Tuesday 25 July 2017

Model Laura Lacole shares stunning snaps of lavish wedding to Irish football star

Laura Lacole married Irish midfielder Eunan O'Kane in Northern Ireland's first legally recognised humanist wedding

Model Laura Lacole in her wedding dress. Photo Instagram @lauralacole
Model Laura Lacole in her wedding dress. Photo Instagram @lauralacole
Model Laura Lacole in her wedding dress. Photo Instagram @lauralacole

Karen Birney

Model Laura Lacole beamed in a glamorous satin bridal gown as she tied the knot with her footballer beau Eunan O'Kane in a wedding first for Nothern Ireland - and the stunning snaps show it was an absolute fairytale day!

The couple, who had been at the centre of a legal battle to have their humanist marriage legally recognised in Northern Ireland, tied the knot on Thursday last week in Galgorm Resort and Spa in Ballymena, Co Antrim.

I adored my bridal robe ❤ #wedding #bridalrobe #bridetobe

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Earlier this month the celebrity pair won their battle to have their humanist wedding legally recognised, a first for Northern Ireland where previously a couple seeking such a wedding must also have a separate civil registration for it to be officially acknowledged.

The ruling meant that the British Humanist Association's head of ceremonies could solemnise the Belfast woman's marriage to the Republic of Ireland and Leeds midfielder.

Model Laura, who is also vice chair of Atheist Northern Ireland (Atheist NI), a non-profit advocacy organisation seeking to represent the views of atheists in Northern Ireland, wore a glamorous long-sleeved satin gown which featured ruching around her hips and thighs and a stunning puddle train.

"I adored my bridal robe" the 27-year-old captioned the image, which also gave a glimpse of what looked to be her bridesmaids in pretty pink satin robes.

My wedding hair was by the amazing Lynda @bellairehairandbeauty

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Another photo of the lavish ceremony interior showed the couple went all-out when it came to the decor.

Individual chairs were set out for guests in the hotel's stunning Renaissance Suite, with each pew end featuring an elaborate floral and candle arrangement.

The couple opted for a striking flower wall to sit at the end of the aisle - a huge trend in weddings this year - a Pergola featured at the top of the aisle, decorated with a waterfall of fresh flowers and a canopy of flowing wisteria.

"When I designed our wedding," the bride said, "it was still hard for me to envisage how it would look on the day because I didn't want to get my hopes up. When I first walked into the rooms I was blown away that it was exactly what I had hoped for but was too scared to imagine."

A huge eight-tired wedding cake with the couple's monogrammed initials in gold was a centrepiece at the reception, and was decorated with fresh flowers to add to the floral theme of the day.

The couple had already been celebrating a milestone after the success of their landmark court case earlier this month where senior judges gave interim authority for them to have a legally recognised wedding conducted by a celebrant of their choice.

Fairytale Wedding aisle #weddingaisle #weddingflowers #rosepetals #floralcanopy #galgormweddings #houseofelliottflowers

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In the couple's High Court challenge, a judge held the marriage was a manifestation of Ms Lacole's beliefs, and that she was denied equal treatment to that given to religious couples.

"We've made history!" the model said in a social media post announcing the ruling.

"We have changed the law! We are elated that the law in NI now recognises non religious beliefs and no longer gives legal privilege to religious groups but instead treats all equally!"

Judges have still to decide on a bid to overturn a ruling that the celebrity couple faced discrimination based on their belief.

Appeals being mounted by Attorney General John Larkin QC and a Stormont Department are adjourned until September.

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