Wedding plan washed up
THE mathematics of love has created some amazing equations in the life of Gympie flood bride Tiarna Smerdon.
Tiarna and her fiance Jonathan McKee will be married today.
They were to wed in the normally picturesque setting of Madill Park on Gympie's Southside.
They had planned a quiet ceremony with their children, closest family, witnesses and celebrant.
But the park looked more like a scene from a Halloween episode of the Simpsons this week, with the flooded Mary River leaving the lawns and trees covered in a thick layer of rancid mud and debris.
It was not the place for anyone wearing white, much less a blushing bride.
Tiarna and Jonathan's marriage celebrant, Michelle Gadd, put out an SOS on Facebook this week.
Could anyone suggest an alternative venue for the happy couple?
The suggestions rolled in, but the couple eventually decided to accept the offer of Michelle's mum to hold the wedding in the garden of her Gympie home.
Tiarna is disappointed to miss out on Madill Park, which is located near her parent's home and which she often passes on her daily walks, but is grateful to have a venue.
She and Jonathan became engaged two years ago, on January 1, 2011 (01/01/11).
They were to be married on January 1, this year, but opted for February 1, so Tiarna could get the hairdresser she wanted.
She and Jonathan share the same birthday, February 21, and have five children between them, including two sets of twins.
Only one member of their family, their nine-year-old daughter, gets her birthday all to herself.