But things were very different for the brother and sister who wed last week.

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It is illegal for siblings to wed, and to protect themselves they have adopted the names of ‘James’ and ‘Maura’.

For everybody present at last week’s ceremony it was a poignant occasion.

At one stage during what was the briefest of ceremonies, James and Maura’s father became so overcome with emotion that he had to absent himself from the proceedings.

Their wedding day should have been a joyous occasion, where the happy couple announced their undying love for one another to the world.

Friends and family should have packed into the local church and photographers should have taken beautiful pictures for their local paper.

The delighted bride and groom should have danced through confetti before being waved off by an elated congregation as they were chauffeured away in a luxury car.

And then it should have been on to a hotel function room, where excited guests should have listened to amusing anecdotes from the best man on how the newlyweds met.

But so determined are they to spend the rest of their lives together that they sealed their union during an intimate civil marriage ceremony last week.

And in a further twist, the couple, who discovered they were siblings after they conceived their first child, are expecting another baby.