Would a teacher halt her wedding to mark students’ assignment? Or a lawyer head straight to the courtroom after his wedding? Or a farmer leave wedding guests to deliver a calf?
Well, the last scenario happened in Portland, Victoria.
The couple; Jessa and Ben Laws, 32 and 38, are farmers who breed dairy cows and own thousands of fruit trees on their farm.
Jessa and Ben first met in a pub three years ago, and their discussion that night revolved around cows. Their relationship progressed, and they decided to get married.
The wedding was held in their farm, and their song of choice was “Cows Around” by Corb Lund which played as people threw confetti on them.
It was during the reception, right on the dance floor that Jessa got news that one of their cows; Jacot Drama, had gone into labour.
This did not come as a total surprise, as the cow was two days overdue, and with a name such as Drama, the cow was known to cause commotion at inconvenient times. In fact, Jessa had jokingly predicted days ago, that the cow might just deliver on their wedding day.
So, when Jessa heard that Jacot Drama had gone into labour, she ditched her wedding guests and her husband to help the cow. With no thought to her $1,200 wedding gown, Jessa got down into the mud, alongside seven dairy farmers, to help birth Drama’s calf.
“It was a difficult birth because the calf was huge,” Jessa revealed, “but it was a safe delivery.”
At the time, her husband Ben was inside the kitchen making tea for the guests when a friend informed him of the situation. He just laughed and asked, “Jessa is in the mud isn’t she?”
Hours passed until Jessa finally returned to her wedding. By this time, her wedding dress was ruined beyond recognition, and her guests were utterly shocked at her appearance.
“The city people were absolutely amazed. My farming friends were just like, “yep, that’s what we expected of Jessa.”
Jessa was undisturbed by her guests’ shock, as she was over the moon by the birth of the new calf.
“Memories are worth far more than a wedding dress is.” She said.
The new addition to the farm was named Destiny.
Racheal Niza-Val is a Nigerian writer and author. She seeks to use her pen to do only three things. Entertain, Educate, and Enthrall.