Just married: Michelle White and Ciaran McAnespy
Not even a broken leg could stop Michelle from walking up aisle
Published 12/07/2013 | 01:30
Nothing was going to stop Ciaran and Michelle McAnespy from marrying on June 20 – not even the bride's broken leg.
Ciaran (31), a sales representative from Trillick, Co Tyrone, and Michelle (34), a senior housing officer from Belfast, fell in love in 2006 after meeting at a murder-mystery party.
They parted company for a while when Ciaran moved to Australia, but soon realised they were meant to be together.
Ciaran returned to Northern Ireland last March and,in September, he proposed at the restaurant where they had enjoyed their first date.
"Ciaran asked me to marry him at Made in Belfast, he had planning everything." Michelle said. "After, we went back to mum and dad's and had a bit of a party, it was lovely."
However, Michelle broke her leg in several places in an accident just four weeks before the ceremony.
So there had been a chance the couple's big day at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Dunmurry Lane on June 20 would have to be cancelled.
But Michelle was determined not to let it wreck their plans, and after intensive physiotherapy at Musgrave Park Hospital, their wedding went ahead.
"The service was brilliant," Michelle added.
"I have an Ilizarov cage – a metal device with pins through the bones – on my leg, so the priest adapted everything around what I was able to do on the day.
"The Musgrave physio team worked hard to get me on my feet for the wedding. I managed to get up the aisle with my crutch and holding on to my father.
"The priest got everyone to give us a big round of applause when I reached the altar. It was so lovely."
Michelle's 11-year-old son, also named Ciaran, was a "big page boy" on the day of the service, which was followed by a reception at Harvey's Point Hotel in Co Donegal.
She said: "The hotel was absolutely amazing. The staff were wonderful, the meal was so elaborate, the food was beautiful and we had a fantastic day.
"We had a first dance, not a very active one, but it was to Take That's Rule The World. We did the first half and then the bridal party joined us for the second half.
"Our extended families have been a great support, I couldn't have got through recovery without them."
The newlyweds' honeymoon to Cuba was cancelled due to Michelle's injuries but the new Mr and Mrs McAnespy hope to head away later this year.
Meanwhile, Ciaran, Michelle and young Ciaran are enjoying life at their new home in Belfast.
"Being married is great," Michelle added.
"I have always lived with my mum Eileen and dad Laurence, so it's weird for us leaving the house, but we're only five minutes away.
"We are very happy, settling into the new house and having a great time."