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Flood stranded couple make it to their wedding on time

Bride-to-be Carissa Fowke watches over the floods as she gets a helicopter to her wedding.
Bride-to-be Carissa Fowke watches over the floods as she gets a helicopter to her wedding. Sarah Nash

UPDATE 3.35pm: AFTER battling to get through flood waters, a Gold Coast couple is just minutes away from walking down the aisle at their Casuarina wedding today.

Chief bridesmaid Sarah Nash told the Tweed Daily News everyone made it to the Osteria wedding venue despite being stranded at the Queensland border earlier this morning. 

"Three more choppers just delivered people," Ms Nash said, after the bridal party arrived to the venue yesterday by helicopter because of road closures. 

"They all made it. People are walking here now.

"People have got helicopters, walked drove and everything to get to this wedding. I can't believe it."

Ms Nash said everyone has done their best to make sure the wedding goes ahead without any more disruptions.

"People are glad wrapping presents so they don't get wet in the flood," she said. 

The wedding will start at 4.30pm, two and a half hours after it was originally scheduled. 

UPDATE 1pm: A GOLD COAST groom has arrived safely at Casuarina on the Tweed Coast with the help of a police escort an hour ahead of his wedding after flood waters kept him away from his bride.

Tyson Kolkka arrives on time for his wedding after being separated from his bride-to-be Carrissa Fowe during the Tweed flood.
Tyson Kolkka arrives on time for his wedding after being separated from his bride-to-be Carrissa Fowe during the Tweed flood.

Chief bridesmaid Sarah Nash told the Tweed Daily News she's determined to make sure the wedding goes ahead, even if the dress and mother-of-the-bride is still on the Gold Coast. 

"The wedding will go ahead," she said.

"I will do everything in my power to have my best friend marry the man of her dreams. I will not give up."

Ms Nash said while she wasn't sure if the wedding will start at the scheduled time of 2pm but guests were still trying to make their way to the Osteria wedding venue

"They're walking along the highway to get to the wedding with their suitcases," she said, referring to a video showing some guests walking along the Pacific Highway to get to the wedding on time. 

"Guest will make it rain hail or shine."

EARLIER 10.25am: A GOLD COAST couple expected to marry at Casuarina on the Tweed Coast today have been kept apart as flood waters continue to block the Pacific Highway.

In an exciting 24 hours before her wedding, bride-to-be Carissa Fowke managed to get to the Osteria wedding venue at Casuarina by helicopter while her husband-to-be is being escorted by police to try to make the 2pm wedding.

Chief bridesmaid Sarah Nash told the Tweed Daily News tensions are high as the bridal party prepares for a wedding that might not go ahead.

 

Chief bridesmade Sarah Nash and the bride-to-be Carrissa Fowke prepare for the wedding.
Chief bridesmade Sarah Nash and the bride-to-be Carrissa Fowke prepare for the wedding. Sarah Nash

"The day before Carissa's wedding (everything's) all planned to a tee," Ms Nash said.

"We got (to Osteria) at 7am for the wedding rehearsal, did it and then our room wasn't ready at Mantra so we drove to Tweed for breakfast and to buy bras for the bridesmaid dresses.

"Then at 11am our room was ready so we went to drive back to Mantra and the highway was closed. All possible ways into Kingscliff where closed off. We went to Coolangatta and had lunch at the surf club and a couple of drinks until about 4pm and the updates kept coming from the police saying the road still wasn't open.

"At this point Carrissa was in tears and I literally was heart broken."

Ms Nash said the bridal party tried their hardest to find another route to the wedding but were unsuccessful because of a series of road closures.

"It was 6pm at this point we're on the side of the road at Tweed and we get a call to say get to the airport now (as a helicopter was)organised to take us to Kingscliff but we needed to be there in five minutes," she said.

"We raced to the airport and got on the flight. Then this pilot was like 'I'll drop you somewhere in Kingscliff' and he dropped us in a forest full of trees and literally was like 'catch you girls'.

 

Carissa Fowke and her bridal party caught a helicopter to Kingscliff for her wedding.
Carissa Fowke and her bridal party caught a helicopter to Kingscliff for her wedding. Sarah Nash

"We were walking through trees and long grass and found a road, so started walking and then hitch-hiked it to Mantra from this guy in a four-wheel drive. Then we have finally made it at 10pm.

"It's been so crazy this is the craziest 48 hours of my life."

At 11am today, the bridal party was getting their hair and make up done but were unsure whether the wedding would go ahead.

"We don't know if it's going to happen," Ms Nash said.

"(The groom) just got a police escort over the water with all the groomsmen. The dress is still on the Gold Coast with the mother of the bride."

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