Worth the wait
Megan Turner and Luke McMahon
Scenes from Megan Turner and Luke McMahon's wedding.
MEGAN TURNER and LUKE MCMAHON
Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens, Riverine Club
They met at the local pub in Wagga Wagga, but Luke quickly had to return to remote WA, where he worked in the mines. They swapped numbers and promised to keep in touch.
Over the phone, their friendship flourished and when Luke made trips home, their romance too. Eventually, the distance and time between visits became too much, so Luke quit his job and returned home for good.
"We love that we have each found our soul mate," Megan says. "We look out for each other and each other's happiness. We have enjoyed many good times already and are excited for a future together."
Always up for an adventure, they went camping on the coast for the Christmas holidays and for a couple of the nights, treated themselves to a plush hotel.
A 'fantastic' Christmas day was spent bike riding, eating "yummy" food and lazing on the beach. It was topped off with a visit to the fun fair. When she thought it couldn't get any better, Luke then took Megan by "complete surprise" and popped the question with a "gorgeous" ring. She was shocked to discover he had planned the whole thing.
"I swore a bit, but said yes!" she recalls. "We celebrated with bubbly and called our families and friends to break the good news."
With most of Wagga evacuated after a week of flooding, they weren't sure whether the wedding would go ahead.
But, luck was on their side and just three days before the wedding, the rain stopped, the river level dropped and the CBD, airport, and roads into the city were reopened.
Their 80 guests travelled from all around Australia to help them celebrate in a casual, cocktail ceremony. The garden setting was decorated with freshly picked peach David Austen roses, lisianthus, daisies, berries and candles.
"The day of the wedding was gorgeous," Megan says. "And after such a stressful week, it was great to have such a fun party atmosphere, lots of drinks, dancing and food."
A simple, strapless chiffon gown by Paco and purchased from Brides of Wagga Wagga.
The cake, decorated with ribbon and fresh flowers, was made by one of Megan's old school friends, Nicola Woolford. One layer was chocolate mud and the other was lemon, white chocolate mud.
The photographs were taken by Carmen Coggan Photography
They spent 10 days in Ubud and Seminyak, Bali.