Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Just Married: Claire Tennyson and Noel Rooney - day of their lives for school sweethearts

Claire and Noel have been together since they were 14

From childhood sweethearts to husband and wife. Journalist Claire Tennyson and property executive Noel Rooney are enjoying married life following the wedding day of their dreams.

Claire from Crumlin and Noel from Finaghy, both 28, fell in love as teenagers at school together.

"We met in Rathmore Grammar School when we were 14," Claire said.

"Noel moved from St Mary's in 4th year and was in my class."

They became engaged in 2011.

"We went for a weekend away in Westport in July," she said.

"On the way down we stopped for a picnic at Glencar Waterfall.

"We ate our sandwiches and took a walk up to the waterfall and Noel got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

"Even though we had been together 10 years at that point it was still very unexpected and a lovely moment."

The Lisburn-based couple married on May 30 at St Joseph's Church in Glenavy followed by a reception at Galgorm Manor in Ballymena.

Their first dance as Mr and Mrs Rooney was to Hey Ho by the Lumineers.

"Everyone says it when they get married but I can honestly say that our wedding day was the best day of our lives," Claire said. "We loved every single second of it and would do it all over again in a heartbeat."

The newlyweds honeymooned in Miami followed by a Caribbean cruise stopping in Jamaica, Haiti and Mexico.

Married life is going well.

"Married life is fantastic and we are both very excited about the new adventures we will experience in the future," Claire said.

"We would like to thank all our family and friends who went to the wedding.

"It was the best day and it was amazing to share it with all of them."

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