It was the best man’s speech that wasn’t in the script. But the surprise wedding movie trailer starring the bride and groom, narrated by a top US voiceover artist, left the happy couple speechless and brought guests to their feet.
And the clip is making waves on social media sites.
Newlyweds Sean Ó Chonaill and Megan Breen were stunned when their best man Ultan Courtney screened a rom-com trailer with them cast in starring roles.
Motion graphics designer, Ultan, drafted in LA-based voice actor, Bill Jurney, to help. Jurney, who has recorded voiceovers for countless films, including the trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Golden Door, said he was delighted to help make the couple’s big day.
“I think this is the first voiceover I have recorded for any wedding,” he said. “I hope they stay married forever. With a trailer like that, they better.”
Corkman Sean, an Irish and law lecturer at UCC, and Glanmire-based Megan, whose mother is originally from Canada, met when they were studying law in UCC. The couple tied the knot in Mogeely last weekend and held their reception at the luxurious Castlemartyr Resort in East Cork.
“I knew Seán and Megan would be up for something different,” said Ultan.
“I thought about doing a Powerpoint presentation or a music video, but about six months ago, I decided to do something different.
“And to be honest, I would rather have worked on this project for three-and-a-half weeks than speak for three-and-a-half minutes in front of a room full of people.”
Ultan, who runs his own company, Space Station, worked closely with Megan’s bridesmaid and sister, Kyra Breen, on the top-secret project collecting photographs before Ultan devised a narrative.
The search began for an authentic movie trailer voice. And that’s where Bill Jurney came in.
“My talent agent in Dublin, Jenny Wilson at Volcanic Talent, got the request from the video’s editor and then she recommended me,” said Bill.
“So I voiced the job from my home studio here in LA and emailed the audio file.”
After the wedding meal, Ultan addressed the guests. “Instead of preparing a speech, I’ve prepared something else...” And the movie rolled.
Kyra said the bride and groom were delighted.
“Megan and Seán were in total surprise when the movie trailer was played during the speeches but they absolutely loved it,” she said.
“It received a standing ovation from all the wedding guests. Everyone was just bowled over by the surprise.”
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