A $20,000 free ‘I do’ for deserving couple

In a dream come true, a brave young couple has won a dream wedding on the Mornington Peninsula.
Nanjing Night Net

Childhood sweethearts Charlotte Isherwood and Ian Rawle, both 25, tied the knot on Mt Martha beach last month after winning a wedding package worth about $20,000 in an online competition organised by Seaford’s Wedding Hire by the Bay.

Charlotte is the daughter of Yerong Creek resident Justine Isherwood.

Nearly everything, from the ceremony to the reception at Hastings, was provided for the Cranbourne couple, who were left reeling after their second child, Alexis Kate, died from a genetic metabolic disorder in September 2010.

Fate lent a hand when Charlotte’s sister, Sarah, saw the wedding competition – seeking a deserving couple who were ”doing it tough” – a week after Charlotte had confided that she would love to get married on the peninsula.

Sarah and her mother Justine entered a heartfelt application and Charlotte was chosen from hundreds of would-be brides. Charlotte told the Eastern Riverina Chronicle she couldn’t believe it when she heard she had won a wedding.

”I was very excited. Being a young family, we made it a priority to buy a house but had plans to save for a wedding. I don’t know if we would have got there, to be honest.”

Charlotte chose a purple theme for the nuptials and her daughter Amber-Jade, 6, proudly performed her duties as flower girl.

Wedding Hire by the Bay owner Kylie Vennells, who was invited to the wedding, said she had received entries from as far as America.

”I’m glad I chose Charlotte and Ian. They really did deserve to have something good happen.”

Mrs Vennells, who donated the decorations for the wedding, organised contributions from generous local businesses, ranging from a photography package to the cupcake tower wedding cake.

She was worried about a spate of bad weather leading up to the big day. ”But the weather was perfect. Someone was looking out for them.”

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