Our man Barry Egan hits jackpot with radiant Aoife
"I feel like I've hit the jackpot." They're the words every woman wants to hear and every man wants to utter on their wedding day.
And Sunday Independent columnist Barry Egan did just that as he raised a toast to his radiant bride Aoife Mac Goilla Ri just as the sun set on a glorious summer's day at the plush Powerscourt Hotel in Enniskerry.
The couple looked the picture of happiness as they were joined by family and friends - and also by a few well-known faces from Dublin society in the glorious grounds of the Co Wicklow estate after an intimate formal ceremony at the Unitarian Church on St Stephen's Green
Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan was in attendance, along with Gerald Kean and his fiancee Lisa Murphy, charity campaigner Debbie Deegan and her daughter Sophie, designer Pauric Sweeney with partner Ludo. Socialite and businesswoman Virgina Macari and her fiance Kaste Dahl, who flew in from their new residence in Spain to help celebrate the nuptials.
Guest Oliver Callan, the celebrated mimic and satirist, had the room in convulsions when he used his many characters and voices to take the mick out of Barry and his guests.
Afterwards Brendan O'Connor gave a stellar best man speech that poked fun at Barry's much-envied bachelor life in the halcyon days of the Celtic Tiger. And he spoke of the calming influence his new bride has had on the social diarist and confidante of the stars.
And there was even a special message from the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins
The groom brought the room to a hush as he described his love for Aoife and his hopes for their future. And in typically self-deprecatory mode he quipped: "I'm sorry Nigella couldn't make it today."
Musician Mundy entertained the crowd until the early hours after a joyous day.