South-east regional station Beat 102-103’s social experiment ‘2 Strangers & A Wedding’ reached its climax yesterday when Bébhinn O’Keeffe met Alan Healy, the man she was about to marry, for the very first time – at the Altar!
The couple were matched based on their personalities by a panel of relationship experts and never met face to face during their on-air courtship.
For the past few weeks on Beat’s Breakfast programme, 25 year old Bébhinn, from Tramore in Co Waterford, grilled potential suitors before choosing 31 year old Alan, who lives in Waterford City, as her groom.
Bébhinn and Alan chatted on the phone, asked their family and friends to answer intimate questions to get to know each other better, and consulted Beat 102-103’s expert panel for guidance, but they did not learn the identity of their betrothed until yesterday morning.
Speaking about her experience of marrying a stranger, bride Bébhinn O’Keeffe says: “When I was walking up the aisle my mind just went blank and my Dad had to hold me up. I was just so excited. I’ve definitely already clicked with Alan. Beat 102-103 came up with a great idea when they launched ‘2 Strangers & A Wedding’ and I think it was a really good way to meet someone.”
Groom Alan Healy says: “Like most grooms, I was nervous but I’m very happy I went through with it. My family and friends have been brilliant and supportive. I think Bébhinn is absolutely smashing.”
Gabrielle Cummins, CEO of Beat 102-103, says: “There was a huge response to our social experiment ‘2 Strangers & A Wedding’ and listeners have really gotten behind our chosen bride and groom. We’ve been with Bébhinn and Alan every step of the way from first introductions to them meeting for the first time at the altar. On behalf of everyone at Beat 102-103 I wish the lucky couple the very best of luck as they jet off on their honeymoon to sunny Portugal!”