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Just married: Andrew and Julie Gillespie - Cupid's aim was true as they clicked on blind date

Julie and Andrew Gillespie from Newtownards fell in love after a friend "played cupid". Primary school teacher Julie (34) and Andrew (40), a team leader for a packaging firm, met three-and-a-half years ago at a party and clicked.

"Our mutual friend Gareth played Cupid and paired us up," she said.

"He invited us both to the same party."

The couple dated, fell for each other and became engaged in July of this year on a visit to Portballintrae.

"We were up staying in the caravan and went out for a bike ride together," Julie said.

"We stopped off for a picnic at a table overlooking the bay and when I turned around he had got down on one knee with an engagement ring."

Julie and Andrew were married on October 25 at May Street Presbyterian Church in Belfast city centre.

A reception at the Europa Hotel where Julie and Andrew's first dance as husband and wife was to the Nat King Cole song Let There Be Love.

"It was so lovely to be right in the centre of Belfast," Julie said.

"When we came out of the church lots of cars slowed, the public stopped and looked on and clapped for us.

"We spent the rest of the day in the Europa. It was wonderful. We would highly recommend it.

"We couldn't have wished for anything more.

"We had beautiful views over the city from the penthouse and saw fireworks going off over the city. It was like they were for us."

The newlyweds would like to say a special thank you to their friends and family for helping make their big day so special.

"The whole day was perfect," Julie added.

Honeymoon for the Gillespies was a golf trip to Portugal followed by a stay in a suite at the Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae where they had become engaged.

Married life is going well.

"It's great," Julie said.

"It is lovely to be part of a unit."

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