Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Just married: Matthew and Judith Maguire

The marriage of Judith McNally and Matthew Maguire
Wedding of Jacqueline Haughey and Paul Nelson.
Richard Kennedy and Heather McCrory on their wedding day

Matthew and Judith Maguire's love story began when they met in October 2008 through mutual friends.

The sales representative and the management consultant from Dundonald attended a few of the same birthday parties before Matthew (29) asked Judith (24) for her phone number.

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They went on their first date at Made in Belfast restaurant, fell in love and then, on Christmas Eve 2010, Matthew asked Judith to marry him under the Christmas tree at the home they now share.

“It was a real surprise,” Judith said. “We went straight down to Malcolm's jewellers in Belfast and spent about four hours picking a ring.

“Then we went to New York on Boxing Day and he had planned some lovely surprises for me.”

The couple married at Holywood Baptist Church with a reception for 180 guests at Campbell College.

Judith used to be an event manager, so she knew the venue would be just perfect for her big day.

“I wanted something very classic for our day and organised everything myself,” Judith said.

“Our meal was very traditional and we had a big hog roast outside in the evening.

“My four bridesmaids wore lemon dresses and one of them, Lynsey, made the most delicious lemon cups for our wedding favours.

“The theme was black tie, so it was lovely to see all the guys in dickie bows.

“I wanted to be like Grace Kelly in an Audrey Hepburn-style dress.”

The Maguires first dance as husband and wife was to the Take That classic song Greatest Day. The couple stayed at the Culloden Hotel on their wedding night and then flew out to Thailand from Dublin Airport the following day for their honeymoon.

“Thailand was unbelievable,” Judith said.

“We spent three nights in Bangkok and then Ko Samui, where we had a villa on the beach with a private pool. The views were stunning.

“We had always wanted to go to Thailand. It was beautiful.”

The Maguires moved in together when they got home from honeymoon and are loving every day of married life.

“I lived with my Mum and Dad before, so being married is quite a big change for me, but I have to say that it's great,” Judith said.

“We both love being married.”

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