JUNIOR Minister Lucinda Creighton managed to get married in a low-key ceremony while the rest of the country was watching the Royal Wedding.
But she said it was just coincidence that her marriage to Fine Gael party colleague, senator Paul Bradford, took place on the same day as the high-profile celebrations of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
"We had actually planned it long before that," she said.
Ms Creighton (31) got married to Mr Bradford (47) in the Trinity College Chapel, where ceremonies must be booked six months in advance. The couple got engaged last year in New York, after going out together for three years.
The wedding at 2pm last Friday was a private affair attended by around 20 people, who were family and friends of the couple.
Ms Creighton said the fact that both she and her new husband were in the public eye was a factor in their desire for a low-key ceremony.
"We didn't want a big hoo-hah. It is a very private and personal thing and we didn't want loads of people who didn't know us there. It was particularly special because it was so small," she said.
The wedding party went for a meal in a restaurant afterwards.
Both Ms Creighton and Mr Bradford are going to be back at work tomorrow -- and they are postponing their honeymoon until August, when the Dail and Seanad will be closed.
Ms Creighton said it had been a bit difficult to organise the wedding in the midst of her general election campaign. "But we are both used to organising things," she said.