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Rugby star Mike McCarthy keeps it casual for Mallorca wedding with fashion designer bride

Published 15/07/2014 | 07:25

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Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding
Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding
Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding
Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding
Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding
Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding

He's unwinding after a busy season on the pitch and Leinster star Mike McCarthy is now enjoying life as a newlywed.

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The 32-year-old former Connacht player married long-term girlfriend Jessica McLean last weekend.

Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding
Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding

Tall second row Mike and his new bride said "I Do" in front of close family and friends in Mallorca.

The loved-up couple opted for a laid back affair, with Mike choosing to ditch the suit and tie and wear an open white shirt and casual brown shoes.

Jessica wore a stunning, mermaid-style Kathy De Stafford lace gown and loose bouncing curls as they hosted a romantic reception at the holiday destination.

"Happily ever after with my amazing husband," the brunette wrote on Twitter after the lavish nuptials.

Jessica spends her time living between Newcastle Upon Tyne, and Ireland.

Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding
Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding

She runs her own made to measure clothing business Garbeau, which she started five years ago whilst studying for a fashion degree at university.

She also works as a part-time model when on Irish shores and is often booked for gigs in front of the camera and is a regular face on TV3's Ireland AM and Xpose fashion slots.

She and Mike are now making the most of the rugby talisman's limited break from the field before he returns to training with the Heineken Cup winning side.

Although a string of Mike's team mates are single, including Ian Madigan and Rob Kearney, many of the Irish rugby set are starting to settle down.

Sean Cronin proposed to his long-term girlfriend Claire Mulcahy while holidaying in New York in June and Ulster winger Tommy Bowe is gearing up for his nuptials after getting down on bended knee in April.

Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding
Mike McCarthy and Jessica McClean wedding

The Monaghan native and his long-term girlfriend, former Miss Wales Lucy Whitehouse (inset), are expected to walk up the aisle next year. Meanwhile, a number of rugby internationals have been toasting their anniversaries this summer.

New parents Jonathan and Laura Sexton celebrated a year of wedded bliss last week.

Gordon D'Arcy and his model wife Aoife Cogan marked two years since their bohemian chic wedding earlier this month and recently retired Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman toasted four years as a married couple on July 2.

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