Bundy bride walks down the aisle come hell or flood water

HERE COMES THE BRIDE: Bride Casey Franks and her son Tyler Leather with groom Steven Fletcher are excited about their wedding today thanks to their community who pitched in to get their wedding happening after the venue and reception location was flooded. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
HERE COMES THE BRIDE: Bride Casey Franks and her son Tyler Leather with groom Steven Fletcher are excited about their wedding today thanks to their community who pitched in to get their wedding happening after the venue and reception location was flooded. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

A BUNDABERG bride will walk down the aisle today despite the devastating floods doing everything possible to wash away her fairytale Valentine's Day dream.

As bride-to-be Casey Franks helped clean up the East Sports Club after the floods, she realised the waterlogged reception venue would never be ready in time to host her special day.

The raging floodwaters also caused substantial damage to the Botanic Gardens, where she and her groom Steven Fletcher were to tie the knot.

But community spirit and the generosity of strangers has helped get her wedding plans back on track.

And today Ms Franks and Mr Fletcher will marry in the community gardens at The Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre.

"I had everything all organised and then the floods destroyed the botanic gardens where we had the ceremony booked as well as the East Sports Club, where the reception was meant to be," she said.

"I really didn't think it would be able to go ahead when I saw how badly everything was damaged.

"My dreams were shattered."

But when Ms Franks sister mentioned the couple's situation to her boss in Gladstone, a generous donation of $1000 was the start of something very special - and numerous businesses began pitching in to help make their dream a reality.

Younique Pathways in Gladstone were the first to lend a hand and the money allowed Ms Franks to purchase a new wedding dress after it was also destroyed in the floods.

"My wedding dress was at a dressmaker's house in North Bundaberg," she said.

Ms Franks said from there the community spirit snowballed as more people offered to help.

"The Met Hotel donated the venue for the reception and the Tom Quinn Community Centre allowed us to use their garden for the ceremony at short notice," she said.

"Usually you have to give a month's notice but given the circumstances they said they were more than happy to help out.

"Picture Perfect also offered to help organise all the decorations free of charge."

Ms Franks said she has been overwhelmed by the generosity.

"The whole thing has been like a fairytale - I just can't believe it," she said.

"The wedding is going to be so fantastic and we'll have so much fun.

"This has been the best gift I could imagine."

Mr Fletcher is also blown away by the support from the community.

"I didn't know people could be so generous," he said.

"I really didn't think it was going to happen and it wouldn't have without everyone's help.

"It's been such a great surprise."

Topics:  bundaberg floods editors picks valentine's day weddings

Meet ABC Kids star at Sugarland

WHAT A HOOT: The star of ABC Kids TV show Giggle & Hoot will be outside Woolworths at Sugarland Shoppingtown from 11am-2pm tomorrow.

Giggle & Hoot appearing at shopping centre

Sugar mill smashes 120-year record

RECORDS SMASHED: Danny Fewquandie, who retired from work at the Isis Sugar Mill earlier this year, said the amount of cane processed at the mill was growing every year.

Isis Mill hit its highest weekly throughput in the company's history

Local Partners

A Bundy West prep teacher prepares to bid farewell

BUNDABERG West Prep teacher Heather Robinson is an icon who will be sadly missed as she retires at the end of this year.

Foot stomping, eclectic gig coming to Bucca

GIG: 8 Ball Aitken will play at Bucca Hotel this weekend.

Blues artist plays at Bucca Hotel

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Queensland's oldest pipe band needs your support

ALL THINGS CELTIC: The Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band is coming to the Moncrieff.

"Keep Bundaberg's Scottish band entertaining for many more years”

Mariah Carey and James Packer discussing relationship

Mariah Carey and James Packer are discussing how to work things out

January Jones: Take time away from your phone

January Jones needs time away from her phone

Mel C won't return to Spice Girls for daughter

MEL C is adamant she won't reunite with the Spice Girls

60's British rock legends to return to Australia

The Troggs will play a string of dates across Australia in November.  Photo Contributed

We all remember 'Wild Thing' and now you can hear it live.

Depp jumps ship from agency of 25 years

Johnny Depp has signed to CAA after 25 years with the United

Orlando Bloom 'buried' Katy Perry in birthday flowers

Orlando Bloom "buried" Katy Perry in flowers for her birthday

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Drop in rental vacancies for Bundaberg

ALL OVER: The decline was across the state.

Encouraging signs for market

6 houses in Gympie under $200,000

$170, 000, 9 Norman St, Gympie

These Gympie houses are perfect for investors or first home-buyers

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!