Death brings cou­ple to­gether

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They were brought to­gether by death, but a Hamil­ton cou­ple have now de­clared their undy­ing love for each other.

Fu­neral di­rec­tor Stephen McMa­hon mar­ried em­balmer Christy Goodin in front of friends and fam­ily at Hamil­ton’s Vic­to­rian Glasshouse.

Wed­ding cel­e­brant Kay Gre­gory said it was a beau­ti­ful cer­e­mony for the cou­ple, who had found love at the fu­neral home they both worked at.

She said for peo­ple with jobs in­volv­ing so much sad­ness, they had a great sense of hu­mour.

“I’ve watched the ro­mance grow from the be­gin­ning,” she said.

“They’re a great cou­ple be­cause they un­der­stand how dif­fi­cult and stress­ful the other per­son’s job is.”

On the eve of the wed­ding McMa­hon, 31, told the Her­ald that when he first laid eyes on his new wife, he knew it was love.

“Her big blue eyes swal­lowed me up,” he said.

Af­ter amonth work­ing to­gether, ro­mance slowly blos­somed be­tweenMcMa­hon and 25-year-old Goodin. McMa­hon pro­posed in July last year. They both agreed that it wasn’t easy to find love out­side of the fu­neral in­dus­try.

“Say­ing what you do for a job— it’s ei­ther a con­ver­sa­tion stop­per or a con­ver­sa­tion starter,” McMa­hon said.

But work­ing to­gether meant they un­der­stood each other’s needs and of­ten un­usual work­ing hours.

A lot of their free time was spent cri­tiquing TV shows like Six Feet Un­der, CSI and

Short­land Street, which fre­quently drama­tised death and funerals, they said.

In the last six years the cou­ple have rented five houses, bought their first home in Hamil­ton and adopted two kit­tens, Mac and Boss.

Photo sup­plied by Kay Gre­gory

Fu­neral di­rec­tor Stephen McMa­hon and em­balmer Christy Goodin tie the knot at Hamil­ton Gar­dens to­day , 17th Septem­ber 2016.

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