Sarah Tootell and Paul Outerbridge with son Jack Tootell, 7, preparing to wed for the second time.
Sarah Tootell and Paul Outerbridge with son Jack Tootell, 7, preparing to wed for the second time. Jay Cronan

Love calls second time around

HOW do you go marry someone you've already married before?

That's a question Sarah Tootell and Paul Outerbridge of Ballina are pondering.

The couple had a "big" traditional wedding with about 60 guests when they first married in 1996.

"I had the big white dress and the hair-do and it was very formal with a three-tiered cake," Sarah explained.

But within 10 months the couple had divorced.

"I was still young and I wasn't ready to become a wife and he was pretty set in his old ways," Sarah said.

"We tried to resolve it but we couldn't."

Sarah then met another man, became pregnant and returned to Ballina on her own.

She remained close to Paul but it wasn't until her son called him "Daddy" that she realised she still had feelings for "her first love".

Sixteen years have now passed since they walked down the aisle and the couple now plan to marry again in May.

"We understand each other more now and we've worked out we want to be together for the rest of our lives," Sarah said.

Tomorrow Sarah is heading to the Ballina Bridal Expo to get some inspiration for her big day.

She has chosen a cream dress and this time she wants her wedding to be a celebration.

She said her life with Paul is proof that love works in mysterious ways.

"There are people coming this time who were at the first wedding and when they found out they were like, are you joking?" Sarah laughed.



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