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Meet our cover stars

Thursday, 17th October, 2019 8:53am

How gorgeous do our cover stars Ian and Denise McGinley look? Their summer wedding will be a day they will never forget! Denise recently chatted to us about their special day!

The Cork city couple said 'I do' on 15 June and were helped by their bridesmaids Maria, Sandra and Charlene and groomsmen Philip, Stephen and Callaghan.

Where was the ceremony and reception?

“The North Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne. It’s in our parish and it’s such a magnificent venue for the ceremony. Ian has a particular connection with the cathedral. He made a large wooden cross with three other classmates in secondary school and it’s still in use in the cathedral to this day. Our reception took place in the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig. We wanted a venue where we hadn’t been to for a wedding before and the Oriel ticked all the boxes. It has a magnificent room, amazing food and the staff went above and beyond for us.”

What was the memorable part of the day?

“Our four year old daughter Kerrie, who was also our flower girl, introduced us to the dining room. She was a pro and the whole room erupted when they heard her. She’s our little star!”

Would you change anything about the day?

“Not a thing. We had the time of our lives, we’d do it all again in the morning.”

Tell us about your dress:

“It was the third dress I tried on, I didn’t need to look any further. It was floor length when I bought it, but I always knew I was going to have it shortened, I love the T-length style.”

Let's rewind for a moment. Where did it all begin?

“We met working in McDonalds in Daunt Square over 18 years ago.”

How long were you going out before you got engaged?

"17 years!"

How long was the engagement?

“21 months.”

Have you any advice for couples planning a wedding?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff, everything works out in the end. Be as organised as you can be, by planning as much as you can in advance. Make sure everyone knows what they need to do on the day, so that you can stop worrying on the day and just enjoy it all. It goes by in a flash.”

Was the work divided up equally between ye or who did the most organising?

“Let’s be honest, I did 90 per cent of the planning, but Ian gave his input and help when needed.”

What was the hardest part to organise?

“The table plan was the trickiest but we got there in the end.”

Did you have anything quirky at it?

“The style of our wedding was vintage chic, so all the little details from the Jaguar for us and the Volkswagen van for the bridal party to the naked wedding cake and everything else in between.”

Was it hard to keep the guestlist down?

“No, we invited those who we wanted to celebrate our day with us.”


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