Tuesday 27 September 2016

Real Irish Weddings: A love story six years in the making for Aisling and Maurice

Words by Caitlin McBride; Pictures by Jenny McCarthy

Published 12/10/2015 | 14:05

“Maurice was a few years my senior in secondary school, it took him nearly six years to pluck up the courage to ask me on a date,” Aisling Daly tells Independent Style of the beginning of her love story.

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She and husband Maurice O’Donnell, both from Co Limerick, attended school together but it wasn’t until they met again at a local hurling match that in 2010 their friendship blossomed into romance.

Aisling, a nurse and Maurice, a farmer, exchanged vows at St Peter and Paul’s Church in his native Kilmallock before dancing the night away with family and friends at Adare’s Dunraven Arms Hotel.

Aisling recalls the moment he proposed at Christmas time, beginning what she calls the “first best day of the rest of my life”.

“As we left our family homes after a few hot toddies on Christmas Eve night, my three sisters were disappointed they hadn’t seen a ring that day,” Aisling explained.

“When we reached our home together we decided to exchange presents and to my absolute amazement , Maurice handed me a small box with the biggest present I have ever received. “It was honestly the first best day of the rest of my life!”

Wearing a traditional silk white gown from Enzoani Inara from Aibheil, of Adare, the bride recalled her favourite moment from her wedding day, was being surrounded by people they love.

“It was just after the first dance, when I looked around to see every single person I care for enjoying themselves and helping make one of the most important days of my life so amazing.” The couple honeymooned in the Maldives.

Do you want your wedding featured on Independent.ie? Email Caitlin McBride at cmcbride@independent.ie.

For more of Jenny McCarthy's work, visit www.photosbyjen.ie.

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