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Weddings: When Harry met Alice he didn’t realise they would soon fall in love

By Sarah Rainey

When you dream of being a fairytale princess, it makes sense to have a Disney-themed wedding. With her Beauty and the Beast cake and a honeymoon in Disneyland Florida, Belfast bride Alice Comiskey made sure her big day was fit for a character from her favourite movie.

Alice (25), an administrator from Carryduff, says walking down the aisle was “the most perfect day” of her life.

She met new husband Harry Mullan (28) at school, but it was months before the two realised their friendship was turning into something more.

“We met through a friend — we had lots of friends in common and we were introduced one day,” recalls Alice.

“We were good mates for a couple of months and it just slowly became more than that. I was attracted to his personality — he is really funny and I liked that he could make me laugh.”

Alice and Harry, an IT worker, met in 2002 and dated for six years while they were both at university. They got engaged during a romantic getaway to Fuerteventura in Spain.

“It was October 2008 and we were away on a sun holiday, lots of lying on the beach and sunbathing,” recalls Alice.

“One day he proposed while we were in the hotel room.

“It was nothing fancy, we’d talked about it beforehand and I was kind of expecting it.

“But he’d picked out the ring and it was lovely. I’m left-handed so I wanted something subtle and he picked the perfect one.”

While Alice said yes immediately, it was nearly a year before the two started to plan their big day. She says her favourite part of planning for the big day was finding the perfect wedding dress.

“I went dress shopping with my mum and found a beautiful one that was ivory and quite flouncy with lots of detail,” she adds.

“I felt really nice in it and that’s what your wedding day is meant to be about.”

The happy couple wed in a small ceremony at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Carryduff on October 2.

Around 80 family members and friends joined the newlyweds for a reception in the nearby Ivanhoe Hotel.

“I’m not into anything fancy, so the ceremony and the reception were both quite simple,” said Alice.

“We went to Shaw’s Bridge to get some photos taken and then it was just food, drink and a bit of a disco afterwards — all very plain. You could tell everyone was having a good time and that’s what mattered to me.”

With a spectacular tiered cake topped with characters from Beauty and the Beast, Alice says her wedding was like a “fairy tale”.

The pair flew off to America, where they spent time in Disneyland in Florida and New York. “I’ve wanted to go to Disneyland from when I was a child, so it really was a dream come true,” says the bride.

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