Valentia provides the magic of the film set for an island wedding

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You could hardly wish for a more out-of-the-ordinary cinematic backdrop for your wedding shots.

After all, Valentia’s neighboring island, Skellig Michael, was Luke Skywalker’s sanctuary in the star warsmovies.

And once Rebecca Curran and Dominic Tully said ‘yes’, cameras followed them as they strolled hand-in-hand through the South Kerry landscape that sweeps over Geokaun mountain and cliffs and overlooks the bay from Foilhummerum.

Rebecca Curran and Dominic Tully with Denise Curran and Barry Delargy

“I always wanted to get married on Valentia Island because it’s my home and I’m very proud of it,” says Rebecca.

She and Dominic were married in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Knightstown, Valentia Island, by Father Larry Kelly.

They enjoyed a photoshoot led by Micheál O’Sullivan of Kerry www.osullivanphotographyirl.com who also took in Valentia Bridge and the 17th century lighthouse before their reception at the Royal Valentia Hotel, Knightstown.

“My family home is only a five minute drive from the church and the hotel is only a two minute walk which made the day so much easier and relaxing for everyone as it was not There was no church car at reception – and as many of the guests were local, they were able to wake up in their own beds the next morning, which was a bonus,” says Rebecca.

Rebecca Curran and Dominic Tully with Anne and Kevin Curran and Pauline and Danny Tully
Rebecca Curran and Dominic Tully with Anne and Kevin Curran and Pauline and Danny Tully

The bride and groom, who are from Kilburn, London, and have strong roots in Donegal, first met in London, where they are currently based.

“We met at Kingdom Bar in Kilburn, in 2012, at a party,” Rebecca explains.

“We got engaged during the August festival in Caherciveen in 2018.”

They had originally planned their big day for Friday March 27, 2020. “Then, two weeks before, everything went into lockdown following the Covid epidemic which left us with no choice but to postpone the wedding and we finally got married two years and a baby later (our son John Daniel) on April 23, 2022,” says Rebecca.

“John Daniel’s presence was special. In fact, we had him baptized the day before.

Both parent sets, Anne and Kevin Curran and Pauline and Danny Tully, toasted the newlyweds’ happiness, as did Rebecca’s sister and bridesmaid, Denise Curran, and cousin and groomsman. Dominic, Barry Delargy.

Rebecca Curran and Dominic Tully with Denise Curran and Barry Delargy
Rebecca Curran and Dominic Tully with Denise Curran and Barry Delargy

John Daniel Tully was the pageboy while Alice Broderick, Saoirse O’Mahoney and Emily Tully were the flowergirls.

“It was a fun and relaxed day with friends and family,” the bride said.

“It was everyone’s first meeting since Covid, so we had a great time. Everyone danced after dinner until the lights went out; we had music from Ger O’Shea followed by DJ Dave Sheehan. Killarney – he kept us going until dawn.

The married ones
The married ones

Rebecca looked super stylish in a San Patrick design. “The dress was purchased from Memories Bridal Boutique in Cork,” she says.

“I bought it three and a half years before the original wedding date, so it was long on the hanger!”

Rebecca Curran and Dominic Tully
Rebecca Curran and Dominic Tully

The bridal hairdo was done by Sarah Dwyer of Sarah Ann Bridal Hair with makeup by Aine McMahon and Shades of Bloom, Killorglin, Co Kerry created the flower arrangements.

The newlyweds plan to move from London to Kerry. “We are very lucky as we are currently in the process of building our ‘forever home’, with my dad overseeing the project and doing much of the work,” says Rebecca. “It’s next to my family home on Valentia and we plan to go back next year, everything is going well.”

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