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Thursday 13 December 2018

Second time around for Kissandra

Kissandra MacAnthony
Kissandra MacAnthony
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Everything is better second time round. But when Dublin beauty Kissandra MacAnthony, the daughter of Irish multi-millionaire property tycoon Austin, says it, she means second time round on the second time round. Let me explain.

As the beautiful bride, who is based in Florida where she runs a real estate company, told me of her wedding last Friday to beau Kelvin Prez in Florida, "We actually married at the courthouse . . . well, if it was good enough for Carrie and Mr Big!" she laughed meaning the two love-birds from Sex & The City. Afterwards, Kissandra and Kelvin had a small reception at The Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Golf And Country club on Bay Hill Boulevard in Orlando.

"I just wanted it small and about myself, Kelvin and Finn [her daughter] - instead of another big wedding," Kissandra added, referring to her 2006 big, phat Spanish wedding to Irish hairdresser Paul O'Reilly at the Ritz Carlton in Marbella attended by Teresa and Bernard Rocca, Bernie and Lorenzo Cafolla, Shiela Eustace, and Virginia Macari. The Marbs' nuptials were so achingly Celtic Tiger that the bride wore two wedding dresses on the day (first an Elie Saab number and then another by Badgley Mischka) and Lisa Murphy was her bridesmaid.

This time around in Orlando, it was what you might call an intimate affair with just immediate families present - among them, Kissandra's father, and her two siblings, Darragh and Wendy. Kissandra's mother Elizabeth sadly died in 2004.

Kissandra met business man Kelvin in July, 2013, in Orlando and, she told me, "we haven't spent a day apart since. Friends introduced me to Kelvin one night and I can honestly say it was love at first sight. He made me giggle like a teenager.

"The wedding was very special, a fabulous day. I'm the happiest I have ever been," Kissandra, whose divorce was finalised in October, told me. "I did the huge wedding last time - and this time, the last time, I just wanted it to be about us. The way it should be."

After the wedding, the happy couple drove up the coast for a few days to unwind in Miami. And then - and this is a big 'and then' - they jetted "on to my dad's house on Paradise Island in the Bahamas for our honeymoon." Kissandra (who grew up in Rathmines in Dublin) and her husband are hoping to fly over to Ireland for the New Year. "Kelvin is dying to go."

Let's see if the newly weds are still giggling like teenagers in the January snow.

Sunday Independent

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