The pandemic has wreaked havoc on many couples’ wedding plans, with many ceremonies being postponed, rescheduled, or cancelled entirely.
Brides and grooms are finally getting their chance to walk down the aisle now that activities in Australia are almost entirely back to normal.
Christie Hayes, 34, from Home and Away and Neighbours, is among them in a surprising twist.
On Wednesday night, the actress surprised her fans by revealing she had secretly married her beau, Justin Coombes Pearce, 46.
Christie shared the good news by posting a picture of herself in a bridal gown with her suit-clad new husband.
It was here that we eloped. She penned a letter on 12.5.21.
The happiest day of my life was when I married the love of my life. #Married #OuiDeux
Justin was equally ecstatic about the relationship landmark, posting the same photo to his Instagram account with the caption: The one where we eloped… I can’t help laughing now that I’ve married my soulmate.
Christie became engaged to Justin on New Year’s Eve 2019, after playing Kirsty Sutherland from 2000 to 2009 before moving on to radio.
When her husband proposed, the actress was enjoying a romantic late-night picnic at a scenic location near their NSW South Coast home.
It was straightforward in its execution. There was Champagne, cheese, and chocolate-covered strawberries, and it was a lovely atmosphere. Christie previously told New Idea that it was the most thoughtful and beautiful surprise she had ever received.
Justin, who works at i98FM alongside Christie as a radio announcer, acknowledged that keeping his proposal plans hidden from Christie was difficult.
To put it simply, Christie is a snoop who would basically go searching for clues and interrogate me for answers, Justin joked.
Justin tucked the ring inside an old antique book named Reach for the Sky – a favourite saying of the couple – for the big moment.
On the front page, I wrote: Ma belle âme soeur Christie, Veux-tu m’épouser, which means My beautiful soulmate Christie, Will you marry me? in French. ’. He confessed.
Christie has been married twice before, and she and her second husband have two children, Hendrix, six, and Harley, five.