Just married: Michael and Catherine McKay
Co Antrim couple Micheal and Catherine McKay enjoyed the simple country wedding that they had always dreamed of.
Micheal (28), a recruitment consultant from Randalstown, and Catherine (27), an administration assistant from Antrim, first met through friends 15 years ago as teenagers.
They lost contact and then, seven years ago, bumped into each other on a night out.
“We've been inseparable ever since,” Catherine said. “Micheal ran me home, we swapped numbers and went on a date the next night.”
The couple's romance progressed and then, in July 2009, they became engaged at the house-warming of their first home together.
Micheal had asked Catherine's father for permission to marry her the night before the party.
“We had just bought the house and he had it all planned,” added Catherine.
“Micheal got down on one knee in the back garden in front of about 40 guests and asked me to marry him.
“Because my dad was in on it, he was able to make a video-recording of the proposal.”
Catherine said ‘yes’ immediately and the couple set about arranging their big day together.
They tied the knot in front of 80 guests at St Macnissi's Church in Tannaghmore, Co Antrim, and their relaxed reception followed at Tullylagan Country House, Cookstown.
“We wanted a simple, country-feel wedding and that was exactly what we got. It was perfect,” Catherine said.
The happy pair's first dance as Mr and Mrs McKay was to Fleetwood Mac’s Need Your Love So Bad and the day after their wedding they headed off to Pezenas in the south of France.
They are now settling into married life and looking forward to the birth of their first child later this year.
“We are blissfully happy and we're expecting our first baby in September,” Catherine said.