Just married: Neil and Gina Thomson
There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Neil Thomson serenaded his new wife Gina on their wedding day, with a song specially written for the occasion.
Gina (25), an administrator from Belfast, and Neil (31), an operations manager from Ballycarry, Co Antrim, met because their mothers knew each other.
They formed a friendship and, after Neil told Gina he was in love with her, the couple began to date.
Last year, Neil proposed ahead of a dinner-date when they were on their summer holiday in Nerja on the coast of Spain.
“Neil asked if we would like to make dinner a celebration,” Gina said.
“I turned around to find he was down on one knee with a ring in a box.
“I was speechless, and then I was in floods of tears.”
They tied the knot on April 14 at Ballycarry Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception at the Old Inn, Crawfordsburn.
“As it was the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, I decided I would walk down the aisle to the instrumental song Hymn Of The Sea by James Horner, which is featured in the film,” Gina added.
“It's a very romantic and emotional song and very appropriate, as Neil's father is a sea captain.”
Neil loves music and is quite the songwriter, so he performed a song called Happy that he had written for his new bride.
“Just before our first dance — Paul Weller's You Do Something To Me — he sat me down on a chair in the middle of the dancefloor and brought out his acoustic guitar, where he sang the song to me and our whole wedding party, said Gina.
“There wasn't a dry eye in the house and the place was in silence while Neil performed and I was absolutely delighted that he did that for me. It was so romantic.”
The new Mr and Mrs Thomson spent the first night of their honeymoon at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast and then travelled to Loch Eske Castle in Donegal for a few nights.
“Married life is absolutely wonderful,” Gina said. “Although we are together years, it's like the puppy dog stage again — we are both so delighted.”