Usually when you think of weddings, you envision uninvited guests hoping to get some free cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. But as noisy as these pests may be, they are not an annoying value compared to the “100-year floods” that recently sparked a wedding in New South Wales.
Kate Fotheringham and Wayne Bell were scheduled to tie the knot on a Saturday in March this year, but Mother Nature decided to throw a big key in the works. The night before the nuptials, she confirmed her attendance with an epic deluge that left much of the town of Wingham, where Fotheringham’s family lives at least partially under water.
With the only bridge between Fotheringham’s house and the wedding venue impassable, and with the bride and groom trapped on separate sides of the divide, it seemed the ceremony would have to be postponed.
Miraculously, however, despite the soggy circumstances, the determined couple managed to get married on the appointed day.
“It took three months to plan the wedding, 12 hours for her to go to hell and six hours for them to get together again,” Fotheringham said. The Guardian.
“I had accepted the fact that it was going to rain and that I was wearing rubber boots, but I didn’t know how I was going to deal with a one-in-a-hundred-year flood and natural disaster.”
After some frenzied posts on social media, the couple were able to grab a helicopter from a local television station to carry the bride and her family members through the rising waters.
In less than an hour, Fotheringham, her crew and her wedding dress were safely on their way, but when they landed on the other side, there were still obstacles to overcome.
Fortunately, most of the guests had camped near the groom. Unfortunately, the caterer, makeup artists, and wedding singer were sidelined by the storm. Thanks to a reverse situation in which a caterer and a hairdresser who were due to get married on the other side of the bridge got stuck in the city, those bases were fortuitously covered.
Aside from the women at the bridal party having to put on makeup themselves, the ceremony went according to plan.
Update, I came to church and married the love of my life. Affinity Helicopters in Port Macquarie came to the rescue and made sure we all got there. This is the bridge that prevented us from making the 5 minute trip into town! What a day! #fotherbellwedding #floodwingham pic.twitter.com/u7OlsFsTjQ
– Kate Fotheringham (@KatelFog) March 22, 2021
With just 15 minutes late, the couple officially tied the knot. With nowhere to go, the reception turned into a kind of celebratory marathon and continued into the next day.
While the new Ms Bell admits the situation was so implausible it was almost unbelievable, she attributes it to the resources of her relatives that they turned what could have been a disaster into a triumph. “I can’t believe we made it,” he told The Guardian. “My family is incredible. We are not the type to back down from something difficult, we can face one challenge, or ten. “
Perhaps the brave couple should have changed their vows to read: “And what God has united, let no flood separate”?
(CLOCK the video about the amazing wedding below).
This Australian bride-to-be had to be flown to her wedding after her farm was stranded by dangerous flooding.
– Channel 5 News (@ 5_News) March 22, 2021
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