Irish eyes were smiling on June 19,2008 as model Ruth Griffin began her walk down the aisle of St. Michael’s Church in Tipperary toward the man she first met back in the summer of 2004– Munster blindside flank Alan Quinlan. Before the big day, the model had confessed that she had donned a number of high fashion wedding frocks during her runway career, but none could ever mean as much to her as the gown she would choose for her own “I do.” Like a sculpted Galatea brought to life, the bride strolled past 300 friends and family members in a Grecian-inspired, asymmetrical gown, the regal raiment complemented by a sprinkling of white flowers in the bride’s hair. Clutching a dainty poesy of white blossoms, the bride reached the altar, where the groom, wearing a classic black suit and white tie, waited to make her his wife, the Irish Independent reports.
Following the exchange of vows, a band of rugby fans cheered as the newlyweds walked arm in arm out of the house of worship on their way to their reception. The groom, who had proposed in July 2007 amid the natural beauty of Tipperary’s Aherlow woods, chose the equally verdant setting of Dundrum House Hotel, an 18th century manor house retreat on 200 acres, for the post-nuptial party.