For most couples, the morning of their wedding is spent getting ready with family and friends as they prepare to walk down the aisle.
But for Lucy Hutchings and Jeremy Parton, what was supposed to be the most important day of their lives took a turn as an uncontrollable bushfire surrounded their NSW wedding venue.
The couple had planned to get married at Lucy’s family farm in Old Bar on Saturday, but were forced to evacuate and find somewhere else to say “I do”.
“We all sprinted across down to the beach, we couldn’t see in front of us because of the smoke, everyone was yelling and screaming,” Lucy told 9News.
“There were just flames everywhere and at that stage didn’t think we would get married,” Lucy said.
Undeterred, the couple found a new ocean front venue away from the blaze but received another blow when they found out the celebrant, photographer, caterer, hair and make-up stylists and the majority of their guests were unable to get to them.
“I just wanted to get married to him, that was all that mattered,” Lucy said.
However, the celebrant refused to let anything stand in the way of true love and he and the photographer hopped in a row boat and made their way to the new venue.
As the smoke cleared and the sun shined down on the couple, 80 of the 180 invited guests watched Lucy and Jeremy say their vows.
Catering was unable to reach the new venue, but the drinks arrived so there was plenty of flowing champagne when it came time to toast the new couple.
Mr and Mrs Parton were all smiles the next morning as they spoke to The Today Show, revealing they plan to spend their honeymoon in the Old Bar area.
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