The Courier-Mail - QWeekend
Two times the fun
With Covid restrictions constantly changing, two weddings seemed like the perfect solution
This was a wedding with double the fun. Two weddings, two dresses, two jackets and different locations over two days. When Rohan O’Neil and Felicity Boyd were faced with changing restrictions due to COVID-19 last year, they decided to split their wedding in two.
The couple had always envisioned getting married in a church but were restricted in numbers so they celebrated their nuptials over two days.
The first celebration was kept traditional with a church wedding on October 23 at St Oliver Plunkett Church in Brisbane’s Cannon Hill, where they wed in front of 16 people including the couple’s immediate families, the best man and maid of honour.
Felicity walked down the aisle in an affordable dress from online clothing site ASOS ($252) and Rohan donned cufflinks featuring the faces of the pair’s beloved dogs, Kyrie and Bamboo.
The next day, the Morningside couple, who were originally due to marry in June, continued celebrations in front of 90 guests with a ceremony at The Warehouse in Fortitude Valley and reception at Cloudland.
The couple made a grand entrance into their reception as Rohan changed outfits into an impressive gold flecked leopard print suit jacket.
Dancefloor restrictions lifted just days before so, unsurprisingly, guests let loose for the first time in over nine months with the band Geed Up providing the soundtrack to the party.
Rohan and Felicity met in 2016 while on a night out in Townsville at the Mad Cow nightclub. They dated for a few years before Rohan popped the question at a lookout overlooking Lake Como in Italy.
Standout moment of the day?
Rohan: Seeing Felicity for the first time was so special the first day and then to have that experience all over again for the second larger wedding was even better. There were also some great times on the dancefloor and people made the most of the great band Geed Up and the dancing restrictions lifted just a few days before our big day!
What was the decision behind two weddings?
We had always envisioned getting married in a church and we were a long way down into the planning of it all when we got the call about the COVID restrictions. It was a big call to have the two days but in the end we felt like we got the best of both worlds with a small, intimate ceremony at St Oliver Plunkett and a more relaxed event at The Warehouse with all our family and friends.
What would you do differently?
We were fortunate to have the two weddings which meant we were able to have the best of both worlds. The first one was stripped back, traditional and intimate and felt perfect. The next day the pressure was off and we thoroughly enjoyed a full fledged party surrounded by family and friends and the standout work of our band, the outstanding Geed Up.
Best advice for other couples planning a wedding?
It’s your day, if you want it a certain way then go with your gut and don’t settle for anything else.