Dunsborough couple get married in St John of God Bunbury maternity ward

Sophie ElliottThe West Australian
Dunsborough couple Kelli Kachur and Robby Antony tied the knot at St John of God Bunbury after welcoming their baby girl, Shelby, the day prior.
Camera IconDunsborough couple Kelli Kachur and Robby Antony tied the knot at St John of God Bunbury after welcoming their baby girl, Shelby, the day prior. Credit: Images by Ange Wall Photography. All images are subject to copyright and remain the property of Ange Wall Photography

Kelli Kachur and Robby Antony are proof that you can plan things, such as the perfect wedding, but sometimes life has other plans. And big surprises.

After getting engaged in 2017, the Dunsborough couple spent two years planning their wedding, sending invitations out 10 months in advance to allow for guests travelling from overseas.

In July, they were over the moon to learn Ms Kachur was pregnant with their first child. They knew the due date in mid-April would be cutting it close to their planned March 30 wedding, and they considered changing the date but decided to “roll with it”. “We knew, of course, there was a chance the baby might arrive early but thought, if that happens it would be so special and extraordinary for our family and friends to meet her,” Mr Antony said.

In the end, their idyllic Eagle Bay wedding was substituted for a ceremony at St John of God Bunbury after their daughter Shelby made an early appearance at 1.30pm on March 29. The reception went ahead at Lot 80 in Eagle Bay as planned the next day, with Ms Kachur checking in from hospital via Skype.

Robby got to celebrate at the reception, but Kelli and Shelby were able to still be present thanks to Skype.
Camera IconRobby got to celebrate at the reception, but Kelli and Shelby were able to still be present thanks to Skype. Credit: Images by Ange Wall Photography. All images are subject to copyright and remain the property of Ange Wall Photography

“We couldn’t have planned it,” Ms Kachur, director and solicitor at Kachur Legal, said. “But, no, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Mr Antony, who runs photography businesses, Photogood Family Photography and All Walks Wedding Photography, said: “We were told that first babies usually arrive on their due date or later, but not Shelby. She didn’t want to miss the party.”

The newlyweds paid tribute to family and friends, celebrant Elizabeth King and photographer Ange Wall, who all helped pull together the impromptu hospital wedding in 24 hours.

“We couldn’t have had the ceremony without our friend and celebrant, Elizabeth King, who came from Melbourne for the occasion, and without the organisational skills of our family and friends — especially, Ben and Cara (Robby’s brother and his girlfriend), Nicole and Ellie (Kelli’s bridesmaids from Canada and Switzerland) and Robert (Robby’s dad),” Kelli said.

“Our photographer Ange, of Ange Wall Photography, really rose to the challenge and made an extra trip to Bunbury to capture our hospital ceremony, and she still managed to capture the celebrations at Lot 80 in Eagle Bay afterwards.

“We were overwhelmed by the love and support from everyone, including staff and management at St John of God Bunbury,” Ms Kachur said.

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