When I first met Damien and Roda, I was really struck by how much they laughed. Roda’s joy and love of life truly is infectious and it’s so obvious that Damien just adores her – he looks at her with so much love, it’s enough to make a heart melt. We met at the always fabulous Sunshine Castle, and when I told them that My Wedding Wish would like to gift them a wedding, those beautiful big smiles turned into tears. Their gratitude was palpable.
The couple went to school together, and like many people, lost contact over the years. Eventually, Damien found Roda on social media and the pair met up again. Damien says he was ‘shitting himself’, and it was that infectious sense of humour that Roda fell for and soon after they were an item. The couple chose the Sunshine Castle because they wanted a princess style medieval ceremony with 60 of their closest friends and family who dressed in theme for the day.
Their story is a sad one, and it breaks my heart that it’s happening to such a vivacious young couple who really take so much joy out of every day. Damien was born with cystic fibrosis and was by and large fine until he hit about age 27 and then the condition really started knocking him around. His mother says he was close to death when he finally received a double lung transplant which saved his life. As with any transplant, the doctors put Damien on anti-rejection drugs, which is a common procedure. Sadly, the medication triggered cancer and the doctor’s suggested that he stop taking the medication. The cancer was successfully treated, but now without the anti-rejection medication which the doctors fear could trigger another bout of cancer, Damien’s lungs are now failing – he struggles taking a few steps or walking up stairs.. Doctors are at a loss of what to do for Damien, and his condition is worsening with every day.
Laughter was the theme of the ceremony, which is why the couple asked Lynette to conduct the ceremony – she’s known for her upbeat and fun weddings. The guests, Damien and his band of merry men, and Lynette all dressed in theme, while Roda and her Maidens chose a more contemporary look. Roda’s gown was stunningly princessy and nothing could wipe the smile off her face. The ceremony was interactive and lively with Damien cracking jokes throughout which kept everyone laughing. The couple wrote their own wedding vows and a few tissues needed to be passed around, but this was balanced by ninja vows (where the couple write the last lines of each others vows – always hilarious) and the guests voted that Damien was the winner of the ninja vow competition. A very funny reading and a wine in the box ceremony for their first wedding anniversary, and the ceremony was complete.
After the signing, when Lynette pronounced Damien and Roda husband and wife, Damien fist pumped – marrying his beautiful lady as a dream come true.
The My Wedding Wish Head Office, and the Sunshine Coast Wish Angels wish them love and light and the very best as the new Mr and Mrs Leask live every day with laughter <3
Damien and Roda’s dream team:
My Wedding Wish Project Leader Lynette Maguire
Marriage Celebrant Lynette Maguire
Photographer Images by Lou O’Brien
Cinematography Divine Studios
Venue Sunshine Castle, Bli Bli
Flowers Organica Floret
Wedding Car Deluxe Kombi Services
Hair Rolling Scissors
Makeup Rachel Torr
GIF Photobooth Noosa Photobooths
Photobooth Beach and Garden ceremonies
Wedding Singer Marty Sima
DJ Rick McCann, Elite Sounds Entertainment
Entertainment Sensory Circus Entertainment
Herald and MC Lord Stephen of Landsborough
Guest signing frame Invitation Designs by Eliza
After ceremony refreshments The Coffee Crew