CAMILLA AND RICK’S PER­FECT DAY

Pie Creek cou­ple ties the knot at Gunabul

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - Page 16

A BRIDESMAID be­fore she was a bride, Camilla King met her new hus­band, Rick Lynch, while dressed in her bridesmaid dress from a friend’s wed­ding in Caloun­dra.

A modern woman, she walked straight up to him and asked him to dance.

“I was in Caloun­dra as a bridesmaid for a friend’s wed­ding. We went out af­ter the wed­ding... and I met Rick and asked him to dance. I knew that night he was the one for me,” she said.

Their first date was 4WDing up to Dou­ble Is­land Point and a lunch on the beach.

“It was my first ex­pe­ri­ence of beach driv­ing,” she said.

Camilla is a teacher at James Nash State High School and has lived in Gympie her whole life, while Rick grew up in Caloun­dra and is a sur­veyor.

He moved to Gympie to be near Camilla nearly four years ago and the cou­ple bought a house at Pie Creek.

In Fe­bru­ary of this year, on Camilla’s 30th birth­day, Rick sur­prised her when he pro­posed.

“Rick asked for my par­ents’ per­mis­sion be­fore he pro­posed,” Camilla said.

“It was a huge sur­prise and he had the ring placed on our toy poodle Mar­tini’s col­lar. Ap­par­ently I was pat­ting the ring on Mar­tini for a while with­out re­al­is­ing.

“Rick took the ring off Mar­tini’s col­lar and pro­posed.”

With the wed­ding only seven months away, Camilla jumped straight into wed­ding prepa­ra­tions.

“I mainly did most of the plan­ning. Rick and I have sim­i­lar tastes so he was agree­able with my choices and it made the process eas­ier,” she said.

“My mother, Lyn King, was also a big help and we spent many hours to­gether dur­ing school hol­i­days plan­ning and vis­it­ing lo­cal busi­nesses. Rick and I were very pleased with the ser­vice pro­vided by the lo­cal busi­nesses we used.

“We chose Gunabul as we wanted to have a lo­cal wed­ding that was some­where spe­cial. It was also great to have the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion at the same venue.”

When the big day, Fri­day, Septem­ber 28, ar­rived, the bride ar­rived in style in a horse-drawn car­riage and was es­corted down the aisle by her father, Ian King.

Her dress, cham­pagne satin with sheer shoul­ders and cov­ered in dia­mantes and pearls came from Luv Bridal in Maroochydore.

Wait­ing for her was Rick, dressed in navy suit and white tie from Suits Di­rect at Mooloolaba.

Rick’s grooms­men, Daniel Vort­man and Robert McCarthy, also wore navy suits, while the brides­maids, Joe­lene Scott and Rachel King, were a vi­sion in royal pur­ple floor-length che­nille gowns from For­ever Bridal, also in Maroochydore.

The venue had been dec­o­rated by Fuss and Flair in Gympie and wait­ing to marry the pair was cel­e­brant Joanne Am­brose, also of Gympie.

Camilla’s elderly grand­par­ents, 92-year-old Eric Brady and 93-year-old Joyce King, were both there to cel­e­brate the cou­ple’s big day. “Both grand­par­ents were su­per proud and it was very spe­cial to have them at our wed­ding,” Camilla said.

The cou­ple danced the night away and cut their Faye An­drews tra­di­tional wed­ding fruit cake be­fore head­ing off on a hon­ey­moon at War­wick Re­sort on the Coral Coast in Fiji.

“We en­joyed re­lax­ing by the la­goon and vis­it­ing the his­toric sites in Fiji. A spe­cial mo­ment was vis­it­ing the lo­cal school and meet­ing a few of the pri­mary classes,” Camilla said.

Pho­tos: Emma Nayler

RO­MAN­TIC DAY: Camilla King and Rick Lynch on their wed­ding day, Fri­day, Septem­ber 28, and, be­low, Camilla get­ting ready be­fore the cer­e­mony, which was held at Gunabul home­stead.

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