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Sean and Rosemarie Lynn.

Sean and Rosemarie Lynn.

Sean and Rosemarie Lynn.

Sean and Rosemarie Lynn.

Sean and Rosemarie Lynn.

It was a wedding day they won’t forget in a hurry - and it happened in double quick fashion for one Co Londonderry couple.

Sean and Rosemarie Lynn, from Magherafelt, woke up on Wednesday morning as husband and wife, just when it looked like their wedding plans would have to be put on hold.

They had been due to be married on April 28, with all weddings being cancelled, it looked like their plans for a big day were in ruins.

The couple tried to bring their marriage forward to this Saturday, but again looked to be thwarted as Rosemarie received the phone call from the registrar to apologise, but following the Prime Minister’s lockdown, all weddings had been cancelled.

Unaware of the predicament, Sean had gone on to his work with the ambulance service, starting his shift at 7.30am in Magherafelt,

A phone call that afternoon from a distraught Rosemarie delivered the news that wedding plans had been cancelled.

There was one final chance, and a quick telephone call to their local priest changed the course of the day - and their lives. As the papers for their wedding were already in order, they got the best news possible. Their wedding could go ahead, but only if they got married that evening.

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In pictures, the coronavirus outbreak in Northern Ireland: Ellie McAuley tends to the lambs on her family farm as Northern Ireland goes into its first day of lockdown on March 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

In pictures, the coronavirus outbreak in Northern Ireland: Ellie McAuley tends to the lambs on her family farm as Northern Ireland goes into its first day of lockdown on March 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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The Westlink in west Belfast at 8.45am as Belfast goes into its first day of lockdown on March 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

The Westlink in west Belfast at 8.45am as Belfast goes into its first day of lockdown on March 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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People queue outside Iceland in east Belfast. Pic Presseye

All play parks in the Belfast area have been closed by Belfast City Council for the next 3 weeks as the country tries to tackle the coronavirus. Pic Pacemaker

All play parks in the Belfast area have been closed by Belfast City Council for the next 3 weeks as the country tries to tackle the coronavirus. Pic Pacemaker

Belfast City centre  on Tuesday with most businesses closed due to the Coronavirus,  with restrictions on movements in Northern Ireland expected to  last longer than three weeks.
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Belfast City centre on Tuesday with most businesses closed due to the Coronavirus, with restrictions on movements in Northern Ireland expected to last longer than three weeks. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER PRESS

Belfast City centre  on Tuesday with most businesses closed due to the Coronavirus,  with restrictions on movements in Northern Ireland expected to  last longer than three weeks.
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Belfast City centre on Tuesday with most businesses closed due to the Coronavirus, with restrictions on movements in Northern Ireland expected to last longer than three weeks. PHOTO COLM LENAGHAN/PACEMAKER PRESS

General view of family members praying in St Peter’s Cathedral in west Belfast. The church remains open for individuals who wish to pray but all services have been cancelled. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

General view of family members praying in St Peter’s Cathedral in west Belfast. The church remains open for individuals who wish to pray but all services have been cancelled. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

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The Westlink in west Belfast at 8:45am as Belfast goes into its first day of lockdown on March 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

The Westlink in west Belfast at 8:45am as Belfast goes into its first day of lockdown on March 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Office workers gather on both sides of Donegall Street following a fire alarm as Belfast goes into its first day of lockdown on March 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Office workers gather on both sides of Donegall Street following a fire alarm as Belfast goes into its first day of lockdown on March 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Belfast City Council workers on the city streets as Northern Ireland goes into its first day of lockdown on March 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Belfast City Council workers on the city streets as Northern Ireland goes into its first day of lockdown on March 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Graffiti on the walls at freedom corner in east Belfast as COVID-19 claims a third life in Northern Ireland on March 23rd 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Graffiti on the walls at freedom corner in east Belfast as COVID-19 claims a third life in Northern Ireland on March 23rd 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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In pictures, the coronavirus outbreak in Northern Ireland: Ellie McAuley tends to the lambs on her family farm as Northern Ireland goes into its first day of lockdown on March 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Sean, in the middle of his shift, contacted ambulance control and spoke to duty manager Alan McAuley, who’s romantic side got the better of him and immediately agreed to Sean finishing his short early. Sean dashed off, scrubbed up as best he could and the couple were married on Tuesday night.

“Somewhere in Mid-Ulster today are two very relieved and happy people who have all the good wishes of their friends and colleagues in NIAS to carry with them over the next days and weeks,” the NI Ambulance Service said.

“From everyone in NIAS - we wish you both a long, happy and loving life together.”

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Sean and Rosemarie Lynn.

Sean and Rosemarie Lynn.

Sean and Rosemarie Lynn.

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