Surprise wedding during charity motorbike trip
RON McLauglin and his partner Carolyn surprised those closest to them when the Ipswich couple threw a surprise wedding in Hervey Bay on Saturday night.
On the first night of their charity motorbike trip around Australia's coast raising money for QIMR cancer research, Ron and Carolyn made the ultimate commitment to each other, as their shocked and surprised family and friends stood close by.
Mr McLauglin said the reaction from his and Carolyn's parents and friends was worth keeping the wedding a secret.
"It went really well, no-one knew, we had to wrangle our parents here somehow so some of the family got them here without knowing," MrMcLauglin said.
"All the riders who supported us didn't know and the Beachhouse kept it secret until the bride-to-be walked out in the dress, and then it was announced what was going on.
"It was all really, really good."
He said the most difficult part about keeping their wedding day a surprise was keeping the news off social media.
"People who knew didn't put best wishes on Facebook or it would have spread like wildfire, so that was the hardest thing."
So far on the couple's road trip, $11,500 has been raised with the team's overall target of $40,000.