Irish football star vows to spoil fiancee rotten as Euros keep him from helping with wedding
Published 16/05/2016 | 10:00
Kyle Lafferty has revealed how his wife to be has been lumbered with planning their wedding - because he is too busy focusing on preparing for Euro 2016.
The Northern Ireland star will marry fiancee Vanessa Chung on Saturday.
They will tie the knot in front of 140 guests at the five-star Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
Lafferty said he feels "ridiculously proud" to be marrying the 23-year-old model.
"I CAN'T wait for next Saturday when I marry the gorgeous love of my life," he said.
"My fiancee Vanessa and I are getting hitched at the fabulous Gleneagles Hotel in front of about 140 guests.
"I feel so lucky and ridiculously proud that I will soon be her husband. Vanessa has made my life so much better, I love her very much and she is without doubt my soulmate."
The couple were first reported to be dating last year.
Lafferty has been engaged twice before, but is determined to settle down with Vanessa, even getting a likeness of her face tattooed on his arm. Writing in his Sunday Life column, the striker admits he has had to take a back seat in planning the big day, with Northern Ireland's opening Euro 2016 game now less than four weeks away.
"Most couples I'm sure leading up to their wedding spend it together, finalising different things, but I'll be down at a Northern Ireland training camp," he added.
"Vanessa totally understands my position and realises how important the Euros are to me. It's tough on Vanessa because she has basically had to plan the wedding herself and also we are moving into a new house and she has to do a great deal of work on that while I've been away training or playing football.
"So I can't wait to spend some quality time with Vanessa at the wedding and the few days I've been given off after the big day."
Lafferty (28) scored seven times in qualifying to fire Northern Ireland to their first major tournament in 30 years.
He will be one of Michael O'Neill's key men in the opening game against Poland on June 12 in Nice.
And he said the prospect of playing in France - and marrying Vanessa - will make it a summer to remember.
"Vanessa deserves to be the centre of attention and I intend to spoil her rotten," he added.
"She is so good to me and I intend on making sure it is the best day of her life.
"These are exciting times for me - one week the wedding, and just a few weeks later Euro 2016.
"It promises to be a fantastic summer in the Lafferty household."