When Natalie Orlando says ‘I Do’ next March, it will be a dream come true.
A dream she has had to postpone not once, but twice because of COVID-19.
After her May 2020 wedding date was disrupted by the global pandemic, her and her fiancé Jason Cashman decided to reschedule the big day to August.
The 27 year-old said she believed this was in the best interest of all 160 guests.
“It just made sense to wait,” she said.
“That’s our European family and they are coming from everywhere, inside Australia and overseas.”
The Hunter Valley wedding was booked to take place in the garden of The Woodhouse Wollombi.
“I was never into a traditional wedding with a ballgown and a church and priest,” she said.
“We’ve always wanted our guests to come on an adventure with us.
“And we’ve always loved the trees, the rolling hills and open space of that area, the gardens and the views, it’s just incredible, so, so beautiful, and we both love our wine.”
Last month, however, the pair once again changed the date of their betrothals, with much of the country fearing a second wave of the coronavirus.
“I was devastated,” Natalie said.
“We had paid for everything upfront, with the help of our parents, and I just didn’t know if we could pull it all off again.”
The celebrant along with the venue, flowers, photographer, food, and the band, all had to coordinate.
“When it came to exchanging dates, every supplier had to match up,” she said.
“And there are 17 different suppliers.”
Then, by the middle of August last year the pair faced more heartache when Natalie’s father-in-law lost his four-and-a-half-year battle against Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
“It felt like this year nothing was going our way,” she said.
“But since we were first together Jason’s dad used to say to him ‘I made your mother wait 10 years before I married her and you’ll do the same’.
“By the time we get married, Jason and I will have been together 10 years, so I guess he had something there.”
Natalie and her husband-to-be are now planning to marry in March 2021.
“I honestly can’t believe that every supplier was able to exchange dates for us, we’ve been so lucky with the team we’ve chosen.
“I’ve heard some horrible stories of people being charged hundreds of dollars more to make changes,” Natalie said.
Rescheduling a six-week honeymoon in Europe has also been a relatively easy process.
“Now we’re just looking forward to when March comes around,” she said.
“It’s a build-up of really raw emotion. It seems so far away.
“But my sister’s keep telling me to stay positive and that now we can take our time.
“I’m sure it will be a perfect day and now we know we can get through anything together.”