"It's my wedding day and we're flooded" - twitter message makes their dream come true despite floods

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 - 18:00

Nothing is impossible when in love...not blocked roads or floods...the couple that braved the floods to their wedding, stranded but not without hope.  "I made it to the church and married the love of my life!" she wrote on Twitter, sharing a picture that has now gone viral.

Kate Fotheringham had promised her fiance she would not be late to their wedding, but what she did not account for while making that promise was a 250 mm of rain falling overnight and leading to catastrophic floods along Australia's populous east coast.

On Saturday morning, Kate woke up to see that rising floodwater had her trapped inside her parents' home just outside the town of Wingham in New South Wales.

It became clear very quickly that the bride-to-be would not be able to reach the wedding venue with floodwater rising around her. Determined not to let the natural disaster ruin her wedding, Kate, a former journalist, asked for help on Twitter.

"It's my wedding day and we're flooded in! We need help to get to Wingham over the flooded creek. Anyone know someone willing to help?" she wrote.

"I did have a bit of a meltdown - a bit of a cry - and said this just wasn't funny anymore. This just sucks. Then I think I also said: we're just going to have to deal with this,'".

Luckily for her, help came in the form of an to airlift her to the wedding venue. A local TV station rang up and offered to rescue her via helicopter - something which the worried bride was only too happy to accept. Not long afterwards, a helicopter from a company called Affinity Helicopters reached her house.

Dressed in her wedding gown, the bride flew over the flooded creek and managed to land in Wingham. "Wayne rang and said you have to be ready in 50 minutes," she said, referring to her fiance, Wayne Bell. "We were waiting out the front for the helicopter. We took off and flew less than 5km and Justin, the pilot, dropped us off in the circle of Wingham Showground."

Although she arrived safely, there were other complications in store for Kate. Due to the severe flooding, her caterer, makeup artist and wedding singer were all stuck in different areas.

Miraculously enough, another catering company, which could not make it to another wedding, offered to cater theirs. The wedding party did their own makeup and in the end, Kate Fotheringham arrived at the ceremony only 15 minutes late.

As the chopper landed, Kate noticed the name of the helicopter and said it was "meant to be".

"It's the Belle 427 and I'm marrying Wayne Bell," she said smiling.

The former journalist was determined to walk down the aisle and wasn't going to let bad weather get in the way of saying 'I do', so she put out a call for help on Twitter.

"Help me!!! It’s my wedding day and we’re flooded in! We need help to get to Wingham over the flooded creek. Anyone know someone willing to help?" she wrote online.

Looking around at her parents property, Ms Fotheringham said the rain looked "beautiful, just not on your wedding day."

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Kate Fotheringham and Wayne Bel at their wedding