A Kildare couple said “goodbye” to boring traditional wedding practices and said ‘I do” to a wedding with a difference. With just three weeks to plan the big day, Niamh Nevin and Dave O’Leary’s exciting nuptial preparations feature on this week’s “Don’t Tell the Bride”, which will be aired on Thursday February 16 on RTE.
Mystery still surrounds the big day but all will be revealed this week so Niamh still has to remain a little tight lipped about the event until the programme airs.
“It was a fantastic experience. I would definitely do it again. I wouldn’t change a thing. I would do it all the same again,” she says. The beautician from Coill Dubh explains how the pair ended up getting married on TV.
“Dave came up with the idea and I wasn’t too keen at first but then I came around to the idea. We applied on line and after a while we heard back from them. We were told on a Monday that we were accepted and they started filming the following Wednesday. Everything happened so quick. David had to move out and he had three weeks to organise everything. We couldn’t see each other at all or the contract would be broken. We said we didn’t want a traditional wedding. David was great. I was terrified at times but I knew he would make the right decisions.”
Niamh recalls how she first me Dave when she was 17/18 years-old.
“I was going for a walk with my friend and we were on the bridge in Robertstown and he knew my friend and we started talking. He knew some of our mutual friends and it went from there. I was originally from Dublin but I had moved down when I was 13 so I knew him to see. He said he fancied me when I was younger,” she laughs.
Niamh and Dave were going out for about ten years and had always planned to get married. Their little son Jake played a big part in the special day. Niamh runs Star Nails and Beauty salon and Dave runs The Star Barbers which are side by side in Allenwood. During the three weeks apart Niamh said she missed him dreadfully.
“It was very hard. We had never been apart for so long,” she said.
Niamh revealed the wedding was a rockabilly style wedding and they tied the knot in a civil service on November 8. Her parents Paula and Tony were there on the day to wish them well as were Dave’s parents, John and Roseleen.
“The whole experience has brought us closer together. Dave did a fantastic job. It was a great experience for us,” she said.