Gerry Ryan’s daughter Bonnie legally wed her partner John on Friday but their main wedding celebration will be in Italy, the Sunday World has learned.
Calling it ‘the most special day’, Bonnie (29) posted a picture of herself wearing a smart white suit and hat and holding a bouquet of flowers following a civil ceremony in Dublin.
Bonnie, her new husband, John Greenhalgh, and their guests enjoyed cocktails at the five-star Merrion Hotel, followed by dinner at The Ivy restaurant on Dawson Street.
Insiders say the influencer has now asked family and friends to fly to Italy in late May for a church wedding.
Her sisters Lottie and Babette will be her bridesmaids, while best friend and fellow influencer Rosie Connolly will be among the wedding party.
This will be Bonnie’s second attempt to get married in Italy, having previously canceled due to Covid restrictions.
Bonnie has already picked out her wedding dress and also attended marriage counseling classes with John in her home area of Clontarf.
The couple have been engaged for just over two years after John proposed in New York in November 2019, and they’ve been together for almost 13 years since they were teenagers.
John is head of sales and development for Northern Europe at Asana, a platform that helps teams organize and manage their work and whose customers include Airbnb and Uber.
The TV presenter and makeup artist also posted her announcement on social media yesterday with the date of her civil ceremony: ‘4.2.22’.
The chic white suit she wore is by British designer Nadine Merabi.
Bonnie wrote on social media: “Yesterday John and I got legally married in front of our immediate family. It was the most special day. Our real wedding will be early this summer but we feel very lucky to ‘have had a fine start to the celebrations.’
Among those who congratulated her, there was her little sister Babette. “My sister is a woman!!!” she exclaimed.
Her older sister, 2fm star Lottie, posted a photo of her and her bride Bonnie on her Instagram, captioned: “The most beautiful day for the most beautiful bride”.
Meanwhile, Brother Elliot remarked “What’s the point?”.
Former Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh exclaimed: “Gorgeous!!! Congrats girl xxx”, while pop star Una Healy exclaimed “Congratulations Bonnie xx”.
Bonnie previously said she was frustrated with the postponement of her Italian wedding, but is now thrilled at the prospect of it finally coming to fruition.
“We’re allowed to see people again and do things, so I feel like I’m getting that buzz back,” she told RSVP magazine.
She added: “It’s special to be excited again about all that comes with a wedding day, especially after such a disappointment.
“The celebration is taking on a new lease of life, which is good.”
She previously wrote on Instagram last year when the original date was cancelled: “One more year of being your fiancée doesn’t sound so bad to me. 2021 isn’t the year we get married. 2022 sounds a lot better for us… especially because our number is 22.”
Bonnie will follow in the footsteps of her big sister Lottie, who married Fabio Aprile at La Machi Italy in May 2017. She too had a civil ceremony in Dublin a few weeks before her Italian church wedding.
More than 40 guests, including broadcaster Dave Fanning, attended the ceremony in the picturesque village, where Dublin-born Fabio’s grandparents are from.
Ryan’s eldest son, actor Rex, had a wedding at the Registry Office in Dublin in May 2018, when he married Migle Jasiene, with just a handful of guests at the ceremony and the couple then had a celebratory dinner at the two-star Michelin restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. .
Bonnie’s legendary 2FM DJ father, Gerry, died of a heart attack in Dublin in April 2010, aged 53.
Her mother Morah, who split from Gerry in 2008, is now in a new relationship with singer Don Mescal and the couple were spotted having lunch at the Ivy restaurant in Dublin yesterday.
Morah’s luxury home in Clontarf, where she and Gerry raised their five children, is back on the market after initially going on sale for £2m and later going for £1.85m before being withdrawn for several months.
The five-bedroom 18th-century end-of-terrace house now has an asking price of €1.59m.