Double role for Groom’s Bestman as he performs marriage ceremony also!

The happy couple, Mr and Mrs. Farnan pictured on their rather unusual wedding day

The happy couple, Mr and Mrs. Farnan pictured on their rather unusual wedding day

When a Kingstanding husband-to-be chose his top groomsman he knew he had the ‘best man’ for the job – so much so that he picked him to carry out the marriage ceremony as well.

Dublin born – Edward Farnan was assisted on his wedding day by long-term friend Father Barry Smart, who also officiated as Edward and his fiancée Sarah tied the knot.

Edward’s work at Cutlers Funerals in Kingstanding had meant he had built up a genuine friendship with Fr Barry, the parish priest at St Luke’s, going back more than ten years. So it was only natural that he wanted Fr Barry to be best man as he made his vows to Sarah.

But as the couple are keen parishioners at St Luke’s they also wanted Fr Barry to carry out the service. Fortunately he was only too happy to oblige.

“When we decided to marry this summer, our close relationship with both Fr Barry and St Luke’s meant there was only one place that we wanted to get married,” Edward told the Observer.

“Sarah is now the parish flautist and plays every weekend at St Luke’s.

“It was wonderfully unique the duality of Fr Barry’s presence at the wedding. Everyone who attended had a lovely day including a three-course a la carte meal at the Boathouse in Sutton Park.”

Edward’s work with Cutlers over the years has meant that he has worked closely with Fr Barry on funerals at the church, but also on happier occasions and community events.

During his time with Cutlers, Edward has worked hard to build up community relations in the Kingstanding area, in particular with the parish of St Luke’s. This Easter the pair hatched a Frozen-themed extravaganza for the community, with fairy tale carriages lent by Cutlers and Sarah dressing up as Queen Elsa and Fr Barry as the Easter Bunny.

Edward added; “Fr Barry and I have worked closely on many community ventures between the Funeral Partners and St Luke’s, leading to us becoming good friends. We have a similar community-spirited outlook.”