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Sarah Jessica Parker surprise at Limavady bride's wedding

Sarah Jessica Parker Donegal Image copyright Máire O'Flynn
Image caption Sarah Jessica Parker was happy to pose for a photo with Máire O'Flynn during the reception in Lough Eske

A bride from Limavady was left stunned when her favourite Hollywood actress turned up at her wedding reception in County Donegal.

Máire O'Flynn, and her new husband Peter, were celebrating at the Lough Eske Castle Hotel, when Sarah Jessica Parker turned up at the hotel for a meal with her husband, Matthew Broderick, and some friends.

The Sex and the City star took the time to pose for a photograph with the lucky bride and complimented her on how well she looked, before wishing her all the best for the future.

The actress, best known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw in the hit TV show, owns a holiday home in Kilcar, County Donegal.

Newlywed Máire, who has travelled to Hawaii for her honeymoon, was initially against anyone asking the Hollywood star for a photograph, but had her arm twisted by friends and family.

"I was very hesitant to approach her because I didn't want to disturb her on her holiday and at a private dinner," she said.

"But a few of the other guests thought it would be a missed opportunity if I didn't get a photo on my big day with such an iconic celebrity.


"My brother Sean went in and asked would it be okay and she said no problem, we'll just finish our coffee and conversation and, once we're ready to leave, we'll come and get you.

"She sent some of the staff to get me from the dance floor just as she was leaving, and I went out and got a lovely picture with her and she was very kind.

"She said that I looked beautiful and hoped that I was having a great day.

"She also mentioned that my bridesmaid looked fabulous, which was great.

Máire added: "It was a nice addition to the day and added a bit of celebrity status to the occasion."

However, Máire's husband Peter was left regretful and ruefully joked that he should've got a photo with the star while he had the chance.