Just Married: Lucy Kearney and Edward Bell - how gap year trip made two friends realise they were right for each other
Holywood couple Lucy and Edward Bell are enjoying family life in Huddersfield with son Millar following the wedding of their dreams.
Lucy, a teacher, and Edward, a sales advisor, both 26, met at Sullivan Grammar school and were friends for many years before they fell in love in 2006.
A gap year in Australia with a group of school friends made them realise they were made for each other.
They became engaged on December 18, 2011 on a visit to Rathmullan, Co Donegal, a place very close to their hearts.
"We both holidayed there as kids," Edward said. "We'd been looking at rings and at Christmas I surprised her."
Lucy added: "I knew it was on the cards, but was still surprised. It was really romantic."
The young couple then tied the knot on August 29 at a ceremony at Belfast City Hall, followed by a champagne reception and meal at the Rathmullan House Hotel.
"We had a lovely day," Edward said. "We wanted it to be an intimate, personal wedding; there were 23 of us. We really enjoyed our day.
"Then we threw a party back in Belfast at Lucy's mum's parents' house."
Lucy added: "We couldn't have asked for more. The day was what we always wanted, it was lovely.
"We were focused on relaxing and enjoying ourselves."
The new Mr and Mrs Bell took advice from other newlyweds, to delay their honeymoon for a while, so they are heading on a trip to New York and Florida next year.
Edward said he's "over the moon" to be married to Lucy and she's very happy, too.
"It's very nice," Lucy said. "I'm really enjoying it."
The Bells and 18-month-old Millar are happy and content and would like to extend their thanks to family members who shared their special day with them and to all their friends for the well-wishes and congratulations.