December 17, 2016 - Jack's Coastguard Restaurant, Cromane
Killorglin native Michael Daly and Ballyfinnane local
Marguerite Hickey met as teenagers at Intermediate School Killorglin. As they
passed each other in the school corridors little did they know that someday
they would fall in love and get married… or maybe they did! College was the
start of their romantic life together.
Michael’s romantic proposal took Marguerite by
surprise, the couple were on a camping trip in Victoria, Australia when he got
down on one knee on a quiet beach in Wilsons Promontory and Marguerite said
yes! The engagement ring was chosen in a jewellery shop in Melbourne and the
bride and groom-to-be were over the moon to start planning their big day.
The couple had their rustic Christmas themed wedding on
December 17, 2016 at Jack’s Coastguard Restaurant, a spiritualist ceremony
officiated by Amantha Murphy followed by a lavish reception where the bride and
groom were surrounded by 120 of their closest friends and family.
THE WEDDING PARTY
Norma Lucey was Marguerite’s maid of
honour while Teresa Daly Ryan and Lynda Collins were her stunning bridesmaids.
Michael’s best man Brendan Daly was joined by his groomsmen Kevin Daly and Jody
THE WEDDING TEAM
Marguerite stunned in a Nicole Spose gown
from Diamond Bridal, Cork which was accessorised by an original headpiece by
Cathy Troth and LK Bennett Shoes from Brown Thomas with silver clips from
Rachel Simpson. The bridal party were dressed in pieces from ASOS and New Look
as well as Accessorize. The groom and groomsmen were kitted out by Ryle
Menswear Tralee. The fantastic Maura’s Cottage Flowers, Tralee provided the
stunning floral arrangements and Marguerite created her own invites with the
help of LoveByte Design.
The talented Teresa Daly Ryan did the girls’ makeup and
their looks were finished off with fabulous hair-dos by Emma’s Salon, Tralee.
Donal Moroney and Tom O’Sullivan from Killorglin performed the music for the
ceremony and The Bansha Boys band played after the meal before they swapped
places with DJ Barry McGrath who had the floor full well into the wee hours.
Shane Turner Photography caught the day on camera and snapped the couple’s
precious memories perfectly. The following day the newlyweds invited their
guests back for some food and drinks at Towers Hotel Glenbeigh.
The bride and groom used a unique tower
cellar at their reception to house a super fun homemade Christmas themed photo
Marguerite’s favourite memory is one that a
lot of bride’s cherish and such a special moment for any bride on her big day,
“walking in with dad to see Michael waiting for me at the top of the aisle.”
Marguerite and Michael jetted off on the
honeymoon of their dreams to Marrakech and Essaouria in Morocco, booked through
Sol Travel Tralee.
Marguerite has some very handy tips for avoiding last
minute changes to the big day, “Enjoy the early stages of planning. Make
decisions and stick to them. Uninstall Pinterest and Instagram apps from your
phone once you have decided on a theme to save yourself a lot of time.”
Can you tell us about working with Amantha from Spiritual Ceremonies?
“On our first meeting Amantha spent time with us chatting about our
relationship, family and friends which was lovely. With all that goes with
planning a wedding it was a great opportunity to reflect on what we mean to
each other and why we wanted to get married. Amantha helped us tailor our
wedding ceremony so that it was unique to us and allowed us to involve our
nearest and dearest. Amantha and spiritual Ceremonies were extremely helpful in
answering any questions or concerns we had. on the day she was wonderful and
gently guided us throughout the ceremony.” www.spiritualceremonies.ie
What was your shopping experience like at Diamond Bridal?
“The ladies there were so friendly and helpful and had some Prosecco for us on
arrival to add to our excitement. it was very quick and i made a decision in
probably 15 - 20 minutes to be honest and that was that. i didn’t want to spend
months looking for a dress like you hear from other brides. i knew it was what
i wanted when i tried it on. it was an excellent experience.”