How Jesinta and Buddy kept their wedding a secret
Behind their epic operation: fake names, multiple venues and a whole lot of denials.
Two weeks after she announced their wedding plans were ‘on hold’, Jesinta Campbell and Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin secretly wed on Friday.
But just exactly how did the model and AFL player manage to keep their nuptials under wraps?
According to social media posts, Jesinta and Buddy chose ‘fake names’ to book their venue, using the monikers Shaz and Tony.
And in another extreme attempt to avoid media attention, wedding guests were told on social media a number of possible venues – and three locations are rumoured to have been New Zealand, Barossa and the Blue Mountains.
It was later revealed that their ceremony was held at the Mount Wilson’s Wildensten Gardens in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.
The 25-year-old beauty also had another red herring ahead of her nuptials – the David Jones ambassador worked right up until the day before and opening the annual Christmas window display at the Sydney CBD store, as well as the new department store in Barangaroo.
Jesinta and Buddy, 29, were originally set to tie the knot in January, but postponed it as Buddy battled a mental health issue and withdrew from the 2015 AFL final series.
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Since then, the pair has dodged split rumours and late last month, Jesinta told Today host Lisa Wilkinson that their wedding was on hold again.
“No, for us, this year was for us focusing on health and happiness and getting through the year,” she said.
“For us, health and happiness were the big focus this year and the marriage was king of put on the back-burner.”
And while she was always open about the kind of wedding she wanted – telling The Daily Telegraph, “It’s going to be incredibly intimate and about celebrating our love, our happiness and our families,” – just last week she tried to throw everyone off the scent, telling Who they weren’t even going to think about planning a wedding until 2017.
“This year with Bud it’s been one day at a time, so we will kind of see what happens next year,” she said. “But for now, we’re just enjoying life.”
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