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MAR­RIED AT BELAIR PARK COUN­TRY CLUB FIVE years ago, Sa­muel met a spe­cial some­one who changed the course of his life in a big way.

He first laid eyes on Kirsten at an Ade­laide night­club in 2012, not long be­fore he was due to move to the UK for two years.

“He came home within six weeks,” Kirsten said of Sa­muel’s over­seas ad­ven­ture.

For­tu­nately, the cou­ple both share a pas­sion for travel and, since meet­ing, have spent 20 months ex­plor­ing Asia and Europe to­gether. They have even cre­ated a Face­book page – Aussies Abroad – to doc­u­ment their jour­neys.

After look­ing for a place to elope over­seas, pri­mary school teacher Kirsten, and Sa­muel, a glazier, changed plans and de­cided to marry in Ade­laide.

“We felt like if we found a place to elope, we’d ‘feel’ it, but we never had that feel­ing,” she said, adding that they de­cided to tie the knot at Belair Park Coun­try Club. “Sam used to live at Eden Hills, so the area has mean­ing to us, and we just fell in love with Belair Park Coun­try Club.”

They planned their wed­ding in just 12 weeks be­cause, at the end of this month, they will move to

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After their cer­e­mony, the new­ly­weds had a photo shoot at pic­turesque lo­ca­tions in Belair Na­tional Park, in­clud­ing Old Gov­ern­ment House. They went on to cel­e­brate with 65 guests, in­clud­ing fam­ily who trav­elled from Queens­land and Sin­ga­pore.

Kirsten said one of her favourite mo­ments of the day was her walk down the aisle.

“That feel­ing be­fore walk­ing down the aisle was re­ally crazy – I prac­ti­cally ran down the aisle,” she said.

“Out first dance (to Ed Sheeran’s Per­fect) was re­ally nice too ... it felt like it was just me and him.”

Maid of hon­our was Sheree Minchin and brides­maids were Sharna Ries and Amanda Dracup. Best man was Fred Wil­liam and grooms­men were Jar­rad Fair­lie and Tim Moody.

Flower girl was Ella Guinan, while Lach­lan Guinan was ring bearer.

Kirsten, 23, is the daugh­ter of Kevin and Tanya Os­borne, of In­gle Farm.

Sa­muel, 26, is the son of Stephen and Jen­nifer Ries, of Her­vey Bay, Queens­land.

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