Sunshine and flowers as Robbie Brady weds childhood sweetheart
Irish soccer international Robbie Brady married his childhood sweetheart Kerrie Harris yesterday afternoon after the bride stopped traffic in the little Limerick village of Crecora.
A long line of cars came to a halt as locals scrambled to catch a glimpse of the bride, who stepped out in a floor-length cream dress that glittered and shimmered as she walked through the afternoon sunshine of the idyllic country churchyard.
With her brown hair swept back under a long veil, the 26-year-old smiled and received a kiss from her father, Damien, before stepping through cream curtains into the church to wed her long-time love, who was waiting inside.
The entrance of St Peter & Paul's Church was adorned with white roses, while the aisle was lined with big bouquets. Afterwards, the team behind the floral display generously gave away hundreds of white roses, hydrangeas and peonies to locals to take home as memories from the day.
Robbie had arrived impressively early at 11.40am, while Kerrie waited until 1.25pm to make her grand entrance.
Guests included John O'Shea, Paul McShane, Seamus Coleman, Wes Hoolahan, Shane Long and his wife Kayleah, Jeff Hendrick, model Michele McGrath and Nadia Forde and her fiance, Welsh rugby player Dominic Day - recently returned from a romantic holiday in Italy.
A gospel choir could be heard welcoming the 120 guests with Oh Happy Day!, Stevie Wonder's For Once in My Life and Nat King Cole's L-O-V-E.
The couple's four-year-old daughter Halle stood excitedly by her mother's side in a little white dress.Kerrie posted on her social media page shortly before the event: "Today I marry my best friend and better half of me." Adding, "I've never been more ready for this day in my life."
A white-ribboned Bentley chauffeured the couple to a reception in Adare Manor.
Robbie, from Baldoyle, and Kerrie, from Swords, in north Co Dublin, met on their first date as teenagers at the foot of O'Connell Street's Spire. Their romance blossomed long before Robbie found wealth and fame as one of Ireland's star players and over the years, their union has gone from strength to strength.
There was nothing like local hospitality to make the day. Taxi driver James O'Shaughnessy picked up Wes Hoolahan from a Limerick hotel to take him to the church.
En route. Wes told the driver he would love a cold drink but was informed that Crecora's claim to fame is that it is a village without a pub. But James had another idea. He invited Wes back to his house where Wes had a cold beer in the sunshine before continuing on to the church.