How a beehive almost ruined a couple’s wedding

An Ipswich couple’s big day has nearly been ruined by an army of 40,000 uninvited wedding guests.

A beehive, one of the largest ever seen in Queensland, threatened to spoil the pair’s ceremony 48 hours before walking down the aisle.

Paul Tully, a registered beekeeper for 55 years, described the bees as “angrier than Donald Trump on a good day”.

The giant hive contained 20kg of honey as well as being home to 40,000 bees. Source: 7News
The giant hive contained 20kg of honey as well as being home to 40,000 bees. Source: 7News

“Head to the lake and jump in,” he advised.

For bride Kerry Dunn, 50, respect for mother nature hadn’t diminished despite the looming threat her wedding may be jeopardised.

“We might just have to move given they were there first,” she said.

Experienced apiarist Paul Tully said it was the biggest he’d seen in his 55 year career. Source: 7News
Experienced apiarist Paul Tully said it was the biggest he’d seen in his 55 year career. Source: 7News
Thanks to Mr Tully, Kerry Dunn’s wedding was able to go ahead. Source: 7News
Thanks to Mr Tully, Kerry Dunn’s wedding was able to go ahead. Source: 7News

Thankfully, Mr Tully was able to remove the hive, complete with 20kg of honey, after successfully smoking them into submission.

With 27 bee-related deaths in Australia in 13 years, Mr Tully warned of the dangers of bees at open air public events.

“Weddings are a beacon for bees. They like scent – perfume, aftershave and especially fresh flowers,” he said.

Ms Dunn’s wedding will now go ahead, while the bees will be given a new home.

A share of the honey will also be given as a late wedding gift, making for a very sweet honeymoon.

Mr Tully will find a new home for the bees while giving some of the honey to the newlyweds-to-be. Source: 7News
Mr Tully will find a new home for the bees while giving some of the honey to the newlyweds-to-be. Source: 7News
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