They discovered they knew chemistry during physics class and Emma-Louise (Emma) O’Brien and Thomas (Tom) Barry recently exchanged vows.
Emma, originally from Cheshire, UK, and now living in Clashmore, Co Waterford, and Tom from Lismore, County Waterford, met during their days at Blackwater Community School in Lismore and started dating the Emma’s 18th birthday.
Fast forward to another milestone birthday, and Tom popped the question in the gardens of Versailles in 2020, during a trip to Paris to mark Emma’s 30th birthday.
The couple announced their engagement when they moved into their forever home in Clashmore last year.
Buildings that have deep meaning for the star couple in their love story. The next chapter began in May 2020 at a historic County Waterford estate – the location of their intimate wedding ceremony, led by solemn interfaith Marian Dooley.
“Tom used to live in the gatehouse at Tourin House & Gardens. Tourin House is the home of the Jameson family and Tom and his family have been friends with the Jameson sisters all his life,” Emma explains.
“They don’t facilitate weddings, but we were delighted when they agreed to allow us to have the ceremony in the grounds around their house. Tom’s father Keith jokingly said on the day of the wedding: “Barrys was born there, died there and now one of us got married there.”
“With such an old family connection to the estate and a friendship with the family, we felt privileged to be the first, and perhaps the only, to be married here.”
The father of the bride, David O’Brien, arrived from Perth, Australia for the occasion. “My dad had a long way to walk me down the aisle,” Emma jokes.
Emma’s mother, Christine Healy, and Tom’s mother and father, Rose and Keith Barry, Emma’s grandfather, Ray Milne, and Tom’s grandparents, Brenda and Billy Barry , also toasted their happiness.
Emma’s cousin Carla Sullivan was matron of honor and her friends Niamh Coughlan and Dermot Horgan were the maid of honor and maid of honor respectively, while her cousins Nadia Sullivan and Isabella Sullivan were the bridesmaids of honor.
Carla’s husband, James Sullivan, was also the wedding photographer while a friend, Ruairi O’Neill, was the videographer.
The groom’s brothers David and Kevin Barry were by his side as best man and groomsman while his friends Paul O’Mara, Ben Haynes and Sam Wilson served as groomsmen.
Emma looked perfect in a Madison James Bridal design from Cinderella’s Closet, Cork. “They were really friendly and I felt so relaxed being a plus size bride here,” she says.
“The cocktail party was held at Tourin House, with Prosecco and juice provided by Keniry’s Centra in Tallow, thanks Tim for helping us out at the last minute,” the bride explains.
Then off to The Old Bank, Dungarvan, for the wedding feast. “It was another historic building for us to celebrate our day while enjoying fantastic locally sourced food, great atmosphere and exceptional service,” the bride said.
The post-wedding celebration took place at The Creamery, Dungarvan. “My friends Dermot Horgan (bridal shower), Gustavo Zepeda, Lisa Hartnett, my mother (Christine Healy) and my fairy godmother (Angela Welwood) helped decorate the place with the fantastic Debra who works there,” explains the bride.
DJ Tomcat provided the music while the wedding cakes were prepared by friends and family and decorated by Emma and Rachel Wilson, another close friend.
The wedding party traveled in style in Emma’s mother’s restored Mini. “It seemed like the perfect vehicle for the job, although getting into it was fun,” says Emma.
“We can’t stress enough the importance we place on the circle of people who have supported us in making this day truly special, especially my mum.”
The bride’s hairstyle was done by Kim Glam Hair, Aglish; with makeup by Crazy Dolls MUA, Cork, and flower arrangements by Ina McCarthy Flowers, Midleton.
Suits were from Best Menswear, Mahon Point. “Scott was excellent to deal with,” Emma says.
The wedding decorations were handmade by the couple’s friends, Aisling Byrne, Lisa Hartnett, Naomi Lawlee and Emma’s mother, Christine.
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