It was Natalie Stendt and Dean Cullen’s little boy who played the most special role in their wedding day.
Eight-month-old Archie fell ill two days before, with his parents unsure whether the day would go ahead or if their son could join them as they started their new life together.
“Our pre-wedding plans changed very quickly – nothing was more important than Archie,” Natalie says.
Family, friends and hospital staff banded together in support. The pair’s grandmothers and Natalie’s mum stayed in hospital with Archie the night before the wedding while Natalie and Dean tried to relax and prepare.
The good news came just before 9am on the morning of their special day – Archie was coming
home on day leave.
“I got off the phone and yelled ‘My boy is coming home and I’m getting married!’” Natalie says.
“There was no mirror watching when I was getting my hair done – we instead turned the chair to watch my little boy play on the floor.”
With their son in tow, the couple tied the knot at the Holy Trinity Barrabool Hills in Ceres, where Dean got to see Archie for the first time since he was discharged.
“It was a magical moment for us and was captured perfectly by our photographer, Nikole,” she says.
Their reception followed at Truffleduck, where the couple got to enjoy themselves with their 125
loved ones who had offered so much love and support throughout the tough week.
“After this incredibly emotional experience, my advice for other brides is to let the love from your
family and close friends make your wedding day, because they are the ones who will always be there for you,” she says. MADE IT HAPPEN
Ceremony: Holy Trinity Barrabool Hills
Reception: Truffleduck
Catering: Truffleduck
Photography: Nikole Ramsay Photographer
Gown: Mariana Hardwick
Shoes: Novat Shoes
Headwear: Mariana Hardwick
Hair: Tracey Clarke Hair & Make-up Concepts
Make-up: Blush Makeup Artistry
Cake: Sweet Designs by Claire
Flowers: Georgie Stanton Flowers
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Swish Clothing
Suits: Eddy Elias Menswear
Rings: Charles Rose
Transport: Affinity Limousines
Entertainment: Hypnotic Army
Stationery: A lovely mixed bag and Nicole Nicholls
Honeymoon: Apollo Bay