Just married: Jonny and Lorna Watson
The Old Meeting House at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum came alive to the sound of gospel music when it was used for a Belfast couple’s wedding.
Guests at Lorna and Jonny Watson’s wedding were surprised when members of the congregation stood up and began to sing, like in the hit film Love Actually.
Lorna (30), who sings with Belfast Community Gospel Choir, said: “I had 20 friends from the choir placed throughout the congregation. They got up and came to the front to sing. It was a big surprise to many of the guests.
“We made the service very personal,” added Lorna. “My husband, who wouldn’t normally be moved, cried as I came up the aisle.”
Lorna said the Old Meeting House was a great venue as it was like a blank canvas that they could decorate.
“We had 100 people in the church but it seemed intimate and everyone had a good view.”
The couple, who met eight years ago when they worked together at the Icebowl in Dundonald, enjoy surprises. According to Lorna, Jonny had arranged “the best engagement ever”.
“We went to the private cinema in Comber — just the two of us. I should have guessed when he picked the movie PS: I Love You.
“At the end, I was getting a bit restless and started to gather up my things. Then I looked up and saw it said on the screen ‘keep watching’. Jonny had put together this presentation about us and at the end he got down on one knee.”
Jonny (32) was relieved when Lorna said ‘yes’.