Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Just Married: Stephen Maughan and Collette McCaughey

How deli served up Valentine special

Bride Collette McCaughey with groom Stephen Maughan at the reception in Mikey's Deli
Bride Collette McCaughey with groom Stephen Maughan at the reception in Mikey's Deli
Rathcoole couple, Phil Hamilton and Claire Currie tied the knot on Saturday 18th January 2014 in the Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus.
Rathcoole couple, Phil Hamilton and Claire Currie tied the knot on Saturday 18th January 2014 in the Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus.
John Hoy and Karen Sheals had a winter wedding.

Stephen and Collette Maughan's unconventional wedding on St Valentine's Day was everything they wanted and more.

Stephen (33) and Collette (41), from north Belfast, met by chance just over a year ago in the Cathedral Quarter and quickly fell in love.

They got talking, instantly connected and then headed to Mikey's Deli in Bridge Street for something to eat.

Then last autumn they decided to get married because they knew they were made for each other.

"It's been a whirlwind romance," Stephen said.

"When you know it's love, it doesn't matter if it's one year or five years."

Stephen and Collette married on February 14 at Larne Town Hall.

Their reception afterwards, for 22 guests, was held at the Belfast deli where they had enjoyed their first date together.

"Mikey's Deli seemed appropriate, because it was the first place we ate together," Stephen said.

"We had a perfect day. Apart from the weather, it was a dream. It was a great day for our families to mingle. Everyone got on."

The couple had their first dance as Mr and Mrs Maughan at home to the Miley Cyrus song Adore You. They are hoping to head away on honeymoon on their first anniversary next year.

On why they are so well-suited to each other, Stephen said it was a combination of "God's will" and "chemistry".

"The one word that keeps coming into my head is love," he said. "She's my soulmate."

Stephen and Collette would like to thank all their friends and family for their love and support.

The couple only wish that Stephen's late sister Frances and Collette's late mother and father Olive and Kenny could have been with them on their special day.

"They were there in spirit," Stephen added.

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