While most parents settle for a nod in the groom’s speech on their son or daughter’s wedding day, Jesinta Campbell chose to pay tribute to her mum and dad in a more unique way.
In a stunning wedding gallery shared with Vogue, the 25-year-old model and television presenter revealed that while she and her new husband Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin signed the marriage certificate during their November nuptials, there was a special song playing.
Her parents’ wedding song.
Jesinta shares a close relationship with her parents, Andrew and Valerie, and has publicly hailed her mother as a role model for her work ethic and achievements in education.
The former Miss Universe Australia was among the first students at a school Valerie started on the Gold Coast in 1997, a school that began in a single room in the suburb of Labrador and now sits on 10 acres at Mount Nathan and boasts close to 500 students.
“You always inspire me mum and your passion for education is truly admirable,” she wrote on Instagram last year.
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As Jesinta told Vogue, she and Buddy were also intent on acknowledging his family during the Blue Mountains ceremony, which they did by paying tribute to the 30-year-old’s Indigenous heritage.
An Indigenous elder sung, and blessed the land and the marriage.
“It was really moving and I’ll never forget that feeling,” she told the publication.
Jesinta and Buddy announced their engagement in December 2014, a little over a year after they went public with their relationship.
Their November 4 wedding was an incredibly intimate occasion, with immediate family and friends and, miraculously, no paparazzi.
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