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Weddings: Chance meeting on St Valentine’s Day would lead to true love story

By Sarah Rainey

They went out one Valentine’s Day to celebrate being single — and ended up meeting the love of their lives.

When Richard Kennedy asked for Heather McCrory’s phone number after a night out in Belfast, the pair had no idea they would end up married four years later.

Last month the happy couple — who now live in Dunmurry — wed in a beautiful ceremony in Waterfoot surrounded by family and friends.

“I’m not the romantic type, so I didn’t even think about us staying together for this long,” said Heather (33), a finance officer for a charity.

“We were both out celebrating singledom with friends back in 2007, and I remember thinking he was really funny.

“We just took it from there. The next day he phoned me and we went out on our first date to Ink restaurant in Four Winds.”

After dating for two-and-a-half years, Richard (27) proposed to Heather after a surprise day out on the North Coast.

“This is going to sound really cheesy, but he took me for a really fun day out,” she said.

“We went to the Giant’s Causeway and on the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, but there were too many tourists around and he got nervous with all the people watching.

“He later told me he’d had the ring in his pocket the whole day, but didn’t pluck up the courage to propose until we were having dinner that night.”

The young couple wanted a winter wedding and decided to get married in February, just a week before their four-year anniversary.

Heather said Richard was “very involved” in planning the ceremony, which took place at the scenic St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s Church in Waterfoot.

Just over a hundred guests gathered to watch Heather and Richard’s big day on February 5, before moving to the Great Hall in the Galgorm Resort and Spa, Ballymena.

The vintage-themed reception included a sit-down dinner, casino, hog roast and live band.

The couple then travelled to South Africa for their honeymoon, spending a few nights in Cape Town before going on safari on the Southern Cape.

“It was absolutely amazing, I’d wanted to do it for so long and it was my dream honeymoon,” Heather said.

Heather said she was looking forward to settling into married life after her romantic start to the year with new husband Richard.

“The only thing that makes me sad is that our wedding is over,” she said.

“I look back on it and it was an absolutely amazing day — I was really stressed beforehand and I had no need to be, because it all went so well.”

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