Earlier this year, NRL star Cooper Cronk announced he was leaving his team of 14 years, Melbourne Storm, to join his fiancé, Tara Rushton, in Sydney.
It was a decision that was met with shock and disbelief: why would such a highly-decorated player, a member of the Hall Of Fame of Rugby League, leave the sport and team that made him a household name behind?
For the 34-year-old sports star, the answer was simple: “There’s more to life than football.”
Cronk said Rushton, who is a Fox Sports presenter, had “worked really hard to get where she is” and he wanted to give her a chance to excel at what she does best.
And it seems the move has made the pair fall more in love than ever: yesterday afternoon, the couple – who dated long distance for several years before announcing their engagement earlier in 2017 – tied the knot in front of family and friends on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Some of Cronk’s current Sydney Rooster teammates, as well as those he played with in Melbourne were in attendance as the pair exchanged vows at Jonah’s restaurant, overlooking Whale Beach.
Rushton, 33, wore a custom lace gown - pictures can be found by clicking here - complete with intricate beaded detail and spaghetti straps.
She wore her hair in loose waves, while her NRL star beau wore a pale blue suit, matching the relaxed atmosphere of their ceremony and reception venue.
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In July, Cooper told Stellar magazine that the pair were planning a "memorable day" for their guests.
"I'm not sure where or when we'll get married, but as long as our nearest and dearest are there," he said.
The pair announced their engagement in January, revealing Cooper had popped the question over the Christmas holidays.
"It was an extra special Christmas for Tara and Cooper this year," a Fox Sports spokeswoman confirmed to the Daily Telegraph.
"They got engaged celebrating the news with close friends and family."
You can find more pictures of their wedding here.