Wednesday 24 January 2018

This groom won everyone over with his 1980's teen disco on Don't Tell The Bride

Is she impressed? Don't Tell The Bride. Credit: RTE
Is she impressed? Don't Tell The Bride. Credit: RTE
Teenage kicks on Don't Tell The Bride. Credit: RTE
Dad dancing on Don't Tell The Bride. Credit: RTE
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

A bride and groom who never made it to their teenage disco get a second chance on Don't Tell The Bride.

After being engaged for a decade, Monaghan woman Liza Hanley had long thought about how she would like her wedding to be - a day filled with luxury and elegance.

However, groom Dean Watkin had other ideas, and planned to recreate the 1980s Valentine's disco they never got to go to when they were kids.

The pair met when they were just seven-years-old. Dean, originally from Manchester, used to holiday with his family in Ballybay, County Monaghan where Liza and her family lived.

Liza's and Dean on Don't Tell The Bride. Image: RTE
Liza's and Dean on Don't Tell The Bride. Image: RTE

They even gifted each other Valentine's cards when they were 11. Liza kept her card until she was 18. The couple had planned to go to a Valentine's teenage disco together but just before the big night, Dean got called back to Manchester to be with his grandfather who was taken ill.

They eventually reconnected in 1999 when Liza made her move on him in a local pub. Dean then decided to relocate to Ireland three months later and they've been together ever since and are parents to Sammy (six) and Lilly (nine).

Liza's transport on Don't Tell The Bride. Image: RTE
Liza's transport on Don't Tell The Bride. Image: RTE

So for the big day, Dean roped in help from groomsmen Warren and Paul to turn the day into a spectacle of glowsticks, legwarmers and shell suits for a trip down memory lane.

Applying the eighties theme to every aspect of the wedding, Dean hired a Ford Cortina to bring his bride to the ceremony, but also wanted to make Liza's dream of travelling by chariot come true.

Liza's transport on Don't Tell The Bride. Image: RTE
Liza's transport on Don't Tell The Bride. Image: RTE

When finding a chariot in Monaghan proved unsuccessful, Dean decided to take matters into his own hands by making his own.

Liza couldn't hide her surprise when the Ford Cortina pulled up beside the homemade chariot, but little did she know the biggest surprise of all was to come - her wedding was taking place on a boat.

Dad dancing on Don't Tell The Bride. Credit: RTE
Dad dancing on Don't Tell The Bride. Credit: RTE

Was she happy? Of course.

Viewers at home were also touched by the thoughtful trip down memory lane.

Teenage kicks on Don't Tell The Bride. Credit: RTE
Teenage kicks on Don't Tell The Bride. Credit: RTE

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