Home Beauty Mum and daughter are so close they had a double wedding and shared honeymoon

Mum and daughter are so close they had a double wedding and shared honeymoon

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With just 18 years between them, Aisling Cislikauskiene and her mum Trisha Duffy are more like best friends than mother and daughter.

So when they both ended up engaged at the same time, they decided to share their wedding and the duo and their new husbands even went on honeymoon together.

Aisling 35, and Trisha, 53, have always been ‘more like best friends than mother and daughter’.

Aisling and now husband Marius Cislikauskiene, 38, became engaged in March 2016, during a large family gathering.

Marius surprised her when he got down on one knee as they enjoyed a meal out with Aisling’s mum Trisha and sisters – Jamie, 16, Laura, 24, Nicki, 24, Mary, 26, Joanne, 31, and Louise, 33.

 

They decided to hold off on their wedding but when Trisha got engaged to her partner, Joe Fitzgerald, in January 2019 in Amsterdam, they were both planning separate weddings.

But then Trisha joked they should team up.

Aisling and Marius were originally against the idea as they didn’t want to ‘gatecrash’ Trisha and Joe’s big day.

But they soon changed their minds after realising how special the day would be if they shared it.

Trisha had already booked and planned most of her wedding with Aisling by her side, approving all of the finer details, so it was a ‘no brainer’ that they roll it out and do a two for one.

Aisling and Trisha with their bridesmaids on their wedding day

Aisling and Trisha with their bridesmaids on their wedding day (Picture: John Hickey Photography / SWNS)

 

The foursome tied the knot on 14 February 2020 – Valentine’s Day – at Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, Ireland, in front of 160 guests.

To make it even more special, the couples didn’t tell the guests it was a joint celebration until the day itself.

Aisling, a hairdresser, from Limerick, said: ‘When mum first suggested that we have a joint wedding, I thought she was joking!

‘Marius and I told her not to be silly and said we wouldn’t want to gatecrash their big day. But the more we spoke about it, the more of a good idea it seemed.

‘We get on so well as a foursome – and are always going out for dinner and spending weekends together – we ended up thinking: “Why not?”

‘We knew we could both save a lot of money by having one big wedding and it would be easier for all of our guests coming to one event – rather than two.

‘It was the best day ever and it felt so special to share it with my mum. It made it all the more special.

‘We are more like best friends than mother and daughter. I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it.’

Aisling and Marius Cislikauskiene

Aisling and Marius Cislikauskiene (Picture: John Hickey Photography / SWNS)

 

Trisha, a carer, from Limerick, said: ‘Aisling has been there with me since day one – from the surprise engagement in Amsterdam to the amazing hen do she gave me, and all the planning for my special day.

‘Joe and I decided to ask Aisling and Marius to join our wedding, because why not? I would do anything for my children – they’re my world’

Aisling and Marius met in Icon nightclub in Limerick, Ireland, in 2012.

The pair fell in love straight away and now have two children together, Amelia, four, and Isabelle, three.

Aisling also has two children from a previous relationship, Kellie, 15, and Keelan, nine – Marius also has another daughter from a previous relationship, Gabrielle, 15.

Single mum Trisha met her new partner, Joe, in June 2017, when they were introduced by a friend.

They went on their first date to Spanish Point beach in County Clare, Ireland, and fell in love instantly.

Trisha Duffy with her husband Joe Fritzgerald

Trisha with her husband Joe Fritzgerald (Picture: John Hickey Photography / SWNS)

 

Luckily, the pair have similar tastes so planning their day together was straightforward.

Aisling said: ‘There’s no one else I’d rather share such a special moment with.

‘Mum and I always do everything together – so to be there, beside each other, on the biggest day of our lives made perfect sense.’

With everything planned, Aisling just had to find her dress for the wedding.
Aisling said: ‘One day, mum and I were out picking up her dress and we had a spare half hour.

‘We joked that I should try a dress on, and I refused at first.

‘But then I did, and it just so happened that the first dress I tried on was my perfect gown! We were so happy – we walked home together holding our dresses!

‘What’s even more amazing is the fact that when I visited my psychic medium, Elaine Maher, in 2019, she told me there was going to be a double wedding.

‘One of my sisters got married soon afterwards and then my mum got engaged, so I thought that was it. Little did I know it would be mum and I!’

The only people that knew the secret were the groomsmen, the bridesmaids and Marius’ parents who had to fly from Lithuania.

Trisha added: ‘Nobody else knew what was going on. I had Aisling’s dress, shoes and jewellery in my house, and even though I slipped up a few times, no one ever noticed.’

As they were close, their guest lists were almost the same.

Aisling and Marius Cislikauskiene

Aisling and Marius at the reception (Picture: John Hickey Photography / SWNS)

 

Aisling said: ‘The funniest part was the top table – everyone there was exactly who we wanted, so everything leading up to the big day was smooth sailing.

‘Not once did we have a different opinion or an argument about anything.’

On the day, Trisha walked down the aisle towards Joe – and she was closely followed by Aisling, who had been hiding away in a separate room before Marius popped up.

Guests were stunned, but delighted at the double wedding.

Aisling said: ‘Mum and Joe went in first, and when they had finished they asked everyone to stay, as she had a surprise.

‘And then in I walked – nobody had suspected a thing! They were all absolutely shocked, but so thrilled for us. It honestly was the best day of our lives. It was absolutely perfect.

‘What could have been a very stressful occasion was easy and thoroughly enjoyed by everybody who was there.

‘Any pre-wedding nerves melted away as I followed my mum up the aisle and having her by my side was so poignant. She’s always been there for me throughout my whole life.’

The foursome then headed off on a joint honeymoon – on a week-long cruise around the Spanish Islands.

Aisling said: ‘I can’t wait for the future. I keep thinking about all the anniversaries to come and get so excited.

‘I’m so glad that as well as having an amazing husband, I’ve also become even closer to my mum. I didn’t know that was possible.’

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