KIRSTEN OSBORNE & SAMUEL RIES
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.