SE­CRET WED­DING

Chief Min­is­ter Michael Gun­ner and Kristy O’Brien tie the knot in Queens­land

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - PHILLIPPA BUTT EX­CLU­SIVE

CHIEF MIN­IS­TER Michael Gun­ner and ABC jour­nal­ist Kristy O’Brien have of­fi­cially tied the knot in a se­cret cer­e­mony in Queens­land.

The cer­e­mony took place in O’Brien’s home­town of Toowoomba at St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral, with the back­yard re­cep­tion at the home of her par­ents, where guests en­joyed pizza and beer.

An ex­tremely well-kept se­cret, only a se­lect few were in­vited to the nup­tials.

En­gaged for more than five years, the pair ini­tially met through mu­tual friends in Dar­win in 2010, but have kept their re­la­tion­ship out of the pub­lic eye.

It is rare to see the cou­ple out in pub­lic to­gether, and Mr Gun­ner has pre­vi­ously said they keep their re­spec­tive jobs out of their re­la­tion­ship.

Be­fore Mr Gun­ner be­came Chief Min­is­ter, he told the NT News that he had re­ceived plenty of ad­vice from other peo­ple about how to present him­self bet­ter to the me­dia, in­clud­ing to slow his speech and make his points clear. He said O’Brien, the per­son per­haps best placed to give him on-cam­era tips, was the only one who didn’t.

De­spite her long-time ro­man­tic con­nec­tion with the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s leader, O’Brien has forged a highly suc­cess­ful ca­reer in her own right as a jour­nal­ist and doc­u­men­tary maker.

She fought off 40 fi­nal­ists to be named the re­cip­i­ent of a pres­ti­gious de­vel­op­ment pro­gram for bud­ding tele­vi­sion and on­line me­dia pro­duc­ers.

In 2013, she re­ceived in­dus- try ac­claim for her doc­u­men­tary Cat­tle Scars.

Those who know her de­scribe her as one of the nicest and most gra­cious peo­ple they have ever met.

O’Brien is cur­rently work­ing on a web se­ries ex­plor­ing the fic­tional world of an up- and-com­ing south­ern jour­nal­ist who finds her­self plonked in a Ter­ri­tory news­room.

The pi­lot episode will air early next year.

The new­ly­weds will hon­ey­moon over­seas be­fore re­turn­ing to Dar­win at the end of the year.

Pic­ture: HE­LEN ORR

Chief Min­is­ter Michael Gun­ner and Kristy O'Brien mo­ments af­ter they tied the knot yes­ter­day

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