Childhood sweethearts Conor and Lauren Hogan are embracing married life following their wedding in Belfast. Lauren, a speech and language therapist, and Conor, a tutor, both 26, have been friends since they started Rathmore Grammar school together. They fell in love aged just 16.
Lauren said: “We are different kinds of people. Conor has a great sense of humour and is a bit of joker and I would be quite a quiet person.”
The couple became engaged on December 23, 2011 at the home they share in west Belfast following a romantic evening out in the city centre.
“I had no idea he was going to propose,” Lauren said. “We had just bought our first house and were out for dinner at Malmaison, one of our favourite restaurants.
“When we got home he produced a ring and then everyone called up with Champagne. It was so lovely.”
Lauren and Conor were married at St Anne's Church in Dunmurry with a reception at the Ramada, Shaw's Bridge.
Their first dance as husband and wife was to classic Al Green song Let’s Stay Together.
“Our service was so beautiful,” Lauren said.
“We had Ceara Grehan singing and a string quartet playing. It was lovely.
“We were both really relaxed the whole day, it was exactly how we wanted it to be. The weather wasn't great, but it didn't annoy us one bit.”
Following a honeymoon in London and Florida, the new Mr and Mrs Hogan are back at home in west Belfast and enjoying the latest exciting new stage of their relationship.
They have known each other since they were just children and have been together for a decade.
And, while day-to-day life is similar, they feel a new special connection now they are married.
“Being married feels great,” Lauren said. “It does feel different to before. We feel closer, in a way.”