Hotel Doolin, Co. Clare
Photos courtesy of Mrs Redhead Photography
On May 20, 2022, Limerick native Mark O’Shaughnessy and Clare man Brian McMahon became Mr and Mr in front of 205 close family and friends at Hotel Doolin in Co. Clare.
No strangers to weddings, Mark and Brian both worked at the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick at various points in their hospitality careers. It was through work friends that they were first introduced in 2013 but it wasn’t the romantic “sparks flew” story we are used to reading. These guys were slow burners. On a night out in 2017 and a wonderful conversation that led to a kiss in the Icon nightclub and they weren’t long falling head over heels for each other. Two and a half years later, on a holiday to Malaga Brian, Reservations and Events Manager at Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel Shannon finally got the courage to ask Mark, Head of Operations at The Cliffs of Moher Experience to be his forever. Of course, Mark said yes, and wedding planning was in full swing.
Back in May, standing by their sides at Hotel Doolin Mark was supported by three groomswomen and Brian had two groomsmen and one groomswomen. They walked up the aisle to “Come what may” from Moulin Rouge and their first dance later in the evening was “Unconditional” by Picture This. Instead of wedding favours, the grooms decided to donate money to Limerick Suicide Watch and The Irish Heart Foundation. They have fond memories of taking a wedding picture at Doonagore Castle and Mark lifting his handsome groom, Brian up in the air. It makes for a great mantlepiece picture.
Another moment that really touched the boys was when Brian’s brother, Martin, surprised them with a collage of pictures of them both from childhood up to the current day. Mark and Brian, who now reside in Limerick, had the most memorable day of their lives. They will cherish every moment going forward. And, to finish off the celebration with a bang, they booked a fantastic honeymoon with Trailfinders that took in San Francisco, Miami, a Caribbean cruise, and New York.
- Engagement/wedding rings: Gleeson’s Goldsmiths, Clare
- Suits: Louis Copeland, Galway & Esquire Formal Menswear, Limerick
- Bridesmaids’ dresses: JJS House
- Wedding Celebrant: Mary O’Shea, Humanist Celebrant
- Ceremony music: Kayla McDonagh
- Photographer: Mrs Redhead Photography
- Videographer: SES Digital
- DJ: Conor Crimmins
- Band: Poplife
- Florist: Ri Weddings and Events
- Décor company: Ri Weddings
- Hair/Make-Up: Park Avenue
- Invitations: The Foxford Atelier