IT HAS been a long hard road for long-term couple Joanna Mison and Jeff Ashworth, yet years of challenges were put to rest when the couple tied the knot on the Easter weekend.
The new Mrs Ashworth says that despite 15 years of hardship, the loyalty of her husband has stood the test of time.
"It has been a tough 15 years, we have survived a lot more than most couples would," she said.
"Without going into too much detail, I was on the road to losing everything and he has stood by me through thick and thin."
At the turn of the century, a much younger and reckless Joanna and Jeff met while they were both on holidays.
Mr Ashworth, from Broome, was travelling around Australia when he met his now wife in Brisbane.
It was a chance meeting that would change their lives forever.
"I was very much a party girl and he was a family man," she said.
"It took me so long to realise that everything I was searching for was in front of me the entire time. He has always meant everything to me. I'm so happy to be his wife. Life is pretty good right now."
The years between meeting and marrying have not all been full of hardship, however, with five beautiful children joining their family.
With one from a previous relationship to add to the large brood, the Glen Eden home is full of their children, aged from 18 years to 21 months.
The now Mrs Ashworth says the highlight of her wedding day was being surrounded by her family, walking towards the love of her life.
With months of preparation under her belt, she also had a unique surprise for her husband.
"I sang as I walked down the aisle," she said.
"I hadn't sung in a very long time so it was a very special moment and I reached the end of the aisle and there were tears in Jeff's eyes."
Following an eventful courtship, Mr and Mrs Ashworth are looking forward to many years of simple and laidback married bliss ahead of them.
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