THE past festive season was extra special for newly- weds Yvonne Coleman and James Twohig as it was on a December 26 night out that the couple first laid eyes on each other.
Yvonne, from Castlemagner, and Banteer native James were married recently in St Mary’s Church, Castlemagner. “We met, like most people, out locally on St Stephen’s night in 2010, fadó, fadó!” said Yvonne. “We got engaged in California in June 2018. James proposed at a viewpoint on Route 101 over-looking the Pacific Ocean with a wooden ring that he had handmade himself!”
They exchanged vows in a wedding mass led by Fr Jim Kennelly. “He isn’t the local parish priest but James knows Fr Kennelly through work in Boherbue Comprehensive School. We got great help from the long-serving sacristan in Castlemagner church, Sheila Healy,” said Yvonne.
The chance to grab a coffee and a treat before heading across the border to Co Kerry for the reception in the Killarney Oaks Hotel proved a real hit with the guests. “We had a coffee cart outside the church by NomNomCafe,” said Yvonne.
The newlyweds travelled in a pristine vintage Ford Escort provided by the bride’s cousin Patrick and his wife Nicky. Killarney Oaks wedding co-ordinator Eilis Fleming was invaluable in the wedding-planning process and award-winning photographer Adrian O’Neill captured the big day on camera including photoshoots in Castlemagner and at Ross Castle in Killarney. “He was such a pleasure to have around on the day, what a smashing guy,” said the bride.
Cal O’Callaghan of On Track Films provided videography. “He captured the day so perfectly, he really has an eye for detail and special moments,” said James.
Yvonne’s two sisters Elaine Coleman-Murphy (maid of honour) and Andrea Coleman (bridesmaid) were by her side on the occasion, as were her two best friends Aoife Cronin and Aine Cott. “Aoife and her boyfriend Aidan O’Flynn travelled all the way from Australia to be with us on the big day,” said the bride.
James’s party included his childhood friends Stephen Mannix (best man) and Tim Murphy and his brother-in-laws Eoin O’Donovan (his sister’s husband) and Rob Coleman (Yvonne’s brother). The groom’s niece Ali Browne was the couple’s flowergirl. His nephews Shane O’Connor and Cathal Browne were pageboys.
The couple describe their wedding day as “the most magical day of our lives”. “Being surrounded by friends and family, their well wishes and good spirit was what really made the day so special. Everything worked out so perfectly,” said the bride.
A highlight was the arrival of friends and relatives from afar, including the bride’s brother Gordon and his girlfriend Elise Joy who travelled from Australia.
Sister-of-the-bride Elaine baked the wedding cake while the groom’s sister Juliet Browne created the flower arrangements in the church.
Yvonne sourced her dress in Vows bridal boutique in Cork and teamed it with a bolero made by Sharon Gregory Design Studio in Mallow. “We had alterations done by Maudie Twomey, she really was amazing in the final weeks before the wedding,” said Yvonne.
The bridal hairstyling was by Haven Hair Salon, Kanturk, with makeup by Ella Boureau, Kanturk. The bridal bouquets were byFlowers From the Secret Garden (Sarah Evans) in Newmarket. The groom purchased his suit in Gentleman’s Quarters, Cork, while the groomsmen were kitted out by Formally Yours, Killarney, and the bridesmaids wore forest-green Fabia gowns.
The newlyweds plan to reside in Banteer. “We’re hoping to build there in the near future, and live happily ever after!” said Yvonne.