ACCLAIMED filmmaker Damian O’Callaghan is well used to creating cinematic magic on screen. But little did he think that a made-for-the-movies moment would result in his discovering his very own leading lady in real life.
Damian, a native of Mayfield in Cork, recently exchanged vows with Katarzyna (Kate) Wojciechowska, originally from Torun, Poland, in Killarney, Co Kerry, where both now live.
And they were married in the church where the script of their romance story began to unfold, back in early 2012. “I was sitting in St Mary’s Cathedral Mass and praying for a miracle and then I saw Kate in the aisle,” said Damian.
Week later, they embarked on their first date, on St Valentine’s Day.
“That day, I left a large basket of Yankee Candles outside the door of her house. I rang her up later to say I had left them there in case of apotential blackout in the area. We went for dinner the same night. The rest is history,” he said.
Damian, who is director and producer with film company OC Productions, popped the question to Kate — a model with Edits Fashions and member of the fashion department at Dunnes Stores, Killarney — in Lanzarote, three years after they met.
“We got engaged in a restaurant on the beach. I had organised forthe ring to arrive with her dessert and I got down on one knee to propose,” said Damian, whose movies, including Tradition and The Gift, have wowed audiences and critics alike at film festivals across the globe.
Fr Jim Lenihan led their recent wedding Mass and the bride and groom continued the celebrations with a reception in the Killarney Plaza Hotel.
White Heather, Killarney, created the floral arrangements and the church music was by Una Whyte and Laura O’Keeffe.
Talented photographer Dylan Clifford was behind the lens to document the newlyweds’ day in the limelight.
Kate looked every inch the glamorous movie star in an Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, while dapper Damian and his party were red-carpet ready in suits by Formally Yours, Killarney.
The bridal hair and makeup were by the team at Salon B, Killarney.
Performing supporting roles were Jackie O’Callaghan, maid of honour, Gosia Pabisz and Laura Jurand, bridesmaids, Henry Bartlett, best man, and Tim O’Connor and Owen Roberts, groomsmen. “From start to finish, our wedding day was incredible,” said Damian.
“The church service was beautiful, the Plaza Hotel were fantastic, Jackie, the maid of honour, was a gift from above, the best man was hilarious, and our wedding band Nightshift were brilliant.
“Because Kate is from Poland it was very thoughtful of the Killarney Plaza to display Polish colours of red and white in the room — or, as I said in my speech, since I am originally from the Rebel County, it was a case of ‘Cork undercover’.”
The newlyweds returned this week from their honeymoon in Poland and Montenegro.