Jamie?s deeper beauty brings out the sun
By DAWN COHEN
GROOM Glen Barling woke up on Saturday, checked the weather and freaked out.
"It was my wedding day and it was raining," the 23-year-old said.
A few hours later, the Alstonville man watched his bride Jamie Cochran descend onto the lawn of the Montanna Retreat Centre in Lennox Head under cloudless blue skies, exquisite in a classic white gown, one string of pearls adorning her neck.
The break in the weather was a well-deserved reward for a couple who have braved more storms than most in the journey to their big day.
Jamie, 21, was born with Sotos Syndrome, a condition characterised by elongated features. In November last year she underwent craniofacial surgery at the Royal Brisbane Hospital to make her look more 'normal'. After years of being tormented by peers about her looks, it is Jamie's inner beauty that impresses as much as the external.
"It was his eyes and his personality that I went for," said Jamie after the ceremony, reaching spontaneously for her new husband's hand.
"I love her smile," said Glen.
For his mother, Jan Barling, the joy was a welcome finale to prenuptial anxiety.
"They look beautiful together," she said.
"It's been a box of tissues job," joked Jamie's mother, Shirley Cochran.
The couple are now honeymooning on South Molle Is land.