In sickness and in health ..
By LEE McDOUGALL
IF A horror wedding day guarantees a long and happy marriage, then James Clarke and Brooke Teys are set for life.
No amount of pre-wedding preparation could have prepared the young couple for the horror of gastroenteritis on the morning of their wedding, followed by three hours spent in the Emergency Department of the Coffs Harbour Health Campus, instead of their wedding reception.
"It started off with us both being sick in the morning and us both trying to convince each other that we were fine," James said.
"We got through the wedding ceremony and I got the sways up and had to sit down. As people were coming up to congratulate us, Brooke had to run out of the church and she vomited everywhere in the garden."
Deciding to press on with the day, they went with the photographer to start their photo shoot, only to realise that the nausea and vomiting was not going away.
The newlyweds then spent three hours at the hospital being treated for gastro and dehydration, before again putting on a brave front to arrive at their reception some two hours late.
"We had friends and family from Perth, Darwin, Bundaberg, Adelaide and New Zealand and we only got to spend about two hours with them," James said.
Too sick to leave their bridal suite the following day, Nautilus came to the rescue by throwing in an additional night's accommodation at no extra charge.
"We were too sick to drive on the Sunday so Nautilus were so good to us. We finally got to our honeymoon and spent the first three days sleeping," James said.
"We can laugh about it now, but on the day we were fairly depressed.
"Everyone was saying that if we can make it through this, we can make it through any- thing, so we are set for life."