Adrian and Tracy Townsend spent their wedding night in hospital but are able to laugh about it.
Adrian and Tracy Townsend spent their wedding night in hospital but are able to laugh about it. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Perfect day dampened by injury

IT WAS a wedding night they’ll never forget ... but a hospital bed wasn’t exactly the romantic setting Adrian and Tracy Townsend had planned.

And waving goodbye to 90 guests from the back of an ambulance wasn’t the send off they had hoped for, either.

It took 14 months to plan the perfect day but that came crashing down when Adrian busted his ankle on the dance floor.

The staff at Hervey Bay Hospital must have been amused to see the couple arrive in their full wedding attire.

“They sort of looked at me and went ‘Oh, congratulations’ and then they looked at Adrian and just shook their heads,” Ms Townsend laughed. “We were a bit tipsy by that stage, that’s why we found it so funny.

“We’d had such a fantastic day that it didn’t matter.”

The Wondunna couple wed on the beach at Point Vernon on November 7 and almost got through the day without a hitch.

But with a personal history that includes a broken wrist, foot and ankle, stiches in his forehead and various other mishaps, Mr Townsend must have known something would go wrong.

About 10pm, he tripped on the makeshift dance floor at the reception and rolled his ankle.

“In sickness and in health was definitely part of the vows,” he said.

Honeymooning in the hills of Montville and on the sands of Fraser Island proved difficult for the pair, who say they are already planning their second honeymoon.



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