Best friends marry after forbidden love aboard HMAS ship
IT WAS forbidden love when Renee and Ethan Ward first met over six years ago aboard one of the vessels based at HMAS Cairns.
In the same crew, the two became fast friends and after a year of working together called each other their best friends.
But Ethan finally confessed his true feelings for Renee.
"Aboard the ship, it's really hard to have a relationship," Renee said.
"It's just not allowed. But luckily for us soon after I was shipped off to another crew - and we could finally be together."
The pair have followed in each other's footsteps again and now both work as process technicians at the Boyne Smelter.
On Saturday, September 26, Renee and Ethan exchanged vows at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens.
"I still remember when he first asked me," Renee said.
"We were taking our dogs for their daily walk down to the Calliope River, I climbed up to a taller rock and he was below me.
"All of a sudden he was looking up at me and said 'hey babe, let's get married,' and less than a year later we did exactly that."
The Wards spent a luxurious 10 days in Vietnam, experiencing the culture diversity, food and all of the cocktails they could possibly drink.
"The whole experience was just unreal," Renee said.
"The ceremony, the honeymoon and being a wife.
"I still haven't gotten used to having his last name, but I love it."
Although the Wards already have two fur babies, Renee said having children was definitely on the cards.
"We really want kids," she said.
"So much so we are already trying for kids.
"Ethan will make a great dad. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us."