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Dream come true

Despite having to postpone their original wedding date, this couple was delighted with the outcome

- Pictures LEAH CRUIKSHANK

Forced to postpone their wedding only one month out from the big day, newlyweds Andrea Byrne and Ash Walsh describe the time as an “emotional rollercoas­ter’’. The Oxley couple was fortunate to find another date at their chosen venue, Gabbinbar Homestead in Toowoomba, so they moved their wedding from May 31 to September 20.

Despite the upheaval, the pair who have been together for three years, say they managed to make their wedding day an “absolute dream’’ – with some slight modificati­ons.

“Trying to plan the biggest day of your life in such an unpredicta­ble time, with restrictio­ns and border closures coming into play so quickly makes for a pretty stressful experience,’’ Byrne says. “But everything ran perfectly and turned out better than we could have imagined. We wouldn’t change a thing.”

They married in front of 75 guests with their first dance to I’m With You by Vance Joy. A planned honeymoon in Mexico was changed to Queensland’s Hayman Island.

The proposal?

Ash surprised me with the ring on the first night of a weekend away at the coast. We were going out for a nice dinner and when I had finished getting ready, he was waiting on the balcony with two champagne glasses.

Standout moment of the day?

It’s hard to pick just one moment, but we loved seeing all our family and friends straight after the ceremony for their congratula­tions as a newly married couple. It had been such a long time since we had seen a lot of them due to COVID.

What would you spend more or less on?

We are glad that we upped our flower budget as the florals really added to the aesthetics of the venue and made it extra special.

Best advice for other couples?

Choose vendors you trust to look after you in the lead-up and on the day, it makes everything so much more enjoyable to know they’re looking out for you.

Emotions around changing plans?

The lead-up to the wedding (both original date and new date) was a bit of an emotional rollercoas­ter. Trying to plan the biggest day of your life in such an unpredicta­ble time makes for a pretty stressful experience. While we didn’t want to move our wedding, we decided it was for the best to reschedule for later in the year.

Updated wedding plans?

We were lucky to be able to keep most of our plans the same due to keeping the same venue. The main things we had to change included not being able to have a dancefloor (which is why we added a roving magician for reception entertainm­ent) and the border closures meant some of our interstate guests were unable to attend.

What helped you get through the stress of changing plans?

We decided we would only move the date once and that we would get married on the new date no matter what the restrictio­ns. We were also lucky to have amazing suppliers.

Advice for other couples whose weddings are impacted by coronaviru­s?

Try not to let the uncertaint­y of COVID ruin your wedding planning experience – choose suppliers and a venue that you can trust to work with you whatever happens.

 ??  ?? Profession Marketing Parents Valerie and Steven Byrne Bridesmaid­s Sophie Dodd, Lauren Byrne, Lily Calder-Potts, Jess Lockwood
Dress Oksana Mukha Hair Saburi Hair Studio Make-up Stephanie Goldsworth­y
Flowers Poppies for Willow Engagement ring
AG Designer Jeweller
Profession Marketing Parents Valerie and Steven Byrne Bridesmaid­s Sophie Dodd, Lauren Byrne, Lily Calder-Potts, Jess Lockwood Dress Oksana Mukha Hair Saburi Hair Studio Make-up Stephanie Goldsworth­y Flowers Poppies for Willow Engagement ring AG Designer Jeweller

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