An Australian bride-to-be has said she is still hopeful that her dream summer wedding to a Co Antrim man can go ahead in Northern Ireland if lockdown restrictions are eased as planned.
While many brides and grooms have already postponed their big day until next year, some - like Ellen Fitzgerald and Sean Tohill - have not changed the date just yet.
Ellen (28) moved here in January 2019, after meeting Moneyglass native Sean on a night out in her home city of Melbourne in Australia two years earlier.
She explained: "After just a few months we moulded into each other's lives and then had to decide how we would continue our relationship as Sean's visa was going to end.
"We had a few options but the one that made the most sense was me moving back to Northern Ireland with him for a few years and then applying for a visa to return to Australia.
"Sean went home in August 2018 and because I am a primary school teacher, I finished out my school year in Australia and came over five months later.
"Everyone told us that the five months would make us or break us and they were right - it did make us stronger," she added.
Since then, Ellen and Sean have been living with Sean's parents, Eileen and Harry.
Ellen, who teaches at Riverside Special School in Antrim, said: "They have been amazing and it has been lovely to get an insight into Sean's life growing up. If we were living in Australia and just visiting when we could, I really can't see myself getting to know his family like I have.
"I have also built a lovely friendship with his sister Niamh and got to know his brothers, Paul and Caolan, along the way."
Last June, Sean, a quality controller with Creagh Concrete, popped the question during a day trip to the Antrim coast.
Ellen recalled: "We went to the Dark Hedges, the Giant's Causeway and then Dunluce Castle where he proposed to me when we had a moment alone around all the tourists.
Sean and I just really want to get married. Sure, the big party would have been amazing, but the outcome would have been the sameEllen Fitzgerald
"My parents had been waiting up in Australia until 2am until I finally called with the news."
Within weeks the couple were planning their big day and set their hearts on tying the knot in front of 150 family and friends at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Moneyglass on July 3, followed by a reception at the Wild Duck Inn in Portglenone.
"After we got engaged my parents came to visit and we had the most amazing time," Ellen said.
"I took them to see all the touristy things and eat at the places we loved. They were able to see the wedding dress I had chosen.
"They even came to the meeting with the florist and a few other appointments and were able to see the chapel we were getting married in. Dad also practised the song that he was going to sing on the day to check the acoustics of the building.
"We went to the Wild Duck Inn with Sean's parents for dinner to show them the reception venue. I now look back on this time and think that I'm so glad that we had it."
The couple have already got their visas to return to Australia and intend to move back there in September.
But in February, when Ellen began hearing so much about coronavirus, anxiety set in.
"By then I had around 40 Australians already booked to come to our wedding and soon things were looking a bit more serious," she said.
"I was on my way to work when I got the call that they were shutting Australia's borders and calling for citizens to come home, but I knew that Sean and I would be staying here.
"Then lockdown happened and weddings were banned but this was still the end of March, so it felt like this was only a temporary hurdle and things would blow over soon."
Over the next few weeks, Ellen received many calls from her guests back at home to say that their flights had been cancelled.
Allowing small weddings to take place is being considered by the Executive as part of easing the lockdown - and that is keeping the couple's hopes alive.
"Sean and I just really want to get married. Sure, the big party would have been amazing, but the outcome would have been the same," Ellen said.
"I would be married to my best friend. I wish my mum and dad could be here for my big day, but I am also glad that they are so safe in Australia at the moment.
"All I'm hoping is that the lockdown eases a bit so that my seamstress can actually alter my wedding dress so that I can wear it on my big or small day!"