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Couples hope that wedding bells will ring this summer in Northern Ireland if Covid-19 lockdown rules eased

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Ellen Fitzgerald and Sean Tohill are due to wed on July 3

Ellen Fitzgerald and Sean Tohill are due to wed on July 3

Ellen Fitzgerald and Sean Tohill are due to wed on July 3

Two Northern Ireland couples have spoken of their hopes that their dream weddings will now be able to go ahead this summer after Stormont announced that small outdoor marriage ceremonies may be permitted from next month.

Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill confirmed on Thursday that the Executive would make a final call on the latest measures when it meets on June 4.

The proposed easing of lockdown is dependent on the R rate staying below one.