JOANNE PUCKERIDGE. 44, AND IRA SMITH, 43

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

Dress 50s-style A-line satin tea-length dress with lace over the skirt bought on­line from Ali Baba Hon­ey­moon Koh Sa­mui, Thai­land, for 11 days

JOANNE and Ira were in­tro­duced by Ira’s cousin in 2003 and six years ago moved in to­gether, bonded by a shared love of camp­ing and 4x4 driv­ing. Joanna says she was in love with Ira’s dog Jess even be­fore she re­alised she loved him. In Oc­to­ber 2015, Ira sur­prised Joanne by go­ing down on one knee while strolling be­side the Ne­pean River af­ter they had been out for a ro­man­tic din­ner. He sealed the deal with a stun­ning white gold ring with di­a­monds set in a heart shape. They tied the knot on Septem­ber 14, 2019, with a rus­tic­themed cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion at Hawkes­bury Func­tion Cen­tre, shar­ing the day with 96 friends and fam­ily from all over Aus­tralia.

PIC­TURE: ALEXAN­DER ALBA

A high­light of the day was see­ing how lovely their bridal party looked. Mar­ried life be­gan with a bridal waltz to Ed Sheeran’s Think­ing Out Loud, while guests danced the night away to mu­sic by DJ Johnny Bones.

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