Marriage at Irish pub on St Patrick's Day - 'Pray God it's our last'

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Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub hosted the wedding of Chris Smyth and Andi Taylor on St Patrick's Day morning.

It's third time a charm for a couple who married at an Invercargill Irish pub on St Patrick's Day. 

Both groom Chris Smyth and bride Andi Taylor have now been married three times - but say this is the last. 

At 9am, the drinks were already flowing and the Irish music was playing for the first wedding ever to be held at Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub.  

Irishman Chris Smyth married Andi Taylor at Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub on St Patrick's Day morning.

Irishman Chris Smyth married Andi Taylor at Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub on St Patrick's Day morning.

Chris said he and Andi met at Waxy O'Shea's three and a half years ago for a trad session. 

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Since meeting at the pub, they continued to return for a pint three to four times a week. 

Television and talkback radio personality Marcus Lush marries Irishman Chris Smyth and Andi Taylor at Waxy O'Shea's ...

Television and talkback radio personality Marcus Lush marries Irishman Chris Smyth and Andi Taylor at Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub.

Chris grew up in Bushmills, in Northern Ireland, and moved to New Zealand in 1997. 

"I originally came here for one year, and I never left," he said. 

"It's really like home." 

Andi Taylor enters Waxy O'Shea's surrounded by friends and family.

Andi Taylor enters Waxy O'Shea's surrounded by friends and family.

Andi was originally from Christchurch. 

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It was Andi's idea to get married at the pub - a popular watering hole for the Irish community and travellers. 

"Originally, she just wanted to get married in the corner ... but it all kind of snowballed," he said. 

Irishman Chris Smyth married Andi Taylor, with family and friends.

Irishman Chris Smyth married Andi Taylor, with family and friends.

"I said, 'Why not?'." 

Chris said when he met Andi, they "just clicked". 

"Back then, we were both broke. We had no money, no nothing. 

"I went [to Andi's house] for tea for Friday night and didn't go home until Sunday."

They talked a lot, talking about Ireland and their children, Chris said. 

"She always says to me, never apologise for who you are." 

The celebrant was television and talkback radio personality Marcus Lush. 

Before the ceremony, Chris said he was a little bit nervous. 

He was allowed three drinks before Andi arrived.

"Marcus said I have to be sober." 

The couple booked 19 rooms at The Grand Hotel for friends and family. They had six children between them. 

However, his groomsman was late landing - because of morning fog in Invercargill. 

The guests lined Dee St to wait for Andi, and the band played Mairi's Wedding as she entered the pub. 

Speaking before the vows, Lush said both Chris and Andi agreed that this time it was "for real". 

"They have also both agreed that the third love is the best love." 

In his vows, Chris said he may not be everybody's first choice ... "But I am happy to be your choice," he said. 

"If I had done one thing differently, I might never have met you.

"Our house is full of fun, family, friends, cats ... step daughters. 

"I really didn't expect the cats." 

In her vows, Andi said she may not be easy to love. 

"Thank you for loving me as I am." 

Before Chris kissed the bride, Lush said the couple wanted to say something together. 

They then started singing Fairytale of New York

"I pray God it's our last," they said. 

 - Stuff


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