THE determination of a young Laois couple to get on with living and to not let Covid-19 get in the way of sharing their lives together saw them tie the knot last week.
Long-time partners Lysagh Redmond and Joe Ross had initially planned their wedding for Wednesday 15 April. But what with lockdowns, self-isolation and social distancing, the couple feared that their big day might have to be postponed.
So instead, they took the initiative to bring the wedding forward to last Friday, 20 March.
Taking up the story, Lysagh said: “On Friday, my long-term partner Joe and I got married amid all the Covid-19 craziness.
“Originally scheduled for 15 April, our wedding didn’t seem likely to go ahead, so we decided to try to bring the date forward. After calling our amazing registrar on Tuesday morning, it was decided that we would be married at 10am on Friday.
“There was no guarantee that the wedding would go ahead, but we decided to hope for the best and spent the next two days primping and prepping ourselves for a private wedding party.
“We may have had to reduce the size of our shindig from 120 people to ten to adhere to social distancing guidelines, but we made the most of our amazing day, which had a definite coronavirus theme.”
The 23-year-old Portlaoise woman, who studies philosophy at Carlow College, said: “With the uncertainty we are all facing in these trying times, we decided to be married in a private ceremony with our closest friends and family because we believe that the most important thing going forward is to keep living a life full of love.
“We couldn’t have done it without our amazing friends and family who helped to make our day special, our witnesses Dean and Joanne, who travelled to stand (two metres away) with us and our registrar Helen, who married us at the last minute.
“We just hope that our love and this story brightens up people’s days in these dark times.
Maid of honour to Laoise was her best friend Joanne.
Originally from Dublin, 25-year old musician Joe Ross is well known on the Irish music scene and goes by his stage name of Joe S. His twin brother Dean was best man, while lifelong friend Eoin served as groomsman.
Also at the wedding were Lysagh’s parents John and Margaret, her brothers Cathal and Seán and her younger sister Cadhla.
The families helped out with all the important arrangements from getting hair done to preparing the make-up.
The reception took place in Lysagh’s family home in Glenbarrow.