IT was a celebration of life and love on August 2 when Katrina McCutcheon and Anthony Bates were wed at Tondoon Botanic Gardens.
The union, in the making for five years, was unexpectedly rocked when the maid of honour and sister of the bride was admitted to hospital two weeks before the big day.
While the wedding day went ahead in the absence of Claire, receiving news that she was out of harm's way two days before the ceremony was cause for another round of celebrations.
"It was great news in time for the wedding," said the bride and now Mrs Bates.
"It was a perfect, perfect day."
Thirty-five guests, some from as far as Mossvale and Newcastle, were at the garden ceremony, before heading to the family home in Telina for the reception.
The joyous bride and groom were accompanied by their two young daughters Lexi 4, and Layla 2.
Claire's speedy recovery was the best wedding present the couple and their extended family received on the day.