Features > A Ramsay Street Wedding by Steve, Moe, Rhys and Billy
This feature takes a look back at the Erinsborough couples who've made (or
tried to make) the big leap into married life over the years...
Paul and Terry September 1985
Although Des and Daphne's wedding is often considered the first Neighbours
wedding, it was actually Paul Robinson and Terry Inglis who were the first
Ramsay Street couple to say "I do". After literally one date, air steward
Paul and plumber Terry got engaged and preparations got underway for their
wedding. Paul's busybody sister Julie reacted to the wedding plans in a
disapproving manner until Terry asked her to be her bridesmaid and Julie's
frostiness rapidly thawed. In fact, Julie threw herself into the wedding
preparations so much, she began to take over the entire organisation. Paul's
brother Scott was upset when Paul chose his best mate Shane Ramsay as best
man. But Scott was placated when Paul asked him to be the official wedding
photographer. The wedding ceremony was held at the Robinson house on, and
set the template for subsequent Ramsay Street weddings when an argument
broke out between Shane and Mark Keating, an old flame of Daphne's. Shane
was still in love with Daphne and jealous at the apparent rekindling of her
relationship with Mark, a drunk Shane picked a fight with Mark - resulting
in Shane landing face first in the wedding cake.
Des and Daphne July 1986
After their first wedding went wrong when Daphne was hijacked by a man in a
gorilla suit, the second was something of a miracle for Des, who was
convinced he was jinxed when it came to marriage. A practical joke at the
stag night left Des with his arm in plaster (though he hadn't actually
broken anything) but the big day was relatively painless. With the whole
street involved, everything went very smoothly and Des was thrilled to
finally make Daphne his wife. Things didn't go so well on the honeymoon,
however, when Des put his back out and was forced to spend the whole time
lying down. Soon after their wedding, Daphne gave birth to Jamie, but Des'
life was to be torn apart when Daphne died after spending many months
battling in a coma.
Dan and Edna September 1986
After a falling-out, due to Dan's constant flirting with Rosie Jacobs, Edna
went to file for divorce and discovered that Dan had never filed the wedding
certificate 50 years before meaning that they weren't legally married. Their
shocked daughter Madge hired Clive's 'Gift of the Gab' service to reunite
the pair. Clive decided to remind them of their youth, when they first started courting, arranging a night of nostalgia, with Madge's daughter, Charlene, singing one of their favourite songs, and fortunately it worked. They agreed to re-marry and had a beautiful service, before returning home to Queensland.
Paul and Gail June 1987
Gail was Paul's business partner and a very useful tool in the Lassiter's
empire. In order for them to advance their careers, they had to be married.
Paul and Gail tricked the Robinsons and their friends into thinking that
they were really in love with each other, when really their entire
relationship was a sham. The Robinsons welcomed Gail into the family which
made everything all the more awkward. Hilary nearly caught them out when she
noticed they slept in separate bedrooms, but they managed to pull the wool
over her eyes by saying they had been having an argument the night before.
Gail slowly realised that she was actually falling in love with Paul for
real, and was devastated when she realised he didn't feel the same. She
decided to leave Erinsborough, but her brother-in-law Scott knew that Paul
was actually in love with Gail as well, and managed to get the two together
before she left. They renewed their vows and Gail stayed in Erinsborough.
The wedding took place, oddly, in the living room of Number 22. Gail's
father and the Robinsons thought they had been invited round for a family
dinner, but were in for a shock when they realised Paul and Gail were
getting married! The Robinsons didn't seem to mind, and despite Jim having a
few words with Paul about not telling anyone, they had a perfect evening.
Scott and Charlene July 1987
*The* Neighbours wedding. A fairytale from start to finish, Scott and
Charlene's nuptials saw the childhood sweethearts wed in an emotional
service. They had wanted to live together, their parents objected, they got
engaged instead. And all the sceptics were proved wrong when Scott and
Charlene became one of Ramsay Street's most devoted couples. Their wedding
was also significant in that it merged the warring Robinson and Ramsay clans
after generations of feuding. With Jane and Lucy as bridesmaids, Charlene -
led up the aisle by brother Henry - made Scott the proudest man in
Erinsborough as they took their vows and reduced the congregation to tears.
The reception back at the Robinson house provided plenty of laughter and
drama, with old Dan Ramsay being accused of groping Mrs. Mangel, Lucy's pet
mice being set loose, Jim admitting in his speech that he had got it wrong
when he suggested Scott and Charlene shouldn't marry, and Charlene receiving
a four year apprenticeship at the garage from Rob Lewis as a wedding gift.
As the residents gathered on Ramsay Street to wave the happy couple off on
their honeymoon, a knowing glance between Charlene and Madge added a touch
of poignancy to proceedings, before Mr and Mrs Robinson drove off in Clive's
beloved car Bertha.
Jim and Beverly February 1988
Dad of four Jim and doctor Beverly were introduced to each other by Jim's
cousin Hilary, who had gone to school with Beverly in Adelaide. Despite
Hilary's attempts at playing cupid, Jim and Bev failed to hit it off at
first, and actually rather despised each other. However, in true Ramsay
Street fashion, the tension between the pair eventually developed into love
and they started dating. After a brief separation during which time Beverly
got back together with her abusive ex-boyfriend Stephen Armstrong, Jim
proposed marriage at Christmas 1987. Beverly accepted, and they married on
St. Valentine's Day 1988. Jim's son Paul also took advantage of the occasion
to renew his marriage vows to Gail, their initial wedding having taken place
purely as part of a business deal. The happy occasion suffered a hiccup,
however, when Beverly's nephew and niece, Todd and Katie Landers, ran away.
Although they were found safe and well after a few hours, Jim and Beverly
opted to cancel their honeymoon and fly to Adelaide instead to try and sort
out the marriage difficulties Todd and Katie's parents were encountering.
With no resolution pending, Jim and Bev did the decent thing and offered to
let the kids stay with them at No.26 to give their parents some time to
patch up their marriage. So much for the honeymoon period.
Harold and Madge May 1988
Madge had known Harold since high school, but had chosen to marry Fred
Mitchell instead. After escaping the cruel Fred and moving to Erinsborough,
Madge was surprised when her daughter, Charlene, arranged for Harold to call
in. After realising that they were meant to be together, they started dating
and Harold proposed. Despite several hiccups, including the reappearance of
Lou Carpenter, another of Madge's old flames, the couple made up for lost
time and headed down the aisle. The arrival of Harold's son, David, proved
comical for the residents, as he was a carbon copy of his father. Everyone
went well on the day, with the only problem being the sour attitude of Mrs
Mangel, who had always held out hope that she would one day romance
Mr.Bishop. Harold quickly put her in her place and everything was fine -
although Nell managed to get one last dig in, by playing all the notes wrong
during the wedding march.
John and Mrs. Mangel October 1988
Nobody on Ramsay Street ever expected to see the neighbourhood's resident
busybody find true love and marry. Mrs. Mangel's first husband, Len, had
already left her after having enough of her nagging and interfering ways.
But retired dentist John Worthington saw something in Mrs. Mangel that
nobody else appeared to see, and he proposed to her. At first, Mrs. Mangel
dithered and agonised over whether or not she should accept his proposal,
especially since it included a move to England as part of the package. But
Nell realised how lucky she was to find such happiness late in life and
accepted. On the morning of the wedding, Mrs. Mangel was so nervous she
developed a bad bout of hiccups and feared she wouldn't be able to go
through with the ceremony. But her arch-nemesis Madge Ramsay came to the
rescue by indulging Mrs. Mangel in one of their legendary spats, which
successfully managed to stop Nell's hiccups. After a touching church
wedding, Nell and John held a reception at Lassiter's Hotel, which was
marred only by Mrs. Mangel's larrikin son Joe making a rather embarrassing
speech. Days later, Mrs. Mangel bid her neighbours on Ramsay Street goodbye
and set sail for a new life - and some new neighbours to nose on - in St.
Joe and Kerry September 1989
The wedding of Joe Mangel and Kerry Bishop was never going to be a typical
ceremony due to the fact that neither Joe or Kerry were particularly
religious and Kerry was well known for her less than conventional way of
doing things. And so, the Butterfly Gardens at the local zoo was the setting
for the nuptials. Kerry looked amazing in an Indian style wedding dress,
with little daughter Sky in tow as flower girl. Henry Ramsay and Bronwyn
Davies were also supposed to marry on the same day, in a joint ceremony, but
Bronwyn called it off at the last minute after her father persuaded her to
wait a while longer. Although Henry was devastated, Bronwyn assured him she
still wanted to marry him, and true to her word, she became Mrs. Ramsay a
few months later when they married in New Zealand.
Paul and Christina February 1991
After two unsuccessful marriages, cold-hearted and ruthless businessman Paul
finally had his cold exterior melted when he met Christina Alessi. The pair
had an instant attraction to each other, and it wasn't long after their
initial meeting that they decided to tie the knot. However, the wedding
wasn't without its hitches. As the couple were preparing for the big day,
Christina stormed over to the Robinson house and accidentally caught a
glimpse of Paul - convinced that the wedding was doomed she ran off in
tears. After much consolidation, she came round and pressed ahead with the
busy day. Dizzy Melanie, who was to be a bridesmaid at the wedding, mixed up
the dresses and had to race all over town to try and make the ceremony - she
resorted to hailing a taxi in her bridesmaid dress as she was so desperate
to make it in time. She burst in at the last minute, and Paul and
Christina's wedding went off without a hitch. Then came the honeymoon. They
had planned a romantic cruise together, and held the reception on the ship
itself. The guests all left as the ship departed... or so they thought. As
Paul and Christina headed for their cabin ready to make waves of their own,
a drunken Melanie emerged from the bathroom, wondering when the ship sets
Michael and Helen July 1991
Helen's marriage to her late husband Bill's cousin, Michael, was a very
grand affair. With Michael waiting inside the church, an elegant Helen
wearing a top hat and soft pink suit, pulled up outside in a vintage car
with Paul and Lucy in tow. An emotional service followed, and even Harold
Bishop - hospitalised after suffering a heart attack - got in on the action
by listening to the service via a walkie talkie. A honeymoon in New York and
Europe followed for Helen and Michael, but while they were away, Jim made
the startling discovery that Michael was actually already married and was
forced to break the devastating news to Helen upon her return. Although it
transpired that Michael's wife, Louise, was suffering from a form of
dementia and had been in a home for several years, Helen could never get
past the fact that Michael had committed bigamy and Michael left
Joe and Melanie October 1991
It had taken Joe and Melanie a long time to get together, but after they
appeared on Dream Date and won a romantic holiday together, they finally
confessed their feelings for each other. An engagement swiftly followed, and
Joe's kids Toby and Sky looked forward to officially welcoming Mel as their
new 'mum'. The wedding was a beautiful service, with Sky as flower girl and
Toby acting as Joe's best man. Melanie even burst into tears as she was
making her vows, such was her happiness at marrying Joe. A reception was
held afterwards in a marquee in the Robinson's back garden, the festivities
marred only by a telegraph from Madge, in which she spoke of how pleased the
recently deceased Harold would have been to see Joe and Melanie get
together. Melanie's equally madcap sister Justine made her presence felt,
meanwhile, by making a play for Glen Donnelly at every opportunity, and
after Joe and Melanie departed for their honeymoon, Christina Robinson
started to experience sharp labour pains and it looked as if she were ready
to give birth. Luckily, it was a false alarm and she instead gave birth a
few weeks later - in the back of an ice-cream van.
Stephen and Phoebe January 1993
Things were never easy for Phoebe. After falling pregnant then losing the
baby's father, Todd, in a road accident, she thought she'd never love again.
One day, however, she met Stephen while visiting Todd's grave. After a
whirlwind romance, Stephen proposed on Phoebe's birthday and they made plans
to marry before the baby's birth. However, Phoebe suddenly went into labour
during Stephen's stag night and things had to be postponed for a few weeks,
as premature baby Hope became poorly. The event finally took place in a
marquee behind number 22, with Stephen's parents, Dave and Sally, performing
music. Although a vindictive Michael Martin got Julie drunk, causing her to
make a fool of herself, the perfect day was topped off for the happy couple
when Pam arrived with baby Hope, announcing that she was off the critical
list and able to go home.
Brad and Beth December 1993
This couple has the dubious honour of having had three Neighbours weddings.
The first was something of a disaster as Beth realised that her fiancé had
been cheating on her with her best friend, Lauren Carpenter. After several
other unsuccessful relationships, Brad and Beth soon came to the conclusion
that they were meant to be together. Planning for wedding number two began
but things quickly got out of hand. Brad's parents, Pam and Doug, along with
Beth's mother, Bunny, attempted to dominate the proceedings, leaving their
children feeling slightly put out. Brad decided that it would be better for
everyone if they had a quick registry office wedding and headed off to
Perth, where Beth had scored work. He managed to talk his fiancée into it
and their plan succeeded, until the worried parents cottoned on and tracked
their bus down. They managed to talk them into returning to Ramsay Street
for a proper wedding, unaware that they'd already wed at the registry
office. After the third wedding, held in the Robinson's lounge room, the
happy couple finally left for Perth, when they later had a son, Ned.
Mark and Annalise November 1994
Having been through a lot together, everyone in Ramsay Street was thrilled
when Mark and Annalise got engaged. As preparations began for the big day,
Mark decided to get baptised, to show that he respected Annalise's religion.
However, this led to Mark getting increasingly interested in sharing his
life with God. Meanwhile, Annalise was fighting an attraction to her new
neighbour, Sam Kratz. When the big day arrived, everything seemed to be
going well. However, Sam arrived at the church just as Annalise's wedding
car pulled up and they shared a lingering kiss, surprising Mark's sister,
Ren, who was one of the bridesmaids. However, the biggest shock was still to
come. As Annalise began her walk down the aisle, Mark found that he couldn't
take his eyes off the statue of Jesus hanging at the front of the church and
so he walked back down the aisle and told Annalise that the wedding had to
stop. He later explained to his shocked ex-fiancée that he had decided to
become a priest.
Reuben and Helen May 1995
Following the disastrous marriage to Michael a few years before, Helen
finally found the man of her dreams in the form of millionaire
philanthropist Reuben White. After a whirlwind romance, they married in a
romantic ceremony by Lassiter's Lake. No expense was spared with a marquee
erected in the ground of Lassiter's for the event, and champagne flowing
left, right and centre. Helen looked radiant in a scarlet outfit and the
sheer happiness at becoming Reuben's wife was plain for all to see as she
took her vows. Sadly, the marriage was to be a short one as Reuben passed
away a few weeks later.
Rob and Jo June 1996
Jo first saw Rob when she was working as an aerobics instructor at the gym.
When it came under new management and was made exclusive to females, Rob
employed Jo as his personal trainer. Joanna and Rob soon fell in love, and
they married later in the year in the garden of their lavish mansion. The
build-up to the wedding had the usual hitches, like the gazebo collapsing,
Jo losing her temper with Mal Kennedy and his slack work ethic, and Danni
designing a ghastly dress for Jo to wear. However, despite these small
hiccups, their special day went off without a single trouble, and even saw
Sam and Annalise happily reunited.
Phil and Ruth June 1998
Both single parents, it came as no surprise when after a year of dating each
other, Phil popped the question. Of course his timing wasn't the best, as
literally seconds after he asked her, her son Ben was involved in a serious
car accident. After that died down, she accepted and they pressed ahead with
the arrangements. When Ruth soon after had a cancer scare, they decided to
move the wedding forward. She arrived on the back of a Harley Davidson and
had a beautiful ceremony at Lassiter's lake (where else?). Days later, Ruth
got the all clear and she moved in with Phil into Number 26 with her family.
Peter and Sarah July 1999
After a terrible couple of years involving affairs with married doctors and
a stalker, Sarah was thrilled to meet handsome doctor Peter Hannay. Although
she often felt like she was simply trying to escape from her feelings for
Karl, Sarah threw herself into the relationship and soon the couple became
engaged. As the big day grew nearer, Sarah's negative feelings overwhelmed
her and she called things off. However, she soon realised what she would be
giving up and made plans to leave Erinsborough with Peter after the wedding.
The big day went well, despite Sarah's arrival at the church with Karl,
which raised a few eyebrows. However, just as she was preparing to leave the
church, Sarah went into the vestry and Karl followed her in to wish her
well. Their feelings overcame them and they shared a final kiss before the
Hannays left for Amsterdam. The couple later had a child, Antigone, but
sadly split up soon after.
Drew and Libby February 2001
After possibly the longest courtship in Neighbours' history, Drew finally
made Libby his wife. Unable to speak his true feelings for more than a year,
Drew finally won Libby over. After turning down his first proposal, during
the Millennium street party, Libby accepted a second. However, they almost
didn't make it down the aisle at all when Libby was involved in a motorbike
accident. After being told that she would never have children, she called
off the wedding. Drew gradually won her back and the wedding finally took
place at the beginning of the following year. Drew's Scottish heritage meant
that it was a very traditional ceremony and everything went without a hitch.
Drew sang to his wife at the reception and it was the perfect start to their
marriage. Despite the appearance of Libby's arch-nemesis Geri Hallett on
their honeymoon, things quickly picked up and their 'miracle' son Ben was
born by the end of the year. Sadly, the happy family set-up was not to last,
as Drew was tragically killed in a horse-riding accident the following year.
Tess and Darcy September 2001
The relationship between teacher Teresa Bell and Dr. Darcy Tyler was almost
cursed from the beginning, as the pair got together whilst Darcy was still seeing
Tess' best friend, Dee Bliss. Darcy proposed to Tess in a desperate attempt to win
her back and he succeeded. However, few in Erinsborough had much faith in the pairing
and as the wedding day approached, even Tess began to have serious doubts. On the day
of the wedding, Dee visited Tess and tried to talk her out of marrying Darcy and when
hairdresser Lyn Scully talked about trust within a marriage, it was the final straw.
Tess phoned another of Darcy's ex-girlfriends, Alice, and realised that there was too
much that she didn't know about her fiance. As Darcy, along with friends and family, waited
at the registry office, Tess packed her bags, patched things up with Dee and left Erinsborough -
and Darcy - for good.
Marc and Stephanie May 2002
Steph and Marc met outside Lassiter's and hated each other instantly.
However, they saw more of each other as the days progressed and started
seeing each other on a much more serious level. Marc's parents, who owned
Lassiter's, were very wealthy and didn't really take to the Scullys, which
made Marc all the more determined to prove them wrong. He proposed and
Stephanie was overjoyed. As the preparations got underway, Marc's eyes
strayed to Stephanie's younger sister Flick. Flick, unable to help herself,
engaged in a full-on affair with her sister's fiancée. Stephanie then
thought she was pregnant, and when she told Marc the night before the
wedding, he couldn't call it off. As the wedding was taking place, Marc
stumbled when taking his vows, and Steph saw the look on her sister's face
and realised all what had happened. She stormed off and had a blazing row
with Flick in the middle of the street.
Karl and Susan December 2002
The Kennedy marriage, having finally made its way back on track after Karl's
liaison with his receptionist Sarah, was thrown into a state of apparent
disrepair when Susan had a terrible accident in the kitchen causing her to
lose every memory she had after her sixteenth Birthday. After a very
strenuous period, Susan's memory started returning in parts, and she began
to fall in love with Karl all over again. Karl asked Susan to re-marry him,
and she accepted his proposal. The pair got married in Lassiter's and asked
Reverend Rosie Hoyland to conduct the ceremony. When saying their vows,
Susan's memory returned and she recited her old vows she had said on the day
of their original marriage.
Toadie and Dee July 2003
After years as friends, Dee and Toadie got together in 2002 and surprised
all the neighbours by making the relationship work. After enduring many
problems - mostly created by the jealous Darcy Tyler - Toadie finally won
Dee back and soon proposed. Despite the interfering presence of Toadie's
mother, Angie, during the wedding preparations, things went relatively
smoothly, which was just as well, as Dee was on the verge of a breakdown by
the time the big day arrived. The venue for the big day was Werribee Mansion
and all of Toadie's family made it down for the event. The ceremony was
beautiful and nobody could deny the couple the happiness that they deserved.
Tragically, it wasn't to last, as a car accident on the way to their
honeymoon left Dee missing, presumed drowned.
Lou and Trixie December 2003
When Lou met Nina's mother, Trixie, he was entranced. Having seen her perform on stage many times over the years, he had followed her career closely, and couldn't believe that she was performing in his pub. As Trixie's marriage to Nick had recently failed, Lou took a chance and asked her out. After a whirlwind romance, Lou proposed, and the revelation that Nick and Trixie had never been legally married meant that they could marry in a matter of weeks. After lots of secret arrangements, the couple married in style at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne. Despite an objection from Valda halfway through the ceremony, a good time was had by all, though the reception took a tragic turn when Harold suffered a stroke. After only a few months of marriage, the couple set off for Hong Kong, where Lou was funding a production of Hello Dolly starring Trixie. When the play flopped, Trixie vanished in shame, and Lou returned to Ramsay Street a broken man.
Max and Stephanie July 2004
After a long period of "will they won't they?" style dramas, Max and Steph settled down together and it almost looked for a while like they would never get married. However, after Steph battled cancer, the couple decided to make it official and began planning their big day. Unfortunately, the plans were soon hijacked by Steph's mother, Lyn, and grandmother, Valda. On the eve of the wedding, the couple realised that they'd had enough and they eloped with Max's kids, Boyd and Summer. However, Lyn managed to track them down and most of Ramsay Street descended on their happy day. Luckily, they were delighted with this development and things took an even happier turn when Valda received a proposal from her old flame, and Lyn's biological father, Charlie Cassidy. With the old wedding venue going unused, everyone changed location and the second wedding of the day took place.
Karl and Izzy December 2004
Another of Ramsay Street's doomed relationships was that between Dr. Karl Kennedy and the much younger Izzy Hoyland. The relationship had begun soon after Karl had left his wife, Susan and Izzy had spent the vast majority of it lying about Karl being the father of her unborn child. After Izzy miscarried the baby, the relationship still survived and raced like a runaway train towards their Christmas wedding. On the big day, Izzy was in for a shock when Gus Cleary, the true father of her baby who had been sectioned months before, turned up to try and talk her 'round. His words about her not deserving Karl were enough for her to flee the scene, leaving Karl devastated. However, a run-in with Susan led to Izzy returning and apologising, with Karl amazing everyone by giving her a second chance. Although the couple never married, it would be another six months before Karl learnt the truth about Miss Hoyland.
Stuart and Sindi August 2005
The strange behaviour of the bride was the main talking point at this wedding. With mysterious accidents following Sindi around for months, only Stuart's best mate - not to mention Sindi's ex - Toadie, was suspicious of what was going on. As the big day dawned, Toadie finally found evidence that Sindi had been following Stuart on his bucks' night, but when that evidence then went missing, he had to race to the church and stop the wedding. Naturally, nobody appreciated Toadie's stunt, particularly as he had no proof of his claims, and the wedding went ahead. It was only during the honeymoon that the extent of Sindi's mental problems was finally revealed. Having tracked down the incriminating photo, Toadie arrived at the resort and confronted Sindi, who promptly caused another "accident" and pushed Toadie down the stairs. However, Stuart had witnessed the whole thing and before long, Sindi was being taken away for assessment. It transpired that she'd suffered from similar delusions as a teenager and had caused the accidents to try and protect her relationship with Stuart at any cost. Although Stuart vowed to stand by Sindi, it would be a long time before they were able to be together as man and wife.
Susan and Alex December 2005
The relationship had moved quickly, but with the groom suffering from terminal leukaemia, there was little choice. Having met only a few months earlier, Susan and Alex had managed to overcome many problems, most of them Alex's secrets, including his illness and a long-lost daughter, not to mention the interference of Susan's ex-husband, Karl. However, love won through and, with Alex fading fast, the New Year wedding was brought forward a few days, with Karl and the aforementioned long-lost daughter, Katya, as witnesses. After saying some sad goodbyes to his other children, Rachel and Zeke, Alex spent his last moments asking Susan to take care of his children and to go on their honeymoon - on the Trans-Siberian railway. He then passed away, leaving Susan to deal with her grief and her new stepfamily.
Kim and Janelle May 2006
Having already married once, in 1983, Kim and Janelle Timmins had gone through many ups, downs and separations in their 23-year marriage before deciding to renew their vows. Things seemed like they were picking up for the couple, as they managed to stay together for several months in one go, and Kim found work running a hot dog cart. However, as the bills, and the pressure for an amazing wedding, mounted, Kim took the opportunity to start selling pirated DVDs from the cart. His business quickly took off, particularly at the university, and he was making plenty of cash and able to treat the family and even put down a deposit on a new house for all of them. By the time the day of the "re-wedding" arrived, Kim was tied naked to a surfboard following his bucks' night, while Janelle was just praying that, for once, something could go right for her family. Unfortunately, her prayers were not answered, as the police had found out about the DVD pirating and turned up in Ramsay Street just moments after the wedding party departed. At the wedding venue at Lassiter's, the police arrived and were stalled for just long enough to allow Kim and Janelle to complete their vows, and for the groom to do a runner through the back door, leaving his devastated family behind.
Boyd and Janae June 2006
Boyd Hoyland and Janae Timmins' relationship faced several hurdles en route to the altar, not least her jealousy of his uni friends, which split them up, only for Boyd to propose marriage in order to win Janae back. Their union immediately faced opposition from Boyd's father, Max, who felt that a Timmins wasn't good enough for his son. Janae's mother, Janelle, whilst happy for her daughter, struggled to cope with the news aswell, as she had married young and had sometimes regretted it. After being forced to move out of home and survive on their own by both Max and Janelle, they ended up living with Janae's cousin, Toadie, and continued to plan the wedding. However, as they were met with indifference by almost everyone they told, they decided that the best course of action was to elope, only telling Janae's younger sister, Bree, and Boyd's younger sister, Summer, of their plans. Because Janae was only 16 at the time, she was forced to use a fake birth certificate rather than ask for her mother's permission, but the wedding went ahead at the town hall, with only Bree, Summer and a couple of witnesses in attendance. Summer managed to alert her father, who arrived, along with Janelle, just as the ceremony was finishing.
Paul and Lyn December 2006
With four previous marriages and a few engagements between them, Paul Robinson and Lyn Scully had already been around the block a few times before finding each other. After a relationship with the equally bad Izzy Hoyland, Paul was ready to settle down with someone like Lyn, in the hope that she would curb his behaviour and turn him into a family man. Having spent months working for Paul and falling for him, Lyn was delighted when he proposed and rushed the wedding plans, little realising that he was actually trying to fight his feelings for Rosetta Cammeniti, a young lawyer who had just moved in across the street. By the wedding day, Paul was so distracted by thoughts of Rosie that he almost didn't say his vows, but they were finally pronounced man and wife and, after an extravagant reception, they headed back to the hotel suite to prepare for their honeymoon in the Maldives. It was there that Paul dropped the bombshell that he could never promise to be completely faithful to Lyn and wanted them to split up before he broke her heart. Sadly he was too late, it was already broken and a sad Lyn left for the honeymoon without Paul, bringing to a close Ramsay Street's shortest ever marital union.
Karl and Susan March 2007
Having already been married for three decades, with one near divorce and a vow renewal, Susan and Karl Kennedy were officially divorced in 2004, and it was a very long road back to their 2007 reunion. Karl almost married Izzy Hoyland, while Susan did get married, to Alex Kinski, who died hours later, leaving her to care for his three children. By mid-2006, Karl and Susan were finally back in each other's arms and, despite a few complications, such as him sleeping with Izzy after taking too much sleep medication, and the protests of Susan's stepchildren, he was soon back living at 28 Ramsay Street. A few months later, the pair set off on a trip to London, where Karl proposed on the London Eye then surprised Susan with a romantic wedding ceremony on a cruise down the Thames. The trip was only marred by the presence of Izzy, who was living in London and in the midst of another drama, this time having got involved with a married footballer. She turned up at the wedding, intent on telling Karl that he was the father of her baby, only to suddenly go into labour. Following the delivery of baby Holly, Izzy decided against telling Karl the truth and spoiling his happy day, but Susan overheard her mention her baby's true paternity and, after agonising over it, told her new husband the truth once they were back in Australia.
Janelle and Steiger July 2007
As a member of the rowdy Timmins clan, Janelle was looking for someone stable after her marriage to errant Kim ended once and for all, but everyone was surprised when she found love with local Senior Sergeant Allan Steiger. The pair finally got together during a pig-hunting trip and it wasn't long before Steiger moved in with Janelle and her large brood. But when he was then offered a two-month placement in the Solomon Islands, Janelle was concerned that, like Kim, he'd abandon her completely, so he gave her his grandmother's engagement ring and promised that, upon his return, they'd be engaged. He kept to his word but things were more complicated when he came back, with the arrival of Janelle's long-lost daughter, Anne Baxter. Wanting to be closer to Anne - as well as her son, Dylan - Janelle agreed to a plan to move the family up north to Cairns and, in the middle of the Timmins farewell barbecue, Steiger produced a celebrant and announced that they would be getting wed there and then. Following the ceremony, at the end of which Janelle's favourite singer Daryl Braightwaite arrived as a special guest, Steiger, Janelle and assorted Timmins children boarded a helicopter and flew out of Erinsborough in style.
Rosie and Frazer July 2007
It was a long and complicated path to matrimony for Rosetta Cammeniti and Frazer Yeats. Rosie had originally been engaged to Frazer's estranged brother, Johnny for a marriage of convenience, but had walked out on it and, seeing an opportunity to get himself involved with the wealthy Cammeniti clan, gambler Frazer followed her to Ramsay Street. It didn't take long for a relationship to start, but when she found out the truth about his past, it promptly ended. But the love between them meant that they weren't apart for long and, with Frazer paralysed following an accident at the racetrack, they reunited and got engaged. And, after a few family dramas and Frazer regaining the use of his legs, the big day arrived and ran very smoothly. But, in true Neighbours style, it ended in disaster when the minibus carrying various guest back to Ramsay Street crashed, leaving Frazer's younger brother Ringo in a coma.
Steph and Toadie February 2008
Having been friends for years, Steph Hoyland and Toadie Rebecchi finally made their relationship official in 2007, as he moved in, but, following the breakdown of her marriage to Max, Steph was in no rush to get hitched again. When Toadie made a public marriage proposal, Steph left him humiliated as she turned him down but, after talking things through, she agreed to a long engagement. However, as time went on, she started to have second thoughts and didn't tell Toadie when her divorce from Max became official. After almost splitting up over it, Steph set a date, only two weeks away, leaving them little time to plan the event, or develop any doubts. When the big day arrived, Toadie had managed to convince himself that it was what Steph really wanted, but as she took several minutes to enter the church, then stumbled over her vows, he realised that her heart wasn't in it. The ceremony ground to a crashing halt, and Toadie and Steph's relationship looked to be beyond repair.
Marco and Carmella July 2008
Though only dating for six troublesome months, tragedy forced the union of Marco Silvani and Carmella Cammeniti. It was while they were enjoying a picnic in the national park, celebrating Marco's birthday, that he proposed and Carmella happily accepted but their joy was shortlasted as they realised that a bushfire had broken out. As they all made it to safety, Marco joined the search party, looking for several missing people, and was caught outside as the fire raged through the area. In hospital, Marco tried his best to convince Carmella that he was fine, but Dr Karl informed him that the fire had caused irreversible damage to his internal organs and he had only days, maybe hours, to live. The wedding was brought forward and a small service was held at the hospital, with everyone doing their best to be upbeat. Afterwards, Carmella sat with Marco in his final moments, telling him about how they'd grow old and silly together, as he quietly passed away.