Wedding winners recall the night the ring got lost in the sand
IT’S a pretty sure bet that Runaway Wedding winners Paull O’Sullivan and Ylona Chun Tie will get married on a Tuesday.
The lucky couple will receive their dream wedding on Magnetic Island with a total value of $5550 — but it’s lucky they are getting married at all.
It all began one fateful Tuesday in 2003.
‘‘The proposal, on a Tuesday evening, all went to plan,’’ Mr O’Sullivan said.
‘‘But the following Tuesday our friends were playing at the Picnic Bay hotel for the New Years Eve gig.
‘‘so we went down and partied, then went down to the beach for the fireworks, clapping our hands and celebrating.’’ But elation turned to agony. ‘‘We went back to the pub half an hour later and Ylona noticed her engagement ring was missing,’’ Mr O’Sullivan said.
‘‘We scoured the beach for hours . . . there were 200-300 people who downed drinks and searched the pub, then everyone went down to the sand.
‘‘The police got another 4WD up on to the jetty and they floodlit the beach.’’
But despite their best efforts, the search was in vain.
‘‘We found nothing,’’ Mr O’Sullivan said.
‘‘Someone said to us that if a local finds it, it will be returned to you,’’ Ms Chun Tie said.
The couple put ads in the TownsvilleBulletinand a Magnetic Island paper and searched the beach every day for a week with metal detectors.
Then there was a breakthrough.
‘‘The following Tuesday there was a message on the answering machine saying ‘my husband’s just found the ring’,’’ Mr O’Sullivan said.
‘‘He was a professional fisherman . . . the ring had ended up in a metre of water and he stood on it.’’
Three years later, when they received a phone call from the TownsvilleBulletintelling them they had won their dream wedding with all the trimmings — it was on a Tuesday.
‘‘For the ring to be found was the sign it was meant to be,’’ said Ms Chun Tie.
‘‘And with all that in mind we’re going to get married on a Tuesday,’’ Mr O’Sullivan said.
The About Town competition win includes a wedding coordinator, three nights’ beachfront accommodation at Pure Magnetic, wedding photography by MaryAnne Law, a celebrant, wedding flowers from Fabulous Flowers for the Tropics, hair and makeup by Sally Cass, car hire by Thrifty, dinner for two at Le Paradis in Nelly Bay with Moet & Chandon French champagne and a champagne breakfast at Bungalow Bay.