A Cork couple have been praised as 'inspiration in these difficult days' as they married today.
Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross Paul Colton officiated at the marriage of Laura Welch and Podge McSweeney, at St Michael’s in Blackrock today, after their big day was previously cancelled twice.
The couple was forced to stand down their expected guests and married in front of a total of 12 members of their families, who sat apart from each other at the ceremony.
Speaking to The Echo, just after she tied the knot, Laura said she was overwhelmed by the small acts of kindness which made the day so enjoyable.
“We didn’t want to put our lives on hold. We also have a family member who isn’t well so we wanted them to be there. We had a date in December which had to be postponed and then we were due to get married on March 21. Our reception was booked for the Maryborough but unfortunately, this was cancelled in light of the current situation. Bishop Colton was so kind to accommodate us with this date, however, and we decided to go for it,” Laura said.
“The photographer and videographer who was booked came along and didn’t charge us. My florist also made up my bouquet free of charge. People have been so kind,” she continued.
The two, who live in Currabinny, were sent off in style as they made their way to the church by their neighbours who waved flags as they passed.
Laura met Podge six years ago in Rearden's pub and he popped the question back in September. She said she did her own hair and makeup today and ordered a dress from Next which arrived last Friday. Although today was a simple occasion, Laura said the couple intends to have a larger celebration at a later date.
"We were supposed to have 230 guests initially so it was meant to be a big wedding,” she said. “We’ll go again and have a big celebration further down the line in the Maryborough. The sooner the better," she laughed.