NEWLYWED TV presenter Dearbhla Lennon has returned home from a three day honeymoon in Paris after tying the knot on the same weekend as her parents’ 40th wedding anniversary.
Dearbhla and her new husband, Gordon Corry, could only get away for three days due to Dearbhla’s work committments, but they are planning to go on a longer trip to Vietnam and Cambodia at the end of April.
“We called our trip to Paris our ‘mini-moon’. We’ve been to Paris a few times and it’s a city we love. The trip to Asia will be our ‘major-moon’. That will be a proper break,” said Dearbhla.
The 32-year-old former Riverdance star from the Red Barn’s Road, Dundalk married her long-time love, Gordon, from Siul na Mara, Lower Point Road on Friday, February 24.
The loved-up couple exchanged vows at St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church just after 1pm in glorious sunshine - the day before Dearbhla’s parents, Brian and Mona, celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary.
“We had such a great day. I tried to plan for every eventuality, just in case, but the day went perfectly. The church was incredible and the music was amazing,” said Dearbhla.
Speaking after the wedding Dearbhla’s mother, Mona Lennon said: “We were blessed and very humbled by the whole thing. We were thrilled that they went for the same weekend as our anniversary.”
Dearbhla and Gordon also chose to have their wedding reception for 250 guests in the same place as Dearbhla’s parents - the Ballymascanlon Hotel, just outside Dundalk.
“In the week leading up to the wedding, there was great excitement. Dearbhla and Gordon put a fierce amount of planning into the wedding. They left no stone unturned,” said Mona.
“It’s a very emotive time. You think back to your own wedding day, and to people who aren’t here anymore. Dearbhla and Gordon’s wedding was a very joyous occasion but there was a bitter-sweet element to it.”
Dearbhla wore an elegant Jenny Packham wedding dress, while her sister, Ciara - her only bridesmaid - wore a full-length mink coloured dress. The best man was Gordon’s older brother, Warren.
Dearbhla’s niece and nephew, Katie Lennon, aged eight, and five-year-old Oisin Lennon from Greenwood Drive served as flower girl and page boy. Fr Michael Cusack officiated at the ceremony.
Music was provided by Setanta Choir and the solist Mamie Warren and organist Trevor Clarke. Dearbhla’s brother, Aidan and Kevin Shields from The Point Road entertained with traditional music.
During the ceremony, both sets of parents, Mona and Brian; and Kevin and Mary were brought up to the altar for a special blessing. Gordon’s parents are due to celebrate their ruby wedding anniversary next year.
At the end of the mass, the bride and groom left the church to the music of Lord of the Dance. The wedding party then went straight out to the Ballymac where guests dined on seabass and steak.
The wedding cake was a chocolate confection made by RTE chef Louise Lennox. The guests partied into the night and continued the celebration the next day in Ridleys.
“I feel so thankful that God was so good to us. We had such a beautiful weekend. We had a lot of guests from all over the world and they were raving about the weather and the scenery. It was great tourism excercise,” said Mona