Just married: Neil and Kristina Palmer
Neil and Kristina Palmer are now very much enjoying married life following their beautiful wedding on the sun-kissed island of Malta.
Neil (33) and Kristina (28), from Belfast, first met at work back in 2007, but it wasn't until January 2009 that they started to date.
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Already good friends for nearly two years, the couple quickly fell in love.
“We had our first date at Tedfords and then Malmaison,” Kristina said.
Then, on New Year's Eve 2011 at the home they share, Neil asked Kristina to be his wife.
“He proposed at midnight in the living room,” Kristina said.
“I wasn't expecting it at all.
“We had been at a jewellery shop and I had pointed out a ring I liked, so he had gone back and bought it for me.”
The couple toasted their engagement with a glass of Champagne and then set about organising their dream wedding for 36 guests.
“We had originally decided to get married in Italy, but then decided to go for Malta.
“We married in Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar and then had an old-style Maltese bus take us to the
reception at The Villa, St Julian's.
“My sisters Elizabeth and Helen were my bridesmaids. Malta is lovely and everyone thoroughly enjoyed our day.
“We are glad we went away; the weather was great.”
The Palmer’s first dance as husband and wife was to Dusty Springfield classic I Only Want To Be With You.
And after the wedding they headed to China on honeymoon.
Neil picked the venue and loved their trip, and while Kristina wasn't as taken with the country as her new husband, they still had a wonderful break together.
“Neil thought China was brilliant,” Kristina said.
“We visited Shanghai and Beijing. I didn't think there was much of a buzz about it, but we still had a really good time.”
Kristina said their life isn't much different to how it was before their wedding day, but that it is nice to be married. “We want to thank our friends and family for helping to make our wedding day so special,” she added.
“Also, Neil's brother-in-law Ryan Gallagher took our photographs and did a great job.
“It's lovely to be able to look back at them.”