Sarah Brooks and Jesse Dyall celebrated their wedding at Moama's Tindarra Resort after winning a wedding competition.IVY WISE April 28, 2014 3:58am
Sarah Brooks and Jesse Dyall at their Moama sunset wedding. Photo: ZOWIE CRUMP/theartofzowiephotography.com
Sarah Brooks’ only wish for her wedding was for her gravely ill father to walk her down the aisle.
On Saturday, she got her wish.
The 22-year-old married her partner of four years, Jesse Dyall, 22, at a sunset ceremony in Moama overlooking the Murray River.
The newlyweds were the winners of an Echuca-Moama wedding package run by Moama’s Tindarra Resort.
The competition required couples to submit a 100-word story about their proposal.
Sarah and Jesse won a wedding ceremony, marquee reception with catering, bridal flowers, band, limousine, photography, hair styling and two night’s accommodation totalling $17,500.
‘‘My sister entered it for me,’’ Sarah said.
‘‘We weren’t planning on getting married for another two to three years, but because my dad is not well, we decided to move up the wedding.
‘‘My sister wrote a beautiful letter (to Rosie George at Tindarra) that we were not financially able to plan a wedding and due to our dad being unwell, all she wanted was for her sister to have her dad walk her down the aisle.’’
Only finding out they had won three weeks ago, Sarah said time had gone fast.
‘‘The past three weeks have been a real mix of emotions,’’ she said.
‘‘When planning a wedding over a year, you go through the stages. Ours has been very compact, but still amazing.
‘‘I’ve been happy and sad, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.’’
Sarah’s father Alan has been battling cancer for about two years and is in Kilmore hospital confined to a wheelchair.
Speaking to the Riv on Friday, an emotional Sarah said her parents would arrive that night, in time for the wedding the following day.
‘‘He will be wheelchaired down the aisle with me and I have chosen to wear a veil so he can pull it over my head,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m really close with my dad. I don’t know if I would want to do this without him, so I’m just so thankful for this opportunity.
‘‘I don’t care if anything goes wrong. As long as I have my dad standing next to me, nothing will faze me because he is there.’’
But Sarah did not have anything to worry about because almost everything had been organised, from the flowers, make-up, hair, marquee and wedding cars down to her stunning Silvana Tedesco-loaned gown.
The only things the couple had to organise were the rings, bridal party outfits and their guests.
‘‘Some of my family are coming over from New Zealand, which is where I was born, and the rest will be family and close friends,’’ Sarah said.
‘‘All up, we’ll be about 48 people and in the circumstances, an intimate wedding will be perfect.’’
Jesse said all that mattered to him was Sarah’s happiness.
‘‘Watching Sarah and her dad together,’’ he said. ‘‘I didn’t think I’d get to see that.’’
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