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Just married: Seamus and Lara Hanna

By Amanda Poole

Seamus Hanna and Lara Hanna-Salmon, from Waringstown, are looking forward to the future following their beautiful sun-kissed wedding in Mauritius.

Seamus (43), a businessman, and Lara (34), a PR executive, first met at a house party in Helen's Bay in December 2009.

They got chatting and Seamus asked Lara if they could meet up sometime.

Lara said no, initially, but when Seamus asked again she agreed to go on a date.

The couple fell in love and then in September 2010 became engaged at Roly's Restaurant in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

"It was completely unexpected and very romantic," Lara said.

"We were in Dublin for the wedding of a friend I met when I was living in Paris.

"We were out for a meal and after dessert he proposed.

"It was a beautiful setting and I loved my engagement ring; I'm very lucky.

"It's very simple and classic. He knows what I like."

Seamus and Lara organised their wedding together, opting to tie the knot in Mauritius. "It was just the two of us," Lara said.

"When I was younger I always said I would get married on the beach in a bikini.

"I ditched the bikini idea and went for beautiful dress designed by Una Rodden.

"We had a fantastic wedding day," Lara added.

"We had a lovely couple's massage in the morning and had nothing to worry or stress about.

"Everything was taken care of."

Following their wedding, the couple headed to Dubai on honeymoon and celebrated their first New Year together as husband and wife.

"We saw the fireworks and met some lovely people from all over the world," Lara said.

"We had an amazing time."

When the newlyweds got home, they arranged a party at The Ivory restaurant and bar in Belfast for close friends and family.

Lara said her parents Priscilla and Joe were of great emotional support, as were her siblings Julian, Naomi and Zoe, who is well known as as TV presenter and former Miss Northern Ireland.

"I'm the most blessed I've ever been," Lara said.

"Seamus and I feel very comfortable and secure and are looking forward to our future.

"Everybody is so happy for us and say we make a great couple."

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