Bride Geraldine O’Donovan felt as wonderful as she looked on her big day — knowing she was supporting a cause close to her heart as she donned her wedding gown.
Skibbereen native Geraldine was effortlessly elegant in a Novia d’Art design when she exchanged wedding vows with her bridegroom Iain O’Driscoll, from Schull.
“I bought my dress at a charity event in aid of breast cancer/the Irish Cancer Society that was run in the Clayton Hotel in Cork city in October 2017,” said Geraldine.
“As it’s a cause that’s close to our family, it was wonderful to know that all the money went to a super charity. I hope that there will be more of these events as brides can get a great deal on new dresses and all money raised goes to help others. Everyone wins!”
Geraldine and Iain, who live in Skibbereen, were married by registrar Rena Noonan in an intimate civil ceremony attended by 30 people in The Tower at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery.
They celebrated with a reception — where they welcomed their other guests also — in the hotel’s Ardagh Suite later that evening.
Their five children were all part of their wedding party, with Ciarnad and Liadan as bridesmaids, Rédín as the flowergirl, and Rowan and Aran as best men.
Geraldine’s sister, Noreen, Delaney was maid of honour and Iain’s brother, Conor O’Driscoll, was groomsman while the couple’s nephews Seán Delaney and Jamie Counihan were pageboys.
Also toasting to the newlyweds’ future were both sets of parents, Noreen and Danny O’Donovan and Eleanor and Michael O’Driscoll.
The bridal hair and makeup were picture-perfect thanks to Úna Collins and Molly O’Farrell from Aisling’s Hair Studio , North Street, Skibbereen.
Agnes Stodolny of Bracket Studio Photography captured the big day on camera. “Agnes was truly a pleasure to deal with; she is so calm and professional,” said the bride.
Kinsale-based West Cork Flowers created the floral arrangements. Enchanted Cakes, Rosscarbery, made the sea chart-themed cake which featured Fastnet Rock lighthouse and the West Cork coastline.
As it happened, during the event the newlyweds met renowned wedding planner Franc (Peter Kelly) who was in the hotel that day. “He was very nice and posed for a photo,” said Geraldine. “The hotel manager Neil Grant and wedding co-ordinator Marie Dooley and staff at the hotel were fab. Nothing was too much trouble for them in the lead-up to the wedding and on the day of the wedding.” The bride and groom will honeymoon in Thailand at the end of September.