Their paths literally crossed in a hotel hallway and five years later Monika Wlodarska and Jordan Quilligan exchanged wedding vows.
Monika, originally from Olesno, Poland, had just moved to Kerry in December 2016 from Norway and had started working as a restaurant supervisor at O’D’s restaurant at the Gleneagle Hotel when she met Jordan from Killarney, who worked in the hotel as a bar supervisor. .
“Jordan always came to the restaurant for a chat and coffee,” Monika said.
“Needless to say, I had no idea – I had no idea at first that he was really coming to chat with me.”
But they “just clicked,” she added, and had their first official date on May 15, 2017. “The date included the baking of Triple Chocolate Nutella cookies – and from then onwards. , we were inseparable, ”said Monika.
A year later, they got engaged. “On the rainiest, windiest day imaginable, Jordan took me for a walk – trust me, when I say it was one of those days when all you wanted to do was stay home, but since he really wanted to go, we took it off, ”she said.
Jordan then surprised Monika by asking Ladies View the question. “There was me, crazily taking pictures, only to turn around and see Jordan on one knee with a beautiful engagement ring,” she added.
They had hoped to tie the knot in a large Polish-Irish celebration on their fifth anniversary in May 2021, but pandemic restrictions have prompted plan changes. “We made the very difficult decision to have a small ceremony here with Jordan’s family on the first day and closest friends on the second day, and we hope to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in Poland with my family and friends. “said the bride.
Monika’s bridesmaid was Ebony Phoenix Dwyer while Jordan’s best man was Niall Woulfe as they were married in Killarney’s Resurrection Church, where Father Jim Lenihan officiated mass.
“We couldn’t have been luckier to have Father Jim as a celebrant,” said Monika. “He also really made my family and friends from Poland, the Netherlands and Dubai who were watching our wedding ceremony live feel welcome. ”
The bride looked stylish in a dress by Vows, Blarney, and Monika’s friend Kristina Napijalo Mulić did the bride’s hair while Aifric Rice was the makeup artist. and Boru Barbers cut and styled the hair of the groom and his witness that day. “Our wedding rings were my parents’ wedding gift and were handcrafted in Poland,” said Monika.
The newlyweds posed for Nerijus Karmilcovas’ camera in Killarney National Park, before toasting their future bliss at a barbecue at the groom’s parents, where Jordan’s brother Jamie performed Wonderful Tonight from Eric Clapton, for their first dance.
DJ Donal performed the church music, while the wedding cakes were from Gabi Bakes Cakes and Yesca’s Flowers, Killorglin, created the flower arrangements, boutonnieres and corsages.
Monika’s friend, Fru (Marta) Gnyp-Stefanowicz, designed and made the wedding invitations.
“We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our family, my parents Joanna and Zbigniew, my brothers Pawel and Al, and the parents of Jordan, Jane and Jim, and his brother Jamie and his sister Mary and their families, as well as our friends. , for their support, ”said the bride.
The newlyweds live in Killarney.
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