Mistake text message sealed Mackay couple's fate

20th September 2017 12:09 PM
NEWLYWEDS: Rebecca and Steven Johnston on their wedding day last Saturday. NEWLYWEDS: Rebecca and Steven Johnston on their wedding day last Saturday. Nadine Kemp

NEWLYWEDS Rebecca and Steven Johnston met nine years ago, in the most unlikely and incredible way.

In 2008, Rebecca, a primary school teacher, was trying to text message a friend but pinned in the wrong number, sending the message instead to Steven who had just moved to Mackay, of all places.

"We didn't know each other at all but for some reason we just kept chatting,” Rebecca said.

"I think back and I'm like wow did that really happen, we became closer and eventually started going out.

"Our first date was at Sorbellos our favourite restaurant, eventually that lead to us moving in together and then we got engaged, we've been together nine years on the 21st of this month.”

After six happy years together, Steven decided it was time to ask Rebecca to be his wife, at a location that held meaning to the both of them.

"We used to walk our old dog Cooper at east point at Harbour Beach,” Rebecca said.

They jet off to their honeymoon cruise this weekend.
They jet off to their honeymoon cruise this weekend. Nadine Kemp

"We went there and Johno said he forgot his water bottle and went to go grab it then came back, he got down on one knee, popped out a ring and asked me to marry him on the beach.

"It was a special place for us because we'd spend most afternoons there, we'd been together so long, I joked and said 'well are you sure?', when he asked me.”

On Saturday, September 16, over the weekend, the pair finally said their vows and became husband and wife for life, inviting close to 70 guests along to help them celebrate their special day.

Many travelled from as far as Tasmania, Emerald, the Northern Territory and Brisbane just to be there to witness the moment.

"We chose to have it at the Mackay Golf Club, because Johno was pretty much born into golf, playing his whole life so we wanted to incorporate it in some way,” Rebecca said.

The pair have been together for nine years, meeting by accident over text.
The pair have been together for nine years, meeting by accident over text. Nadine Kemp

"Everything was stunning, green and lush, it was the perfect location.

"We had just an intimate ceremony, 59 adults, 7 kids, family is a really big part of both our lives to it was important to keep it family orientated, a long with a few close friends.”

According to Rebecca the most memorable moment of the day was walking down the aisle and seeing Steven in awe waiting for her at the end.

"It was so emotional, I just saw this face and was like wow this is it,” she said.

"Then to turn around and see so many faces there just for us, it was really special, having my dad by my side was amazing too, it made my day.”

For Steven, that moment was when Rebecca first arrived, seeing her pull up in the car and catching her gaze for the first time.

The most emotional moment of the day for the pair, was hearing their families speeches, trying their best to hold back tears as they listened to the kind words.

They got engaged while walking the dog on their favourite beach and the rest became history.
They got engaged while walking the dog on their favourite beach and the rest became history. Nadine Kemp

"I think just to hear them speak and how much the day meant to them,” Rebecca said.

"They said they were proud of us and it was just special because they've supported us our whole lives. There were many many tears.”

Now happily married, the couple are eagerly awaiting their honeymoon this weekend, Rebecca's first overseas trip ever.

"We're going on a cruise on Saturday for a week,” she said.

"It's very exciting, we'll just be relaxing, chilling by the pool and enjoying the one on one time together.

"Because I'm a teacher and Johno does shift work at the Goonyella mines we often go three days or so without seeing each other, so this time together will be really nice.”

They said while they were relieved the organisation side of the wedding was over, it was a moment they wish they got to relive.

After returning from their holiday the couple said they will be settling back into work and focusing on saving for a new home together.

"We will look to have kids down the track as well.”