It’s an affair of the Harte for Laura!

Top footballer Ian Harte met his perfect love match when he netted himself a stunning Preston bride.

The Leeds United defender tied the knot with long-term girlfriend Laura Kevill of Fulwood at a spectacular ceremony in Clifford, near their home in Wetherby.

Laura says the wedding day was beyond her wildest dreams and she still cannot believe she is actually married to Ian.

Laura, 22, a former pupil of Cardinal Newman College, Preston, met Ian at a nightclub almost three years ago when she was a university student in the city. Ian, 23, a Republic of Ireland International, struck lucky and it has been Hartes and flowers for the couple ever since.

Laura, whose parents Anne and Peter live in Lorraine Avenue, Fulwood, says the ceremony was amazing.

She said: “It was fantastic and everything went according to plan and was just like a fairytale.

“It was lovely having all our friends and family there to share our special day and the Leeds United team were also there.

“I enjoyed every bit of the day and I am just sorry it is all over.”

The glittering wedding ceremony was held at the 153-year-old Roman Catholic church of St Edward in Clifford and was followed by a reception at Hazlewood Castle Hotel near Tadcaster.

And the radiant bride was accompanied by four beautiful bridesmaids who were her sisters Nicola and Rebecca, her friends Genette Butler and Ian Harte’s sister Kim.

The couple enjoyed a fleeting two-day honeymoon in Dublin after the wedding but now Laura is back in Preston while her new husband is still in Ireland.

Ian, who is famed for his free-kicks, has to stay as he will be playing in two World Cup qualifying matches, the first being at home to Portugal which Laura will be going over to watch.

And after the football games are complete, the newlyweds will set off into the sunset to enjoy their “proper” honeymoon in Barbados.

Despite having a famous footballer for a hubby, Laura has revealed she had no interest in football whatsoever when she first met Ian.

Laura, who has an English and Media degree and once spent a week on work-experience at the Evening Post, said: “To me, Ian is just a lovely man and the football side of it is not important.

“I wasn’t even interested in football when we first met and never watched any games.

“But now I watch all the football games he plays in. We are both extremely happy.”