This New York-based Irish couple crossed the Atlantic to exchange vows in Kerry.
Kim Sadlier, from Skerries, County Dublin, and Ian Casey, from Rush, County Dublin, were married at Prince of Peace Church in Fossa this summer.
The wedding ceremony was led by Father Kieran O’Brien and the couple held their reception at the five-star Dunloe Hotel & Gardens.
“As soon as we left the church, we ventured to the Gap of Dunloe. It was pouring rain, but we figured if there was ever a day to go, this was it,” Kim says.
Their photographer, Padraig Healy of Padraig Healy Wedding Photography, led the way and LM Videography was also behind the lens.
“We have incredible photos. It was one of the highlights of the day for sure. The groomsmen carried me up a hill, and it was very funny coming down as Paudie [our photographer] kept shouting, “Look at the sheep shitting!” We laughed all the time, even though we were drowning.
Back at the reception, the two sets of parents, Therese and Paul Sadlier and Alice and Martin Casey, toasted the future happiness of the newlyweds, as did their bridesmaid, Éadaoin Moore, and the wedding party, Kate Lennox. , Dervla Ryan and Michael Lookabaugh. , who came from West Virginia for the occasion.
Sean O’Brien was alongside Ian as a best man with Ciaran Reddin, Ian Thorne and Andrew Stokes as groomsmen. Muireann Casey, Kate Casey, Darcy Sadlier, Pippa Sadlier and Ailbhe Noone were the flowergirls; while Ruaidhrí Casey, Flin Casey and William Noone were the pageboys.
The paths of the newlyweds first crossed when they were in sixth year of high school. “We got together the night I finished my Leaving Cert, June 17, 2010, after meeting at the local nightclub, and started dating a month later,” Kim says.
They have lived in New York for seven years and Ian popped the question on Christmas morning almost a decade after they first saw each other. “We were at home with my family, in pajamas, and after I opened my present, he got down on his knees,” Kim said.
“I know it sounds ridiculous to say I didn’t expect it considering we had been together for 10 years. And living in a small New York apartment, it was hard to hide a ring from me, and also we lived always the good life in New York, so I hadn’t thought about it too much.
But it was “the best surprise,” Kim says.
They tied the knot on June 25 this year and they describe the occasion as “simply magical”.
“We have never felt so much love in one room,” the bride says. “We’ve had family and friends travel from Australia, New Zealand, Iowa, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, New York, London, Switzerland and of course Dublin. .
Kim looked stunning in a custom designed Kathy by Stafford dress paired with Loeffler Randall shoes and Ian wore a bespoke Louis Copeland suit.
The bride’s hairstyle was done by Cathyanne Kelleher and made up by Annette O’Brien.
“Our vision has always been for everyone to have a blast, and everything after that was a bonus. I think we achieved that – we celebrated and danced all weekend.
The groom loves the song Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi and to end his speech, the bride had asked her cousin Adam to play the piece on the piano as a surprise. “It was a really special moment for both of us,” she says.
There were more musical surprises at the post-wedding celebrations the following day at Golden Nugget Bar and Restaurant in Fossa. “The group arrived on their motorcycles, and who had come to play with them but Pat Shortt! They played uproarious, and Pat Shortt even performed the song “Jumbo Breakfast Roll”—a priceless moment! said Kim.
The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Dubai before returning to their base in New York.
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