Pregnant bride-to-be stranded by floods on wedding day

Nadine Carroll
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Engaged couple, Kate Fotheringham and Wayne Bell, decided to stick with tradition and spend the night before their wedding apart.

However, neither of them expected a deluge of rain to fall overnight, leaving the pregnant bride trapped in floodwaters.

Ms Fotheringham spent Friday night at her parents property just inland from Taree, NSW, where 250 millimetres of rain fell the night before her big day.

The former journalist was determined to walk dow the aisle and wasn't going to let a little bad weather get in the way of saying 'I do', so she put out a call for help on Twitter.

Pregnant bride to be, Kate Fotheringham
Pregnant bride to be, Kate Fotheringham (right), woke on her wedding day to find out she was trapped by floodwaters on her parents property in Taree (left). Source: 9News

"Help me!!! It’s my wedding day and we’re flooded in! We need help to get to Wingham over the flooded creek. Anyone know someone willing to help?" she wrote online.

Looking around at her parents property, Ms Fotheringham said the rain looked "beautiful, just not on your wedding day."

Affinity Helicopters answered the call for help and arrived to take the bride to the venue at the nearby showgrounds in Wingham.

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As the chopper landed, Ms Fotheringham noticed the name of the helicopter and said it was "meant to be".

"It's the Belle 427 and I'm marrying Wayne Bell," she said wile smiling.

Ms Fotheringham clutched her wedding gown as the pilot flew her and her parents over the flooded Dingo Creek and to the church.

Kate Fotheringham and Wayne Bel at their wedding
Kate Fotheringham and Wayne Bell finally got to say 'I do'.Source: 9News

The bride arrived just in time for her dad, who had recently recovered from a broken spine and two broken legs, to walk her down the aisle.

After a very wet start to the day, the couple were finally pronounced husband and wife on Saturday.

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