The day Mr Speaker was lost for words


VIN­CENT Tarzia is used to be­ing the cen­tre of at­ten­tion in Par­lia­ment House.

But yes­ter­day af­ter­noon – in God’s house – the par­lia­men­tary Speaker was happy to play sec­ond-best when he mar­ried fiancee Charissa Duffy in front of friends, fam­ily and Lib­eral Party col­leagues at Rostrevor Col­lege Chapel.

“This is def­i­nitely the best day of my life,” the for­mer head pre­fect and dux of the school said just mo­ments after ty­ing the knot.

“For me, it was a re­ally good 2018 state elec­tion cam­paign but it’s been a beau­ti­ful day.

“The bride was def­i­nitely the most im­por­tant per­son in­side (the chapel) to­day.

“Nor­mally, I’m up there as Speaker when we are in Par­lia­ment but (I was) very happy to take a back seat.”

Among guests were state col­leagues Premier Steven Mar­shall, Trea­surer Rob Lu­cas, Deputy Premier Vickie Chap­man, Po­lice Min­is­ter Corey Win­gard and In­dus­try Min­is­ter David Pisoni.

South Aus­tralian fed­eral MPs Christopher Pyne, the De­fence Min­is­ter, and Tourism Min­is­ter Si­mon Birm­ing­ham also at­tended. Mr Tarzia and Ms Duffy met in 2012 and their first date was at Nor­wood’s Bath Ho­tel.

Mr Tarzia, who re­tained his north­east­ern sub­urbs seat of Hart­ley at the 2018 elec­tion, pro­posed to Ms Duffy, 30, at Pen­folds Mag­ill Es­tate in Septem­ber 2016.

The 31-year-old was rewarded with the Speaker’s role in recog­ni­tion of his ef­fort in de­feat­ing SA Best Leader Nick Xenophon in the hotly con­tested seat. He said it had been a tough 12 months for his fam­ily, cul­mi­nat­ing in the re­cent death of his grand­mother, Irma.

The new­ly­weds share their wed­ding date with that of both of their ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents.

Ms Duffy wore a chan­tilly lace gown de­signed by Good­wood bou­tique Rap­simo, and shoes by French fashion de­signer Chris­tian Louboutin.

The chapel was lined with pink and white roses and Ms Duffy walked down the aisle car­ry­ing a match­ing bo­quet.

The bride and groom ex­changed vows in a Ro­man Catholic cer­e­mony, which in­cor­po­rated the Ukrainian “crown­ing” in a nod to Ms Duffy’s fam­ily her­itage.

The only spot of drama was when a mag­pie at­tacked a drone that was tak­ing pic­tures of the spe­cial day.

The wed­ding re­cep­tion for 220 guests was at the Ade­laide Town Hall.

The cou­ple will leave to­day on a 10-day “mini-moon” in Paris and Rome – en­sur­ing the Speaker is back in the chair when State Par­lia­ment re­turns on Septem­ber 18.

BEAU­TI­FUL DAY: Speaker of the House of Assem­bly Vin­cent Tarzia wed Charissa Duffy at Rostrevor Col­lege Chapel yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: BIANCA DE MARCHI

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