Love conquers all things

Love conquers all things

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Jake and Rosie Schulz with Rosie's dog Artie and her EH Holden at the Boughen family farm at Minden. Photos: Loren Hayne, Tall Timber Studio.

Jake and Rosie Schulz with Rosie's dog Artie and her EH Holden at the Boughen family farm at Minden. Photos: Loren Hayne, Tall Timber Studio.

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It is said that love endures through every circumstance and this has never been more true than right now.

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Many people know the phrase "love is patient and kind", but some may not know the Corinthians chapter ends with "love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance".

This has never been more true than right now, when even in a time of uncertainty, love still prevails.

For Rosie (nee Boughen) and Jake Schulz, Minden, April 17 was meant to be the day they celebrated their love, surrounded by their nearest and dearest.

The global health emergency may have changed that, but at a time when many couples are postponing or cancelling their weddings, Rosie said she and Jake were determined to go through with their special day.

Adhering to the government restrictions of only five people at weddings, Rosie and Jake said I do on March 27 with their dads standing by their sides.

"We kept bringing it forward in case they stopped weddings altogether," Rosie said.

"We could postpone it, but when do you postpone it to - this thing could go on for ages. And we were ready to get married."

Love prevails: Rosie and Jake Schulz and proud dads Glen Boughen and Arnold Schulz.

Love prevails: Rosie and Jake Schulz and proud dads Glen Boughen and Arnold Schulz.

Despite not having their 75 guests filling the pews at St John's Lutheran Church at Coolana, followed by a reception at the Forest Hill School of Arts hall, Rosie said she looks back on their wedding day and wouldn't swap it for anything.

"We had the best day, even though it was just five of us.

"I would have loved to have my siblings and Jake's siblings there, but at the end of the day we couldn't.

"I ended up swapping my bridesmaid for my dad so my dad could be there."

Glen Boughen walked his daughter down the aisle, then stood in the maid of honour's position holding Rosie's flowers.

"He loved it and it was even more special because I could see the emotion on Dad's face," Rosie said.

"And Jake's dad was his best man anyway so there was no disruption there.

"We were so happy both of our dads could be there to witness our special day."

Rosie said despite all of the thought and planning that goes into a wedding, the decision to bring it forward had gone smoothly.

"At the end of the day, we were just so excited to get married, and it was doable in two days," she said.

"We got home and our big dining room table was set up with a beautiful lace tablecloth with a wedding cake that a friend of mine from work had made for me.

"People did things behind the scenes and you didn't really get to see them or thank them for it at the time, but things just sort of appeared and it was lovely."

Rosie's bouquet was also made by a friend, and the happy couple left the church in Rosie's first car, which she has been driving since finishing school - an EH Holden that once belonged to her grandparents.

Taking social distancing to a whole new level.

Taking social distancing to a whole new level.

Capturing the joy of love

An experienced photographer will do just about anything to take the perfect photograph, but adhering to government restrictions on weddings was a new one for Loren Hayne of Tall Timber Studio.

"The only lens I took with me on the day was a telephoto zoom lens because I had it in my head the whole time that I had to protect not only myself, but also respect the social distancing laws with the bride and the groom and their two elderly dads," Loren said.

"I stayed outside the church while they did their vows. I took a couple of images through the front door, and then when they exited the church I photographed them from a distance.

"I've had to take images in all kinds of situations, and you just have to adapt and make it happen.

"If it means taking images remotely through the door of the church, or standing up on a car to try to get the height necessary to take the image through the church window, then that's what I have to do. It was pretty crazy though."

Despite Loren's calendar now being empty for the next few months, she hopes to offer the same opportunity to others.

"I'd love to help more couples like Jake and Rosie go ahead with their special day by offering elopement photography sessions."

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