Our Wedding Story: Wedding bells ring out at Christ Church crypt

‘We fell in love with it the minute we stepped foot in it’

 

Sinead Murphy and John O’Dwyer

When Sinead, from Dublin, and John from Louth, met out in Dublin in early 2014, they realised that they knew a lot of the same people and their paths had crossed many times in the past.

John, a manager in the Irish health services, proposed to Sinead after dinner in their home on New Year’s Eve 2014. After a registry office ceremony the week before, Sinead and John had their “real wedding” – a blessing and exchange of rings officiated by John’s uncle Aean, a retired minister – on September 12th, 2015.

“We had heard about the crypt in Christ Church Cathedral, and fell in love with it the minute we stepped foot in it,” said Sinead, an e-learning project manager. “It worked out perfectly as there was no moving between venues so the evening flowed beautifully.”

But as the venue is open to the public, it meant a considerable amount of work.

“We could only hire it from 5pm and the ceremony started at 6pm. We had an hour to get the place ready. So the two of us, our families, and the catering [Dan from Relish Cuisine] and crypt staff flew around and got everything ready in that one hour.”

“This might sound like a nightmare for some couples but for us it was fun and a great distraction before the ceremony.”

The couple didn’t have bridesmaids and groomsmen but agree their wedding wouldn’t have been the occasion it was without the help of their loved ones, including Sinead’s sisters Ruth and Ally and John’s brother Liam. Sinead’s cousin Johnny compiled a playlist of classical music for the reception and John’s friend helped source the PA system.

Sinead’s friend Yvonne sang and organised the background music. Their band, The Incredibles from Cork, “nailed the first dance”, Landon Pigg’s Falling in Love in a Coffee Shop. The cake was made by Denise Walsh and Penny Plunkett.

The newlyweds both say the ceremony – which they wrote themselves – was their favourite part of the day with John adding that, “I was never so proud as to be standing across from Sinead.”

Sinead and John honeymooned in California and Mexico.

Photographer: Tomasz Kornas Photography, tomaszkornas.com

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.