Love has been in the air, around the world

By Megan Kinninment

When the Northern Star first photographed Ehrin Doris and Andy Bass at the Ballina Races in 2003 they were in the first flush of romance.

Two years later, The Northern Star caught up with couple to see how the relationship has fared.

And the news is good.

The romance that started when the pair were working as diving instructors in Byron Bay has continued to blossom, and next week they will marry at Wategos.

"At the races it was fresh and exciting, and something was definitely blossoming," Ehrin said.

But, like every true romance story, the lovebirds have had to overcome their share of obstacles.

Ehrin, 27, is from California, and Andy, 29, is from the UK, so staying together required an exhausting travel itinerary that has had visa officials raising their eyebrows.

"I would visit Ehrin in California, but I could only stay for 90 days before my visa expired," Andy said.

"To keep the relationship alive we just kept on going to different countries."

Their love has led them to travel virtually non-stop for two years, meeting up in New Zealand, America, the UK, the Caribbean and Australia.

Returning to marry in Australia was a natural choice.

"This is where we met, so it's very special to us," Ehrin said.

But, after their Australian wedding, they will have to settle on one country.

"Ehrin's family is very close, so we'll probably end up living in California," Andy said.



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