Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mine Drivers' Lasting Love; Couple Included Their Dog Fox, Who Is Fighting Cancer, in Their Special Day

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mine Drivers' Lasting Love; Couple Included Their Dog Fox, Who Is Fighting Cancer, in Their Special Day

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Byline: Tara Cassidy Tara.Cassidy@dailymercury.com.au

WHEN ALANA Stehbens moved to Mackay 13 years ago from New Zealand, she didn't imagine she'd meet the love of her life in Mackay and end up living here for good.

But that's exactly what happened over eight years ago when she met Jacob, who is now her husband, through mutual friends at a party.

"We literally met and like five days later we were dating and three weeks after that we'd moved in together, it moved pretty fast," Mrs Stehbens (nee Howlett) said.

"It obviously got more serious and then one year, in 2015, we went back to New Zealand for Christmas to see my family.

"And on New Years, in front all my extended relatives, Jake proposed - right on the countdown. It was very special and I bawled my eyes out. The family were all very excited."

Two years on, the couple decided it was time to tie the knot, holding a picturesque ceremony with 75 guests at Greenmount Homestead.

Their wedding, on September 2, ran smoothly Mrs Stehbens said, describing it as the best day of her life.

"It was just amazing, everything went to plan and we just had the best day with all our family and friends.

"Walking down the aisle was very special, we did it all quite traditionally and we had spent the night before apart, which we hadn't really done in eight years.

"So when we got to see each other finally it was just really nice and made meeting at the altar even more special."

Mrs Stehbens said another memorable part of the day was a speech made by her uncle, who emceed the night and had travelled from her home country to attend.

"It was a really beautiful speech, he spoke about the day I moved to Australia and how it broke his heart because I was like a daughter to him," she said.

"He also brought in some fun things about meeting Jacob for the first time, but overall it was just an amazing speech and so nice to hear. …

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