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Sunday 21 December 2014

Just married: Sarah and James Hunter

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The wedding of Sara McConkey to James Hunter took place at St Brigid’s Parish Church, in Belfast, with the reception held at the Dunadry Hotel.

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Paul and Edel Gilmour married on the 21 feb 2009

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The wedding of Stephanie Campbell and Andrew Todd on July 2

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Tori and Jonny Shaw

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Ryan gunn and toni Fitzgerald gunn, 22/07/2011

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Wedding of Gary Hassard and Alison Pearce

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Ciaran Milligan (son of Brian & Siobhan Milligan from Belfast) married Colleen Symington (daughter of Joseph & Doreen Symington from Castlewellan) took place on 14 July 2011 at St. Malachy's Church, Castlewellan followed by reception at The Burrendale, Newcastle.  Photography by Joanne Symington www.joannesymington.com

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The wedding of Susan Shields and Andrew Donaldson

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Lisa and Cormac Mc Ardle, were married on Burns Beach in Perth, Western Australia on 20th April 2011, originally from Newry, Co. Down and living in Perth, we then flew back to Ireland for an Irish wedding blessing

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Lisa and Cormac Mc Ardle, were married on Burns Beach in Perth, Western Australia on 20th April 2011, originally from Newry, Co. Down and living in Perth, we then flew back to Ireland for an Irish wedding blessing

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Orla McGrotty and Damien Mc Stocker married in St Mary's Church, Limavady on 25 April and traveled to Drenagh Country House Estate for photos before going to The Waterfoot for their reception.
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Gareth & Kerrie Townsend, Kilmore Quay Club, Lisnaskea, Fermanagh

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Sinead and Paul Heffron

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Weather with you: Colm and Aine Fitzpatrick beat the hail storms to get their wedding pictures.

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John Rafferty and Kathrina McIlroy share a dance together on their wedding day in Belfast Castle

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Greatest Day: Gemma and Adam Graham

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The wedding of Nicola Chang and David Murphy at Crawfordsburn, Co Down

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Lisa Watters and Simon Smyth who were married at Tullylagan Country House Hotel

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Ciara with her father Eamonn (left) and husband Stephen on their wedding day in Clearwater, Florida

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John and Anne are all smiles at Glenoe Waterfall

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Tying the knot: Joanne Armstrong and Conor Donovan
Kimberley and Neill Davidson
Kimberley Boyle and NeillDavidson wedding.Photo by Brian Morrison.
Wayne McAteer and Joanne Lynch at the Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena
Cara Hart and Gary Woods wed last month in Caryduff
Stephen Morrison and Kathy Graham got married at First Donegore Presbyterian Church in Templepatrick
Wedding guests joined forces to produce a memorable musical wedding gift for Sai and Ally Kelly
Noel Smith and Aislin Mackin who were married on the 19th March 2011 at St Malachy's church in Kilcoo, Co Down. The reception was at the Canal Court in Newry. Pic by Alasdair McBroom
Happy couple: Harry and Alice flew off to Disneyland in Florida after their wedding day
Ryan and Laura on their wedding day in September 2009
Richard Kennedy and Heather McCrory on their wedding day

One Belfast Romeo didn’t let the rain dampen his bid to propose to his girlfriend.

On a wet October day in 2009, James Hunter (34) brought his girlfriend Sara McConkey to scenic Glenariff Forest Park on the Antrim coast and popped the question beside the waterfall.

Sara (25) remembers the moment well for the romance — and the comedy value.

“It was typical Northern Ireland weather,” said Sara. “James took me to the waterfall. He got down on one knee and then slipped on the damp ground onto both knees.”

The couple, who met four years earlier at a nightclub in the Odyssey, had discussed getting married, but James’ proposal still surprised Sara.

“He had duped me into going to Glenariff that day, saying we were going to a car show. But when we got there, there was no car show,” she said.

“I think he knew it would be difficult to plan a surprise, as I can normally suss things out.” The pair planned their wedding together, which was a large affair with 180 guests at the reception in the Dunadry Hotel in Antrim on July 1.

As Sara is a primary school teacher, the date suited well with the start of the long summer holidays.

“We had a lot of guests, because we both come from large families,” added Sara.

“I’m one of four and James has a large extended family.”

Sara’s sister Laura and her two friends, Catherine and Emma, were bridesmaids. She also had two flowergirls — her cousin Cora and a friend’s daughter, Jessica. Another cousin, Noah, was pageboy.

Sara wore an ivory lace dress by La Sposa which she got at Eden Bridal, Holywood Arches, in east Belfast.

The wedding took place in St Brigid’s Church on Belfast’s Malone Road. As guests arrived at the Dunadry for a drinks reception they were entertained by the Martello Jazz Band.

“They were excellent and made everybody feel very relaxed as the reception got under way,” said Sara.

The day then went from jazz notes to pop and rock with The Hootenannys ensuring the dancefloor was never empty.

Sara summed up: “We had a fantastic day. I couldn’t compliment the staff at the Dunadry enough.”

The couple weren’t taking any chances with the weather for their honeymoon and jetted off to Hawaii and Las Vegas for three weeks of glorious sunshine.

‘We had a lot of guests, because we both come from large families’

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