UNBEKNOWN to Jenna Hately, her engagement ring was kept in a safe only metres from her work station in a Warrnambool bank for 12 months before partner Leigh Clark’s proposal.
It was at the same bank where the couple met when Jenna completed paperwork for Leigh’s farm purchase. It was not until later at the Panmure football club, where Jenna played netball, that they reconnected and became a couple.
After three years together, Leigh proposed on Cunningham Pier in Geelong in pouring rain while on their way home from Melbourne. He handed Jenna an envelope and asked her to open it. Inside was a box holding her stunning gold rose flower diamond engagement ring.
Jenna said gave they had plenty of time to organise their wedding.
Jenna wore an ivory gown with a sweetheart neckline, which featured beading and laced up at the back, falling into a full skirt and a train with detailed beading.
The Panmure couple was married on February 4 by Father Peter Mather at St James’ Anglican Church in Mortlake and held their reception at Glenormiston College.
With Jenna’s ideas, together with suggestions from Sue Swayn, the venue was decorated using small farm implements including an old window used as a seating chart and an old electric fence unit used as a wishing well for guest’s gifts.
Jenna said the reception highlight was the photo booth, where guests had fun taking happy snaps.
Memorable moments include the mobile hairdressers’ car getting bogged and being pulled out of a culvert by the bride’s dad. Another was when the best man tore his new suit climbing a windmill for a photo.
“There was so much laughter and there were tears of happiness, but it was over far too fast,” Jenna said.
The couple enjoyed a three-week honeymoon across Western Australia.
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