A HURLING hero had to cope with his nerves off the field after his bride kept him waiting at the altar for 30 minutes.
Lar Corbett is used to anxious waits but his patience was rewarded yesterday with the prize of his life.
The 31-year-old – who committed to another season with the Premier county for 2013 – married his sweetheart Elaine Gleeson in the couple's home town of Thurles.
When she finally emerged from the willow-golden-coloured 1978 Vintage Rolls-Royce, Elaine took everybody's breath away.
The stunning brunette – who wore a fitted white sequinned gown complete with a long train and floor-length veil – was walked down the aisle by her father, Paddy Gleeson. A few moments earlier, he kissed his daughter on the cheek before revealing he was "so proud" of the young woman.
Her husband-to-be had arrived at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles 10 minutes early for the nuptials with his best man Tommy Maher and groomsmen Ger 'Rodser' O'Grady and Tommy Collins. The foursome grew up together and are childhood pals from their school-going days in Thurles.
Lar, the 2010 hurler of the year, had a nervous smile for the hurling fans who greeted him outside the church.
The groom's party wore dark charcoal suits with white shirts and pale blue ties. Lar opted for an off-white tie.
Inside the cathedral, the lights had been dimmed before Elaine's arrival. The wedding party waited in candlelight as the music started.
Candles had been placed inside giant champagne flutes to light the bride's entrance.
Friends said the young woman, who has been engaged to Lar since early this year, was "very relaxed" ahead of the ceremony. "She's so laid-back, she hasn't a care in the world," said one family member.
Elaine's sister Linda and friends Samantha Curtis and Michelle Hogan were bridesmaids. They wore figure- hugging navy satin and lace fish-tail dresses.
Elaine's niece, Aoife Gleeson, cut a dashing figure in a ballerina-length dress with pumps and a faux fur gilet.
Following the ceremony, which lasted more than an hour, Tipperary hurlers – including this year's captain Paul Curran and Lar's team-mates Eoin Kelly, Paudie Maher, Pa Bourke, Eamonn Corcoran and Micheal Webster – formed a guard of honour outside the church.
The players held up hurleys as the happy couple passed underneath and posed for photographs. Another well-known face at the ceremony was Today fm sports broadcaster Paul Collins, who mingled with the hurlers outside the cathedral.
The wedding reception was held in the nearby Anner Hotel in Thurles where more than 250 friends and family gathered to celebrate.