Model and TV presenter Glenda Gilson turned up a fashionable 36 minutes late for her wedding yesterday in an overcast but mainly dry Kilrush in Co Clare.
The 33-year-old married Dublin businessman Rob MacNaughton at St Senan’s Church where about 100 onlookers had gathered to catch a glimpse of the bride.
Wearing an ivory Vera Wang dress with a sweetheart shaped bodice and and layers of silk, the Exposé presenter arrived at 2.36pm having previously said she wouldn’t keep Rob waiting more than 15 minute. The wedding ceremony was due to being at 2.00pm.
She posed for photographs inside the White Audi car before stepping out to cheers and some whistling. She was ushered quickly through the gates and up the few steps to the church where she posed for very brief photo shoot.
Two men wearing black suits and very obvious ear pieces prevented press photographers and locals stepping inside to get photos.
Seconds later the bride stepped inside to the music of the Hallaluia Gospel Choir.
A steady stream of guests HAD arrived from about 1.30pm and despite the heavy rain earlier, it stayed dry but overcast.
They included models Alison Canavan and Gail Kaneswaran, model and actress Vivienne Connolly, singer/songwrite, TV presenter Louise Loughman
Singer/songwriter, TV presenter and actor Keith Duffy arrived with his wife Lisa.
He said he was “really looking forward to the day” and added that he “hoped it (weather) would get a bit brighter.” He was also wished the happy couple “congratulations and the best of luck.”
X-factor judge Louis Walsh arrived with PR Guru Joanne Byrne to cheers from dozens of fans. He posed for press photographers, politely declining to do the ‘X-factor’ pose, but stood in for pictures with some of his admirers.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to the day. I always said to Glanda whenever you get married I’m going to be there. This is great.”
His message to the newly married couple was: “Enjoy life and laugh even more.”
Two florists were employed to decorate the church for the wedding. One provided decorative trees up along the aisle while another brought flowers in from Holland to decorate the church.
Outside, a floral arch with real grapes stood in front of the church door.
Inside, before the bride arrived, an announcement was made telling guests they could take photographs but asked them not to post any on social media.
Parish Priest Fr Michael Sheedy officiated at the ceremony and as some people watched the webcam feed on their smartphones outside, the happy couple were officially pronounced man and wife at 3.08pm.
According to one source, one of the reason’s Glenda chose Kilrush church was because it had boasts a live webcam feed of it’s masses and other ceremonies.
There was however some panic before the mass when the live broke down. Technician’s worked to repair the fault and managed to get the link back on line before the wedding began.
The happy couple later travelled to Donald Trump’s luxurious Doonbeg resort in Co Clare. Billionaire Trump bought the property earlier this year for over €8m.
Glenda had said previously it was one of the few places where they could fit the 200 guests who encouraged them to get married at home.
She also revealed that the pair will jet off the Las Vegas on the first leg of the honeymoon and will also spend time in Mexico before travelling on to Miami.