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Just the right touches

A gelato cart and dancing made this couple’s day after COVID moved the goalposts

- Story JANE ARMITSTEAD Pictures DANIELLE KNIGHT AND CO

After the emotional rollercoas­ter of changing plans due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns, Liz Stiles and Lachlan Stanton managed to pull off the day they had always dreamt of. The Murarrie couple met 10 years ago playing for the same touch football club and, two years ago, Lachlan proposed at Peppers Resort, Noosa.

In the chaos of the pandemic, the couple were forced to postpone their April wedding but were relieved when it finally happened on October 22 in front of 90 guests at Hillstone St Lucia. They kept it simple with greenery and native flowers and surprised guests with a delicious gelato cart.

The celebratio­ns kicked off on the dancefloor with Liz and Lachlan’s wedding among the first weddings of 2020 to allow dancing post-restrictio­ns.

What was the standout moment of the day?

many moments, but the standout had to be when we were standing at the altar. After a twoyear engagement, nearly 10 years together and rescheduli­ng our first wedding date, this was the moment it finally sunk in and felt real.

What would you spend more or less on?

More on my shoes!

So

One thing you wish people told you about planning a wedding?

You definitely experience decision-making fatigue so it’s best to spread it out and do one thing at a time.

Best advice for other couples planning a wedding?

Enjoy every minute of the planning, even if it’s stressful, as your wedding will come and go very quickly. Also, lock in the big-ticket items first, along with whatever is important to you: venue, photograph­er or, for us, gelato cart.

Original wedding plans?

It was supposed to be on April 18, 2020, at Hillstone. We decided to change plans three weeks before our wedding date as restrictio­ns were changing almost each day. It was making it harder and harder to have our wedding the way we’d planned, until the decision was made for us and we had to cancel.

Emotions around changing plans?

We felt a bit empty initially, as we had no control over what was happening. But we quickly realised we needed to be flexible and just roll with whatever was going to happen.

Updated wedding plans?

We loved the first wedding we planned so we kept everything the same and pushed back the new date for as long as we thought we needed to. As soon as we had to cancel our first date, we moved very quickly to lock in a new one. We didn’t want to wait in limbo but instead just focus on looking ahead. We were able to keep all of our vendors and guests the way we’d originally planned.

Advice for other couples planning a wedding in these uncertain times?

Our advice is to stay focused on why you want to get married. Your plans may need to change but at the end of the day you are marrying the love of your life and that’s what is important.

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Parent Lin Stiles Bridesmaid­s Sharmaine Hawley, Rohini Quinn, Karlee Jarvie and Sarah Banner Dress Bellatrix By Pronovias. Purchased at White Lily Couture Hair Chantelle
Maree hair
Make-Up Makeup by Lyne Jana
Flowers Sarah Luthy, Gwen Floral Co. Engagement ring Michael Hill
Profession Office manager Parent Lin Stiles Bridesmaid­s Sharmaine Hawley, Rohini Quinn, Karlee Jarvie and Sarah Banner Dress Bellatrix By Pronovias. Purchased at White Lily Couture Hair Chantelle Maree hair Make-Up Makeup by Lyne Jana Flowers Sarah Luthy, Gwen Floral Co. Engagement ring Michael Hill

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