Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Just Married - Claire Porter and Stuart Mason, happy couple who got caught up in the web of love

The marriage of Claire Porter and Stuart Mason

Claire Porter and Stuart Mason at their wedding reception at Ballydugan Mill in Downpatrick
Claire Porter and Stuart Mason at their wedding reception at Ballydugan Mill in Downpatrick
Catherine Bannon from Belfast, and Eoghan Duffy are enjoying family life in China with their son Aodhan following the summer wedding of their dreams in Dublin.
Catherine Bannon from Belfast, and Eoghan Duffy are enjoying family life in China with their son Aodhan following the summer wedding of their dreams in Dublin.
John Hoy and Karen Sheals had a winter wedding.

The love story of Stuart and Claire Mason from east Belfast will have singletons unsure about online dating diving for their keyboards.

Midwife Claire (32) and Stuart (35), a bank officer, fell for each other in 2010 after meeting through the dating site match.com

"We emailed each other, went on a date and clicked," Claire said.

"We're quite opposite, but we hit it off straight away.

"Stuart is quiet and shy and I'm not, but we do like the same music and have similar interests."

The couple got engaged in July 2012 when Stuart got down on one knee in the walled garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park and asked Claire to be his wife.

"It was a complete surprise," Claire said.

"He was going to propose on his birthday, but then I invited friends out with us!

"A couple of weeks later, when we were out for a walk, I noticed he looked a little nervous and then he got down on one knee and produced the ring from his pocket."

Stuart and Claire were married on August 3 at St Columba's Parish Church on Kings Road.

"The service was lovely," Claire said.

"It was really nice and very personal.

"We know the minister quite well, as he knows Stuart's family, and there were lots of personal elements to it."

A country vintage themed reception followed at Ballydugan Mill in Downpatrick.

The newlyweds' first dance was to First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes.

"We had such an amazing day," Claire said.

"The mill is very rustic and full of charm.

"It was a really relaxed, informal day.

"We had lots of help from friends with arrangements like flowers and the cake and it only rained when we were inside."

The Masons stayed at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast before heading to Italy on honeymoon.

"It's such a romantic place," Claire said.

"We were in Sorrento and also visited Capri."

The happy couple had lived together for two years before they tied the knot so day to day life is much the same, but they share the special feeling being married brings.

"We were sitting in the house watching television and commented on how it was exactly the same as we were before," Claire said.

"But it brings a nice feeling knowing you're married, committed and planning for the future."

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