FAMILY SURPRISE: Sam and Matt Merritt photographed at Tondoon Botanic Gardens by Kirtsen Cunningham before their surprise wedding.
FAMILY SURPRISE: Sam and Matt Merritt photographed at Tondoon Botanic Gardens by Kirtsen Cunningham before their surprise wedding. Kirsten Cunningham Photography

Couple throws surprise wedding, forgets usual fuss

IF THERE were such a thing as a carefree wedding Sam and Matt Merritt's last Saturday was it.

Their wedding guests were invited to an engagement party at the Harvey Road Tavern, but they were quickly whisked away to Little Creek to enjoy a wedding.

Some guests had wised up because of the 3pm arrival time, but many had no idea.

"The immediate family knew about the wedding, but that was it," the new Mrs Merritt said.

As for her friends, they weren't too disappointed to miss out on the hens' and bucks' nights because they will be having them after the wedding.

"We do everything backwards; they weren't upset they were all excited for a wedding," she said.

After the wedding, which was "nice and quick, full of laughs and some secret tears" from her mum and dad, they headed back to the tavern for a cocktail reception.

"We had a photo booth, a duo singing live," she said.

"It was a really good night and really casual.

"We have about 60 guests so it was a nice and intimate wedding."

The couple has been together for seven years and engaged for one year before tying the knot.

They met in Year 12 when they were both playing at the State Classics in basketball.

"He's stuck with me now," she said.



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