Photographs courtesy of Emma Jervis Photography
By John Harty
It was on Easter Sunday six years ago that Michael Sheehy and Johnny O’ Hara would meet and fall completely head over heels for each other. Michael was working Boston at the time as part of a project for work, while Johnny, whose father is from Cork, was born and raised in Boston.
After spending a year together in the U.S., the soulmates decided to move to Dublin, where they spent three years together before relocating again in 2016 to Los Angeles.
Celebrating their five-year anniversary, the couple took a vacation to Santa Barbara, where they would decide over a couple of drinks that they wanted to spend their lives together, and what better way to show their love than to get married. “A conversation about how amazing it would be to get married in Dingle, Co. Kerry turned into, ‘we’ll be together forever, so let’s do it next year!’”, Michael fondly recalls.
Johnny and Michael’s dream day in Dingle finally came true on July 14, 2018, with the beautiful Dingle Skellig Hotel hosting their nuptials.
Emma of Emma Jervis Photography was there to capture each special moment of their day, along with videographer Liam Higgins, who ensured that there would be fantastic footage of the wedding that could be cherished forever.
The grooms’ stylish suits were made by Michael Andrews NYC, a bespoke tailor located in New York with exceptional service and suits that would steal the spotlight at any fashion show.
Beautiful faces were given that extra sparkle thanks to Orla Shore Make-Up, who Michael describes as the “best in the industry”. Melanie Hughes of Dream Cakes Dingle created the boys’ tasty masterpiece. Forget-Me-Knot Florist provided out of this world floral arrangements and bouquets.
The music was performed by Deja Boo, who had made sure the dance floor was full well into the night.
The fabulous grooms made sure to put several of their own personal touches into their wedding day when planning their wedding to really make it unique and memorable, such as a handfasting ceremony with ribbon from their home places.
Another unique touch the guys had at the wedding were wine bottles being labelled with ‘Let’s hear it for the boys’, which was played as they entered the dining hall.
Out of all the magical moments throughout the day, there was one that was particularly special for them, which was Michael’s sister ordaining the ceremony.
“My favourite moment hands down was our ceremony, my sister ordained the ceremony, and it was perfect, the right balance of humour, romance and fun. It was so personal”, Michael shared.