They got engaged at Coogee Beach, so Mary Madden and John O’Sullivan didn’t hesitate to pick a beach theme for their big day.
But rather than Sydney, it was the rolling countryside of their hometown Cork that formed the backdrop as Mary, Aherla, and John, Dripsey exchanged vows.
They were married at St. Joseph’s Church in Cloughduv by Canon Bernard Donovan and held their reception at the Garryvoe Hotel on June 17th.
“We got engaged in September 2018. It was a total surprise to me, we were in Australia visiting family so it was very special and our wedding was beach themed because of it” , said Mary.
In addition to the relaxed atmosphere of the day by the sea, the ice cream van the couple made sure to wait outside the church.
This was their third attempt to organize their wedding due to Covid-19 restrictions, the bride added. “The original guest list was 260 but we decided to go ahead for the third time with 25 guests because we didn’t want to postpone it any longer,” said Mary.
Celebrating with them were the mother and father of the bride, Noreen and Liam Madden, and the parents of the groom, Phil and Connie O’Sullivan, immediate family members and a few close friends.
Laura and Benny Benson of Laura and Benny Photographer were behind the lens, including a photoshoot on Garryvoe Beach.
Mary’s servants were her maid of honor and cousin, Catriona Cathy, her friend, Roberta Daly Linzell, and the sisters of John Mary and Michelle O’Sullivan.
Along with John were his brother Finbarr O’Sullivan, as a witness, and his cousins Jonathan and Eolan Byrne and a friend, Ray O’Riordan, as the groomsmen.
Mary’s niece, Alex Madden, and John’s niece, Caoimhe Walshe, were flower girls while Mary’s nephew, Sonny Madden, was the pageboy.
Mary and John’s paths first crossed at Coachford. “We met at a party 18 years ago so it’s been a long wait for us,” said Mary.
“We had our ceremony broadcast live by Anthony Fleming Productions – it was amazing being able to get everyone on our special day who couldn’t be there due to the Covid restrictions, especially the family in Australia and the United States, ”said Mary.
“Claire Heffernan played the harp and sang in church; she was amazing.
Mary herself looked super stylish in a Morilee wedding dress from the Vows bridal boutique in Blarney and her hairstyle was by her friend Ann Martin from Crissham Hair Studio, with makeup by Niamh Murphy.
The groom and his group looked dapper in suits from Morley’s Menswear, Cork.
John Berry Productions was the local videographer and florist, Margaret Ahern, Aherla, helped ensure the set was perfect.
The newlyweds traveled in a vintage bus provided by Mackey Coaches.
Mary, a dental nurse, and John, a bricklayer, spent a “minimoon” in Ireland, welcoming Galway and Clare. “We hope to be able to go abroad next year on our honeymoon when the Covid restrictions are relaxed,” the bride added.
They are currently building a house in Aherla.