Vicky Wallace (26), and Colm O'Rourke (25) met as first-year students

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Real Life Weddings: Vicky and Colm, a long-distance love story fuelled with coffee & cake

Vicky Wallace (26), and Colm O'Rourke (25), met when they were both first-year college students in Cork, but by the time they tied the knot eight years later, they found themselves living far from home in Sydney.

Despite the distance, the two found planning an Irish wedding from afar possible through email and Skype. One trip home to book the venue - and a wedding dress carried home in hand-luggage - was all it took to make their dream day come true.

Vicky, who works as an occupational therapist, and Colm, a clinical applications specialist, chose St Michael and All Angels church in Abbeyleix in Laois for their ceremony. The church is Vicky's local parish, her parents were married there and her grandmother was a reverend in the parish. "It was important to us that we included both religions in the ceremony as Colm is Roman Catholic and I am Church of Ireland so we had both a priest and rector officiate," Vicky says.


With an hour's drive to get to the reception at the Step House Hotel in Borris, Co Carlow, Vicky and Colm made sure their guests were fully caffeinated before the journey. "Maurice from Pure Coffee Company served coffee and cake from a vintage van outside the church which went down a treat! I would really recommend having something like this, especially if there is a long drive between the ceremony and reception." The couple took a twist on the traditional honeymoon, instead opting for a pre-wedding stop in Dubai on their way home from Sydney before kicking off the celebrations with family and friends in Ireland.

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Irish Independent