Joanne and Michael Beattie, from Lisburn, are enjoying married life following their perfect wedding day in Co Louth. The couple, who have known each other for many years, became engaged in August 2011 in Dublin while they were on a trip to the city to see a horse show.
“It was a real surprise,” Joanne said. “The engagement ring was in a champagne glass. It was lovely.”
The couple were married at Darver Castle in Dundalk, Co Louth.
“It was a great day,” Joanne said. “It's a family-owned castle, with a really lovely atmosphere.
“It's so private and a very homely kind of place.
“We are not very traditional and wanted something a bit different. It was modern, but unique.”
The couple's first dance as Mr and Mrs Beattie, in front of their 120 guests, was to the classic Ben E King hit Stand By Me.
The party continued late into the night and everyone had a wonderful time.
“We had the best day,” Joanne added. “It was very close family and friends. It was a very relaxing day. It felt very special.”
Following the wedding, the newlyweds honeymooned in sun-soaked Rodney Bay in St Lucia.
“It was fantastic,” Joanne said. “We had such nice weather. It was very relaxing.”
Married life is treating the happy couple well and they would like to extend their thanks to their friends and family for all their support.
“We have to say a big than you to my parents, Sydney and Christine, and to Michael's parents, Alan and Cynthia,” Joanne added. “We want to say thanks to everyone, all our friends and family, for making it a very special day.”