Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Just married: Brett and Lydia McClelland

Big day: Brett and Lydia McClelland smile for the camera in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

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The happy couple, Brian and Karen Gunn, outside The Old Inn
Richard Kennedy and Heather McCrory on their wedding day

Brett and Lydia McClelland's relationship began in November 1999 when they met at the Botanic Inn in Belfast.

Brett (34), a property developer from Greenisland, spotted south Belfast woman Lydia (34), who is head of marketing at the Ulster Orchestra, and asked her to dance.

“We were both on a night out in Belfast and met each other at ‘the Bot’,” Brett explained.

“I asked her to dance with me, and Robbie Williams’ She's The One was the song we danced to.” The couple's relationship developed and they became engaged on February 13, 2011 — the day before Valentine’s Day.

“We headed to Murlough beach in Newcastle and it was lovely and sunny,” Brett said.

“I got down on one knee with a temporary ring and she said yes straight away.”

Lydia then set about making plans and organised the couple's wedding for 93 guests at Knockbreda Parish Church, followed by a reception in the Great Hall at Queen's University.

“The service was lovely and then Lydia and I headed to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park to get our photographs done,” Brett added.

“Everyone was waiting at the Great Hall at Queen's for us when we got back. Our first dance at the wedding was to She's The One, because is was the first song we danced to at the Bot all those years ago.

“Lydia looked beautiful in her dress and we both had a great day.”

Following their special day the new Mr and Mrs McClelland headed to Mexico and Las Vegas for a fun-filled honeymoon. “We spent 10 nights in the Mayan Riviera in Mexico followed by six nights in Vegas,” Brett said. “We played a bit of blackjack and Lydia won on the slots, but we didn't do much gambling.

“We saw a lot of shows and had a fantastic time.”

Brett said after so many happy years together, the couple have settled well into married life and his only regret is perhaps not popping the question a little earlier.

“Married life is great. I’m happy,” he said.

“I just maybe wish we had got married sooner.”

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