Dad remembered on couple’s special day
AUGUST 22 will always be a special day for Matt and Stephanie McKenzie - not only because it was the day of their third anniversary, but because it was the day they became man and wife.
Mrs McKenzie fondly remembers the day her soon-to-be husband asked the big question.
"I was in a mood doing housework and I came in from the clothesline and my four-year-old daughter said 'Mummy I have to ask you something?'," she said.
"So I asked 'what'? and she said 'ummmm What would you say if Matt asked you to marry him?', meanwhile he slid into the room and I said to my daughter 'I would say yes. Why?'"
Then Matt cut in and got down on one knee and said 'well in that case, Stephanie, will you marry me?' and pulled a ring out of his pocket."
Mrs McKenzie said she didn't hesitate for a minute.
"I said yes before he finished the question," she said.
She said the wedding all went smoothly.
"I don't think we had any mishaps, just issues with not wanting to spend too much money but we got over those by settling with what we already had which was good enough because we just happy to get married and have our families there," she said.
The day was also a special time for Mrs McKenzie to remember her late dad, Chris Cormack.
"The most memorable moment of the day for me was the grip my brother had me in as he walked me down the aisle," she said.
"We lost my dad last year so it was very hard to go through the big day without him, but I wouldn't have anyone else fill his shoes and do the job in his place.
"My brother wore dad's suit and tie and at one point as we walked down the aisle, I didn't think he was going to let me go.
"Then when we reached the end he had to present me to the priest on behalf of our dad and that really brought on the emotions for everyone in the church.
"I also had locket with a photo of my dad around my bouquet."
The happy bride said it was hard to choose the funniest moment of the special day, but there were many.
"The funniest moment of the day would be that my groom was late to the church," she said.
"Apparently I actually got there before him and had to wait in our cars to go in.
"The only thing I was worried about was getting in and out so the next wedding could start on time."
She said they were yet to celebrate their honeymoon, but the plan was in place.
"We haven't had our honeymoon yet, but we are heading off on a seven-night cruise in the first week of December, kid-free I might add," she smiled.
Mrs McKenzie, who was engaged for 13 months before the big day, said it was important to remember that money wasn't everything when it came to tying the knot.
"My advice to anyone planning a wedding is don't spend the money if you don't have to," she said.
"Paying hundreds of dollars for invitations that are only going to be thrown out by most people is just silly.
"Choose where your money goes wisely."
The wedding party enjoyed a beautiful lilac and white colour scheme.
At the end of the day, Mrs McKenzie said the day was all about family.
"I think the most special part of the day was that my five siblings, their partners and all their children were there," she said.
"Although I didn't get to spend much time with them all, it meant the world to me to have them all in one place at one time because it very rarely happens."