‘Love at first sight’

First chance en­counter at the pub

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - PHIL CO­QUERAND RE­PORTER Philippe.co­[email protected]­etimes.com

HE’S a pi­lot from Texas and she’s a hair stylist at Rain­bow Beach, but a chance en­counter four years ago, led to “true love”.

Work­ing at Rain­bow Hair and Beauty Stu­dio, Manuela Pepinghege, (known as Ella) and her hus­band Justin Platt met at the Rain­bow Beach ho­tel in Septem­ber 2014.

Ella said she was catch­ing up with a friend af­ter a trip to Orange when Justin had gone in to watch the foot­ball.

“Once we set eyes on each other, it was love at first sight,” she said.

“We never thought that this would have ever hap­pened, meet­ing our true love in a pub.”

She said it was “lucky they have fig­ured out how to sur­vive a long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship.”

Justin pro­posed to Ella at Surfers Par­adise af­ter a nice week­end away at the Gold Coast 600.

Justin’s best man was Bradley Platt and the grooms­man was Chad Green.

Ella’s maid of hon­our was Tr­ish Toren­beek and brides­maid was Jeanette Hawkins.

Ella’s dress was made by “Grace Loves Lace” and was a “Re­nata Gown,” ef­fort­lessly el­e­gant and clas­si­cal.

The one-of-a-kind ar­bour was made by Grant McFarlane at Salt­wood Art.

Zaneta Fitzger­ald of­fi­ci­ated at their cer­e­mony on Rain­bow Beach.

“We had a lot of weather chal­lenges, but the rain made it even more fun and mem­o­rable for ev­ery­one. When the time came to sign the papers, the sun came out,” she said.

The cou­ple cel­e­brated their event with a small re­cep­tion on the Deck at Sea Salt. The cer­e­mony was held at Rain­bow Shores beach ac­cess.

The hon­ey­moon will be in Amer­ica next year.

Photo: Rain­bow Beach Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­phy

LOVE: Rain­bow Beach res­i­dent Manuela Pepinghege and her hus­band Justin Platt at their wed­ding on the sand dunes.

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