Northern Ireland’s first ever same-sex marriage has taken place today.
Belfast couple Sharni Edwards, 27 and Robyn Peoples, 26, tied the knot on Tuesday in Carrickfergus.
Their wedding comes less than a year after MPs voted in favour of a historic law change, legalising same-sex marriage in the province and liberalising abortion laws.
Speaking ahead of the big day, Peoples said: “We did not set out to make history. We’re just a couple in love, who want to make a life-long commitment through marriage.
“Now the law finally allows us to do this.”
Edwards added: “It’s a big day for us, but an even bigger day for equal rights in Northern Ireland.
“Robyn and I have been together for six years but the campaign for marriage equality has been going longer.”
It is believed to be the first same-sex marriage in the region, following years of campaigning from human rights groups such as Amnesty International.
Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland director, said: “This is a moment Northern Ireland will remember forever – this is the day love became equal in the eyes of the law.
“Robyn and Sharni’s love story has become the tale of a successful fight for equality.
“This is a historic occasion of which we can all be proud. As of today, Northern Ireland is a more equal, loving and happy place.”