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Just Married: Blind date leads happy couple to the wedding of their dreams

By Amanda Ferguson

The marriage of Jennifer McKnight and Jamie Mendez

Jennifer and Jamie Mendez from Bangor are enjoying every moment of marriage following the wedding day of their dreams. Tourist adviser Jennifer (30) and Jamie (28), a restaurant manager, met back in 2006. "We were set up on a blind date by my best friend Lisa and that was it," Jennifer said.

The couple celebrated their engagement on January 12, 2013 at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast.

"We were the last of our friends to get engaged so every time we went away everyone would say we would get engaged," Jennifer said.

"We were in the house and he sent me to the bathroom. When I came out there were 20 or so little lanterns, a bottle of champagne and our favourite song was playing.

"We ended up celebrating in the hot tub at the Merchant and had dinner at Shu."

Jennifer and Jamie tied the knot on May 29 at the Larchfield Estate in Lisburn.

Their first dance as husband and wife was Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Hawaiian performer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

"We got everyone up after about 10 seconds," Jennifer said.

"And then Pharrell Williams' Happy was played."

The newlyweds big day involved jam jar cocktails, a magician, performances from Cameoflage and James Huish, a photobooth, chocolate fountain and hog roast.

"We had a fantastic time," Jennifer said. "It was by far the best day of our lives. It went too fast.

"We want to thank our friends and family for travelling to be with us and celebrating with us."

After the wedding Jennifer, Jamie and their 7-year-old son Owen headed on holiday to Dublin and Barcelona.

Now back at home, family life and married life is going well.

"It's great," Jennifer said.

"It hasn't really changed but it is nice to finally be a Mendez."

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