Perfect match for Sexton as he marries childhood sweetheart
NEWLY-weds Jonathan Sexton and Laura Priestley began their new lives as husband and wife today.
Dozens of locals gathered outside the Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare, Co Limerick, to cheer on the happy couple after the ceremony ended.
A beaming Jonathan (28) gazed adoringly at his new wife Laura (28) before kissing her passionately in front of the cheering locals.
And the happy couple even posed for a few pictures with the crowd.
The childhood sweethearts were joined by their family, friends and Sexton’s Leinster and Ireland team-mates.
And while red may have been the colour of choice for many of the glamorous female guests, nobody could stolen the show from schoolteacher Laura.
Laura looked radiant, wearing a 1920s style cream gown from Dublin boutique Myrtle Ivory.
The triple silk design had a plunging neckline.
She wore her hair up, accessorised with a diamanté headband and white lillie bud.
The three bridesmaids – Gillian Sexton, her sister Cathy Priestley and Emma Richardson - wore floor length dresses, with lillies in their hair.
The groom arrived at the Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare, Co Limerick, accompanied by his best man, brother Mark, as well as his groomsmen, brother Jerry and cousin Roy, at 1:30pm, a half hour before his beautiful bride turned up on the arm of her proud father Maurice.
Brian O’Driscoll was flying solo at this event – his actress wife Amy Huberman remained at home in Dublin due to a family event of her own tomorrow.
Despite Amy’s absence, there was plenty of style on show.
Leinster star Rob Kearney’s former girlfriend, actress Susie Amy, was in attendance, wearing a beautiful red chiffon dress by Carven with silver clutch.
Top model Nadia Forde, ex girlfriend of Leinster star Luke Fitzgerald, wore a daring backless dress, while Dave Kearney’s other half Hayley Ryan bared her legs in a River Island number.
Andrew Trimble’s wife Anna was one of the few female guests to accessorize her outfit with a hat, but also chose a shade of red when it came to picking the perfect dress for the occasion.
Leinster back row Devin Toner turned out with his girlfriend Mary Scott, who wore a floor length black lace frock.
Cian Healy’s model girlfriend Holly Carpenter also chose black, and sported a dress embellished with gold sequins and Christian Louboutin heels.
Leinster captain Leo Cullen looked extremely proud walking beside his beautiful wife Darinne, who wore a soft blue ensemble and her hair in loose curls.
A fashionably late Ronan O’Gara was accompanied by his wife Jessica, who wowed onlookers in a dusty pink, one-shoulder frock, with a braid in her hair.
The men looked extremely dapper dressed in smart suits and sunglasses.
Sporting a beard, former Leinster player Isa Nacewa arrived without a date in tow, as did Ian Madigan and Fergus McFadden.
But of course it was the bride and groom who stole the show.
The loved-up newlyweds emerged after their short wedding service to cheers for the waiting crowds on the street.
Dozens of rugby fans lined out to greet them and the couple happily obliged them by posing for several pictures.