THEY'RE one of the most relatable couples in showbiz – so it'll come as no surprise that Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling opted for a fuss-free wedding.
Last night, The Sun exclusively revealed that the pair had married in a secret ceremony in Dublin last month.
True to form, Laura, 35, and Iain, 32, kept things low-key and tied the knot in front of 25 guests – the maximum allowed under Ireland’s level five rules at the time.
"Iain and Laura are so in love, they really wanted to get married as soon as possible," a source said. "Despite circumstances not being ideal, it was such a romantic day."
As Laura and Iain embark on married life together, here Fabulous Digital takes a look back at their sweet love story – from flirty first messages to secret trips to the Love Island set.
The happy couple first met at an ITV party in 2016 – but they didn’t start dating until the following summer.
The Sun revealed at the time they "hit it off instantly" and immediately struck up a "great friendship".
Appearing on JD Sport's In the Duffle podcast in March this year, Laura revealed that they DM-ed each other for nine months before she finally asked him out on a date.
She said: "When we first met he didn’t even hit on me, he was too nervous to hit on me! I think he was intimidated by me. I remember Iain was too scared to ask me out so in the end I had to ask him out.
"He used to send me random messages, DM me and ask me about my dog. It took nine months but we got there! I was like 'let’s just go for a drink'. I think I had to make the moves on him."
Secret trips to the Love Island set
As all Love Island superfans will already know, Iain has provided the voiceover for the show since 2015 before Laura presented the Winter series in January of this year.
In 2017, the couple were still trying to keep their romance under wraps when Iain flew out to Majorca to work on the show.
Speaking to Fabulous magazine in 2018, Laura revealed that she had secretly visited Iain on the Love Island set when no one knew they were an item.
She recalled: "I remember going to Majorca and not telling anyone, even though I know most of the crew.
"If anyone had seen me they’d be like, ‘What the hell is Laura doing here?’
"I thought nobody knew, but it turned out everyone did. At the time I was like, ‘We totally got away with that’."
'He's my screensaver'
In August 2017, Laura felt ready to tell the world about the new leading man in her life – and she did it in the sweetest way possible.
While attending the launch of P.F Chang's Asian Table restaurant in London, Laura said: "Yeah he’s my boyfriend. He’s lovely.
"I’ve got him as my screensaver. I’ve known him for ages."
Posting your first Instagram selfie is a BIG deal – and celebrities are no different.
One month after Laura confirmed the romance, the pair took a romantic trip to New York and shared two adorable images.
On Laura's page, the presenter shared a photo of their pair kissing with the Manhattan skyline in the background.
She captioned the loved-up photo: "New York State of Mind."
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Meanwhile, Iain posted a sweet photo of the couple posing with their arms around each other in Central Park with the caption: "I <3 NY."
Discussing why they picked that moment to post about their relationship, Laura told us: "We’d been together for four or five months before we put anything on our social media.
"I think at that point we were both like, ‘Should we just own it?’And then once you put it out there, no one gives a s**t. People only care when they don’t know something."
First Home Together
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After 18 months together (and plenty more sweet selfies later), Laura and Iain took the plunge and moved in together in Decmber 2018.
Documenting the move on Instagram, Laura joked: "Now taking bookings for all house removals for 2019 #manwithavan #unboxing Mick charges extra."
And while moving in together can be a make-or-break moment for couples, it only made Laura and Iain's relationship stronger.
To mark their two-year anniversary, Iain shared a sweet picture of him and Laura and referred to her as his "best friend" in the caption.
The following December, the couple bought a stunning house in North London which they moved into just before their joint-Love Island series.
A source told The Sun at the time: "They haven’t been together too long but she wanted to buy a house.
"It’s their relationship getting more serious. Because of their busy jobs they don’t get to spend a lot of time together but this will mean they will see a lot more of each other.
"They are very steady as a couple and it is the natural next step."
Loved Up Co-Stars
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In December 2019, it was announced that Laura Whitmore would be working alongside Iain to present the Winter series of Love Island.
Proud boyfriend Iain marked the occasion by sharing sweet photo of the couple on Instagram.
"The new Love Island host seems nice," he joked. "I wonder if she's single…"
On Iain's birthday in January, Laura posted an adorable tribute to her boyfriend and colleague.
ring a behind-the-scenes photo from the Love Island set, Laura wrote: "When bae sneaks into your office to say hello! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the best person I know."
Romantic proposal in South Africa
After Love Island filming wrapped in February, Iain reportedly felt South Africa was the perfect place to propose to Laura.
The comedian popped the question with yellow diamond ring he had designed himself – and she was pictured wearing it out and about in London in April.
After telling their loved ones the news, an insider told The Sun: "They couldn’t be happier. We’re thrilled for them.
"He’d obviously thought about it for a while, as he designed the ring and yellow’s her favourite colour."
Like countless couples, Laura and Iain's wedding plans were put on hold this year as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
But after getting engaged at the start of the year, the couple decided to tie the knot at Dublin Town Hall on 11 November.
According to their marriage certificate, Laura’s half-brother Adam and Iain’s sister Kirsten acted as witnesses.
The couple kept their ceremony under wraps after returning to the UK – with the only clue being when Iain flashed a wedding ring on ITV’s Loose Women.
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