Childhood sweethearts brought together by their love of sport
Emma Breen & Orla Neary
September 23, 2016 – Langtons House Hotel Kilkenny
Emma Breen didn’t have to look very hard to find the love of
her live, Orla Neary. These two grew up together playing camogie since they
were six but it wasn’t until they were 16 that Emma got a lifechanging text
from Orla while she was in the library at school. Orla had asked her on a date
and the lovebirds have been inseparable ever since. The couple now live
together in Kilkenny with their two dogs Buddy and Holly.
They went to a James Stephens Camogie Club match, the club
they both played in, on their first date and made a ten-year plan that day.
Their plan consisted of finishing school, go to college, get jobs, find a
house, get engaged on their eighth anniversary and get married on their tenth. Despite
being ready to get engaged much earlier into the relationship they followed
their path and they both got down on one knee on September 23, 2014 in the
gardens of Kilkenny Castle and said yes!
The couple celebrated their wedding at Langtons House Hotel
Kilkenny, using the set theatre and the ballroom, with 160 guests.
THE WEDDING PARTY
Stephanie Sherrard, Mary Brady and Leah Coonan stood as
bridesmaids for the girls and the dapper bridesmen were Michael Breen, Patrick
Neary and Michael Molloy. The adorable flowergirl was Chloe Neary and the proud
parents were Michael and Margaret Breen and Paddy and Maria Neary.
THE WEDDING TEAM
Orla wore a stunning ivory gown from Sabella Bridal in
Waterford chosen carefully after many shopping trips, and Emma wore a fabulous
blue suit from Hennessy’s formal wear Kilkenny. The brides made the brooch
bouquets themselves along with a wand for their flowergirl and Orla’s bouquet
included a brooch from her Nanny Neary who had passed away. Emma made the
wedding cake and dessert table for the big day.
Emma’s cousin, Chloe Power, provided the ceremony music and
Men in Black band played after the meal. Photography by Ben captured the
couple’s day wonderfully and was amazing on the day and Limelight Videography caught
their precious moments on. Cathleen Grace-cashin helped to beautify the brides
with fantastic hairdos and Jenny O’Brien was on hand to do the ladies’ makeup.
Emma’s dad, Milo Breen, ‘master of invitations’ provided the girls with their
invites and the wedding cars were also provided by family, with Emma’s dad and
brother’s Volkswagen Golfs used for the bridal party and an Audi for the brides
provided by Orla’s cousin Nicola.
Orla got her wedding ring in Nolan’s Jewellers Kilkenny
while Emma’s ring had belonged to her grandmother, Margaret ‘Peg’ Doran.
THE WEDDING THEME
Emma and Orla went with a rustic outdoor theme that was
really influenced by their love for dogs. Emma grew up training greyhounds with
her grandad and uncle, and Orla swiftly joined in on the fun so all of their
tables were named after greyhounds. “Our precious pooches couldn’t make it on
the day but they also had cookies dedicated to them on the dessert table”, the
Emma’s favourite memories included seeing Orla walk down the
aisle after such a long wait and dancing all night long, while Orla loved
walking down the aisle and getting photos with their family in Langton’s
Courtyard as well as the surprise Ferrero Rocher Tree.
The ladies decided to have two first dances, Westlife’s ‘Us
Against The World’, a song they loved as teenagers, and ‘The Story’ by Sara
Emma and Orla did a lot themselves to make their day personal
and it certainly paid off. Orla’s favourite touch were the Tayto sandwiches
they had put out at the end of the night as a treat. They also had a candle
centrepiece designed with their two family names on them, Doran-Breen and
Neary-Coonan. Emma’s grandad Jim and her mom Margaret lit one part of the
centrepiece and Orla’s Nanny Biddy and her mom Maria lit the other part to
signify two families joining together.
The girls also made confetti for their guests to throw which
was a great hit and they got some fabulous pictures out of it.
Orla’s dad is a hurley maker and for the brides’ ceremony
exit he had made six hurleys which were held up by Orla’s brother Michael and sister
Aoife, Emma’s aunts Teresa and Helena and her cousins Shane and Darren.
The desert table was Emma’s brainchild. “She pulled out all
the stops and made brownies, cheesecake, pavlova, cookies, cupcakes the list
goes on. She also roped in the whole family. Her brother Michael made Banoffi
Pie and cookies, aunt Bernie made apple tarts and Noelle made her amazing
chocolate buns to name but a few,” Orla recalls. There was also a trifle
showdown between Emma’s aunt Geraldine and Orla’s Aunt Rita making their
traditional family versions but alas, the brides won’t share the winner. Emma’s
mom also surprised Orla with a Ferrero Rocher Tree as they’re her favourite
The newlyweds booked their honeymoon through Marble City
Travel, they spent a week on a cruise around the Mediterranean followed by a
week in Emma’s parents’ house in Torrevieja, Spain.