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M&Ms provide a sweet theme for wedding

DREAM WEDDING: Mark and Miranda Gallaghan on their wedding day at the Sunshine Coast.
DREAM WEDDING: Mark and Miranda Gallaghan on their wedding day at the Sunshine Coast. Nicola Brander Photography

A WEDDING cake decorated with colourful M&M confectionery was the perfect personal touch for Mark and Miranda Gallaghan's special day, when they were married at a modest ceremony on May 17.

Known as M&M to family and friends, the nickname inspired not only the double decker chocolate cake, but also the wedding gifts, with three guests presenting the couple with M&M money boxes to start their married life.

Mr and Mrs Gallaghan moved to Gladstone six months ago, bringing Mr Gallaghan back to the place where he was born.

A diesel fitter by trade, the groom grew up in Western Australia before moving to the Sunshine Coast, where he met his future bride through a mutual friend in 2008.

The pair was married at Mudjimba Beach on the Sunshine Coast on their sixth year anniversary.

"I always dreamed about having a wedding on the beach because it's where I grew up," Mrs Gallaghan said.

"It was a bit overcast but it cleared up by the time we got married at 3pm. I was stressing out a bit.

"We had a back-up option but I didn't want to go there. I really wanted a beach wedding."

The couple's 50 guests travelled from Gladstone, Melbourne and Western Australia to attend the ceremony.

Mrs Gallaghan (nee Osborne) said one of the highlights of the day was trying to get into their wedding car - a two door Mustang - while wearing her puffy princess-style dress.

The couple chose Christina Perri's 1000 Years as the backing track to their first dance as a married couple.

A 10-day honeymoon in Vanuatu capped off the celebrations, which the couple had been planning since becoming engaged.

"It was great there, people were really friendly. The culture is really different," Mrs Gallaghan said.

"We sort of started planning since he proposed, which was four years ago, doing little pieces at a time."

The newlywed said that married life didn't feel all that different, but making it official has brought them closer together.

Mrs Gallaghan is one of the entrants in The Observer's Bride of the Year competition.

Topics:  gladstone, milestones, sunshine coast, weddings




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