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Marriage proposal was the height of romance

The wedding of Stephen Morrison and Kathy Graham

By Sarah Rainey

They say love can take you to new heights — and for one Co Antrim couple it did just that when they got engaged nearly 500ft off the ground.

Stephen Morrison proposed to long-term girlfriend Kathy Graham during a romantic trip to London in February last year.

The pair were enjoying a view of the city skyline from the iconic London Eye when Stephen surprised Kathy by getting down on one knee.

“I couldn’t believe it — we’d talked about getting married but it came as a big surprise,” said Kathy (24), a sales consultant from Templepatrick.

“We were in a capsule high up in the air with loads of foreign tourists, so it was quite embarrassing.

“I don’t know if I ever actually said yes, but by the time we got back to ground level we were engaged.”

Stephen (31), a farmer from Ballymoney, met Kathy at an event run by the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster in 2007.

Kathy said the couple had known of each other for a while but “just clicked” when they were properly introduced.

“We had lots in common and seemed to get on really well from the start,” she added.

After dating for nearly three years Stephen’s proposal came during a holiday to celebrate his 30th birthday. “We knew we wanted to wait a year before the |wedding, so we were in no rush,” said Kathy.

“We picked out the hotel together and after that I think I did most of the planning.

“I picked out my dress at Easter last year, but it wasn’t until the day itself that I convinced myself I really liked it.”

Kathy and Stephen got married in First Donegore Presbyterian Church in Parkgate, Templepatrick, on February 26.

Around 200 guests joined the happy couple for a vintage-themed reception at the Dunadry Hotel and Country Club.

“We had an old-fashioned sweet shop which I made myself and people seemed to love,” said Kathy.

“There was also a photo booth where guests could get their photos taken and bring them home.”

Stephen and Kathy jetted off to Cancun in Mexico for their honeymoon, where they swam with dolphins and spent a fortnight relaxing in the sun.

The newlyweds now live in Armoy, Co Antrim, where Kathy said they were happily settling in to married life.

“Our wedding day feels like ages ago — it was a great day but it just flew in,” she added.

“You do all that planning and then it’s over in a flash. I wish I could go back and do it all again.”

‘We had lots in common and got on really well from the very start’

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