LOVE STAYS STRONG

COU­PLE ELOPES TO KINGS BEACH IN IN­TI­MATE CER­E­MONY

Life & Style Weekend - - WEDDING BELLS -

MAG­A­ZINE

| WEDDING BELLS

Some­times life gets in the way – and that’s why Ce­leste Hob­den and Joshua Cope de­cided to elope to Caloun­dra. No guests were present on March 8 at the Kings Beach boat ramp, where the cer­e­mony was held.

Only their two hand­some sons took part and no ex­pen­sive reception was held af­ter­wards ... just an in­ti­mate and per­sonal oc­ca­sion, full of love and commitment.

Even their honeymoon was turned into a fam­ily hol­i­day at Kings Beach for the Burpen­gary cou­ple.

Fate seemed to bring Ce­leste and Josh to­gether: both were raised in Coolum Beach and at­tended pri­mary and high school in the beach­side town. But they didn’t ac­tu­ally know each other ex­isted un­til meet­ing through mu­tual friends in July 2008 when Ce­leste was 18 and Josh was 23.

“We were plan­ning a big wedding for 2012

but I fell preg­nant in 2011 and there­fore the wedding was put on hold as we both re­lo­cated to Glad­stone for work,” Ce­leste re­called.

“We had our first son and bought our first home. We then planned our wedding for the sec­ond time for April 2014 and went from a big wedding to im­me­di­ate fam­ily only.

“Un­for­tu­nately, on Fe­bru­ary 13, 2014, I lost my mum to brain can­cer and there­fore again the wedding was can­celled.

“We moved to Bris­bane in late 2014 for work, and had our sec­ond son in 2015.

“Third time ’round, we wanted to elope. “We wanted it to be purely about us. “Eleven years to­gether and we are still so in­cred­i­bly strong and in love.

“Be­tween ev­ery­thing we have been through, we have stuck by one an­other.

“We’re now happily mar­ried and so smit­ten be­ing hus­band and wife.”

PHO­TOS: IM­AGES BY LOU O'BRIEN

A FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: Ce­leste Hob­den has tied the knot with Joshua Cope at Caloun­dra.

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