Just married: Alison Brown and David Conlon
Perfect end to the year for happy couple
David and Alison Conlon, from Belfast, were married on New Year's Eve – kicking off 2014 in style. Entrepreneur David (26) and Alison (25), a receptionist and host for Mercedes, met seven-and-a-half years ago in The Parlour bar in Elmwood Avenue through mutual friends.
It was a case of opposites attracting.
"He would be quite laidback, calm and easygoing, and I like to get things done," Alison said. "We kind of complement each other."
The couple welcomed a beautiful daughter, Ava, into the world on November 26, 2011, and they became engaged in June 2012 at the beach at Helen's Bay.
"We were having fish and chips and he had a ring with him," Alison said.
Alison and David were married on New Year's Eve at St Bride's on Belfast's Malone Road.
Ava – or 'Princess Ava' as she described herself on the day – was the flower girl.
"She did so well," Alison added.
Alison said their reception – at Deane's at Queen's – was "amazing".
"It was the perfect venue," she said. "We had been due to get married in Portugal, but decided to stay at home."
The couple's first dance as Mr and Mrs Conlon was to the Ben E King classic Stand By Me.
"The reception was so relaxed," Alison added. "There was a real party theme. It was more than I wanted. The room was lovely. Not fussy, just perfect.
"Somebody said it reminded them of a London restaurant. We had it exclusively to ourselves for the whole day. It was wonderful."
The newlyweds will honeymoon later this year, but for now are enjoying married life.
"It's put the cherry on top," Alison said. "Everything is complete. It's a nice feeling to be married.
"We are looking forward to a holiday and relaxing and then getting our heads down with work."
The Conlons would like to extend thanks to their friends and family, the staff at Deane's, The Pizza Co for the evening buffet and photographer Kat Mervyn.