Wednesday 18 September 2019

The loves of my life: Anna Geary

The TV presenter and bride-to-be chats to Chloe Brennan about her upcoming wedding and her favourite people, places and things in life

Anna Geary
Anna Geary

Radio & TV broadcaster, 'Ireland's Fittest Family' coach and bride-to-be Anna Geary is working with Zenflore on a campaign to change your life and manage stressful times with ease

The person

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I want the good times to keep rollin', so I had better say Kev [Anna's fiance, Kevin Sexton]. In fairness to him, he makes me laugh, he cooks, he loves sport, movies and listening - my kinda guy. He is forever stealing my towels, though!

The memory

I think the day Kev asked me to marry him. It will forever stick out in my mind, not just because it was such a special moment, but also, it was one of the few moments in my life I was rendered speechless, as I wasn't expecting it. We went out for a walk, in casual clothes, slightly 'hairy' after my friend's wedding the day before.

The moment of the day

I am a night owl by nature, but I love exercising in the morning, and my favourite moment of the day is when I have just finished my workout and am hopping into the shower. The endorphins are flying, and I am buzzing with energy. For me, exercise is as much for my mind as it is for my body. Especially now, with the craziness of juggling wedding planning, moving into a new house and work. It definitely destresses me mentally and physically, and sets me up for the day ahead.

The song

Proud Mary by Tina Turner - watch me hit the dance floor when it comes on.

The movie

Lately, I'm a sucker for nostalgic movies - Sister Act, Pretty Woman, Three Men and a Baby. But Father of the Bride gets the nod, it's hilarious! Now, I'm watching it with a close eye on the wedding details, too.

The book

My wedding-planner journal at the moment; or Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, when I want to get away from my wedding planner!

The hero

I have two: my parents. They have given me so much and have constantly supported me, no matter what. They have put up with me at my worst, and have been the driving force when I'm at my best. Knowing I'm ever only a phone call away, or a drive away from my own bed at home, is something I am so grateful for.

The outfit

The first one that springs to mind is the white ensemble I'll be wearing in a few weeks! I'm getting it made by Paula King at Tamem Michael, and let me tell you, trust and patience - on her side - are key. It's great fun, and the dress design is constantly changing.

The accessory

Never underestimate the power of a big smile. It can jazz up any outfit!

The hotel

Castlemartyr Resort in Cork. We got engaged there, and it's where our wedding reception will be. The alluring landscaped gardens and the general setting of the resort are incredible, but, for me, it's the staff that make the place top-notch. People and their energy are so important, and the staff at Castlemartyr create such a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

The beauty product

Environ Skin Care has changed my skin, and, in turn, changed my confidence. I have unpredictable skin, and investing in my skin was the best decision ever! Corinna at Monica Tolan beauty clinic is looking after my skin in the lead-up to my wedding, and she swears by Environ.

The friend

My three bridesmaids, Joanne, Claire and Joanna, bring out the best in me. My mam deserves an honourable mention, too, as she is the first person I go to if I need advice, or a bit of perspective.

The hobby

Camogie will always be a passion of mine, and most of my life has centred around it. I'll happily watch most sports on TV, but camogie has afforded me a lot of opportunity and endless hours of enjoyment. The 20x20 national campaign tagline - If she can't see it, she can't be it - is so important when it comes to promoting and participating in women's sport.

The pet hate

Rudeness and people saying nasty things about others, especially online. That's the reality we live in now, unfortunately, where some people think they are entitled to make whatever public judgments they wish. If you don't know someone, if you have never even met them, why do you think it's OK to declare what you think about them online?

The bar

Flannery's pub in Dublin - it's where I bumped into Kev for the first time.

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