Northern Ireland

Bangor bride turns heads in Dublin by travelling to reception on motorbike with new husband

Dr Sarah Kerr, who is from Bangor in Co Down and Dylan Murphy, who is from Dublin, turned heads on Wednesday after they got married at Dublin City Hall and then travelled on a 1981 BMW R100RS motorbike to their reception at the Stephen's Green Club. Picture by Paul Sherwood
Dr Sarah Kerr, who is from Bangor in Co Down and Dylan Murphy, who is from Dublin, turned heads on Wednesday after they got married at Dublin City Hall and then travelled on a 1981 BMW R100RS motorbike to their reception at the Stephen's Green Club. Picture by Paul Sherwood

A CO Down-born bride has turned heads in Dublin after travelling to her wedding reception with her new husband on the back of a motorbike.

Dr Sarah Kerr (34), who is from Bangor, and Dylan Murphy (33), from Dublin, married at Dublin City Hall on Wednesday before climbing onboard a 1981 BMW R100RS to make their way to their reception at Stephen's Green Club.

Fully kitted out in her bridal gown and accompanying white helmet, the couple were met with beeps from other motorists, many of whom held out their phones to take images of the unusual sight.

Having moved to Dublin in 2017, Sarah - an archaeologist for a university in Denmark - met video producer Dylan in 2019 and the couple got engaged on the top of Lugnaquilla, the highest point in Wicklow, last November.

Their first date was at Metro Cafe in Dublin and Dylan travelled to the date on his motorbike, prompting Sarah to chose the vehicle for the couple's method of transport on their big day.

Speaking to the Irish News, Sarah said she chose to travel on the motorbike as the couple didn't "have to go the traditional way".

Co Down bride Dr Sarah Kerr and Dublin man, Dylan Murphy, who got married in the city on Wednesday, will spend their honeymoon in Kerry. Picture by Paul Sherwood
Co Down bride Dr Sarah Kerr and Dublin man, Dylan Murphy, who got married in the city on Wednesday, will spend their honeymoon in Kerry. Picture by Paul Sherwood

"Dylan is into motorbikes and I wasn't until I met him," she said.

"It was actually my idea. Everybody thought it was Dylan's idea.

"We didn't do all the traditional things.

"We stayed together the night before. I made our wedding cake so why not? We hoped it would be dry and fun.

"Everybody had their phones out. Everybody was beeping and cheering. It was great".

Dylan, who restores motorbikes "for fun", said the "unusual, rare bike", which he travelled on to the couple's first date, is his "very special possession second to Sarah".