Annie and Helen say thanks to the people of Wellington for their support of equality
ANNIE Mara and Helen Swan married on the banks of the Bell River on March 31 before 120 friends and family.
The couple has been together for 23 years, and theirs was one of the first same sex marriages in the region.
Helen Swan said the occasion was joyful.
“We were blown away by the backing of the people of Wellington, especially the Aboriginal community who have been unstinting in their support for equality,” Helen told
“Many organisations and individuals made this a day to remember.”
The couple’s neighbours provided advice and practical assistance, including a talented brother-in-law to take photos.
The new couple were also in awe of the local backdrop, a beautiful venue by the ancient red river gums.
“Two accomplished local women made magnificent cakes; the Wellington Golf Club provided the venue for the knees up, the Wellington Caves provided accommodation, Bell River Winery the beverages, and the Smokin’ Brothers (Orange) delicious food,” Helen said.
“Best of all our friends, including the famous Women’s Land Army, organised the decorating, the delivery, the music and the show, making it a day to remember for all concerned.” Helen Swan, left, and Annie Mara married in Wellington on March 31. Theirs was one of the first same sex marriages in the region. The main photo (above) shows the wedding party. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED.