Couple celebrates end of NSW lockdown by getting married but must tie the knot at Queensland border while their celebrant is trapped on the other side
- Couple lives on Tweed Heads side while celebrant was trapped in Queensland
- Celebrant performed wedding from barrier and papers signed on blockade
- NSW residents can only cross the border into Queensland for essential reasons
A NSW couple celebrated the end of lockdown by getting married but were forced to tie the knot at the Queensland border.
The couple live on the NSW side of the border in Tweed Heads, while their celebrant is stuck in Queensland on the other side.
The celebrant conducted the ceremony as he leaned over the barrier as the bride and groom in wedding attire said “I do” surrounded by family and friends.
A NSW couple celebrated the end of lockdown by getting married but were forced to tie the knot at the Queensland border
At the end of the ceremony, flower girls threw petals before the couple made the marriage official by signing the registry with the celebrant on top of the orange blockade.
The bride and groom decided to hold their wedding at the border due to the uncertainty of the ever-changing Covid-19 restrictions.
“We’ve been organizing it (the wedding) for quite some time, but as we all know, everything changed every day,” the groom, named Hugh, told Nine News.
“Love will win, so we had to do it here at the border.”
NSW was finally released from lockdown at 12:01 am on Monday after the state achieved 70 percent vaccination last week.
At the end of the ceremony, petals were thrown by flower girls before the couple made the marriage official by signing the registry with the celebrant on top of the orange block.
Queensland will still remain closed to NSW residents with exceptions required to cross the border with no date set for reopening
Most businesses in the state have reopened their doors to vaccinated residents, the 5km radius has been lifted, and those in regional areas can travel across the state.
However, Queensland will still remain closed to NSW residents, with exceptions required to cross the border without a date set for reopening.
People from NSW are allowed to cross the border if they are classified as essential workers, but must have at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Freight and logistics personnel must be in possession of a Queensland Border Declaration Pass, a negative Covid test result and at least one dose of vaccine.
Travel across the border is also allowed for essential purposes such as school and medical care, but travel for recreation or social visits is still not allowed.
Queensland did not register any new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday.
People from NSW are allowed to cross the border if they are classified as essential workers or travel for an essential purpose such as education or medical care