Visiting Canadian stops by and falls in love
ISABEL Diaz came to Australia for a working holiday and a year later she was married to her one and only Noel Bull.
Mrs Bull, who is from Canada, tied the knot with Noel on Saturday, November 15 at Palm Point at Gladstone Marina.
The couple were married in front of a small group of 20 family and friends with the event all the more special for the 32-year-old.
"My mother came all the way from home for the wedding," she said.
"Mum said she never thought she would come to Australia for her daughter's wedding in Gladstone."
Mrs Bull's mum walked her daughter down the aisle and also made her flower arrangements which were white and lilac.
"I wore a white dress with lace on the top," Mrs Bull said.
"Noel was very comfortable. He was wearing tennis shoes."
The reception was held at the Harvey Road Tavern. Friends and family mingled into the evening.
Mrs Bull was travelling the east coast of Australia when she stopped in Gladstone last year.
She worked at the Rocky Glen Hotel where she met Noel on her very first shift.
"We just started talking and then we went out," she said.
"His sister had a barbecue and she was persistent in me going, but I didn't realise it was Noel who wanted me to come."
Mrs Bull had to return home to the Dominican Republic as her visa had run out, but it wasn't the end for the couple.
"He proposed to me over the phone when I was in Canada," she said.
"We still wanted to be together and so I came back in July this year. I was meant to marry him.
"I never planned on meeting anyone actually."
Mrs Bull said it was a lovely wedding that she will remember forever. Judy Whicker was the marriage celebrant.
"I was very nervous. When we were doing the ring ceremony I went to put the ring on the other hand and Judy said it was the wrong one," she laughed.
Mrs Bull, who did graphic design work in Canada, loves Gladstone and plans to apply for a visa to stay in the city.