IT was a white wedding in every way as a bride and groom defied the big freeze in Laois.
Guests arrived in 4x4s and even tractors, as Sarah Jackman from Ballinakill married Patrick Shortall from Castlecomer in her local church last Friday.
With snow drifts blanketing the countryside, the wedding photographer, make-up artist and musicians all had to cancel, but extraordinary efforts defied Storm Emma. Replacement photographer Pat Farrell arrived from nearby Lisdowney in a 4×4, while best man Michael Jackman and groomsman Enda Healy pressed their jeeps into action to bring guests to the church and to the reception at snow-clad Castle Durrow.
Enda also collected hairdresser Elaine Murphy from Freshford, while groomsman Eamon Walsh managed to find a DJ to get the party started.
Castle Durrow owner Shelley Stokes’s daughter Tess, a qualified make-up artist, looked after the bridal party, while the hotel’s head of housekeeping Joanne assisted Elaine in creating glamorous up-styles.
A delighted Shelley told the Laois Nationalist: “A lot of people, including our staff, made a huge effort and it all fell into place. They are such a lovely couple and we’re delighted it was such a happy day for everyone. It was a great team effort, which made a wonderful day all the more memorable.”