Remember Róisín Egenton, the 2000 Rose of Tralee!? The New York Rose recently wed Galway native Nicky Lawless in front of a large gathering of family and friends – and didn’t she look absolutely stunning?
The bride, who wore a satin and lace gown from Belladonna Bridal and silver Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals, intended to enjoy every minute of her big day and started as she meant to go on by travelling to the church along with her mother Katherine and her bridesmaids Mary-Frances, Niamh and Elaine in a vintage Volkswagen Camper Van.
The ceremony, which took place in Galway Cathedral, was filled with music and song and included a surprise performance by the multi-talented bride of a classical piece on the violin dedicated to her new husband.
Originally from New Jersey, Róisín represented New York in the Rose of Tralee competition and following her win she promptly moved to Ireland for the year of her reign and never looked back. After doing a Masters in Health Care Promotion at NUI., Galway she worked for the HSE in Kilkenny for a number of years before moving permanently to Galway. Having always loved the city and with lots of family and friends there it seemed like the most natural move.
With her musical background and her love of singing, Róisín soon joined the local musical societies. In 2013 she met Galway guy Nicky Lawless during auditions for the production of Guys & Dolls and it was love at first sight. A whirlwind romance followed and in 2014 the happy couple travelled to Tralee to be part of the annual festival where Roisin was an honorary guest. While there, Nicky took the opportunity to get down on one knee in the famous rose garden to propose.
Since then Róisín has managed to plan a wedding while juggling her hectic workload as well as starring in lead roles of the stage productions of Anything Goes, Hairspray and Annie. What a woman!
The wedding took place in the majestic Galway Cathedral where Roisin & Nicky were joined by family and friends from near and far as well as seven past winners of the Rose of Tralee. Following the ceremony, photographs were taken at the Town Hall Theatre where the couple first met as well as by the waters of Lough Atalia. The Bride & Groom then drove themselves through the streets of Galway in a bright orange vintage Capri car to their reception at the Clayton Hotel were 280 guests were gathered. During dinner a chorus led by Groomsman Kevin Griffin and friends from the various musical societies entertained the guests with the title song from the Broadway show A Book of Mormon.
The bride and groom then wowed their guests with a choreographed first dance and following on from that, guests danced late into the night entertained by the 15-piece Black Magic Big Band and one of the best sing-alongs Galway has seen early into the morning.
After hosting a BBQ for their guests the following day the newlyweds jetted off on honeymoon to Kuala Lumpur and Borneo.
During the preparations for their wedding Róisín & Nicky took part in the upcoming RTE documentary ‘A Week to My Wedding’ which will air in October. Congratulations, guys!