'We feel like teens and if we keep it that way, we'll be happy'
Published 08/09/2011 | 05:00
Newlyweds Man Man Ho (25) and Ian Hamilton (27) from Navan, Co Meath, are determined that their romance will never fade.
"Our parents are happily married and we hope to stay married for the rest of our lives," says Man Man, a primary school teacher whose parents moved here from China when she was two.
She and Ian, a digital media publisher, spent two years living together before tying the knot in July this year.
"Being married feels different," she says. "It's more relaxed, and Ian is very romantic in the things he says and the way he treats me."
The wedding was a big celebration, with extended family and friends coming from Hong Kong, New York and throughout Ireland to celebrate.
"It was a wonderful day," says Man Man. "We honeymooned in the Maldives which was like paradise, so we have vowed to go back there on holiday every year until we have a child. We'd like one or two children by the time we're 30."
Ian still can't believe they're married.
"It hasn't sunk in," he smiles. "It's still fresh."
The pair first met at a karate club, but it was some time before they started dating.
"Man Man is quite reserved and a little shy and I misinterpreted that to mean she didn't like me, so it took me a while to get my act together," says Ian.
"In hindsight, it was a good thing because we had time to become friends first which I think bodes well for our future together.
"I hope we will never let our relationship become stagnant or stale and that we continue to look at each other with the same eyes as we do now.
"We feel like teenagers and if we can keep it that way, we'll be happy."