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Mum’s perfect match

Ruby and Tom wed with their nearest and dearest in attendance, including one matchmakin­g mother

- Story TAHNI TURPIN Pictures RNC PHOTOGRAPH­Y

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?

Alan Jackson.

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.

 ??  ?? Profession
Oral health therapist Parents
Michael and Cathryn Wittkopp
Bridesmaid­s
Hannah van Wyk, Alex Fry, Louisa Blewitt Dress
Zavana Bridal for the bride, Shona Joy for the bridesmaid­s
Hair
Anew You Hair
& Beauty (Monique Wilmot)
Make-Up
Katrina Visentin Flowers
Picked by Kelsie Engagement Ring
Ben Hodges Jeweller – a diamond with two rubies on either side. Hen’s Night
Burleigh
Profession Oral health therapist Parents Michael and Cathryn Wittkopp Bridesmaid­s Hannah van Wyk, Alex Fry, Louisa Blewitt Dress Zavana Bridal for the bride, Shona Joy for the bridesmaid­s Hair Anew You Hair & Beauty (Monique Wilmot) Make-Up Katrina Visentin Flowers Picked by Kelsie Engagement Ring Ben Hodges Jeweller – a diamond with two rubies on either side. Hen’s Night Burleigh

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