Real Kerry Weddings


A far-flung romance for ashley and Kieran leads to a lifetime of happiness

Ashley Sabourin & Kieran Burke
Ashley Sabourin & Kieran Burke
How do you get the woman of your dreams to move all the way from Canada to Kerry? Kieran Burke seems to have the answer to that. When he met Ontario native Ashley Sabourin in 2008 she had just finished studying to be a teacher in Swansea, Wales. A mutual friend of theirs had asked her to come visit in Kerry for a few days and made sure that all of her friends would be around for a few nights to show Ashley a good time. Kieran had eyes for her from the second they met and took extra care to make sure she was alright every night. Despite her being cautious when he asked her to go see the castle ruins with him on the night out, she agreed to have him pick her up the next day for a bit of sightseeing along the Ring of Kerry, not the ideal post-night out tour but they managed it. Ashley then flew back to Wales and then to Ontario a few days later, keeping in contact with Kieran all the while. He managed to visit twice that year, once for Ashley’s brother’s wedding and once in November. Ashley was delighted to get a teaching job in Reading, UK and she flew over to Ireland on her way there so Kieran could bring her the rest of the way, a true romantic.

Kieran kept up the romance and had everyone fooled with his wonderful marriage proposal. He didn’t even tell his own family his plans, they went to Limerick under the guise of a birthday party for a friend. When Ashley landed in Shannon he took her to Supermacs and said he had left his wallet in The Limerick Strand Hotel where he was watching a rugby match with friends before her flight landed. He surprised her with champagne on ice and a box of Roses sweets as she couldn’t bring flowers back to England on the Sunday, she still hadn’t figured out what was going on until she turned around and he was down on one knee. She obviously said yes and the couple picked out an engagement ring together in Keane’s Jewellers, Limerick, a white gold cluster diamond that almost resembles a snowflake, perfect for Ashley’s love of Christmas.

The lovebirds got to planning an elegant sparkle-filled wedding day back in the Kingdom which they shared with 220 of their closest friends and family. The day began with a stunning ceremony in St. Brigid’s Church, Duagh followed by a fantastic reception at Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee.

Ashley’s stunning bridesmaids were Debbie Smith, Mary Burke and Collette Ellard. Collette is the friend that introduced Ashley and Kieran to each other so it was lovely that she could be in the wedding party. Kieran’s right-hand men were Jerry Carroll, the best man and groomsmen Michael Sabourin and Derek Nolan. Some serious cuteness was provided on the day by flowergirl Amelia Sabourin and junior groomsmen Jack and Tommy Carty and Matteo Sabourin.

The bride wore a beautiful gown bought in Ballad’s Bridalwear, Kitchener Ontario. She also bought a veil from the same bridal shop and she got some stunning shoes from New Look. The bridesmaids wore charcoal grey multiway dresses from Marks and Spencer, and their stunning glittery shoes were from New Look. All suits were provided by Esquire, Limerick. 

The incredibly talented Nicola Carty, sister of the groom, created the wedding cake. The bride used fake flowers for her and her bridesmaids bouquets, her aunt made the bridesmaids bouquets and Ashley made her own wedding flowers. They used sparkly decorations in the bridesmaids bouquets to go with the sparkly theme of the day.

The bride had her makeup done by the talented Aine McMahon of Vogue Salon, Tralee and Sandra from Sandra’s Listowel was on hand to finish her look with a stunning hair do. Diamond Wedding Cars provided transport for the day and Kevin Flynn Photography captured every moment perfectly for the bride and groom.

Caroline O’Callaghan and her husband enchanted everyone with the church music, “the instruments and talent between these two was exceptional,” Ashley recalls.

The band Truly Diverse had the dancefloor packed from the beginning of the night and when they finished the party continued into the night with Paudie from Munster DJ Hire who had everybody up off their seats all night long. Torc Dancers provided a little bit of entertainment in the middle of it al which was great fun for everyone, especially the Canadian crowd.

They also chose to have an ice cream cart by Eva of Dairy Delights, Kenmare. “Her ice cream was pure heaven, creamy homemade delight,” Ashley remembers.

The bride and groom shared their first dance as a married couple to Kodaline’s ‘The One’ and Ashley and her father shared the father-daughter dance to Frank Sinatra’s ‘That’s Life’, a favourite of her dad’s. “He came swinging out to the floor to greet me and then on the second chorus he turned to the crowd to get them singing. A true showman,” Ashley remembers.

The bride and her brother also got on the dancefloor and performed a broom dance for a bit of fun. Ashley had her friend do a reading from Dr. Seuss ‘Oh, the places you’ll go!’ and she read it beautifully. The newlyweds also got a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis from Kieran’s Godmother who is a nun living in Rome at the moment, this was pretty special also.

Ashley Sabourin & Kieran Burke
Ashley Sabourin & Kieran Burke
Ashley Sabourin & Kieran Burke
Ashley Sabourin & Kieran Burke
Ashley Sabourin & Kieran Burke
Ashley Sabourin & Kieran Burke
Ashley Sabourin & Kieran Burke
Ashley Sabourin & Kieran Burke
Ashley Sabourin & Kieran Burke

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