Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Just married: Nick and Rachael McGruer

Rachel Hunter and Nick McGruer on their wedding day
Rachel Hunter and Nick McGruer on their wedding day

Nick and Rachael McGruer are thoroughly enjoying married life following their wedding in Belfast.

Nick (30), from London, and Rachael (32), from Comber, have lots in common.

They share a love of good food, are both civil servants at Westminster, and where they do differ in personality, they balance each other out.

The London-based newlyweds fell in love after romance blossomed at their work Christmas party. "The cliché exists for a reason," Rachael said.

The couple dated and then became engaged last February on a weekend trip to Jersey after Valentine's Day.

Nick and Rachael's wedding service and reception for 90 people took place at the Reform Club in Belfast, with most guests travelling from outside Northern Ireland, including some family from Canada.

"We had a really good day," Rachael said. "Having the whole day at one venue was very handy.

"There was a real party atmosphere and lots of dancing. Everything was very relaxed and chilled."

The new Mrs McGruer is a keen baker and, with her mother and new mother-in-law, baked the couple's wedding cake and mini-cupcake party favours.

Travel was another theme to their big day, with each table named after a location that had a special meaning to Nick and Rachael, such as the Giant's Causeway and Westminster.

After celebrating with their friends and family, the happy couple headed to Argentina on honeymoon.

"It was amazing," Rachael said. "We ate lots of steak and drank lots of wine.

"We explored the place for three weeks and spent our first Christmas there."

Now back home in London, Nick and Rachael are enjoying marriage and their life together.

"Nick is a very good person. We have a lot of common and also balance each other out," Rachael said.

"I'm still getting used to being called Mrs McGruer and Nick wearing a ring.

"We had a wonderful wedding day and want to thank everyone for making the effort to spend it with us and make it so special."

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