Cupid’s arrow was right on target for Shóna Murphy and Daniel Bloom.
Their paths crossed for the first time seven years ago. “We had both moved to Dublin to work at the same tech company. We met thanks to a new mutual friend and it was love at first sight, ”said Shóna.
Now based in Midleton, County Cork, they got engaged in December 2018.
“Daniel surprised me with a night in Killarney. He proposed to the viewpoint in front of the Aghadoe Heights overlooking the Lakes of Killarney. We stayed at Ballyseede Castle in Tralee that night as I had always said I wanted to get married there – so we booked the place the next morning! Shona said.
The bride, from Midleton, and the groom, from London, got married in December 2020 in a spiritual ceremony at Ballyseede Castle and held their reception at the same venue.
Helen O’Sullivan of Spiritual Ceremonies Ireland married the couple and also helped them celebrate the parents of the bride, Margaret and John Murphy, and the mother and father of the groom, Claire and Ray Bloom, as well as the sister and the Bridesmaid of Shóna, Críona Morrin. The groom’s father Ray was also the best man.
The couple’s daughter, Isabelle, five, was delighted to take center stage with their nieces, Aoibhín, two, and Maeve, 10, as bridesmaids, with their son, Harry, a an, and their nephew Donnacha, seven, at the heart of the action also as pageboys.
“Our big day was just perfect,” said Shóna. “While the preparation for our wedding and the initial plan for our big day have changed due to Covid, we made the most of it and enjoyed every second of the day itself. We originally planned to have 120 guests. nearly half of which were from the UK – however we had 25 close family members and a few friends and the rest of our guests enjoyed the ceremony via Zoom.
“We were so lucky that Daniel’s parents and sister were able to travel and quarantine themselves just in time for Christmas and then our wedding. Sadly Daniel’s witness was unable to attend, but we can’t wait to see everyone and celebrate as it should when it is safe to do so! The most important thing for us was to get married and end the year the way we always wanted – as husband and wife!
Shóna wore an elegant Anna Campbell wedding dress and her hair and makeup were by Laura Lou Hair Stylist and Áine McMahon, respectively. “My mom gave me my grandmother’s handwritten shopping list and the miraculous medal to hang on my flowers as my ‘something old’,” the bride said.
The groom and his group were super dapper in Louis Copeland’s tuxedo in Cork.
“We were treated like royalty in Ballyseede,” said Shóna. “Our guests were so happy to socialize that it meant the room was filled with so much happiness and you could really feel the love all day long.”
Wedding photographer Ciara O’Donnell and Maurice O’Carroll of Velvetine Films were behind the lens and Maura Sheehy of Maura’s Cottage Flowers created the flower arrangements.
Fun moments abounded during the intimate event: “My two year old niece got up and shouted ‘goodbye’ right after we finished our vows and she walked out of the ceremony – I think she was. she has had enough! Shona said.
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