Surprise as couple marries at engagement party
GUESTS were treated to a huge surprise on October 4, when they gathered to celebrate an engagement and were instead treated to a wedding.
Tia-Jane Ward and James McCafferty had secretly planned their nuptials in only four weeks, spontaneously deciding to turn their engagement into a double celebration.
"We wanted to something different, and I think we pulled it off," bride Tia-Jane said.
"Everyone was so surprised. My highlight of the day was definitely seeing everyone's faces as we walked in."
Sixty guests flocked to the marquee at the Calliope Comfort Inn to unknowingly witness a commitment of love.
The location was close to the home of the born and bred Gladstone pair, who said they wanted a wedding that reflected their personalities - carefree and easygoing.
"We only had four weeks to get everything organised, but it was a lot easier than it sounds," said the new Mrs McCafferty.
"We have been dating for five-and-a-half years so married life is pretty much the same."
The young loved up couple was joined by their two children Eamon, 3 and Scarlett, 11 months, on their big day, playing pageboy and flowergirl respectively.
Mrs McCafferty said including their children in the wedding was a special touch, although little Scarlett slept during much of the celebration.