AFTER watching the lightning hit the waves in the morning, bride Katrina McKeown was delighted to see the storm subside for her afternoon wedding.
Married at the Millenium Esplanade at Tannum Sands with a reception following at Tannum Sand Lifesaving Club, guests travelled from near and far to witness the union.
The bride and groom Adam themselves travelled from Capella to their home town of Gladstone.
"It was an unbelievable day. Everything was just beautiful," said Mrs McKeown.
"Everyone just had a ball.
"It was a really great atmosphere."
Romance for the pair began when they were only 13-years-old, in what Mrs McKeown describes as a schoolyard crush.
Although a relationship did not transpire, the couple were reunited again two years later before Mrs McKeown moved away to Emerald.
It was third time lucky for Katrina and Adam, when they met again at age 20 in Emerald, and it was then they decided it was time to act on their attraction.
After dating for a decade and beginning a family together, a wedding date was set.
The couple's children Bridie, 8 and Keenan, 4 were involved in the ceremony, acting as flowergirl and pageboy.
A honeymoon to Palm Cove in far northern Queensland followed.
Mrs McKeown described this as absolutely magical.
The young family plan to move to Emerald shortly, back to where the romance all began.