A LIMERICK couple faced an anxious wait this week to learn if they had won a free wedding worth €30,000 in a Golden Pages competition to have the wedding of their dreams this coming September.
However, after making it to the final three couples selected, it was not to be for Sandra Hurley, a native of Newcastle West and Kevin Brennan from Cavan.
“We were absolutely over the moon to make it this far, but still a bit disappointed we didn’t get it. We’re very happy with how far we came,” said Sandra.
The big question is now when will they tie the knot?
“I don’t know now, but hopefully it will be some time this year, fingers crossed,” she said.
Over a thousand couples entered the competition, with dozens of entries from local couples.
It was a rollercoaster ride for Sandra and Kevin, who were informed last week they had made it to the final 10.
Then, this Tuesday night they learned that they were among the final three couples selected by a jury to win the wedding.
The couple appeared on the TV3 show Ireland Am this Wednesday morning, where the winning couple was announced.
Sandra and Kevin had been hoping their time had finally come to say ‘I do’, as like many couples the recession put paid to their ambitions to marry.
Both are currently unemployed as work has dried up for Kevin, a self employed plasterer, and Sandra is continually searching to find work in Cavan.
Their romantic story captured the hearts of the public online, who voted for them in droves to win.
“If we did win this wedding, I would love to say it’s like winning a lottery, but for me Kevin is my lottery,” she said.
Sandra said winning the wedding would be “the icing on the cake for our family”. They met in Lees bar in Newcastle West just over three years ago, and are now parents to two children.
On March 14, 2008, Kevin travelled to Limerick to meet a former employee, and love struck when Sandra got up to sing during karaoke.
They spoke briefly before going their separate ways, but luckily when Kevin turned to a stranger in the bar to enquire about the girl with the good voice it turned out to be Sandra’s uncle.
Their fate was sealed.
She had left her phone number on the back of a GAA ticket with her uncle, and after remaining inseparable for four months, she uprooted her life in Limerick and moved to Cavan.
Their son Caoimhin was born in June 2009, and during the pregnancy Kevin planned to get down on one knee.
However, not all went to plan. Just before proposing near Bundoran beach in Donegal, the ring fell out of his pocket and down in between the handbrake.
Her eldest son Ciaran said he was absolutely thrilled with the engagement. ‘Can I call you my dad now cause the new baby will too?” he said.
Another Golden Pages competition will now run for members of the public to come up with the ultimate wedding plan for their winning couple, who hail from Kilkenny.
The winning organiser will win a gold bar, worth €30,000. A jury will select the best plan, with submissions being accepted shortly.