The Courier-Mail - QWeekend
Mum’s perfect match
Ruby and Tom wed with their nearest and dearest in attendance, including one matchmaking mother
Atrip to the dentist was the unlikely beginning of the love story for this Stanthorpe couple. Thomas Costanzo and Ruby Wittkop wed before 80 guests at the Chapel at Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm at Mount Alford in the Scenic Rim in September last year. The couple’s initial meeting was thanks to Leah, Thomas’s mother.
“Leah was the brains behind it all,” says Ruby. “I met her at work. She was my patient at the dental practice where I work and from there we found out we have a lot in common,” she said.
“Leah mentioned me to her son, and Tom and I met with his excuse being wanting to meet my puppy dog.
“We toasted Leah at the wedding. We wouldn’t be together if it weren’t for her matchmaking skills. We are both eternally grateful to her!”
The candlelit reception was at Kooroomba Cellar Door, and the couple honeymooned at Hayman Island.
Best advice for other couples planning a wedding?
Ruby: It’s your wedding day and no one else’s, do what makes you and your partner happy – it’s all about you guys.
First Dance song?
Right on the Money by
Original wedding plans?
We were hoping to have 100 guests (with lots of dancing) but had to downsize, sadly, due to COVID. We had a cannoli tower instead of a cake as we were not allowed to cut a cake and have it served.
When did you decide to change plans?
Two months before was when we started cutting down numbers.
Emotions around changing plans?
Quite saddened at first but there was no way around it. If we were to cancel, who knew if COVID restrictions would worsen.
What helped you get through the stress of changing plans?
Firstly, our immediate family, reassuring us we were making the right decisions. Also, that the majority of guests were understanding and more than happy to help us with cutting down numbers by attending without their partners who we didn’t know well.
Advice for other couples whose weddings are impacted by coronavirus?
Try not to cancel; our day couldn’t have been more perfect even with the restrictions in place.
What was the highlight of the day?
Having everyone we love in one place with us. When I was walking down the aisle, Tom shed a few tears, which he swore he wouldn’t do.