Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Feeling like a princess in 'one of those dresses you either love or hate'

Another win: Carl Frampton and wife Christine

IT was short and sweet – a bit like Carl Frampton's recent performance in the ring. Carl married his bride Christine Dorrian in just over 15 minutes after she arrived 30 minutes late for their wedding.

The civil ceremony was performed by humanist celebrant Myrtle Ewing, who also performed the naming ceremony for their little girl Carla (2).

Those passing by the Crawfordsburn Inn, Co Down, where the ceremony and reception took place, were at first unsure of why the media were in attendance.

But once the name Carl Frampton was mentioned, they were happy to give their best wishes.

The long wait was worth it for Carl (26) and 120 of the couple's close family and friends as all declared that Christine (25) made a beautiful bride.

At one point, Carl's father Craig was spotted having a quick sip of a pint at the entrance as they waited for the bride to arrive.

Despite having less than a year to organise the wedding, the bridal party were all perfectly complemented in the wedding's colour theme of ivory, black and grey.

Carl was dressed in grey suit with an ivory waistcoat and tie, and supported by his best man, champion boxer Paddy Barnes (26), along with Shane (24) and Jake McGuigan (26), sons of his manager, Barry, and brother-in-law Ciaran Magennis as groomsmen.

Christine, a criminology graduate, wore an ivory strapless dress with a short puddle train that showcased her trim figure.

The sweetheart bodice was heavily embellished with crystals and diamante and laced at the back.

The skirt was layered with rows of tulle frills, dotted with shimmering sequins.

She wore her hair in an elaborate upstyle accessoried with diamante hair clips, finished off with a waist-length veil.

She was nearly upstaged by her own daughter Carla, who got out of the wedding car, still with her dummy in her mouth, before declaring to all that she "was off to get married".

Christine was attended by three bridesmaids – her sisters Lisa Magennis (chief bridesmaid), Denise Skogseltd and cousin Kerry Dorrian – who were dressed in slim-fitting, black strapless dresses that echoed the bride's dress with the embellishment on the bodice, laced back and puddle trains.

Carla was a flower girl along with cousins Kianna Dorrian (2) and Cara Magennis (7). All wore ivory silk empire line dresses.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last week, Christine revealed before the wedding that she actually had two wedding dresses for her special day but had yet to decide whether to change into the second one.

"I feel like an absolute princess in my dress," said Christine.

"It's one of those dresses that you either love or hate.

"I might get some criticism for it but I don't care, I love it."

Christine bought the dress in a Dunmurry bridal shop and didn't realise that it was half price so she decided to buy two.

"The other dress is one that I got made for me from China, it's a long, very elegant, lace dress.

"It's really beautiful but I don't know if I will actually it wear it later on that night if I'm enjoying wearing the other one too much."

The style was not just confined to the bride. Her mother Lillian wore a three-quarter length silver grey cowl necked dress with silver pashmina, while Carl's mother Florence wore a black and ivory silk dress with black fascinator.

However, the best dressed guest prize would have to go to Barry McGuigan's own 'lady in red', his daughter Nika, who wore a red lace body con dress and red hat.

Guests dined on a five course meal, with a choice of either fresh vegetable soup or chicken liver pate for starters, refreshed with a champagne sorbet and then followed by a choice of chicken with mushroom sauce or glazed Ballymoney ham, followed by dessert of chocolate fudge cake.

They were later entertained by May McFetridge with dancing from live wedding band El Dude Brothers.

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