Belfast Telegraph

Just married: Philip and Deborah Hull

Philip and Deborah Hull's spring wedding turned into a white wedding thanks to last month's blizzards.

The London-based couple first met back in 2009 at a friend's murder mystery dinner party.

They began dating in 2011, got engaged in 2012 in Dahab, Egypt, and then married on March 23 at Down Cathedral with a beautiful reception after at the Larchfield Estate near Lisburn.

Their first dance as husband and wife was to Where I Sleep by Emeli Sande.

Belfast woman Debs and Philip, originally from Oxford, couldn't believe the change in the weather 24 hours before they tied the knot. Their big day went ahead despite the heavy snowstorm which struck just the day before.

"Friends and family battled the elements travelling from as far away as Hong Kong," she said.

"Despite the snow preventing some dear friends joining us, we had an amazing celebration, made all the more greater having conquered the odds with most of the guests arriving from London.

"Many had to divert via other airports and even had to hail a 4x4 to drive them to the wedding when cars got stranded."

Debs said everyone that was able to make it enjoyed "true Irish hospitality" including a Guinness reception and folk music, plus "a great feed by Jane's Kitchen".

The newlyweds headed to East Africa on honeymoon straight after the wedding and spent a week on Pemba Island.

They are currently in Zanzibar and are enjoying every moment of their sun-drenched getaway. Phil said: "We love being married. I am on the best holiday with my best friend.

"Life doesn't get much better."

Debs added: "Being married is like all the best bits of dating, but now we're together 24/7.

"There are plenty of giggles about all the things we tried to keep secret from each other for two years."

Debs and Philip said the team at Larchfield Estate couldn't have done more to make their wedding day more enjoyable and memorable.

"Huge thanks also to Amy at for capturing the day and being huge amounts of fun to work with, especially adventuring into the snow to take some amazing shots," Debs said.

"Finally to our parents, who have been rocks of support though out our relationship and wedding preparations."

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