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Just Married: Gemma and Mark Hagans

'Our wedding was just as we wanted it to be'

Gemma and Mark Hagans from Larne are enjoying married life following the wedding day they had always dreamed of.

Town planner Gemma (34) and Mark (34), an electronics engineer, met a decade ago through friends.

They fell in love and then became engaged over Christmas 2013 after Mark's romantic proposal at home.

"On Christmas day Mark got down on one knee," she said.

"We had talked about getting married before, but it was a surprise when it happened.

"He lit candles and put rose petals down and then called me down on Christmas morning."

The couple were married on January 31 at the Red Hall Estate in Ballycarry.

"It was a lovely, fairly informal civil ceremony," Gemma said.

"We had pianist Scott Flanigan play and we had a champagne reception for our guests."

A beautiful and relaxed reception followed at the Londonderry Arms in Carnlough.

The Hagans' first dance as husband and wife was to the Jack Johnson song Better Together.

Wedding guests were entertained by a Beatles tribute band over the course of the evening.

"It was lovely," Gemma said.

"It was exactly what we wanted. It was informal and keeping everyone together.

"We had a really good day.

"Thanks to our friends and family for helping to make our wedding day so special."

The newlyweds honeymooned in Iceland. "We spent a few days in Reykjavik and hired a four-by-four to do some exploring," Gemma said.

"We stayed in a hotel that was an old geothermal power station."

She added: "It was ultra-modern, on stilts above thermal pools.

"It was lovely."

Married life is going well.

"It's all good," Gemma said.

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