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Just Married: Trip to Giant's Ring ended with a gem of a proposal for Alison

Alison and Ross Collins from Coleraine are enjoying married life following their wonderful wedding day.

Occupational therapist Alison (nee Bell) (34) and Ross (39), a minister in Ballywatt Presbyterian Church, met in August 2013.

"My church near Temple had organised a week-long children's sports camp and Ross had been invited to come along daily from Carrickfergus to help out," Alison said.

"During the week we got chatting and we realised we were both Christians, had similar interests and were attracted to each other.

"After the week was over Ross contacted me by social media and asked me out for coffee and a walk at Shaw's Bridge.

"Over the next number of months we began spending more and more time together, and we knew quite quickly that our friendship was special and was leading to marriage."

Alison and Ross became engaged on September 23, 2014 at the Giant's Ring. "At the stone ring in the centre he got down on one knee and proposed and put a diamond ring on my finger," Alison said.

"He took me for dinner to one of my favourite restaurants, Balloo House, to celebrate. We then visited our families to tell them our good news."

The couple married on April 11 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Boardmills, and a reception followed at Millbrook Lodge Hotel in Ballynahinch.

Their first dance as husband and wife was to the Ellie Goulding song How Long Will I Love You?

"We had a really wonderful wedding day," Alison said.

A honeymoon followed in St Lucia and Mr and Mrs Collins are enjoying married life.

"We have also been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of our families and friends, which has meant so much to us," Alison said. "We are looking to God to help us grow together as we seek to love our neighbour and open up our new home to others.

"Romans Chapter Eight, Verse 28 helps.

"'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose'."

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