Wedding bells toll after love wins through twists and turns
LIKE many of the couples at this year's Mary Vidler Bridal Expo, Tara Mills and Beau Valle have a story to tell.
It starts with high school sweethearts who decide to go their separate ways.
But after seven years apart, a failed engagement and a break-up, fate brought the pair back together.
"Beau's relationship split-up and my relationship split-up and we got back in contact with one another and it was all still there," Ms Mills said.
"Beau was engaged to someone else and I was with someone else, and fate brought us back together after seven years."
After two-and-one-half years back together, Mr Valle finally popped the question three weeks ago.
Surrounded by friends and family at the Charcoal Hotel in Casino to celebrate his birthday, Mr Valle got down on one knee to propose.
"My birthday was sort of the only time she wasn't expecting it," he said.
"I had a speech lined up and everything but I forgot it all."
The couple said they were planning on having a simple, country wedding early next year.
"It's all about love," Ms Mills said.
"It doesn't matter at the end of the day where you get married or what you wear, as long as you love the person that you're marrying."
Mary Vidler Bridal Gowns owner and manager Janelle Power said the bridal expo was a wonderful opportunity for couples to see what local stores have to offer for their big day.
"You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a beautiful wedding," she said.
"You can simplify everything and still have an amazing wedding.
"But it is always about the dress.
Janelle Power's wedding planning priorities
- The dress
- The location
- How much the reception will cost
- How many bridesmaids and groomsmen
- Guest list