Wedding a first at park site
IT WAS a tennis ball to the head that started up a romance which eventually led to the first wedding to be held at Black Rocks, Bundjalung National Park, on May 5 this year.
Luke Simiana and Robyn Armstrong, both originally from the Lismore area, first met at Trinity College, Lismore.
The incident with the tennis ball, while an interesting way for a boy to get a girl's attention, was the beginning of their friendship.
It was at Black Rocks in May 2010 on a camping trip that Luke popped the big question and Robyn, of course, said 'yes'.
Black Rocks was a favourite camping spot for Luke as his parents would often take him there when he was a teenager.
It has now become a favourite for both Luke and Robyn as well.
The couple gained permission by National Parks and Wildlife in Grafton to hold the ceremony in the national park, which was officiated by marriage celebrant Steve Horton of Yamba.
Guests travelled from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Bribie Island, Perth and the groom's brother Nathan (Best Man) and his wife Erica travelled from Scotland for the wedding.
Matron of Honour: Amy Goodwin.
Bride's Butler: Nat Rolls-Gordon.
Flower Girl: Belle Webster.
Best Man: Nathan Simiana.
Groomsman: Aaron Stubbin.
Parents of the Bride: Robert & Maureen Armstrong.
Parents of the Groom: Sam Simiana & Sue Kowalczyk.
Grandfather of the Bride: Lloyd Armstrong.
Grandfather of the Groom: Stefan Kowalczyk.
Sisters of the Bride: Beth Webster, Katy Smith, Amy Goodwin.
Brother of the Groom: Nathan Simiana.