A Co Antrim woman who feared her American husband-to-be would be forced to leave Northern Ireland when his visa expires has spoken of her relief after the couple were able to tie the knot.
Louise Murray (25), from Carrickfergus, married Jason Charewicz (29), from Boston, in her hometown last Saturday - while maintaining social distancing.
The young couple, who have been together for over two years, met while teaching English in South Korea.
Jason is here in Northern Ireland on a fiance visa which required him to get legally married before August 23.
Louise said the situation has been "beyond stressful" for the couple, who are currently living with her parents, Hugh (62) and Lorraine (60).
The ceremony was due to be held in the Catholic church in Carrickfergus, but instead took place in the grounds, in the presence of Louise's parents and conducted by Fr Peter Owens.
"The priest was happy to proceed with a service just for us and my parents because we live in the same household," she said.
If the marriage had not taken place, Jason could not extend his stay or switch to a spousal visa and remain in the UK, meaning that their whole future was thrown into question.
"We had resigned ourselves to the fact that it wasn't going to happen, but then got a call a couple of days beforehand from the registrar to say that the wedding could go ahead," Louise said.
"It was a wonderful ceremony with just the five of us and all done outside on a windy (and slightly rainy) day.
"I thought it might all be a bit strange, but it was actually really lovely and intimate and we couldn't be happier that we are now married. Afterwards, we went back home, opened a bottle of champagne and called all our friends and family who couldn't be there, followed by a quiet evening.
"All being well in the autumn and post Covid-19 lockdown measures, we will have a proper celebration and the renew our vows then," she added.
The decision to relocate from the Far East to Northern Ireland was the result of Louise's preference to come home.
That meant Jason was prepared to leave his parents, Michael (65) and Deborah (64), and younger brother, Brett (26), behind in the US to make a new life with his Northern Irish love.
The longer their marriage was delayed, the more likely it was that they wouldn't meet the financial requirement of the spousal visa.
"We hope that now we are married that we can stay together and I can return to America with him," Louise added.