Belfast Telegraph

Just married: Richard and Emma Bartlett

Growing up in the Co Antrim village of Stranocum, Richard and Emma Bartlett went to the same schools and were good friends before they fell in love.

Richard (26), an engineer, and Emma (25), a primary school teacher, began dating in 2006.

"We have always known each other through primary school, secondary school and Kilraughts Young Farmers," Emma said.

"We were friends for a long time and then, when I was at university in Coleraine and he was at Queen's in Belfast, we started to go out."

Emma and Richard got engaged on March 10, 2012 during a rugby trip to Dublin.

"Richard proposed after the Ireland v Scotland game," Emma said. "He had a Love Heart in the ring box that said 'Will you marry me?' and an engagement ring for me in his pocket. It was lovely."

The couple married on April 1 at Bushvale Presbyterian Church, outside Stranocum, with a reception after at The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine.

The Love Heart theme from their couple's engagement was carried through their celebrations, including invitations, place names and their wedding cake.

The Bartletts' first dance as husband and wife was to Celine Dion's Because Of You.

"Everything went smoothly, just the way we planned," Emma said. "It was chilly but, thankfully, the snow had gone.

"We loved our wedding day and would go back to do it again if we could, as it goes far too fast.

"I used to live at an old flax mill, so it was nice to have our photographs taken there and based around home."

After the wedding, Mr and Mrs Bartlett headed on a short honeymoon break to Lough Eske Castle in Donegal and then Manor House in Enniskillen. They are planning another trip away this summer.

Married life is treating them well. "We love it; so far, so good," Emma said. "And it's nice to have our own wee place."

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