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