Best selling writer Cecilia Ahern's secret wedding
They met as childhood sweethearts and yesterday bestselling author Cecelia Ahern wed her long-time boyfriend David Keoghan in a top-secret ceremony in Co Kildare.
The scene could have come straight from one of her novels as the 28-year-old chick-lit writer and the athlete-turnedactor told nobody about their nuptials.
Cecelia, who gave birth to a 6lb baby girl named Robin last December, tied the knot in St Nicholas Church in Kinsealy at 2pm.
The couple had fooled guests into thinking they were attending a christening for the little girl.
And when in the church they told those present they were getting married – before her father Bertie appeared to walk his daughter down the aisle to give her away.
Last night Celia Larkin, Mr Ahern's former partner, said that she wished the couple well.
After the ceremony, she and 250 guests, travelled to the Village at Lyons estate in Celbridge for a champagne lunch.
The party had a starter of salmon and a main course of beef or hake.
Westlife attended, as well as Boyzone star Ronan Keating and his estranged wife Yvonne.
The gated hotel is one of the country's premier wedding venues and yesterday it was guarded by bodyguards dressed in black.
They took note of the names on the guest list as plush Mercedes travelled up the driveway.
One insider insisted the night would last well into the “wee” hours.
There has been speculation for years about when the pair might tie the knot. But Ms Ahern, who is worth millions, has always insisted that her wedding would be a low-key affair.
In an interview in 2008, she said: “If we do get married it will be a really small wedding. It definitely won't be a big showbiz affair with lots of stars at it.
It may only be a couple of people on an island somewhere overseas.
“I don't want a lot of fuss or anything. But we haven't got engaged yet so nothing has been decided.
“Forget the ice sculptures and fireworks. Something small can be just as nice. It's whatever suits the couple who are getting married I guess.”
Cecelia also said she would never sell her wedding snaps. Cecelia and David have lived together in a €1.5m house in Malahide, Dublin, where she was brought up, since 2004. Cecelia has spoken of her new-husband's ease settling into his new role as a father.
“Robin's at home with David,” she said at a recent book launch. “He's great with her, he's a real modern, hands-on dad. He's very capable, so she's in good hands.”
Just a couple of months earlier, she said she felt “no pressure” to get married.
“David and I made a commitment to one another a long time ago, which is as strong to me as marriage,” she said. “If and when marriage happens, it will be a decision David and I make in our own time, on our own terms.”
Source Irish Independent