Heywood couple Madison and Mitchell Benbow had already postponed their wedding once due to COVID, and leading up to Friday's nuptials they considered delaying again because so many things were going wrong.
But despite a string of illnesses and accidents they decided to go ahead anyway, even though they had to make sure celebrations were over before midnight so they could comply with the new rules which plunged the entire state into a snap five-day lockdown.
In fact, the bridesmaids had tried to keep news of the "circuit-breaker" lockdown from Madison so she could enjoy her special day but her new husband revealed the news during a last-minute phone call on the way to the ceremony.
About half an hour before the Winslow ceremony was about to begin, Madison called Mitchell to find out if it was raining.
"We were getting ready here Friday and I didn't know anything about the lockdown. Pretty much my whole household knew but I didn't know," she said.
"He told me we were going into five-day lockdown and I was like 'what?'," she said.
"We had a beautiful day, beautiful night and now we are in lockdown."
The couple was initially supposed to get married on November 14 but with borders still shut and family stuck interstate, four weeks out they decided to postpone.
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After messaging all the vendors, they came back with the date of 12/02/2021 - a palindrome date meaning it is the same when read backwards.
When Madison realised it was a Friday she thought: "Who gets married on a Friday?" Having already paid for everything they decided to just lock in the date, and everything was running smoothly until the week before the wedding.
On the Friday before, their two-year-old daughter Odie woke up with gastro - something she'd picked up from the one day of daycare she goes to.
Two days later both Madison and Mitchell came down with it.
That same weekend their best man had a motorbike accident and needed emergency plastic surgery.
That same day Mitchell's father became unwell and had to be hospitalised in Geelong. By Monday they were tossing up whether to postpone the nuptials again.
They arranged for the groom's father, with the help of medical staff, to watch a livestream of the wedding from his hospital bed on the big day.
"We got married and it was a perfect day and night and then, mic drop, at 11.59pm at the end of the week was lockdown," she said.
And now the groom's sister, who they delayed the first wedding for so she could be there, is now back in Adelaide where she has to undergo 14 days of quarantine.
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