It was a wedding like no other for Co Tyrone couple Julie Ford and David Hannaway as they exchanged vows in Omagh's Grange Park.
Their outdoor ceremony on Monday was the first to take place in the district since the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions, and the first held in the council-owned public park.
The couple had originally planned to be married last Friday in St Mary's Church, Drumragh, outside Omagh, by the groom's uncle Fr Michael Doherty.
That was to be followed by a reception at Corick House Hotel near Clogher, where David (31) works as a night porter.
Omagh native Julie (33) and David, who is from Londonderry, have been together for six years, having met online before getting engaged three years ago.
They started planning their wedding right away and had everything booked by the end of 2017.
But like many couples, their plans had been thrown into doubt by the pandemic.
"The first time we realised things might not go to plan was when our wedding band rang to cancel several weeks ago," Julie explained.
"We then postponed until the end of August but then other weddings we were due to attend this year started being moved to 2021, so we assumed we would have to do the same.
"Fr Michael was doing a lot of lobbying for us to try and get us married in the church last week as planned but it just wasn't working out."
Then last Friday, on what was their original date, the couple were stunned to receive a phone call from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council registrar Hazel Alderdice to say they could be married in a civil ceremony outdoors.
Following the easing of restrictions in relation to outdoor civil ceremonies, the council had applied to have Grange Park listed as an approved venue for outdoor ceremonies alongside Enniskillen Castle, with a maximum of six people in attendance.
Julie, a supervisor in McBride's Spar in her hometown, and David jumped at the chance to get married in 2020 as planned, and scheduled the ceremony for Monday afternoon. The sun shone on them as they made their vows in Grange Park in a ceremony conducted by Hazel and held in the presence of Julie's father Glenn and David's parents, Sean and Margaret. They plan to have a church blessing followed by a large celebration for family and friends next year.
"We only told our immediate family about Monday's ceremony and then announced it afterwards," added Julie.
"Everyone seemed to be very happy and surprised and they understood the circumstances.
"Afterwards we went home and had a few glasses of bubbly but hopefully we can have a big shindig next year.
"We are so happy it came together so well.
"The park was the ideal location as I pass it every day on my way to work and I would have played there as a child."
The couple had booked a cruise around the Greek islands at the end of August for their honeymoon and are still in limbo as to whether or not that will happen.
David added: "It's mad to think we went from having a cancelled wedding and all the uncertainty that goes with it to actually being married within only three days.
"We hope it will give other couples who are still planning to get married this year a bit of a boost."
Council registrar Hazel added: "It was an absolute joy to officiate at Julie and David's wedding in Grange Park, which proved to be a lovely location for the wedding.
"We would like to extend our very best wishes to the new Mr and Mrs Hannaway."