Lockdown babies: Lynne Andrews and Tom Lyons with their daughters Martha Jean and Robyn; Jim McGrath and Amy Rose Harte with baby Emilia; Don and Louise Keogh with baby Sam. Left and centre photographs: Alan Betson

'I don’t know who I felt sorrier for – me on my own with a new baby or him at home by himself'

Conditions are ideal for skiing which makes it the perfect introduction to movie-like New England inn-style living

Kayaking, Shaker-style wooden churches and sparkling lakes feature along the White Mountains

A humanist wedding ceremony  was celebrated by Sarah’s brother Cónal

Another memorable part of the day was a joint speech by parents of the groom

Photograph: Paul Kelly/pkstudio3.com

Jessica House and Gareth Syms met on PlentyOfFish but found they were birds of a feather

Louise Keatley and Mark Finnegan married in December 2016. Photograph: Moat Hill Photography (mhphoto.ie)

Couple were planning their wedding while their new house was under construction

Katie Hamilton and Blake Richardson: they got married on December 30th, 2016  in Co Tipperary. Photograph: Jonny Somerville

Wonderfully skilled family and friends – from Ireland to NZ – made the day sparkle

Photograph: Brian Mulligan

After a lengthy venue-searching process, couple fell for Ballymagarvey Village at first sight

James Drury and Laura O’Beirne: “We spent the next two years on planes, between me moving to Canada for a year, then back to Dublin to complete my final year of Marketing in DIT,” says Laura. Photograph: Will O’Reilly

James Drury and Laura O’Beirne met in the US, and took a lot of planes to stay together

Photograph: Sandra Gallardo

Couple married in a church ceremony in Frigiliana and celebrated with 130 guests

 Jonny Tennant proposed to Camilla Smith at their son’s Tadhg’s Christening in front of their loved ones and they were married in a civil ceremony in Co Wexford in December 2016. Photograph: Bevil Templeton-Smith

Dubliner and South African met in person after year of chatting online and the rest was history

Couple met on Scottish island and entered civil partnership in Switzerland five years later

Sarah Ellis and Giulio Merolla had their wedding ceremony in Praiano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, where Giulio’s family is from.  Photograph: Sandra Aberg

Italian Giulio Merolla’s proposal to Galway girl Sarah Ellis towered over the London sky

Amy Walsh and Richard Whelan: “Eurovision winner Paul Harrington played on the second day of the wedding – an amazing surprise.” Photograph: David McClelland Photography, davidmcclelland-photography.com

Amy Walsh and Richard Whelan married outdoors in Lisnavagh House in Co Carlow

Emma Hughes and  Karen Corcoran: “There is nothing like the moment that your eyes meet when you’re walking up the aisle to start the rest of your lives together”

Two beautiful brides with ‘an indescribable feeling of being a team against the world’

Damien Clarke & Pamela Benson

Teacher and IT executive met at Phoenix Park concert

Photograph: Brian Ryan

The old friends came out as a couple at Electric Picnic in 2011 and tied the knot in 2016

Emma and Ben were married in Borgo Di Castelvecchio, Tuscany – “a dream setting, surrounded  by rolling green hills.” Photograph: Andrea Sampoli

Emma Naylor, who runs website A Bride’s Advice, married Ben Mulligan in Tuscany

The big day at City Hall: Andrew and Thomas with their families. Photograph: IG Studio Photography

A City Hall ceremony was designed to include as many family and friends as possible

Sarah Moore and Darren Belton on their wedding day: their first dance as husband and wife was to Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra. Photograph: Susie Kelly/Candy Stripe Photography

Couple married in the bride’s local church in Wexford six years after meeting in London

Barry McElligott and Laura-Kate O’Neill

Couple’s love for the sea was reflected throughout their special day

Couple’s most memorable part of wedding was their first dance to Kodaline’s ‘The One’

Sadhbh O’Shaughnessy and Rob McKay came back from Australia for their big day out

Chinese touches in wedding for couple who split their time between Ireland and Belgium

Mao Ito and Yoshiko Katayama: their Irish and Japanese friends and family got on brilliantly at the wedding in Dublin. Photograph: Jayme Antonio Sejean

A Japanese couple who met at TCD return from Tokyo to their alma mater to wed

Dubliner Clare Keaveny met urban planner Johan van Iersel queueing for breakfast in Africa

Niamh Concannon and Michael Skelton

... and a Dingle wedding was the obvious choice!

Declan and Gráinne leave church after their marriage ceremony in Gascony

Missed flight to Miami scuppered Declan’s proposal, but he rallied to win Gráinne’s hand

Liza Cheldieva and Shane McGovern: they  got married at Villa Antiche Mura. Photograph: Julia Kaptelova (juliakaptelova.com)

Liza Cheldieva and Shane McGovern got married outside in Sorrento, Italy

Couple tied the knot in August after eight-year romance that blossomed in Donegal

Niamh O’Connor and Allan Mulrooney celebrated 16 years as a couple on their wedding day

Roger Holmes and Yesenia Zea Moscosso were married in Glenswilly Chapel, Co Donegal

Once a ‘perennial bachelor’, Roger Holmes became instantly smitten with Yesenia Moscosso

Couple met on a Christmas night out in 2004 and married 12 years later in west Cork

Couple married in Kilkenny in front of 70 loved ones after meeting in Thailand

Catherine and David made their vows during a ceremony performed by David’s father, a pastor

Catherine McFadden and David Cuadra were married on the shore of the Pacific Ocean

Rory and Chantelle Coss: “Since we  got married we feel more complete, almost like we are more in love than ever before”

Rory and Chantelle Coss enjoyed a special wedding day full of music, fun, tears and love

William Bryce and Borham Lee at their wedding in Donegal. Photograph: pauldoherty.ie

Nuptials in Seoul and Donegal for Korean bride Borham and her Irish partner William

Amit Velagapudi and Aoife Hanna: they met while working in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Proposal on NZ mountain top takes doctor and dietician’s relationship to new highs

Richard Morrison proposed to Yuko Yang on a beach and they got married a year later

Stephen and Cayce at the joint family wedding celebration in Bray. Photograph: Callum Jacobs

Irishman Stephen and American Cayce seal the deal in Bray after ‘eloping’ from the US

Niamh Cleary and James McGrath got married in Castle Durrow, Co Laois. They met on a night out while Niamh was studying medicine in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Mark Griffin

James and Niamh met on a night out before they exchanged vows in Castle Durrow

Kirsten Deignan and Jon Waters and their  wedding party at  Lonato Castle, overlooking Lake Garda, in Italy. Photographs: Lorenzo Farrago

Lake Garda wedding a ‘nod to Kirsten’s 97-year-old Italian grandmother, Claudia’

Aoife Duggan and Owen Duignan got engaged during a holiday to New York last year. Photograph: Richard McCarthy Wedding Photography

Wedding in Mayo allowed couple living in Wisconsin to catch up with their loved ones

The couple, who have a 6-year old son Aidan, got engaged in July 2013 and were married in the church of the Immaculate Conception in Belturbet, Co.Cavan on 28th August 2016. Photograph: O’Donoghue Photography

After travelling the world together, Rhona and Mike enjoyed a poetic wedding

Christopher Gaughan & Bernadette Davies-McGreal got married on the summer solstice, June 21st.  Photographer: Michael McLaughlin

Christopher Gaughan and Bernadette Davies-McGreal got married on a boat in Clew Bay

Corinna Doyle and Ealron Kennedy got married in Ballybeg House

Niall Dunne & Jane McArdle first met in 1999 but were reunited more than a decade later

Luke Mullan and Farrah Kelleher were married on July 22nd, 2016, surrounded by their immediate families. Photograph: Barry Mac Court, BMC Photography

Luke Mullan met Farrah Kelleher through work in 2013 and he proposed two years later

Andrea and Michael met on Tinder and had both worked in west Africa.

Andrea and Michael Wickham Moriarty had an intimate ceremony at a Dublin chapel

Jean McDonnell and Alan Johnson had a spiritualist ceremony at Bellingham Castle in Co Louth. Photograph: Jenny Matthews

Jean McDonnell and Alan Johnson’s wedding reception was headlined by Aslan

Emma Wallace and  Neil Ahern  grew up two kilometres from each other in Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Will O’Reilly

Emma Wallace and Neil Ahern recall a ‘very emotional and personal ceremony’

Paddy McKenna and Marie Donnelly didn't expect to find love after both of their spouses passed away. And then they went dancing...

Alice Peakin and Enda Forde: One of Alice’s favourite parts of the day was “being early for the church and sitting in the Bentley with my dad having a good chat”. Photograph: Mark and Fiona Fennell Photography

Proposal in Sydney required mother’s engagement ring from Ireland

Leo O’Shaughnessy and Mark Kinsella: the couple’s Bichon Russell, Judge, acted as ring-bearer. Photograph: Larry McMahon

‘We listened to everyone who offered advice and there was plenty of advice offered’

A spontaneous proposal: Zia & Dan Bergin-Holly: Photograph: Matt + Lena Photography

Zia and Dan Bergin-Holly in Portugal

Catherine Dolan and Colin Ginty met while travelling  around Australia. Photograph: Brian Farrell Photography

Catherine Dolan and Colin Ginty

Emer Lupton and Stephen Harrington: ‘While planning a trip to New York, we came across stories of other couples who had tied the knot there and suddenly we were both very interested’

Couple decided to fly to the Big Apple to tie the knot

Sarah Quinn and Aiden Downes’s friends pulled out all the stops to make them laugh

Ross Kelly proposed to Orlagh O’Neill at a Halloween party dressed as a corpse groom

Spiritual and humanist marriages arising from a wandering dog, ghoulish liasions and Friday 13th dates

Michelina Tang and Ray Vaughan on the jetty at Ballinacurra House

Celebrating a marriage across the world, from Sydney to Co Cork

“We couldn’t have imagined having it anywhere else but Ireland” say the couple.

Dominique Fasano and Brendan Sullivan live in Texas but were determined to get married in Ireland

Newlywed Annie Armitage believes it’s not the wedding day that matters but her marriage

Colm Lauder surprised Margherita Saltini by speaking Italian for the entire ceremony

Siobhan Brennan and David Marsh recall a romantic proposal with a difference

Annmarie Kelly and Barry McCartney met seven years ago and got engaged in Australia

Ruth Houston and Denis O’Donoghue had a humanist ceremony in sun-drenched Bantry

A perfectly directed wedding

Pastry chefs Rory Gannon and Laura Meade created a feast of food for their guests

Ciara Lewis and Cathal Houlihan married in Kinsale, but planned it all from Sydney

Anne Lynch and Lisa Swenson upgraded from civil partners to married couple

Melissa Murphy and Richard Maes. Photograph: Emma Jervis, emmajervis.com

Melissa Murphy and Richard Maes met ten years ago as students at CIT

Orla O’Malley and Paul Flanagan married in New York City Hall. Photograph: James Higgins

Orla O’Malley and Paul Flanagan got engaged but didn’t tell anyone

Eithne Ní Chonghaile and David Dunphy married in  Carraroe. Photograph: Eibhlín Seoighthe

Eithne Ní Chonghaile and David Dunphy met at a christening in Galway in 2004

Ciara O’Grady & Douglas Cady met in Scotland but married in Dublin

Bonnie Chase and Matt Panegasser eloped to Galway and married on Abbey Street Lower

Sinead Hennebry first met Peter Preedy at her cousin’s wedding in 2012. Three years later, the couple celebrated their own special(...)

A proposal on the prime meridian, a spiritualist shore-side ceremony and a Lego wedding cake

Noelle and Tony met at a rally in Co Laois, and laterdiscovered their paths had crossed 27 years previously

Sandra Burke and Roy Kennedy with baby Royah Marie on July 30th, 2015. Photograph: Jenny Matthews

Sandra Burke and Roy Kennedy say having Royah Marie with them was a highlight

Katherine Bohan and Domhnall O’Neill got married on November 28th, 2015. Photograph: Weddings by Kara, weddingsbykara.com

Katherine Bohan and Domhnall O’Neill met while working in Cineworld cinema in 2006

“He eventually told me his surname – my name with an ‘ey’ on the end”

Photograph: Bryan Mulhall

Lari Candelay spent years in Ireland, but found love in Sweden

Sorcha Turner and Dave Dennehy got engaged in the old part of Galway

After pretending to propose for about a year, Daniel Searle finally did in a special place

Alex Wilson and Emma Hickey married on October 24th, 2015, the 10-year anniversary of their first date

Rebecca Sellar and Christopher Wells got married in Bloomfield Presbyterian Church

Emmet Bradley met Xaris Zamora Escudero after his mother insisted on setting them up

David Hallinan and Hinata Yamagishi

Ciara O’Shaughnessy and Sean Ryan on their wedding day

Ciara and Seanie were thrilled when their friend Doc read a poem written specially for them

On December 20th 2015, the couple married in a ceremony conducted by Ruth at Darver Castle in Co Louth.

On 28th December 2015, Lisa and Brian married in a spiritual ceremony at Ballybeg House in Co Wicklow

From teenage romance to a wedding that – almost – went off without a hitch

Michelle Orr and Keith Dunne got married in 2015 and for their first dance, the couple performed a choreographed swing dance to ‘W(...)

An after-dinner performance by surprise opera singers was a highlight of the day for newlyweds Maria McElwee and Shumon Hashmi

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