Ross and Grace Black are kicking off married life at a new home in Killyman, Dungannon — moving in today.
Ross (24), originally from Larne, is a risk assessor for a water hygiene company and a footballer for Ballymena United.
He met Grace (24), an accountant from Cookstown, through family ties.
“We met six years ago through my sister’s hockey team,” Ross said. “Grace asked me out and we began to date.”
The couple fell in love and then, in November 2009, Ross surprised Grace with a marriage proposal. “It wasn’t very romantic,” Ross said. “I was in her living room when she came home from hockey training. It was the most random thing.
“I knew Grace didn’t want a proposal at the Eiffel Tower, or anything like that. It was plain and simple.
“I had the ring and got down on one knee. I was shaking like a leaf and asked her to marry me.”
Grace, of course, said yes and the couple planned their wedding for May 24 at Albany Church in Ardboe, Co Tyrone.
They tied the knot in front of 30 family members and then enjoyed a fun-filled reception at the Tullylagan Hotel in Cookstown with around 120 guests.
“The whole day was brilliant,” Ross said. “It was the best day of the summer, about 30C.
“We just had a great time of it.
“Our families stayed all the next day in the Tullylagan gardens.”
The new Mr and Mrs Black then headed off on honeymoon to Thailand.
“Thailand is absolutely amazing,” Ross said. “It’s a lovely place and the people are lovely, too.”
Ross and Grace are home now and settling into married life together.
They are both in great form and moving into their new home in the Co Tyrone village.
“Being married is brilliant,” Ross said. “Everything is very relaxed and laidback.”