Everything borrowed for happy couple's wedding
EVERYONE pitched in to help make Deborah Birch and David Noy's wedding day perfect.
They held the ceremony on David's brother's property, borrowed chairs from Yarwun State School and QRI Gladstone and had a family member bake the cake.
The marquees housing the 180 guests were borrowed from Golding Contractors and Ocean Tyres and the meat served for dinner came from a cow butchered by Deborah's cattle-farming parents.
The whole day cost about $4000, leaving more spending money for the couple's honeymoon in the UK.
"Everyone really wanted us to get married so they were happy to help," David said.
Since David met Deborah one night at the golf club while having dinner with his two daughters from his first marriage he has known he wanted to be with her.
But it took 15 years to finally pop the question. Now he can't believe he waited so long.
"She was the waitress who served us," David said.
"I thought she was absolutely beautiful and the girls thought she was a wonderful person.
"One of her friends set us up on a date. I was too shy to ask her myself."
For a long time David wasn't sure if he was ready to be married again until one night while sitting down and talking he suddenly said: "We should get married."
"She said yes and that was it. I feel fantastic. I should have done it 15 years ago. I am the happiest man in the world right now."
In August the newlyweds will head off on a bus tour of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England, places they've always dreamed of visiting.