There's been some wild weather over the past five days along the east coast of Australia, but one couple has refused to let that rain on their parade - or wedding, rather.
Kate Fotheringham and Wayne Bell had been gearing up to tie the knot at Wingham on the Mid North Coast on Saturday when the bride-to-be woke up to find herself trapped by floodwaters at her parent's house near Taree.
Springing into action, the former journalist reached out to Twitter on the slim chance someone could help her make it to her special day.
"Help me!!! It's my wedding day and we're flooded in! We need help to get to Wingham over the flooded creek. Anyone know someone willing to help?" she wrote on Twitter.
Help me!!! It's my wedding day and we're flooded in! We need help to get to Wingham over the flooded creek. Anyone know someone willing to help? @sunriseon7 @TODAYshow @abcnews @ABCRural #helpme #flooded #NSWFloods #fotherbellwedding #9News #7NEWS #wingham #weddingday
- Kate Fotheringham (@KatelFog) March 19, 2021
As luck would have it, a company called Affinity Helicopters heeded her calls, coming to the rescue and whisking the bride and her parents to the venue at the nearby showgrounds in Wingham.
Many who followed Kate's story held their breath for an update to her dilemma, with one user writing: "I am now emotionally invested. Did you get there?!?"
Kate later replied: "I did!! Had to get a helicopter to rescue us! It was insane."
She followed up the update with a tweet that confirmed she had successfully made it down the aisle and provided a photo of her and her new husband in front of the floodwaters.
"Update, I made it to the church and married the love of my life!
"Affinity Helicopters in Port Macquarie came to the rescue and made sure we all got there. This is the bridge that blocked us from making the 5minute drive into town! What a day!"
Update, I made it to the church and married the love of my life! Affinity Helicopters in Port Macquarie came to the rescue and made sure we all got there. This is the bridge that blocked us from making the 5minute drive into town! What a day! #fotherbellwedding #floodwingham pic.twitter.com/u7OlsFsTjQ
- Kate Fotheringham (@KatelFog) March 22, 2021
Speaking to Sunrise after the rollercoaster of a day, Kate said it was a wedding that she and her husband - or any of their guests - 'won't forget anytime soon.'
"It wasn't your ideal start to your wedding morning, I must admit.
"I was happy to deal with some rain, but when you wake up and the flats were completely covered in water, I must admit, I did have a little meltdown thinking 'how on earth are we going to get through this?'
"Affinity Helicopters certainly did save the day for us, which was just amazing."
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