Wedding of the Week: A romance written in the sand

Wedding of the Week: A romance written in the sand
Debra Hartigan and Trevor Murphy. Pictures: Tara Donoghue Photography

Romance was written in the sand rather than the stars for Debra Hartigan and Trevor Murphy. Debra, from Frankfield and Millstreet, and Trevor, from Dromtariffe, first met in a pub in Millstreet five years ago. “Trevor used a terrible chat-up line but I laughed so hard I knew I had to see him again,” said Debra. In January 2018, Trevor hired a sand artist to help him pop the question. “Trevor wanted to go for a spin early on a Sunday morning,” said Debra. “We were driving through Ballybunion and I wanted to stop at the beach as I hadn't been there in years.”Spelled out in the sand below were the words “Debra marry me” with a big heart around it. “I turned back to him and he was on one knee,” said Debra. “I had barely said yes when a woman came over asking if we were the couple," she said, "she had waited all morning to see the couple when she saw what was written in the sand.”They were married recently in St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Millstreet by Canon John Fitzgerald and held their reception in the Great Southern Killarney.

Debra Hartigan and Trevor Murphy leave St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Millstreet.  Picture: Tara Donoghue Photography
Debra Hartigan and Trevor Murphy leave St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Millstreet. Picture: Tara Donoghue Photography

“Rachel Murphy was our wedding coordinator and she was an absolute dream to work with, as was the food and beverage manager Stephen,” said Debra.

Tara Donoghue Photography and Vivid Eye Videography captured the big day on camera.

The bride's mum and dad Catherine and Frank Hartigan and the groom's parents Veron and Michael Murphy helped them plan the big day, as did maid of honour Muireann Quinn (Debra's best friend) and bridesmaids Kanitta Latham (a friend) and Lynsey O’Sullivan (Debra's cousin).

The groom's cousin Billy Murphy was his best man while his brothers Jason Murphy and Damian Murphy were groomsmen.

Hartigan/Murphy Bridal party.  Picture: Tara Donoghue Photography
Hartigan/Murphy Bridal party. Picture: Tara Donoghue Photography

“Our wedding was amazing from start to finish,” said Debra.

“Trevor and I bought a house together in September 2017 and were blessed with our son Harry in January 2019 so since we started planning our wedding we’ve looked at it as a celebration of what we already have not the start of something new so I think because of that we knew we’d enjoy the day being surrounded by friends and family so we just relaxed and didn’t sweat the small stuff.”

Debra looked stunning in a gown bought in Sharon Gregory Design Studio in Mallow. “I can’t praise Sharon enough,” said Debra.

Makeup artist Niamh Murphy and Audrey Cashman of Upstyle Junkie were also on hand while the groom and his party were dapper thanks to Formally Yours, Killarney.

Debra and Trevor's wedding cake.  Picture: Tara Donoghue Photography
Debra and Trevor's wedding cake. Picture: Tara Donoghue Photography

Enchanted Flowers, Macroom, created the floral arrangements and a caricature artist entertained after the meal.

After the celebrations, the newlyweds holidayed in Lanzarote for four days.

They will reside in Dromagh

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