Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Just Married: Alan and Gail McNair

Gail and Alan McNair on their wedding day
Gail and Alan McNair on their wedding day

Meeting at a party in 2009 led to friendship and then love and marriage for Alan and Gail McNair, from east Belfast.

Alan (27), an IT support worker, and Gail (32), a civil servant, quickly realised they had lots in common and began to date.

"We are very similar people," Gail said.

"We are both worriers and planners and like music, walks and socialising with friends.

"A few months after meeting, Alan asked me out and that was it." They fell in love and then, on November 20, 2011, the picturesque Silent Valley in the Mournes became the romantic setting for their engagement.

"We walked to the top of the dam and had a picnic lunch we had brought with us," Gail added.

"Then, on the way back down, Alan got down on one knee and proposed."

The couple were married on March 2 at the Burrendale Hotel in Newcastle, Co Down, with Gail's sister Kellie and Alan's brother Colin taking on bridesmaid and best man duties.

The service was conducted by Rev Hastings McIntyre, who had been Alan's minister at Cregagh Presbyterian Church prior to his retirement.

Alan and Gail's first dance as husband and wife was to Eric Clapton's Wonderful Tonight.

"We had a brilliant day," Gail said.

"Everything went according to plan and was actually very relaxed."

After the wedding the McNairs toured the US, visiting San Francisco, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Memphis and San Diego.

"We had the most amazing honeymoon," Gail added. "Alan is a big Elvis fan, so Memphis was fun and I really enjoyed Graceland, too."

The newlyweds are now back home, working on their house and enjoying married life.

"We want to say thank you to our family, as they are fantastic support to us.

"Everyone had a wonderful time on our wedding day; it was so lovely to spend it with our friends and family."

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