On the arm of her new husband, singer Mary Coughlan gave a bar of ‘Here Comes the Bride’ as she left Wicklow Registry Office.
“I’m legal and the party begins now,” declared Mary, who surprised her husband, American Frank Bonadio, later on when she sang a love song dedicated to him.
The 46-year-old singer looked elegant and seasonally dressed in an ankle-length rust-coloured raw silk creation by Dublin-based designer Clare Garvey.
Around her neck was a silver pendant encasing a smooth piece of amber. “That’s to protect my throat,” Mary pointed out. Frank, whose Dublin-based business involves the invention of medical devices, looked relaxed in a black suit and open-necked wine-coloured silk shirt.
After the 10-minute ceremony the couple, accompanied by their five children, hosted a reception in the Glendalough House.
A host of celebrities were among the 200-guest wedding party, including long-time friend Neil Jordan, who was Frank’s best man. Among the guests, treated to poached salmon and roast suckling pig, were actor Mick Lally, ‘Nualas’’ member Suzanne de Wrixon, and singers Brian Kennedy, Ronnie Drew and Rob Strong.
Entertainment was provided by Jim Farrelly’s Show Band. The couple, who have been partners for 13 years and live in Bray, Co Wicklow, have two children. Clare, 10, was their flowergirl and Cian, five, was their pageboy. Also attending were Mary’s three grown-up children from her first marriage 27 years ago, Aoife, 25, Olwen, 20 and Eoin, aged 21.
The world-renowned singer, who once drank three bottles of vodka a day but has not touched a drop in nine years, said she is happier than she has ever been and ‘the rock and roll thing’ is over.
Attending the wedding ceremony were her parents Peggy and Peter Doherty from Claregalway, Co Galway, and Frank’s mother Lillian Bonadio and brother Bobby.
The wedding arrangements were made after Mary’s divorce was finalised last February.
Peggy said: “I am thrilled she has married Frank.