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Monday 24 November 2014

Just married: Stephanie and Andrew Todd

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The wedding of Stephanie Campbell and Andrew Todd on July 2

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Most brides have a choice these days whether they want to take their husband’s surname.

But one groom, Andrew Todd, wasn’t taking any chances when he sent his bride an unusual gift on the morning of their wedding.

“My father presented me with a gift which he said was from Andrew,” said Stephanie Campbell.

“I unwrapped it to find personalised car numberplates including ‘Todd’ in the lettering, so I couldn’t change my mind about taking his name.”

Not that the 28-year-old bride was going to change her mind about marrying her “first love” Andrew, from Scotland.

Stephanie, from Groomsport, Co Down, met Andrew when she was a 19-year-old fresher at Napier University in Edinburgh.

“I moved into halls of residence and Andrew was a third-year senior resident in charge of accommodation,” she said.

“He was there to help freshers settle in and show us around the city and campus.”

Stephanie described how she quickly fell for Andrew’s Scottish accent and the fact that he was captain of the university’s rugby team.

“After university I moved back home to Northern Ireland, but he was playing rugby league for Scotland,” she said.

“The relationship was non-existent for a while, if I’m honest, but eventually he moved over here.”

Andrew (30) is an architect and plays rugby league for the Strangford Sharks and rugby union for Ards. He was selected to play rugby league for Ireland last year. The couple now live in Bangor and got married on July 2 in Groomsport Parish Church, where Stephanie was christened.

“It was the only place I wanted to get married,” she said. “We had a brilliant day.

“It was absolutely roasting weather and it all went very well.”

Stephanie had two bridesmaids — her sister Louise and Andrew’s sister Nicola — together with the bride’s three-year-old niece Ruby as flowergirl.

The reception was held for 170 guests at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel near Bangor. A further 60 guests came to the evening event. “The reception couldn’t have been nicer,” Stephanie said.

“The food was great and the staff were brilliant — they couldn’t have done anything more for us.”

Of course, as a proud Scotsman, Andrew wore his clan’s kilt for the wedding.

But they went to sunnier climes for their honeymoon — the diving paradise of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

Back in Northern Ireland, Stephanie is enjoying married life, buzzing around in her Mini convertible which constantly reminds her that she’s now Mrs Todd.

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