The Weekly Advertiser Horsham

Change of plans

- BY SARAH MATTHEWS

Phoebe Cartledge and her fiancé Xander Baker were picking up groomsmen’s suits in Ballarat on Thursday when Phoebe’s father called with an important question – ‘Want to get married tonight?’

“We were due to get married on Monday, but dad called to say we might be going into lockdown and did we want to bring our wedding forward a few days,” Phoebe said.

“In the car on the way back we were trying to work out, do we move it and risk that we might not go into lockdown and could have had our wedding as planned, or do we not move it and risk that we go into lockdown and maybe not be able to get married for a few more weeks or months?

“We decided that we just wanted to get married.”

A ‘crazy rush’ ensued as the couple and family members made phone calls to existing suppliers and sourced some last-minute help.

Soon after, Premier Daniel Andrews announced Victoria’s sixth lockdown would take effect across the state at 8pm that evening.

The couple’s decision had paid off – the new Mr and Mrs Baker tied the knot in front of family and closest friends in the barrel room at Seppelt winery, Great Western.

Phoebe’s father, pastor Andrew Cartledge, married the couple, who livestream­ed the ceremony on Youtube.

“We were supposed to have a lunch time wedding on Monday and Seppelt was super flexible, moving the wedding and helping us organise everything so we could be finished by 8pm, because of the lockdown, so people could get home on time,” Phoebe said.

“Everyone was so wonderful and helpful.

“Thankfully I had picked up my dress the weekend before and the tailor in Horsham had just finished hemming Xander’s suit that day.”

Phoebe wore a Madi Lane gown from Melissa E Bridal and was accompanie­d by her sister Chloe as maid of honour.

Xander’s groomsmen included best man Cody Bell and Nick Smith.

Phoebe is the daughter of Andrew and Rachel Cartledge, of Horsham, and Xander the son of Maree and Ali Baker of Murtoa.

Originally from Sydney, Phoebe moved to Horsham with her family when her parents became pastors at Harvest Church.

“Xander and I met through church, we became friends and were soon inseparabl­e,” Phoebe said.

“He proposed on Christmas Day last year.”

Phoebe said she thought the COVID-19 pandemic might cause a few hiccups with wedding planning but she was not too concerned.

“We thought there might be a few issues because of COVID, but by December it had kind of blown over a bit,” she said.

“We thought coming out of the last lockdown we’d be in the clear, but it wasn’t the case.”

Phoebe said she and Xander did not feel like they missed out on their ‘dream wedding’ because of the last-minute change in plans. “I feel like this was meant to be,” she said.

“We still had everyone we wanted there.

“We just wanted to get married and it was still our dream day.”

The lockdown has also affected the couple’s honeymoon plans.

“We were meant to be going to Mornington Peninsula this week but obviously we can’t do that any more,” Phoebe said.

“We’re hoping the lockdown is only one week and we’ll be able to go somewhere a little more local soon.

“But despite all that, we just really appreciate all the help and support of the people who helped us out and helped make our wedding happen.

“Everyone was so amazing. Living in a small country town, everyone is super friendly and willing to help out.”

 ??  ?? MR AND MRS: Horsham’s Phoebe Cartledge and Xander Baker moved their wedding forward on Thursday, in a matter of hours, to tie the knot ahead of Victoria’s sixth COVID-19 lockdown. Picture: DREAM CAVE
MR AND MRS: Horsham’s Phoebe Cartledge and Xander Baker moved their wedding forward on Thursday, in a matter of hours, to tie the knot ahead of Victoria’s sixth COVID-19 lockdown. Picture: DREAM CAVE

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