Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Dave Got the Ball Rolling; Wedding Bells with Emma Channon

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Dave Got the Ball Rolling; Wedding Bells with Emma Channon

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KARINA Sommerlad could have met her future husband when she was living in Sydney, Tamworth or Gatton a but as fate would have it, her perfect match had been under her nose all along.

The communications officer fell in love with now-husband David Brauer a who had been best friends with Karina's brother Cameron for years a while she spent Christmas at home in Tenterfield.

aDave's very old fashioned, and we had a six-week courtship before we got together early February 2009,a she said. a(My younger sister) Steph had a role in setting us up, or at least she likes to take a lot of credit for it.

aShe just had words in Dave's ear and then words in mine. It did the trick.a

About 60km separated them in 2010, with Karina moving to Stanthorpe when she was offered the role as senior journalist with the Stanthorpe Border Post.

Dave stayed on as a diesel mechanic in Tenterfield, as well as a part-time firefighter.

This arrangement continued for just over year, when in April last year, Karina went on an overseas holiday with her mum Janelle and sister Steph.

That was when Dave decided to get the ball rolling.

aHe organised it all when we were away for five weeks,a Karina said.

aHe bought the ring in Toowoomba and the week we got back he went out and asked mum and dad's permission.a He asked on a Wednesday night, took Karina out to dinner at one of Tenterfield's finest on Saturday and, as Karina said, athat was ita. aHe did really well a I had no idea,a she said.

aIt's funny looking back, he brought his jumper into the restaurant which I thought was odd, because it was air-conditioned, but it was lucky I didn't say anything because the ring box was wrapped in it.a

aImagine if I'd said something or tried to take it back a I would have been upset if I'd ruined it.a

The pair cleverly chose New Year's Eve for their wedding date for a number of reasons.

aWe'd always thought it was a fun date, and we didn't want a long engagement a we both wanted to do it fairly quickly,a Karina said.

aWe thought it would also be convenient for people who were home over Christmas and it was a magical time because it happened to fall on a Saturday. …

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