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Cars, cakes, flowers, photographs... cancelled: How are NI wedding suppliers coping with the coronavirus crisis?

Bridal plans across Northern Ireland have been thrown into disarray due to the government ban on weddings, part of the strategy to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Outdoor weddings with 10 people present may be allowed from June 8, but it’s a tough time for suppliers, as Linda Stewart finds out

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Fashion designer Mary Rose McGrath

Fashion designer Mary Rose McGrath

Gary Connolly (left) and Nigel Close of Memento Floral Design

Gary Connolly (left) and Nigel Close of Memento Floral Design

John McClean

John McClean

One of John's cakes

One of John's cakes

Photographers Tommy and Laurene Blake

Photographers Tommy and Laurene Blake

Fashion designer Mary Rose McGrath

Andrea Adams (48), from Bangor, runs Angels Wedding Cars, a wedding chauffeur business which won the Transport of the Year category at the NI Weddings Awards 2020. She is in lockdown with husband Neil (52) and their two sons.

She started the business after a friend asked if she would drive them to their wedding in her Land Rover Freelander and she now offers a variety of car packages.

On the Friday that the Prime Minister announced that bars and restaurants would be closing down, she had two bookings for weddings the following day and both were cancelled that Friday night.