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Just married: Paula and Keith Rooney

Love scales new heights as couple return to Big Apple for proposal

Paula and Keith Rooney are enjoying married life following their perfect wedding day celebrations.

Housing officer Paula (30), from Beleek, Co Fermanagh, and Keith (30), a civil servant from Antrim, met on a placement year in New York in 2005 and got together a few years later.

"We met on a college placement in 2005 when we were based in New Jersey with CIE Tours," Paula said.

"It took us a few years to get together but we always knew there was something there."

They became engaged in 2011.

"Keith proposed after a day of spoiling me," Paula said.

"He wanted to reproduce a day in New York we had back when we lived there, so he took me to a place for lunch we had been to back then and then we went to the Rockefeller Center.

"He took me to the same pub we used to go to for a couple of drinks. He had booked us a surprise dinner in the restaurant 48 floors up.

"When we were getting ready he said he had a surprise and had bought me a dress to wear for dinner.

"We went back to the room and he told me he had one more surprise for me and asked me to close my eyes.

"When I opened them he was on one knee and asked me to marry him. There was only ever one answer."

The couple married at St Michael's Church in Mulleek in Fermanagh. "The service was beautiful," Paula said.

"It made the day."

A reception followed afterwards at Harvey's Point in Donegal.

Paula and Keith's first dance as husband and wife was to Adele song Make You Feel My Love.

"It was a beautiful day," Paula said. "It was a crazy day. It flew in. I wouldn't change any part of it. I would do it all over again if I could."

The Rooneys honeymooned in the Caribbean and the US.

"We had a fabulous time," Paula said.

"The cruise started in Miami and the Caribbean islands and then we had 10 days in Florida.

"It was just what we needed after the wedding."

Married life is going well.

"We love it," Paula said. "It's wonderful."

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