Newlywed John Rodgers and Lynette have passed away after getting caught in a rip tide while on their honeymoon in South Africa.
John Rodgers, 28, and his wife Lynette, 26, died after getting caught in a rip tide at Plettenberg Bay - six days after they walked down the aisle.
In a joint statement their families, from Northern Ireland, said they had been left devastated.
"It has come as a great shock to both the Reilly and Rodgers families to learn of the sudden and tragic events in South Africa, which has taken the lives of Lynette and John," the statement read.
"Our happiness in sharing their recent wedding has been thoroughly devastated. Both were very dearly loved and brought us great joy."
The body of Mr Rodgers was discovered in shallow surf on Robberg Beach by a local man at around 6pm on Friday.
His wife's body was found around 200 metres away along the same beach, South Africa's National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.
Doctors tried to resuscitate the couple but they were pronounced dead.
Lynette, was a physiotherapist from Holywood Co Down, and John, an office worker from Ballygowan, also in Co Down.
They tied the knot in front of family and friends at the First Presbyterian Church, Holywood, last Saturday.
In messages posted on Facebook Mrs Rodgers told of her excitement ahead of her South African trip.
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has expressed his sympathies.