Kelly Brady & Stephen Archer
July 13, 2018 – Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Photos courtesy of Dan Sheridan Photography
Although they had been acquaintances while they were both studying in University College Cork, nurse Kelly Brady and Munster rugby player Stephen Archer met officially for the first time in a night club when they were both 20 years old. Several years and two beautiful children later, Stephen proposed to Kelly during their annual weekend away at Ballymaloe House Hotel in March 2017. “I never suspected a thing as we go there every year. We were just about to go for dinner when he got down on one knee. He proposed with my mother’s engagement ring. I cried for a few minutes, but we couldn’t tell anyone until the next day as the area we were staying in had no phone reception,” Kelly reveals. Their love story began its next chapter with a ceremony in the Society of African Missions centre on Blackrock Road followed by the reception in Maryborough Hotel & Spa.
Kelly says that having their two children, Alex and Casey, present for their wedding is her most cherished aspect of the day. The couple also loved being able to see all their guests enjoying themselves at the drinks reception and are especially grateful that the Maryborough staff catered for photography to take place alongside the celebrations so they didn’t have to be separate from their loved ones.
From the offset, the couple visualised their day as a huge party and ensuring everyone enjoyed themselves was a priority. “We really wanted a wedding that would be entertaining for our kids too, and the venue’s petting zoo and outdoor area really helped with this,” Kelly recalls. Having loved ones involved in their day added a unique significance to the couple’s day. Kelly’s first cousin and make-up artist Siobhan O’Sullivan enhanced the bride’s beauty, while her other cousin Mary-Claire O’Sullivan was the couple’s chosen vocalist.
How was your experience with Maryborough Hotel & Spa?
“We can’t recommend Maryborough enough. Everything I wanted or asked for they did without question. I was set on having trestle tables and even though they had never done a wedding like that, they were more than willing to try it and it was a huge success. The food was outstanding and guests are still bringing up how gorgeous it was even now. The venue feels like a home away from home for us, as we live nearby and go there regularly as a family. The staff have always been so nice and welcoming, so having our wedding here was a no brainer for us. The Orangery is an amazing room with garden views and an incredible outdoor area. A truly stunning venue that is a hidden gem of Cork city.”