Just married: Linda and Gordon McIlmoyle
A Belfast couple found all the ingredients for romance working together in a pizza parlour.
Six years ago, as a teenager, Linda Seeds began her first job in pizza chain Domino’s in Bangor.
And as fast as you can say “Pepperoni Passion”, she fell for her boss, Gordon McIlmoyle.
“I always remember Gordon making me laugh and he still does,” said lovestruck Linda.
“Months later Gordon was moved to the Belfast branch and I thought I had lost my chance to say how I felt, but at a Christmas staff party the truth came out.”
The couple started dating and discovered they had more than pizza in common.
On Christmas Day 2009 Gordon proposed. “I had no idea at the time,” Linda recalled.
“On the morning Gordon asked me to sit on a wooden chair so he could pass up the presents to me. I didn’t realise that he was getting down into the kneeling position so he could propose.
“The last present was in a huge bag, so I thought nothing of it until I discovered there was a smaller present inside and it was a little silver box.
“By the time I realised what was happening, Gordon said: ‘Linda, will you make me the happiest man by marrying me?’ I just yelled ‘yes’ and hugged him.”
The pair tied the knot this year on June 2, which was also Gordon’s 30th birthday.
“We joked that Gordon would never forget his wedding anniversary,” said Linda. He is unlikely to forget this momentous day as Linda arranged for a birthday cake on their wedding day. All 150 of their guests at the La Mon Hotel sang ‘Happy Birthday’.
“The day was perfect, the sun shined and everything went to plan,” the 24-year-old said. “We got married at Cregagh Presbyterian Church and had our pictures taken at Stormont.”
The wedding reception was full of surprises as the bride and her mother Elizabeth planned for secret singing waiters called to serenade the guests.
And the newly-weds could not celebrate their big day without a little token of how they met.
Rumours had circulated among the guests that they were having pizza for dinner, but they decided to go with a traditional meal.
Instead, each guest received a Domino’s pizza box which held a wedding key-ring and a Cancer Research badge — their charity of choice.
The pizza theme continued throughout the day with guests smiling for the camera and instead of saying cheese they shouted the name of Domino’s best-selling pizza, Pepperoni|Passion.
Linda praised the venue as fantastic and said it was an amazing day of “love, laughter and lots of pizza”.
The bride says: “The day was perfect, the sun shined and everything went to plan.”