What Goth has joined together: high five as celebrities tie the knot
LARISSA NOLAN LOVE was in the air this weekend as five loved-up couples got hitched - all in very different styles. Burlesque star Dita Von Teese married her Gothic rocker Marilyn Manson; model Vivienne Connolly said "I do" to Ben Dunne's son Mark; and Athina Onassis - one of the world's richest women - married Brazilian industrialist Doda de Miranda.
In a ceremony with a twist in New York, Dubliner Robert Cass married Jackie Forster, on the balcony of the city's Grand Central station on Friday. They said it was an act of defiance against the September 11 attacks.
And Irish Independent journalist Samantha McCaughren - daughter of writer Tom McCaughren - tied the knot with Peter Geoghegan in Offaly.
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson's nuptials were held in the suitably Gothic 1886-built Gurteen Le Paor mansion in Kilsheelin, south Tipperary.
The venue is owned by Manson's Austrian friend, artist Gottfried Helnwein, who bought it in 1999 and restored it to its former glory.
The self-styled Prince of Darkness's wedding to beauty Von Teese attracted such high-profile celebrities as Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie, and superstar actor Johnny Depp. A team of assistants spent the last few days getting the imposing castle in order for the big event.
Raven-haired Dita wore a specially commissioned Vivienne Westwood wedding gown for her big day.
Earlier this year, she stated that her wedding dress would not be what was expected of her, saying: "I'm not going to wear white, black or red. I'm not wearing any Gothic wedding gown or some big puffy white dress."
Vivienne Connolly married businessman Mark Dunne at Ashford Castle yesterday. Vivienne and Mark celebrated at a lavish reception at which their 18-month-old son Ben took pride of place.
Thousands of miles away in Sao Paolo, more than 1,000 bottles of champagne were drunk at the wedding of Athina Onassis, the last remaining descendant of legendary Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.
Aristotle's 20-year-old grand-daughter, who is said to be worth $3bn, wed Alvaro Alfonsa de Miranda - known as "Doda" - a Brazilian industrialist.
The wedding was such a secret that all suppliers had to sign a contract under which they cannot give interviews to the press, and they will have to pay damages if they breach that deal. More than 750 guests attended the event.
Athina inherited her family fortune when her mother Christina Onassis died from a drug overdose in 1998.
Dublin-born Rob Cass, 44, chose an unusual venue to exchange vows with his fiancee Jackie Forster, 40, in Manhattan on Friday.
The pair held their wedding in Grand Central station, one of New York's most famous buildings. Rob and Jackie were married on the balcony of the 42nd Street train station, as the concourse teemed with homebound rail commuters during the rush hour.
Music producer Rob, who was with friends in New York during the time of the bombings, said: "I will not be intimidated by terrorism. New York is my spiritual home. The attacks were unbelievable, I was in a state of shock."
Ever since, he has wanted to make a stand against terrorism and he found the answer in a wedding setting. Wife Jackie felt the same.
"I know it sounds kind of corny but we wanted to make this statement. You cannot be scared to be out in the open, so we chose the most beautiful building in the world, Grand Central Station."
Closer to home, Irish Independent financial journalist, Samantha McCaughren, married Peter Geoghegan in Kinnity Castle in Offaly yesterday.
Samantha is the daughter of writer and former RTE security correspondent, Tom McCaughren.