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Just Married: Robert and Sharon Hastings

Busman's holiday for Robert as he ends up filming his own wedding

Robert and Sharon Hastings from Newcastle are enjoying married life following a dream wedding day in Co Down.

Robert (54) and Sharon (32) run a video production business together.

The couple met at a creative writing class in the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast in January, 2012.

They fell in love and became engaged on New Year's Eve, 2014.

"He was making me dinner and brought down his late mum's ring and asked me if I liked it and would I like to try it on," Sharon said.

Robert proposed, Sharon said "yes", and they were then married on April 23 at the meeting house in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, followed by a reception at Cultra Manor.

Their first dance as husband and wife was to Faithful Friend by Twila Paris and Steven Curtis Chapman.

"It was a fabulous day," Sharon said.

"I was not a girl looking for a dream wedding but it really went that way.

"It was a lovely sunny day and Robert always loved Grace Kelly's wedding dress, so I sourced a vintage wedding dress from the Fifties and he loved it.

"We couldn't find a videographer, so Robert set up a camera and filmed our own wedding day!"

The Hastings headed for the Ashford Castle lodge in Co Mayo in a convertible mini for their honeymoon.

"We had a really good time," Sharon said.

"There is so much to do on the estate."

Sharon has moved from Newtownards to Newcastle and married life is going well.

"We are loving it," Sharon said.

"We are settled into it. I have moved to Newcastle, the Irish Open was quite an experience."

The new Mr and Mrs Hastings would like to thank their friends and family for making their day so special.

"Robert's parents have passed away, so a lovely detail was my sister sewing a cushion out of his mother's wedding dress for the rings to be presented on.

"The groom's party, bridesmaids, everyone, were all fabulous."

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