Just Married: Robert and Sarah Strain
Newlyweds are on a high after Roy pops question with help of balloons
Robert and Sarah Strain from Belfast are enjoying married life following their perfect wedding day which was "a fairy-tale from start to finish".
Robert, known as Roy, a 25-year-old quality inspector, and 24-year-old Sarah, a retail range planner, first met at a youth group seven years ago and then a few years later bumped into each other again.
"The rest is history," Sarah said. The couple fell in love and became engaged on July 6.
"Roy left me sitting in his house for over two hours on my own while he popped out to do a 'quick message'," Sarah explained.
"We had been planning to go to Tesco to get our groceries when he was finished.
"It was a Sunday afternoon, and Tesco was close to closing when he eventually arrived back.
"He decided that we would attempt to go before closing anyway, but last minute told me that he had forgotten something and thought that it may actually be at my house.
"I opened the door to let him in to find that my hall, up two flights of stairs and into my attic had been filled with helium balloons.
"From each balloon he had hung a picture of us from various dates. When we had climbed to the top floor there was a ring and ring box, where he got down on one knee. Of course I said yes!"
The couple married on November 5 at Larchfield Estate in Co Down.
"We were so happy that we were able to celebrate our special day and commitment to each other with our closest friends and family, plus the weather was amazing," Sarah said.
"The day flew by, but we made sure we enjoyed every second of it."
A honeymoon cruise followed the big day, with the new Mr and Mrs Strain taking in Dubrovnik, Ephesus, Santorini, Katakolon and Venice. And married life is "amazing".
"Coming home to each other after work, and relaxing with the fire lit and the Christmas tree on just makes it feel even better," Sarah said. "We are loving every second of married life and look forward to enjoying forever together."