Raf­fle win leads to river wed­ding

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Front Page -

Af­ter be­ing forced to post­pone their sur­prise wed­ding in March, Trudy and Chris Fan­ning de­cided they were ready to elope, get­ting mar­ried in front of five guests on Oc­to­ber 3.

And it was lucky the cou­ple had won a house­boat raf­fle prize through the De­niliquin Boat Club last year, mak­ing their day per­fect as they mar­ried on the banks of the Ed­ward River.

De­spite this it was a hard day for both Trudy and Chris with their par­ents and other fam­ily mem­bers un­able to at­tend due to Coron­avirus re­stric­tions.

How­ever they look for­ward to re­new­ing their vows on March 19 in 2022, giv­ing Trudy’s dad a chance to walk her down the aisle and to cel­e­brate the mar­riage with all of their guests.

‘‘Our wed­ding was orig­i­nally sup­posed to take place on March 21, which was ac­tu­ally go­ing to be my 40th birth­day party with a sur­prise wed­ding,’’ Trudy said.

‘‘Be­cause we are not lo­cal, we have been in De­niliquin since 2010, a lot of our fam­ily and friends had to come from afar as well as our lo­cal friends.

‘‘If we could get ev­ery­one to­gether for my 40th we thought ‘let’s throw a wed­ding in as well’. Chris and I have been en­gaged for 13 years.’’

But by the Wed­nes­day be­fore the wed­ding, the cou­ple made the hard de­ci­sion to post­pone it for 12 months, con­cerned not about the wed­ding it­self, but the safety of their guests.

‘‘As soon as we post­poned it, it was a big weight lifted off our shoul­ders,’’ Trudy said.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing was up in the air about Coron­avirus and we were still learn­ing what it meant at the time. There were still a lot of cases com­ing in from over­seas, planes were still run­ning and it was get­ting to the stage where you couldn’t buy toi­let paper.

‘‘I started ring­ing our out of town guests, be­cause we had peo­ple com­ing from Bris­bane, Syd­ney and Ade­laide, ask­ing how com­fort­able they would feel to still at­tend. They said they were ner­vous but would still sup­port us.

‘‘By the Wed­nes­day we were lis­ten­ing to the news and de­cided to can­cel be­fore any­one started trav­el­ling be­cause we were wor­ried about the safety of our guests.

‘‘I then started ring­ing my ven­dors, venue, Deni Party Hire, pho­tog­ra­pher, the band and ev­ery­one else, and by 10am we had moved the wed­ding 12 months for­ward which was re­ally stress­ful.

‘‘At that stage we did tell ev­ery­one it was go­ing to be a wed­ding, but a lot of them had al­ready guessed.’’

Trudy said the cou­ple has been lucky not to have lost as much as oth­ers go­ing through a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘We were hear­ing about a lot of wed­dings los­ing thou­sands be­cause they were can­celling and not know­ing when they were go­ing to get mar­ried again,’’ she said.

‘‘Luck­ily for us ev­ery­one was awe­some. I think if I was to say ‘righto I am can­celling’ we would have lost a lot of money.’’

The cou­ple had planned to re­assess their wed­ding plans in late Novem­ber, but with the way the Coron­avirus pan­demic has evolved, Trudy started hav­ing those con­ver­sa­tions with Chris early.

‘‘I just said to Chris, let’s elope, get the le­gal part out of the way, and then cel­e­brate with our friends and fam­ily later.

‘‘I sug­gested De­cem­ber 12 but Chris said ‘no’ be­cause we would still be har­vest­ing, so he sug­gested Oc­to­ber 3.

‘‘We then had about three to four weeks to pull it to­gether, but the day was lovely.

‘‘We were very happy, but it was bit­ter­sweet be­cause we didn’t have our fam­ily and friends there. We didn’t have our par­ents there ei­ther.’’

The cou­ple used the Druitt’s house­boat as part of the boat hire they had won at the end of last year, and were mar­ried on Pete and Deb O’Con­nor’s prop­erty in Be­narca be­fore host­ing a small re­cep­tion at The Cross­ing Cafe.

‘‘We are now look­ing for­ward to re­new­ing our vows on March 19 in 2022 so dad can walk me down the aisle and we can cel­e­brate with our fam­ily,’’ Trudy said.

■ Trudy and Chris Fan­ning with their son Nick

Trudy and Chris Fan­ning’s son Nick (right) walked his mother down the aisle.

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