Emer and Alberto Get Married in Spain

As regular readers will know, Emer O’Hea, senior producer at Cork 96 FM, has been writing a fabulous weekly blog for us describing the exciting, hectic and often bewildering process of organising a wedding abroad when you are based in Ireland (see Adventures of An Irish Bride Abroad).

All of the stress and fun of putting such a major logistical feat together was worth it, when the stunning Emer married her handsome fiancé Alberto Martin in the beautiful Spanish village of Frigiliana, seven miles from Nerja.

Emer looked radiantly beautiful as she walked down the aisle of the church San Antonia de Padua, with her sisters Chris and Carol as bridemaids, to exchange her vows with Alberto before their families and friends, many of whom had flown over from Ireland.

There were even guests present from England, Scotland and China. And of course, many of her friends from work were present, including her morning show colleagues Neil Prendeville and Colm Moore.

Emer with her friends

Emer with her Cork 96 FM colleagues Neil Prendeville and Colm Moore

Wanting to channel the Spanish in her, Emer wore a gorgeous Pronovias dress by Manuel Mota and a lace-edged veil, and we’re sure you’ll agree she looked utterly amazing.

The ceremony was conducted in Spanish with an English translator catering for the Irish guests, and while the setting was Spanish, a reading in Irish and a rendition of the song Raglan Road paid tribute to the bride’s Irish heritage.
After Emer and Alberto were declared man and wife, guests were treated to a champagne reception in Frigliana, where they basked in the 40 degree sunshine – while we were being lashed out of it in Ireland!

Frigiliana

 

Emer’s mum Abina

The celebrations then moved to the gorgeous Cortijo Bravo, where the guests enjoyed a drinks and canapés reception in the courtyard on arrival and were serenaded with Spanish guitars. As the venue was up a mountain, guests were stunned by the breathtaking panoramic views of the Costa del Sol below.

Cortijo Bravo

The reception took place in a stunning marquee, where the exquisite meal included Spanish favourites like seafood paella.

Some lovely Spanish traditions were incorporated into the celebrations, including Emer’s garter being cut up in pieces and sold to the guests.

Another Spanish tradition (that RSVP quite likes) is that all the women at weddings are given a pin to wear upside down on their dresses. If the pin falls off a single woman during dancing, it means that she will marry soon. Alberto’s mum gave the pins to all the female guests present, so we’re sure Emer will keep us posted as to how that worked out for her friends!


After the meal, there was music and dancing and a great time was had by all. From what we hear, the celebrations continued until the early hours of the morning!

Emer’s bridesmaid sister Carol and adorable flowergirl

As you will know from her blogs, Emer and Alberto put a lot of thought into making their wedding beautiful and meaningful, and from all accounts they certainly achieved that. We at RSVP wish them both every happiness in their married life together, and hope that all their dreams come true.

12 Comments

  1. margaret coppinger
    August 25, 2012

    congrats to Emer and Alberto on theire marrige photos are great

  2. Kay Doyle
    August 27, 2012

    Congrats to Emer and Aberto. Best wishes for your future life together. Emer, you look stunning. Glad it all went so well. Photos are magical.

  3. Barry Dunne
    August 27, 2012

    Congratulations from a regular listener, nice to put a face to the voice.

  4. miriam mccullagh
    August 27, 2012

    Emer you look stunning,best wishes to you and Alberto

  5. Mike Madden
    August 27, 2012

    My Wholehearted Congrats to Emer & Alberto !!:) wishing ye both every happiness for all the many wonderful years ahead !!, with lots of love & laughter, may all yer dreams come true !!:)
    Photos look soo beautiful !!:) sincerest wishes always , Mike

  6. lisa gamble hayes
    August 29, 2012

    congrats to ye both wishing ye all the best in the future xxxxxx

  7. jenny florish
    August 29, 2012

    congratulations to you both.Looks like ye had a great day.photo’s are great.

  8. Sinéad McCarthy
    August 29, 2012

    Congrats to you both. A beautiful, elegant Wedding. Long life & happiness to you both.

  9. Sheila Yates
    August 30, 2012

    Congrats to you both on your special day may you both have a long happy and loving
    life together

  10. Brendan
    August 30, 2012

    Delighted to see you looking so happy and enjoying your special day, may you always be as happy through out your life. Congratulations to you both.

  11. Reg Halligan
    August 31, 2012

    may your new amazing adventure together bring love, laughs and happiness.. have the time of your lives with the very best wishes…Reg

  12. September 11, 2012

    Congrats to Alberto and Emer and God bless your married life.