BIG DAY: Blossom Anyimba-Cooley with her bridesmaids at Fairmont Resort, Leura, before her wedding.
BIG DAY: Blossom Anyimba-Cooley with her bridesmaids at Fairmont Resort, Leura, before her wedding. Rays Photography

Day blows bride away

WITH little help or input from me, my new bride Blossom Anyimba-Cooley said her wedding was a dream come true despite having to suffer through freezing conditions at the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

I interviewed my wife about our day.

With ferocious winds whipping up dresses and cutting to the core, the-soon-to-be wife had to make the call on the morning of her wedding about whether to go through with plans to hold the wedding outside.

Although the sun was shining, the wind peaked at a chilly 50kmh during the morning before easing to 40kmh by the time the wedding ceremony began.

"With three months to my wedding day I was giving weather updates to my bridesmaids but on the actual day the weather was ridiculous,” she said.

"The day before it was foggy, rainy and really cold.

"I really wanted to have the ceremony outside and so I made the decision to stay outside even though it was freezing. My veil came off and the wedding papers flew about.”

Having moved to Gladstone six months before her wedding to be with me, Mrs Anyimba-Cooley spent the entire time calling people in Sydney to arrange the wedding, which she said was scary.

LOCKED IN: Groomsmen lend their support.
LOCKED IN: Groomsmen lend their support. Declan Cooley

"I had friends helping out with cake makers and hair and make-up ... But it was difficult because we came back one week before the wedding (and I wasn't sure) if those plans I'd made over the phone were going to work,” she said.

"I spent that week before the wedding making sure I met with the florist, the MC, the venue and confirming the guest list.

"I didn't get much help from my groom but my husband was useful for bouncing ideas off ...but it was the most amazing day of my life,” she said.



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