A fairy fort engagement leads to a fairy tale wedding day

A fairy fort engagement leads to a fairy tale wedding day

fairy fort engagement leads to a fairy tale wedding day  

27 July, 2018 – St. Mary’s Church, Pallaskenry, & Dromoland Castle 

Marisa O’Shea & Kevin Hayes  

Photos courtesy of Evelyn O’Connor Photography  

Housemates, Marisa O’Shea, from Kildimo, and Kevin Hayes, from Galway, didn’t think when they first moved into a shared house in Dublin that they would end up living together for the rest of their lives. These newlyweds can thank for their introduction. So how did Kevin propose to this data scientist? Here is how he tells the story.  

Marisa’s family are keen equestrians. Her childhood was spent with the horses on her father’s land. There is a large fairy fort in one of the fields on the land. I surprised Marisa one evening by telling her I was going to the gym. I was actually decorating the fairy fort with fairy lights, candles and flowers and waited for my unsuspecting wife-tobe to arrive. She believed that there was a foal in trouble. When she saw the lights and candles, this lead her into the fairy fort, where I was waiting on one knee. She was so in shock she forgot to say yes (longest 5 minutes of my life).” 

On the 27th of July, 2018 Marisa and Kevin shared their I do’s in front of family and friends at St. Mary’s Church, Pallaskenry and celebrated the evening at Dromoland Castle. They were blessed to have the bride’s uncle and very close friend Canon John O’Shea marry them.  

Marisa’s dress was extremely special. Designer (and maid of honour) Aoife Kennedy designed the wedding dress from her base in Paris. “I was really blessed that my best friend since playschool agreed to make my dress. From her Paris base, she designed and made my dress and veil for the big day. She took the utmost care, every step of the way and in every detail to ensure it was just right. It made the day all the more special.” 

And the cake was made from a lot of love also. One tier was made by Kevin’s mom, another by his sister and another by Maria’s grandmother. It was iced then by bridesmaid Deirdre Walsh.  

The bridesmaid dresses were from Kate’s Kloset in Askeaton and the brides shoes were Christian Louboutins. Evelyn O’Connor was their photographer on the day and Mike Kelly was their videographer. “Mike was so professional and easy to work with. We hardly knew he was there all day. We were very impressed by the final video and he exceeded our expectations.” Hair was taken care of by Maria Cahill and Make Up by Beauty Atelier. The band were Tiny Giants.   

Kevin and Marisa hired a classic sports car to drive from the church to the venue. “By doing this, we had 30minutes to ourselves to take heed of the fact we were a newly married couple. 

What was their favourite moment? “The kids. We have five nephews between us (all under four years old). Four of them are based in America so having all the family together running riot gave us plenty of memorable moments. Top prize going to John who decided to do laps around the alter with his dad in hot pursuit. 


Because Marisa’s father, James, had passed away it was important to the bride and groom to include his memory so they had a prayer at the beginning of the mass and a Jameson station for him at the reception.  


How was your experience with Evelyn O’Connor Photography? 

 Evelyn made us feel relaxed and at ease throughout the day. All of the elements were against her i.e. children, rain, dog, but she handled it all like the professional she is. Evelyn was amazing on the day and captured the moments we will cherish forever.  


The Brides of Limerick Team 

Photographer: Evelyn O’Connor Photography  

Videographer: Mike Kelly Videography  

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