LAUREN and Zac Jackson (pictured) wear their hearts on their sleeves — and keep their saddles on their horses.
So when the Seymour couple married in Tallarook it seemed a given that their trusty steeds would share the occasion.
An occasion that also coincided with the storms of biblical proportions forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology for the weekend of December 2 and 3.
But Mr and Mrs Jackson weren’t going to let anything rain on their parade and incredibly, on what was the wettest day of the year (and of most years), Lauren, Zac and 140 surprisingly dry guests got through the ceremony with barely a drop falling on them.
You could not have asked for a more rustic setting, on the banks of the Goulburn. It was so in keeping with the country lifestyle of the couple.
‘‘I thought we were going to be rained out because on the Friday all the paddocks and the garden were under water,’’ Lauren said. ‘‘We were putting the marquee up and there was a little river running right through it. We thought it was going to be a disaster.’’
They were never going to pull the pin, however, deciding instead that everyone could wear gumboots or ditch shoes altogether if the river flooded.
But just before the clock struck two, the rain eased and Lauren was able to ride her trusty steed, a stock horse stallion named Dennys Acres, down the aisle without an umbrella.
The happy couple reckoned Zac’s late grandmother, Shirley, who died just four days before the wedding, might have had a hand in their good fortune.
‘‘We reckon grandma was up there looking after us,’’ Lauren said.
She said despite the dire weather predictions and a somewhat soggy garden ceremony, ‘‘it was the best day of our lives’’.
The 24-year-old dental nurse and personal trainer said she started riding at her Gippsland home when she was eight and Zac, 27, who runs an engineering business in Shepparton, making horse floats and trucks, has been doing it even longer.
‘‘Horses and camp drafting are so much a part of our lives it would not have been right to have our wedding without involving our horses,’’ Lauren said.
As soon as the service was over the guests got to kick back and watch Lauren put Dennys Acres through its paces (above) in an adjoining paddock, complete with cattle, for some of the most original wedding pictures.
Once their fairytale occasion was over the horses were put back in their own paddocks, the guests all went home and the happy couple were back at work on the Monday.
And they lived happily ever after (so did the horses).
—with Alexandra Laskie,
The Weekly Times