Borders Closed

Grace and Todd

Saturday, 10 October 2019

The Romance

We actually met on the school bus. Little did we know we would end up together. We were only very young teenagers so there was no talking between us until I was 16 and Todd was 17. We started going to friends house parties on weekends and our love story began back then. To this day we’ve never been apart since. We had been together for over 4 years and bought our first home together. From then we knew we wanted to spend forever together.

Grace and Todd McInnes   Grace and Todd McInnes

The Proposal

We went for a weekend away to see our beautiful Nanna McInnes and went for a beach walk in Torquay. I had absolutely no idea it was about to happen and was trying to quickly get back to the car so we could do shopping. Todd stopped me by saying "Wait I’ve got to ask you something!" and I turned around to see him on one knee with a ring. I was very impressed as he had just had a knee reconstruction and still managed to get on one knee!

The Planning

Starting to plan our wedding was so much fun. We couldn’t really plan too much except book in the main things as we were getting married nearly two years after we got engaged. A year quickly flew and we were on full wedding planning when good old coronavirus came along. From there it was 6 months of changes, with numbers going up and down, allowed venues and then our hardest obstacle was when the borders shut. We were getting married at my parents house in NSW - literally a 5 minute drive from where we live. But the borders where shut and that reduced our numbers even more as only border residents could cross. We were very lucky to have the outcome we did after everything.

Grace and Todd McInnes   Grace and Todd McInnes

The Wedding Day

The day was beautiful about 25 degrees. The week of lour wedding saw all 4 seasons of rain, coldness, sun and wind. We were very lucky. I got ready at our house and Todd got ready at his parents. We didn’t see each other before the ceremony only when we had all arrived.

Grace and Todd McInnes   Grace and Todd McInnes

The Ceremony

I surprisingly felt great, no nerves from me. Todd was a little emotional which was nice. We had 50 guests of our closest friends and family who could make it with the border crossing restrictions. It was very intimate, relaxed and fun. Just the way we wanted it. The whole ceremony and reception was held at the same venue - my parents backyard on the Murray River.

Grace and Todd McInnes   Grace and Todd McInnes

The Reception

We had a big marquee with a beautiful grazing table, wood fire pizzas and beautiful desserts made by one of our aunties. We had Tony Haley perform the music which he did a fantastic job. It was so relaxed, carefree and everyone mixed in well with each other.

The Honeymoon

We unfortunately still haven’t gone on a holiday due to coronavirus. We do plan on going away, we would love to just get up to QLD when we can. Hopefully mid year we can get away.

Wedding Advice

Just get married. No matter what! Stick to your guns and do it the way you want to. Our wedding was very DIY type of thing. My sister Morgs and beautiful friend Emma, who were both in the bridal party, did our makeup, my other beautiful friend Nicole took our photos with help from her sister Jade as she was also in the bridal party and my new sister in law Lacey helped with all the decorations, and my beautiful mum did all the flowers and bouquets. Todd’s groomsman Tim was an extreme help as he was with Todd setting up for days in advance. We are very lucky to have such amazing friends and family in our lives.


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