Dream day ruined

December 04, 2017

Russell Griffin sits atop some sandbags that helped keep the water out of the Euroa Butter Factory.

Wet and wild weather overnight on Friday led to a wedding being cancelled at the Euroa Butter Factory. Saturday morning proved to Butter Factory owners Russell Griffin and Rebecca Gannon that it was not a nice day for a white wedding.

It was with heavy hearts they informed a Melbourne couple their wedding would not be able to take place because the weather posed a safety risk. Mr Griffin said there were a few tears from the bride and groom, who booked the popular wedding venue 18 months ago and had even planned a full vegan menu.

Stunning flower arrangements sat indoors on beautifully decorated tables, while a cake was ready to have the final touches put on it. Mr Griffin and Ms Gannon bought the Euroa Butter Factory in 2004 and spent three to four years renovating it.

They have been running the venue for seven years and specialise in weddings. Sadly this was the first time they had had to cancel a wedding and Mr Griffin described it as devastating.

“We were beaten by the weather,” he said. “We’re still talking to the couple, obviously they’re absolutely devastated.”

During the rain the Butter Factory implemented its flood plan and sandbagged the building.

“We know that the side near the creek is the most vulnerable, so we start there,” Mr Griffin said.

Unfortunately, a cancelled wedding was not the only tragedy. Down the road, floodwater swept away a 10-day-old foul. Mr Griffin said its owners tried to get it to safety, but it did not want to leave its mother’s side and when the water rose it could not escape the pull from the current.

Mr Griffin said the Butter Factory had started a campaign on its Facebook page to see if anyone could help the couple out with donating flowers and other items for a second go at their big day.

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