Bride and groom Kerry and Reg Rayner with a replica of the cannon.
Bride and groom Kerry and Reg Rayner with a replica of the cannon. ROB BARICH

Wedded bliss to start new year

REG and Kerry Rayner knew their wedding was going to be special — but they added an extra touch of difference by holding their nuptials on New Year’s Eve with a full military-style ceremony at the Naval Cadet base in Burnett Heads.

“I was a cadet in high school and have been instructing for 11 years and been the commanding officer for seven years,” Mrs Rayner explained.

Mr Rayner has also been involved with the Naval Cadets for the past 10 years.

The groom said the idea for a military ceremony came from some of the Naval Cadets at TS Bundaberg in Burnett Heads.

“The cadets themselves wanted to do something for us and asked to do an honour guard,” he said.

A full miltary ceremony involves an honour guard, the groom wearing a full dress uniform and the cake cutting with a ceremonial sword.

Mr Rayner said he found a full military ceremony to be the best for him.

“The significance to me is that I’m marrying the lady I love and I love the military, so I get to combine the two,” he said.

With the couple for the day was a one-third scale replica of the cannon that Mr Rayner and the Naval Cadets restored before the Australian Defence Force Academy requested to permanently borrow the piece in October last year.

The couple’s love of the cadets has even delayed their sailing honeymoon to Fraser Island.

“We ran out of time to get the boat ready because we had to put it off for a cadet camp,” Mr Rayner said.



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