What was already a wedding date with significance proved to also be a lucky one for Wangaratta's Amy and Jake Mountney.
The couple of nine years picked October 30 for their big day, being the wedding anniversary of both of Mr Mountney's grandparents.
They weren't to know 15 months ago that their chosen weekend would mark the reuniting of Melbourne and regional Victoria after months.
When Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the change last Sunday, brought forward by an 80 per cent vaccination milestone, Mrs Mountney excitedly called Wodonga wedding planner Tracey Basham.
"It was crazy - we originally had everyone invited but then had to cut all the Melbourne people out, and then last minute they could all come," she said.
"We re-organised things and went from 56 to 72 people - we were so excited."
Those 72 people, including family and friends from Melbourne, gathered at the Yarrawonga Yacht Club on Saturday to see Amy and Jake tie the knot.
Emma Daly, a cousin from Melbourne, was ecstatic.
"Jake's mum called me at 11 o'clock when Dan was doing his press conference, crying, saying 'You can come!'" she said.
"Then we ran around trying to organise a haircut because we'd been locked down so long.
"It's so nice to be here, because we obviously really wanted to be but thought we wouldn't be able to."
Yarrawonga's Lois and Mick Hanrahan were honoured to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary alongside the big day of the younger couple.
"It's really special," Mrs Hanrahan said.
"It was only from six o'clock last night the rules changed so Melbourne people could come."
The Mountneys, who work in disability support and retail, were glad they could reinstate an (outdoor) dance floor to the night's activities.
Ms Basham, who runs Enhance Styling and Events, wrote a COVID-safe plan for the day.
"Being an open-air marquee, they were able to have all guests attend," she said.
"They always had the approach of 'Whatever shall be, shall be'.
"Then they found out they could have their nearest and dearest there and their band from Melbourne."
Ms Basham said some of her couples were on their second and third postponement.
"Many have postponed to the end of next year, and I am getting a few last minute requests, even for December," she said.
"It's really fantastic that things are picking back up and Jake and Amy are a gorgeous couple."
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