Boxing hero Carl Frampton holds back tears of joy as he weds girl of his dreams
He gets wedding day nerves as bride keeps him waiting
Published 28/10/2013 | 12:00
Ring the bell, it's all over – Carl Frampton's a married man.
The boxer's new wife Christine Dorrian delivered a sucker punch when she said "I do" to the world champion prospect.
She made the man they call The Jackal wait a full 30 minutes before she arrived to marry him in a civil ceremony at Crawfordsburn Inn, Co Down, yesterday.
It was a real cross-community affair for north Belfast man Carl whose family lives in the predominantly loyalist Tigers Bay area and Christine, whose family have lived in Lenadoon and Poleglass in west Belfast.
They met more than seven years ago at Kelly's nightclub, Portrush. It took the confident fighter a year to pluck up the courage to ask Christine out on a date.
Now parents of Carla, aged two, the young couple have made Lisburn their home.
They proved their love was greater than any divide when they were married in a non-religious ceremony by humanist celebrant Myrtle Ewing.
Carl showed his softer side when he admitted he had to hold back the tears when he saw Christine walk down the aisle.
Describing his wife as "absolutely gorgeous, the European champ said: "Yes, I was feeling a bit nervous, but not too bad. Still, I managed to hold back the tears, though I was starting to cry when I saw Christine walking and then when I saw my wee girl as well," said Carl.
The 26-year-old arrived shortly after 1pm in a silver grey Imperial landaulette car to the hotel where the ceremony and reception was held.
Despite the predicted bad weather, the sun shone and the day stayed dry.
The couple had invited more than 120 of their close family and friends to their wedding, with two coaches bringing guests from Tigers Bay and West Belfast respectively.
Arriving in another Imperial landaulette car at 2.30 pm, the bride wore a strapless ivory dress with a beaded bodice and layered tuille skirt.
Her groom wore a grey suit with ivory waistcoat and tie to complement her gown.
She was walked down the aisle by her uncle Bernard Dorrian, in place of her late father Denis.
Carl's manager Barry McGuigan, whose sons Shane and Jake were groomsmen, joked that his fighter was more nervous ahead of this wedding than he was of his recent fight against Jeremy Parodi in Belfast.
"He was more nervous that I expected but then sure, Christine was fashionably late.
"We were beginning to wonder whether it was fashionable or not or if she would turn up all."
He described Christine as a "fantastic girl", saying that the young couple were a "great example to others".
"They are a fantastic couple and we wish them every happiness.
He added: "It's good to see you (the press) here today because that means that Carl's appeal is wider than just the boxing community.
"I've said for years that he's a champion in the making."
Yesterday morning, Carl tweeted: "Thank you for all the well wishes. Far too many to reply to but me and @XtineDorrian appreciate them all #weddingbells."
The couple will honeymoon in Phuket, Thailand for 11 days before the super-bantamweight returns to training for what could be a world championship fight next year.