Their island home was waiting for them

Brendon and Ruth McLaughlin got married on Rottnest Island seven years ago and now live there with their sons Finn (2) and Noah (5).   Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d447708
Their island home was waiting for them
Brendon and Ruth McLaughlin got married on Rottnest Island seven years ago and now live there with their sons Finn (2) and Noah (5). Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d447708

Seven years later, they are living on the island with their two sons, Noah (5) and Finn (2).

Mrs McLaughlin said she had travelled to Rottnest on her parents� boat her whole life and loved it.

�When we were trying to figure out where to get married, we wanted a wedding without the complicated parts, so no vehicles or distance between the wedding and reception,� she said.

�Everyone stayed from Wednesday to Sunday, so it was like a big party with family and friends and being in May we had the island to ourselves.�

Mr McLaughlin moved to Rottnest as the Rottnest Island Authority fire and emergency services manager in January and his wife and children moved over in October.

The firefighter of 10 years said it was a �one-in-a-million� job.

�It�s a dream life to work on an island that�s so different from the mainland,� Mr McLaughlin said.

�It�s close enough to go back for coffee or a haircut when you want to.�

The couple is among many who have married at the chapel since 1873 and last weekend the community celebrated the 50th anniversary of its re-dedication.

The chapel was built in about 1858 but closed in 1903 and was used for staff quarters and storage.

In 1965, the Anglican Church took responsibility for providing worship, occasional services and ministry for visitors and residents and on December 11 that year, Archbishop George Appleton hosted the service of re-dedication.

The Reverend Michael Wood has been at the Chapel since 2009.