Deniliquin police officer Steve Blackett says wearing his uniform for his wedding allowed him to mark his commitment to the NSW Police Force and his new wife Debra.By Cass Savellis
A groom does not usually stray too far from a traditional suit and tie, but Deniliquin Senior Constable Steve Blackett broke that tradition by getting married in his police uniform last Tuesday.
Steve and Debra Blackett were married in an afternoon ceremony at Waring Gardens, officiated by Barham Archdeacon and police chaplain David Bond, who was also in uniform.
This was a wedding that celebrated many triumphs, including Steve’s 25 years in the police force.
‘‘I wanted him to wear his uniform,’’ Debra said.
‘‘I love him in it and I’m so proud of him.’’
And while getting married on a Tuesday may seem odd for some, the date March 5 highlighted the couple’s four year anniversary and also the day that Steve proposed to Debra in 2010.
The couple were accompanied by best man Marty Oldham from Newcastle, bridesmaid Janelle Morgan of Portland and Debra’s son Luke as ring bearer.
The bride’s sewing skills were put to use, with Debra making her own dress.
‘‘I didn’t have a full length mirror when I got ready, so I was hoping it looked okay.’’ she said.
Around 60 guests attended the garden ceremony, which was followed by a reception at Steve and Debra’s house.
Family and friends travelled from as Moree and Queensland to attend.
‘‘We were very happy with the end result, it was a wonderful day,’’ Steve said.
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