Just married: Grace and Lindsay Totten
Grace and Lindsay Totten fell in love after they met while at university in 2007. Grace (25), a radiographer from Lurgan, met Lindsay (27), an architect from Co Monaghan, when they were studying at the University of Ulster and Queen’s University respectively.
They became good friends through the Christian Union and then enjoyed their first date at Barnam’s ice cream parlour on the Lisburn Road in Belfast.
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Then, just before Christmas 2010, the couple got engaged in London, where they now live.
“Lindsay told me we were going to be shopping, but he had a whole day planned,” Grace said.
“It was snowing really heavily. We took a walk up Primrose Hill, went ice skating at the Natural History Museum and listened to the carollers at Covent Garden.
“Lindsay knows I love the film Notting Hill, so he proposed to me in a secret garden, with candles laid out in the snow.”
Lindsay had been preparing the proposal for more than six months, purchasing an antique engagement ring from a shop in Moira where Grace used to work. “He asked the lady I worked for which one I liked and kept it for six months. I recognised it straight away when he opened the box.”
The happy couple organised their wedding together with the assistance of Grace’s mother, who took care of errands the couple couldn’t do from London. Their wedding service was at Bethany Free Presbyterian Church in Portadown, followed by a reception at the Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh for 180 guests.
The couple had taken swing and Lindy-hop dance classes, so incorporated that into their first dance as husband and wife to Paolo Nutini’s Pencil Full Of Lead.
“We really enjoyed our day,” Grace said. “I think people can get very worked up, so you have to decide to enjoy yourself.
“We had a London-based theme, with a Tube map table plan and our cake had the skyline on it, including the Gherkin, Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. My headpiece was by Helen Fitzpatrick, and Stacey Kilpatrick did my make-up.”
After the wedding the Tottens headed to the Maldives and Dubai on honeymoon and are enjoying married life in London.
“Being married is lovely,” Grace said. “All is going well.”