 198 of their closest family and friends.

The stunning bridesmaids were Caitriona Ryan, Sharon Greaney, Caroline Dooley and Elaine O’Shea and the charming groomsmen were Thomas Greaney, Michael John Lynch, Padraig Moriarty and Michael Ryan. Demi O Connor was fabulous as junior bridesmaid.


Hannah Mai’s Flowers at Collins Nursery provided the flowers for the day and they looked fabulous. Candle with Care, Castleisland supplied some fantastic candles for the church and reception.

Nicola’s Haven, Tralee beautified the bride on the morning of her wedding and a close friend of the bride, Shirley O’Brien finished off her look with an amazing hair style.

Suits Select were on hand with the suits for the groom and his groomsmen.

Mikey organized to borrow a Mustang from a friend to use as transport. Ciara O Donnell Photography captured all of the couple’s special moments throughout. The bride’s extremely talented cousins Josephine and Katie Rafferty were on hand to provide beautiful church music and they set the tone nicely. 

Breda and Mickey shared their first dance to ‘Close Your Eyes’ by Michael Bublé.


The bride found it impossible to pinpoint one memory as it was such a spectacular day, “it has to be the whole day from start to finish, but one moment that did stand out the most was walking up the aisle with my dad and as I walked up the aisle I could not stop smiling at Mikey, I was so happy.”

This bride has some excellent advice to share, “It is the most amazing day of your life so enjoy every minute of it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I was organizing it from another country and could not have done it without the help of my family.”


Whom did you tell you were engaged first? Breda’s father (even though he knew as Mikey phoned and asked him that morning) then Breda’s mother.

Song you can remember dancing to with your friends? The Saw Doctors “Never Mind The Strangers.”

Any hiccups: At the mass rehearsal the night before the wedding, the weather was really bad and as we were going into the church, our marriage papers blew away in the wind. They blew across the road and down two fields. Mikey, my sister, and another bridesmaid ran after them down the fields.

Tell us about your experience working with Ciara O’Donnell Photography

“We are thankful we booked Ciara to shoot our wedding in December last year. Ciara couldn’t have been more professional and friendly from the moment we made contact with her. She went over and beyond helping us. When our wedding day came she didn’t disappoint. She got the most natural and beautiful photos and made everyone feel so at ease. She really captured the spirit of our day. The photos are all we wanted and more. Ciara has a true passion for her work and this reflects in her genuine desire to give you the most amazing and unique memories that she can.”

Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney
Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney
Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney
Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney
Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney
Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney
Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney
Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney
Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney
Breda Ryan & Mikey Greaney

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