‘For­get the limo, I want a Mack’

WTA nup­tials call for only the finest rig

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WHEN you marry into a truck­ing fam­ily, lov­ing the smell of diesel and the feel of the open road is non-ne­go­tiable.

It was a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion for WTA Fi­nance (for­mally Ward Thomas) re­cep­tion­ist Corinne Thomas when she be­came part of the fam­ily.

“It was great. I did have to hitch up the dress get­ting in, but that was ex­pected, and such an awe­some trib­ute to the fa­ther-in-laws,” the new­ly­wed said.

By that Corinne means her new fa­ther-in-law Galvin Thomas and his busi­ness part­ner Tim Ward, the WTA com­pany di­rec­tors who have more than 100 years in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween them.

“I was stuck for a car and noth­ing felt right, un­til some­one sug­gested a truck,” Corinne said.

“We ended up bor­row­ing a truck from VCV Townsville. WTA have a close re­la­tion­ship with the deal­ers around town, so it helped.

“I wasn’t in­ter­ested in us­ing any­thing else – a Mack was just right for the day.”

De­spite both be­ing around trucks most of their lives, Corinne met her fu­ture hus­band Stephen Thomas on­line.

From that first meet­ing, the re­la­tion­ship soon blos­somed from a friend­ship to some­thing worth don­ning the white dress.

“I was ac­tu­ally try­ing to set him up with a friend,” Corinne laughed.

But two years ago she took the plunge to move to Townsville and join both Stephen, a glazier, and the fam­ily busi­ness.

“I only went there for some work ex­pe­ri­ence, but I ended up stay­ing,” she said.

The op­por­tu­nity was won­der­ful af­ter be­ing out of the work­force for some time.

Both the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion were held on the fam­ily prop­erty.

“We were all about a small wed­ding and keep­ing it real,” Corinne said.

“But the truck did stand out. We even got a few waves and beeps on the way to the cer­e­mony.”

Se­lena Ward, who mar­ried into the other side of the WTA Fi­nance part­ner­ship, said the ladies had cer­tainly taken over the busi­ness, which spe­cialises in trans­port and earth­mov­ing fi­nance.

“It was just a re­ally nice trib­ute to the boys who have built the busi­ness for over 30 years,” Se­lena said.

“When the idea was put to her, we were all ex­cited. We all have a bit of a love for the truck in­dus­try.

“Rex, the sales­man for Mack trucks, went out of his way to make the day spe­cial, even ad­ding a rib­bon.

“As coun­try girls, ev­ery­one loved the idea.

“I wished we had a truck at our wed­ding af­ter see­ing Cor­rine’s.”

❝ I wasn’t in­ter­ested in us­ing any­thing else – a Mack was just right for the day.

— Corinne Thomas

SHIN­ING IN WHITE: The WTA wed­ding party made sure the ve­hi­cle and fam­ily’s trans­port legacy shone on the day.

Corinne ar­rives at the cer­e­mony in the bor­rowed Mack Ti­tan, which she loved.

Corinne strikes a pose on her un­usual but very ap­pro­pri­ate wed­ding trans­port.

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