Real Kerry Weddings



Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett
Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett
June 10, 2016 - St. Mary's Church of Ireland and Kenmare Bay Hotel 

Lisa Falvey, from Ballymacelligott, met Mark Blennerhassett from Listry way back in 2006 at The University of Limerick where they were both studying at the time. They met through mutual friends and they lived together as friends for a while. Lisa moved abroad for a year as part of her degree and when she returned the two were inseparable. They began dating on St. Patrick’s Day 2009 and their relationship blossomed from there. 

The couple went on a relaxing break to Johnstown House Hotel in April 2015 and while they were relaxing in their room Mark suggested they play hangman. “I thought it was a little strange but agreed. When I guessed it, it read ‘Will you marry me some day please?’,” Lisa remembers. She just laughed it off and thought Mark was messing, she then got a shock when he got down on one knee and popped the question with a promise ring. They picked out a perfect engagement ring for Lisa in Hilsers Jewellers, Tralee and chose to get their wedding bands there too. 

The lovebirds got to planning their special day and Lisa loved every minute of it. They chose June 10, 2016 as their date and held the ceremony at St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Killarney followed by a lavish reception at The Kenmare Bay Hotel. They shared their vintage themed day with 250 guests all of which had a wonderful time. They had a spectacular celebration the following day at the Coachman’s Inn, Kenmare. 

The bride was treated to a night on the tiles in Lahinch after the legendary Father Ted tour. “My bridesmaids did an amazing job and put so much effort into the small details, which made it really special,” Lisa remembers. 

The beautiful bride was joined on the day by her gorgeous bridesmaids; Dana Madigan, Sheila Clifford and Carol Carmody. The handsome groomsmen included Peter Ahern and David Nolan, with Mark’s brother Neil as his best man. The adorable flowergirls were Abby McNally, Amy McNally and Maria Blennerhassett and Lisa’s godson, Luke Falvey was pageboy on the day. 

Lisa and Mark chose to have many local vendors contribute to their day, even having a good friend of theirs, Kate O’Brien, make her first ever wedding cake for them which went down a treat. They also had their own personalised cake topper made by Cake Toppers Ireland, it featured Mark in a Munster Jersey and Lisa in a Kerry jersey along with their beloved dog Marley. Their groomsman Peter designed and created a fantastic photo backdrop for the bride and groom, with their names on top and love quotes all over it. They placed a table of disposable cameras near it for guests to take their pictures. Theresa Everett from ‘Heavenly Baked’ made a cake table for the bride and groom featuring some wonderful delicacies including cupcakes, cake pops, cake samples, whoopee pies and much more which all went down brilliantly with their guests. The table was empty come dessert along with the sweet cart provided by The Kenmare Bay. Margaret Groves provided flowers for the day which was extra special for Lisa as she also did the flowers for her parents wedding 34 years previously. “She is a real lady, who really listens to what you want and is very knowledgeable about all types of flowers and colour schemes,” Lisa recalls. Lisa also had three memorial charms hand tied onto her bouquet by Margaret. 

Lisa’s friend from school, Anna Healy, helped to design the couple’s invites. They were then finished and printed by McNamara Printers, Shannon. The printers also created a love story poster which was displayed at the wedding reception. Elaine from Custom Candle House did a wonderful job providing candles and she also made a special memorial candle for Mark’s mom, Hazel. Elaine also created the three memorial pictures that were tied onto Lisa’s bouquet, making her an invaluable resource for the bride and groom. Exposé Beauty Salon, Tralee had the bride prepped and then Marilyn McSweeney makeup beautified the bride and her bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding and she provided skin care tips and a routine for them all to follow for flawless skin. Tricia O’Sullivan from Munster Mobile Hairdressing did the girls’ hair. 

Danielle Blennerhassett, the groom’s extremely talented sister-inlaw, provided the church music along with Lloyd Fitzgibbon. They both had brilliant ideas and poured so much time and effort into preparing for the wedding. The wedding band ‘Heart and Soul’ played after the meal and into the night getting everybody up on their feet, they were followed by DJ Mike Nealon. 

Mícheál O’Sullivan photographed the day fantastically and Marcus Egan captured the day on film to make sure the newlyweds missed nothing. Timmy Lyne from Beaufort supplied a VW Camper Van for the transport. The van was booked by Lisa as a surprise for Mark and the bridesmaids were brought to the hotel in a Chrysler provided by The Kenmare Bay. 

The lovebird’s first dance was an elaborate affair, with many nights spent practicing to get it right. They danced to Jamie Lawson’s ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ followed by a mixture of ‘Cotton Eye Joe’, ‘Rock Around The Clock Tonight’, ‘YMCA’, ‘The Macarena’, ‘Party Rock ~Anthem’, ‘Gangnam Style’ and finally ending on ‘Riverdance’. 

The bride’s dress was from designer Ronald Joyce and was bought in Aibheil of Adare as well as her veil. “Cathy Troth made me a beautiful vintage pearl headpiece which complimented my dress well.  It was nice to incorporate something vintage into my look as that was our theme for the day.  Cathy is again a very talented lady at what she does and has great ideas,” Lisa remembers. Lisa wore gorgeous LK Bennett silver court shoes which her cousin in London kindly picked up for her as they were sold out here.

Sharon O’Shea from Tralee made stunning bespoke bridesmaids outfits, a white cropped top with a V at the back and a royal blue pleated A-line skirt which fell below the girls’ knees. “The girls looked like a million dollars on the day” thanks to Sharon. 

Suits were purchased in Suits Select Tralee, they were navy threepiece suits and Mark wore a tweed waistcoat to compliment his suit. Lisa’s mother stunned in a navy and blush pink dress from Brides of Glin, Limerick.  

Sarah from Little Lamha made the bride and bridesmaids personalized hangers with Lisa’s saying ‘Mrs. Blennerhassett’. She also made a personalized countdown sign and ring box with burlap and lace on the inside. Lisa carried three memorial pictures on her bouquet of her grandparents and Mark’s mom, there was also a memorial candle lit throughout the ceremony for Mark’s mom. 

The bride hired out lanterns to decorate the church from Marie Moynihan in Killarney. She also decorated the church with Lisa’s own bits that she had collected.  “I had different love quote signs hanging from every second pew and old shoe boots and ceramic wellingtons with flowers in them which were placed outside the church,” Lisa remembers.

The couple’s seating plan was named after all of the places in the University of Limerick where they had met which the bride made herself from frames she bought in Dealz painted vintage colours. The bride also used an old door and hung some frames off of it as well as large framed pictures of their parents and grandparents. 

The wedding favours were scratch cards and a poem for each guest placed at their table setting in a brown, vintage envelope. There was also a message in a bottle on every table. Lisa collected wine bottles and decorated them with burlap and lace, people wrote down messages on the day and put them into the bottle. Each table number corresponds to the month the newlyweds will open the bottle and read the messages. Table one to be opened on their one month anniversary and so on. 

Lisa, being the crafty bride she is, collected jam jars and filled them with baby’s breath and fresh flowers she bought in Aldi two days before the wedding. She placed these on wooden logs outside the church and put one on each table. 

With the help of her colleague and woodwork teacher, Mick Crehan, Lisa made a sign post placed outside the church. On the different arrows were the places guests had travelled from and the distance in kilometres of those places. Colin McMahon, another colleague of Lisa’s created a caricature guest board for all of the guests to sign at the drinks reception. 

In her speech, Lisa made up a poem about Mark and their relationship which was super cute for the guests to hear. 

Mark was very involved in the wedding planning, with most of his input going towards the band and the venue which were two very successful components of the day. 

The lovebirds jetted off on a luxurious honeymoon to Dubai and Thailand. They spent three nights in Dubai followed by four nights in Bangkok, three in Chiang Mai and finished their break with a lavish seven night stay in a luxury resort in Koh Phangan.

Lisa has some great advice for brides planning a wedding, “Enjoy every single second from the engagement to the day itself.  Try not to get stressed over anything because at the end of the day it’s about marrying the person you love.  Do what both you and your fiancé want and is special to you, don’t be trying to please everybody else.  Try and be well organised and have nearly everything finished the week before the wedding.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help!  The run up is just as exciting as the day itself so enjoy it as much as you can.  Most importantly, enjoy the day itself.  I know it’s a true cliché but it really is the fastest day of your life, so try to stop and take a moment to take it all in.” 

She also advises every couple to book a videographer, it was the best decision the couple made and a lot of brides end up regretting not having one. “The day goes by so fast and it is nice to look back on parts you may have missed,” Lisa remembers.

How was your experience at The Kenmare Bay Hotel? 

“When we first got engaged, we wanted to get married somewhere different and in a venue that not a lot of our guests had been to.  The day we went to view the Kenmare Bay Hotel, we were blown away by Alan’s hospitality that we knew straight away it was the hotel for us.  From the day we walked into the hotel for the first time, to the day we checked out after the wedding, their service and attention to detail was second to none.  They have a staff member dedicated to each area of your wedding day from the reception itself, to accommodation for your guests and also a personal chauffeur.  The food and service was out of this world.  So many guests were praising the high quality of the meal and all of the staff’s very warm and welcoming nature.  Tom, Alan, Sile, Hanneke and Mossy were all such a pleasure to deal with.  Nothing was ever too much of a problem and they are true experts in the area of weddings.  They also created lots of special touches for us that made the day even more amazing than we expected. We were so delighted to have booked our wedding with them.  The professionalism that they showed was amazing while still keeping it personal with all the special touches. We can’t praise them enough.”

Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett
Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett
Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett
Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett
Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett
Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett
Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett
Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett
Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett
Lisa Falvey & Mark Blennerhassett

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