The wedding took place in brilliant sunshine yesterday of the very lovely Miss Jackie Harris, daughter of Mrs Eileen and Mr Liam Harris, Horse & Jockey, Thurles; to Mr Stephen O’Reilly, latter son of Mrs Colleen and Mr Frank O’Reilly, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.
The Bride was chauffeured to her native Church of St Peter In Chains, latter situated in the picturesque hamlet of Moycarkey, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary, by Mr Michael F. Hogan, in a rare vintage 1963 Silver Cloud III, formally owned by William Waldorf Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor.
Their wedding ceremony was conducted by Rev. Fr. John Morris a relative of the Harris family, ably assisted by Rev. Fr. Lorcan Brennan and Moycarkey PP Rev. Fr. George Bourke.
Escorted down the aisle by her father Liam, the bride looked stunningly beautiful; wearing a striking V Neck afternoon wedding gown, with embroidered tulle overlay, lined with smooth satin, latter designed by Amy Hamilton and beautifully foiled by a two-tier chapel bridal veil.
Equally beautiful was her accompanying bridesmaid and sister, Miss Triona Harris, who wore a maxi length ‘eggplant-purple’ gown cinched at the waist with beaded embellishment.
The groom Stephen, together with Adam Meah (Best Man) both looked dashing in their dark suits, elegantly highlighted by white shirts, silver coloured waistcoats and matching ‘eggplant-purple’ and white ties.
The couple proclaimed their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family members and close friends, with music and vocals provided for the ceremony by the well-known and very popular ‘Michael John String Quartet,’ from Tipperary town.
Scripture readings were undertaken by Helen Harris and David Burns, while prayers of the faithful were read by Peadar Kehoe, Gretta Dunne, Marian MacCourt, Lorna Kollat and Michéal Lambert. The Offertory Procession of bread and wine were carried to the Alter by Mrs Eileen Harris and Mrs Colleen O’Reilly, both mothers of the bride and groom. The customary wedding day ‘Communion Reflection,’ was recited by Frank O’Reilly, father of the groom.
Following a very beautiful and relaxed ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs O’Reilly retired to that ever popular Tipperary wedding venue, Dundrum House Hotel, Dundrum, Co Tipperary, where guests were entertained to a Champagne and Wine reception, together with other light refreshments.
Following family photographs in the wonderful private gardens attached to the hotel, the newly married couple joined their guests in the venues main Banqueting Suite for dinner, latter which was followed by dancing very late into the evening; music provided by popular band ‘Bentley Boys’.
The couple have chosen Malta as their favoured honeymoon destination and to Jackie and Stephen go all our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous long life together.