Irish 'Don't Tell the Bride' to feature MMA-themed wedding
Published 12/01/2016 | 07:26
It was always going to be a bit different.
From two lost engagement rings to the three proposals during their 11-year engagement - Dubliners Noel O'Keeffe (35) and Wendy Leonard (31) didn't do things by the book when it came to tying the knot.
But a mixed martial arts (MMA) themed wedding?
"We moved in together four weeks after meeting. The only part of the relationship that wasn't a whirlwind was getting married," Noel told the RTE Guide.
The first of three times that Noel proposed to his bride-to-be, he didn't get an ideal response. "Let's just say her response included an 'f' and an 'off'," Noel said.
The couple are set to make their small-screen debut in the latest series of RTE's Don't Tell the Bride, where Noel - a huge fan of MMA - was given €10,000 and three weeks to plan their big day. He dreamt big and attacked his plans with passion - with everything from ring girls to a head table shaped like an octagon.
Noel, who is also an announcer at MMA events, even sent his wife-to-be on a cage-fighting session for her hen at the famous SBG Ireland gym where Conor McGregor trains.
Barring a few issues with scantly-clad ring girls, Wendy was delighted with how their big day panned out.
"I used to be so jealous of the skinny ring girls, but now I think, fair play to them," Wendy said.
While, she had some minor issues with her dress over all she said that "Noel did amazingly".
The sixth series of Don't Tell the Bride kicks off on RTE2 on Thursday January 21 at 9.30pm with Noel and Wendy's story.