Third wedding date works for Professors Stephanie and Daithí
It was a lucky third time case when it came to Stephanie Egan and DaithÃ Casey’s wedding dream.
Stephanie, from Kilcummin, Killarney, County Kerry, and DaithÃ, from Sunnyhill Lower Killarney, had originally planned a celebration with a guest list of 300 at the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney, for May 15, 2020.
Stephanie and DaithÃ – both primary school teachers – met in January 2013 while attending the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin. Being the only Kerry to participate in the course, they quickly became best friends, sharing the long drive or train ride up and down each week. It wasn’t until after their class ended in May 2014 that they started dating.
Four years later, DaithÃ proposed on Derrynane Beach and they celebrated in the Parknasilla Great Southern Hotel.
As they planned their big day last year, March 12, it was announced that schools were to close due to the pandemic. âWe knew we might have to postpone if we wanted the wedding we had planned, Bernadette Randles (owner of The Dromhall), Ciara O’Callaghan (wedding planner) and Mike Talbot (event manager) wouldn’t were able to do more time for us, they sat down with us, looked at all of our options and available dates and we agreed to reschedule until December, âsaid Stephanie.
They then set a date for December 3. âThings seemed more positive when we got back to school in September, but we knew from talking with the hotel that we weren’t going to get the numbers we had planned, so we went to see Marie Janot, the organizer of wedding in the heights of Aghadoe, to discuss having a more intimate affair in the penthouse, âsaid Stephanie.
Then came the lockdown and the couple moved the nuptials to December 17, 2020.
It was a ‘third chance’ case, said the couple who exchanged vows at Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, during a mass led by Father Paddy O’Donoghue and Father Tom Looney.
âOn the morning of the wedding, the rain fell but it could not humiliate us! We were so happy and grateful to be able to say âyesâ after all the waiting and uncertainty! Â»Says StÃ©phanie. âWe had 25 guests and while we were alone for all the people we wished we could share the day with, we had the perfect day!
âWe will be eternally grateful to all who waited patiently outside the church to greet us and congratulate us on tying the knot, including family, friends, aunts, uncles, cousins. And Dr Crokes’ teammates who due to restrictions could not attend it was very emotional but made the day so special we got to see them.
Sally MacMonagle, their photographer, captured the big day on camera and the couple were delighted to see a mystery guest. “Our little puppy, Kobe, made a surprise appearance (we had such a shock!) Inside and outside the church after our nuptials and is part of the church group photo.” , said Stephanie.
Before arriving at the Penthouse at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel, they stopped in front of the five-star hotel at the home of Stephanie’s late grandmother, Mary Cronin, now the residence of her uncle Thomas and partner Kitty.
Stephanie’s parents, Bridget and John, and DaithÃ’s mother, Colette Casey, toast their future.
The bride’s sister, Sarah Egan, was her bridesmaid while her sister-in-law, Sarah Nagle-Egan, and her friends, Niamh Horan and Michelle O’Leary, were her bridesmaids.
DaithÃ’s friends and Kerry and Dr Crokes’ teammates Fionn Fitzgerald and Johnny Buckley stood by his side as best man and best man, while his childhood friends Niall O’Connell and David Neeson , were his groomsmen.
Stephanie’s nephews, twins Jack and OisÃn Egan, were the pageboys.
The bride looked stunning in a gown sourced from Finesse in Listowel while the bridesmaids were ready to photograph in dresses from the Princess Rooms in Cobh.
The groom and his group were outfitted by Suits Select, Tralee.
The bride’s makeup was done by Aideen McCarthy with the help of Orla Kelly and the hairstyle was done by Marie Maye with the help of Zara.
Stephen O’Donoghue was the videographer and Tie the Knot, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick created the flower arrangements.
âDue to restrictions we were unable to leave Killarney but stayed one night at the Penthouse in Aghadoe Heights and two nights in the Randles Court Hotel suite after the wedding which was fantastic. We had hoped to go to Italy or South Africa, but we hope to get there in the future.
Stephanie is a teacher at Knockaderry NS, Farranfore, and DaithÃ teaches at CBS Primary, Tralee.
They live in Bellview Woods, Killarney.