True love conquers all
WHEN Gympie girl Emma Dakin married Jeremy Ison on Saturday, August 27, there was no way she could have been a runaway bride.
After breaking her ankle on the way to her hen's party weekend, Emma was determined to enjoy her hen's night and to tie the knot regardless of the cobalt blue cast and hired crutches.
The joke was, she said, she would have had the "something borrowed, something blue" when she hobbled down the isle.
Things didn't go to plan from the couple's engagement party which was to be held at the Jack Stokes Clubhouse.
January's torrential rain flooded the oval and they moved the celebration to higher ground.
Still, setting the wedding date for the Muster weekend seemed a good strategy. Statistically, it is one of the driest weekends on record - except for 2011.
Well, as they say, there is always an exception to the rule and that Saturday was the exception.
So with steady rain showing no sign of letting up another last minute venue change was on the cards, this time from the Lawson Rd garden to the showground's Pavilion.
The good news was Emma had been allowed to take off her cast a couple of weeks early.
"I was so happy - I got to wear two shoes," she chuckled. But not the high heels she had purchased specially. Flat sandals were called into service. "Mum hemmed my dress on the Wednesday before the wedding," she said.
At this point, Emma figured there was a lesson to be learnt.
"Usually I'm a bit of a stresser," she said, "but I was so relaxed - it tested me - nothing was going to ruin my wedding day." And nothing did.
To the strains of John Michael Montgomery's I Can Love You Like That, Emma and Jeremy tied the knot.
"The highlight for me was seeing Jeremy's face when I walked down the aisle," she said. "He said to me, we'll have to renew our vows so we can do it all again."
And when they do, Emma intends on wearing those high heels.