Although she is from Watergrasshill, Cork, Emer O’Sullivan’s heart has always been in Tipperary. She and her bridegroom, Eamon McCarthy, from Glanmire, exchanged vows recently in Bansha, in the Premier County, in a Mass led by Fr Michael Hickey.
My late grandparents were all from Tipperary and my parents are from Tipperary and although I was born in Cork, I consider myself a Tipperary woman
"So Tipperary was the obvious wedding destination! We got married in my grandparents’ local church, Church of the Annunciation, and I was married with my grandmother’s rose-gold wedding ring.”
The couple had had a piece removed from the ring and placed in Eamon’s wedding band. The Michael John Ryan string quartet performed the bride’s favourite piece of music, the theme from the film Jurassic Park, as she was walked up the aisle by her parents, Vera and Paddy O’Sullivan.
“At the end of the ceremony my uncle and cousins surprised the congregation Love Actually-style with a rendition of The Frank and Walters’ “After All”. It was fantastic,” said Emer.
She and Eamon first met several years ago. “Eamon was working in Centra in Watergrasshill and I popped in for a pizza, and he left me waiting at the counter for ages,” said Emer.
But that did not put her off. “I went home and rang my fried to tell her about this hot new guy that was working in Centra.” she added. “Great minds obviously think alike because I got a call from Eamon the very next day offering me a job in Centra and as they say the rest is history!”
He popped the question during a holiday in Edinburgh. “Eamon was so nervous that he didn’t propose until Sunday morning at 3am over a garlic and cheese chip. I was so shocked I had to sit down, but missed and hit the floor!” she said.
Husband-and-wife team Keith and Evelyn Woodard captured their big day on camera. “Our big day was so much fun and so relaxed, we’re both very easygoing people and we enjoyed every single second of it. It was very much a family affair, my mother designed and made the invitations, my aunt made our beautiful traditional wedding cake and my dad’s friend gave us his vintage green Volkswagen ‘Bug’ for the day.”
Emer looked super-stylish in a Jesus Peiro wedding two-piece sourced in Say I Do in Midleton teamed with a bespoke headpiece by The Beaded Gem.
My mam and dad brought me to New York for my shoes, which were designed by Sarah Jessica Parker, my fashion idol!
- she added.
The bridal hairstyling and makeup was by the team from 3 Degrees Hair Design, Blackpool, and Eamon sourced his classic navy and charcoal tweed-style suit in Gentlemen’s Quarters in Cork. “He is always late so I bought him an antique Swiss pocket watch from the 1890s,” added the bride.
DG Video took care of the videography and Best of Buds, Cork, created the floral arrangements.
Eamon’s parents Teresa and Eamon McCarthy and the bride’s mother and father Vera and Paddy helped the couple lead the celebrations long into the night at the reception, at Kilshane House.
Paddy also surprised the guests with a singing chef, John Frawley Entertainment, and the couple’s parents also arranged a fireworks display by Rocket Pyro Techniques.
“Ryan’s SuperValu in Glanmire made us a spectacular cheese ‘cake’, I don’t have a sweet tooth but love cheese,” said the bride. “The Shack also supplied us with amazing donuts.” Ryan’s SuperValu in Kilmallock (where Eamon is a manager) supplied Tayto sandwiches for the residents’ bar.
Meanwhile, The Cosmic Funk Band ensured the dance floor was full throughout the evening.
Taking on joint maid-of-honour duties were Emer’s friends Valerie O`Brien and Rebecca Cronin, while her cousins Aisling Coffey, Emma Fox, Eanáir Kelleher and Aoife O`Sullivan joined forces with her sister-in-law Linda McCarthy in the role of bridesmaids.
My flowergirls were very eager and sent CVs to apply for the job
- added the bride. “They were my beautiful little cousins Amy Fox, Muire Kelleher and Aoibh Kelleher.”
By Eamon’s side were joint-best men John Paul O’Brien and Eoin McCarthy, while his groomsmen were Joe Hay and Emer’s brother Darragh O’Sullivan. “We had two ushers, Ríain O’Sullivan (my little brother) and Ruarc Kelleher, my cousin,” added the bride.
The newlyweds, who reside in Newtownshandrum, enjoyed a mini-moon in Mexico and plan to travel on their dream honeymoon to Thailand next summer.
Emer is a teacher in CBS Secondary School in Mitchelstown and Eamon works with the Ryan Group and is a store manager in its SuperValu Kilmallock store in Co Limerick.