Tuesday 6 December 2016

Stephen Ireland weds Jessica Lawlor in lavish ceremony after 11 years together

Published 01/06/2016 | 08:14

Jessica Lawlor and Stephen Ireland
Jessica Lawlor and Stephen Ireland
Jessica Lawlor on her wedding day to Stephen Ireland. Picture: Instagram
Jessica Lawlor on her wedding day to Stephen Ireland. Picture: Instagram

Stephen Ireland has wed long-term love Jessica Lawlor after 11 years together.

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The Stoke City player (29) wed the former RTE reality star (31) in a typically lavish ceremony in England, where his three children all played a special role.

In a sign that they likely didn't sell their wedding photos for exclusive rights (they famously let VIP Magazine into their €6.5m Cheshire home in 2010 and  he was subsequently dubbed the King of Bling thanks to their over-the-top interiors), Jessica shared a video of them walking down the aisle together as husband and wife.

"I think my face probably says it all. This was one of the happiest days of my life not only did I marry my best friend,love of my life & my rock I was prepared by my beautiful bestest friends, my sister & and amazing mother....given away by my irreplaceable loving father & witnessed by everybody in our lives that we love & cherish dearly," she gushed.

Jessica Lawlor on her wedding day to Stephen Ireland. Picture: Instagram
Jessica Lawlor on her wedding day to Stephen Ireland. Picture: Instagram

"I felt like the most luckiest girl in the world that day, I just kept thinking to myself how amazingly blessed I am to have all this love in one room & what had I done to deserve ALL of this.

"My idea of heaven would be to walk into that room again with every single person as they are grandparents, parents, children, friends & family the same age nothing changed with Stephen next to me .... It was my perfect moment and I cannot thank everyone enough for sharing it with us, it wasn't just our love for each other it was all of your love that made our day what it was..... I'm so overwhelmed .....thank you, Mrs Ireland."

The couple regularly travel back to their native Cork.

In 2014, Jessica said she was "very laid back" about the nuptials. "I still feel a bit young to be called a wife even though I am 29 this year. I think the next couple of years (it will happen) definitely," she said.

“We don’t know whether to do something abroad where the weather is nice or in England or Ireland so everyone can come. We are really torn about it.

Stephen has two children Joshua and Jessica from a previous relationship and welcomed Jacob with his wife in 2009.

Jessica Lawlor on her wedding day to Stephen Ireland. Picture: Instagram
Jessica Lawlor on her wedding day to Stephen Ireland. Picture: Instagram

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