Wedding of the Week: Cruise ship co-workers Máire and Mark sail off into sunset

Setting sail to travel the world as part of your job has a romance all of its own but for marketing manager Máire Cronin and engineer Mark Crowe it led to love.

Wedding of the Week: Cruise ship co-workers Máire and Mark sail off into sunset

Setting sail to travel the world as part of your job has a romance all of its own but for marketing manager Máire Cronin and engineer Mark Crowe it led to love.

It was on the deck of a ship that the paths of Limerick native Máire and Mark, from Co Clare, crossed. “We met on the cruise ship we currently both work on, the Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam, after a mutual friend introduced us,” said Máire.

They got engaged in April 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. “After calling to the city multiple times on the cruise ship we had both decided it was one of our favourite places,” said Máire. They were married in a humanist ceremony in the Maryborough Hotel & Spa in Douglas with Seamus de Burca officiating.

The reception took place in the same venue, where the bride’s mother and father, Maura and Doney Cronin, and the groom’s parents, Marie and PJ Crowe, helped them celebrate with their guests.

“As we had a humanist wedding, we got to write our own ceremony, choose our own special music, including a beautifully sung version of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by the gorgeous singer Aoife O’Neill,” said the bride.

By their side were the groom’s daughters, Jessica, KC and Charlize and the bride’s sister, Nuala, in the role of bridesmaids, while Mark’s brothers, Damien and David Crowe, were best men with Shea Alton and Tomas Cronin as groomsmen.

The bride said: “Everything about the day was special — we made sure we only had people who were special to us there, having Mark’s daughters as bridesmaids was so important to both of us, and my sister and her fiancé had flown home from Vancouver, and we had friends travelling from the UK and all the way from Sydney. We were so fortunate that we had everyone there who we loved, and it was such a perfect fun day.”

Máire looked chic in a Pronovias wedding dress, with Mark in a stylish Louis Copeland suit. “After a long time of searching, I found the dress of my dreams, in Belladonna Bridal in Galway, where I went with my mum,” she said.

Aisling Kelleher of Polkadotdreaming was their wedding hairstylist and Dawn Ryan Fahey created the makeup looks. “They made everyone from age 13 to 66 feel beautiful and relaxed,” added Máire.

Photographer Nerijus Karmilcovas of K Photography and We.As.One Videography captured the occasion on camera.

“Jill Wilde did all our bouquets and all the ‘real’ flowers, while we had To Have and To Hold do all other venue styling,” said the bride. “Tracy Desmond of Trace of Cakes did the most beautiful wedding cake for us.”

Their honeymoon took the newlyweds to Thailand for two weeks, stopping off in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khao Sok National Park for an elephant safari, and Phuket.

They describe their present place of residence as “between cruise ships, and Limerick” but will eventually move to Cork.

“We are currently splitting our time between the cruise ship we live and work on, Nieuw Amsterdam, and Limerick,” said Máire.

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