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Flood of tears for unlucky couple as torrential rain forces wedding cancellation

By Stephanie Anderson and Yvette Gray, Monday December 4, 2017 - 12:54 EDT
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The table was set and the food was ready but the wedding did not go ahead. - ABC

A young couple have been left in tears after being forced to cancel their wedding due to flooding at the venue in Euroa, in north-eastern Victoria.

Eighty-five guests, including some from interstate, were due to celebrate at the Euroa Butter Factory, complete with a full vegan menu for the wedding guests.

The table was set, the flowers were prepared and the wedding cake was ready to be decorated.

Owner Russell Griffin had to break the news to the couple, who had stayed there overnight.

"Well they cried and they just understood that if they didn't leave the property now they would have been stuck here probably for a couple of days without a wedding and probably only me as company," Mr Griffin said.

"They've been planning it for 18 months. We do weddings here every week at this time of year and it was really sad.''

but sandbagging had helped prevent water from entering the building.

"There will obviously be financial costs and losses around the wedding," Mr Griffin said.

"You can see a lot of the fences have gone, the garden will need a lot of work, but it's all fixable. Fortunately no people have been hurt.

"Our neighbours lost a 10-day-old foal. That's probably one of the saddest things that we have seen to date."

He said the couple had been offered another date to tie the knot at the venue but it was yet to be confirmed.

"We fortunately have a gap in our schedule in two weeks' time, so there's a weekend where there's no wedding booked and we've offered that to them," Mr Griffin said.

"We are hoping they can reschedule.

"Obviously they've had to change their honeymoon, they've got guests from interstate and we're just hoping they will do that and we'll try and find a way to help them as much as we can."


© ABC 2017

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