How love conquered dark times for Toowoomba couple
FOR Jack and Courtney Baldwin (ne Krause) getting married last Thursday, despite tough new restrictions on weddings being introduced just days before, was a no-brainer.
"With everything else going on, we needed something happy to happen for us," Courtney said.
"We don't know how long this is all going to go on for, it might take another six months, we just wanted to get married."
Last week the Federal Government introduced restrictions limiting wedding ceremonies to just five people, the couple, the celebrant and two witnesses, with everyone having to maintain social distancing rules.
The couple had to can their original 50-strong guestlist and reception, for now, but kept the wedding at Preston Peak Winery.
"It was a really fun day, even with everyone standing 1.5m apart," Courtney said.
"We were all making jokes, the celebrant was telling the noisy crowd to be quiet and for people to switch their phone off … we were putting humour into it."
Jack said the couple had to cancel their original honeymoon plans because of travel restrictions, but were now planning on travelling to New Zealand next year once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
"We'll also have a vow renewal ceremony followed by the reception," he said.
"Dad still wants to walk me down the aisle, whether it's the real wedding or not," Courtney said.
With only five people allowed at the ceremony in total, the couple turned to photographer Kat Cherry to act as a witness, as well as the snapper.
"It was such a special wedding," Ms Cherry said.
"I've never been a witness at a wedding before."
A close family friend was the other witness.
For celebrant Debbie Joy it was one of the most unique weddings she had ever proceeded over.
"It was very reaffirmative that love conquers all," she said.
All Perfectly Planned donated styling for the wedding.