Aussie first: wedding held at Noosa Men's Shed
THE Noosa Men's Shed celebrated possibly an Australian first, or even world first, on the weekend - hosting a marriage on its property.
Julia Lehnhoff and Gavin Menkens, now Mr and Mrs Menkens, tied the knot on Saturday at the Noosa Heads grounds, surrounded by 45 family and friends.
The couple decided on the venue as it holds deep sentimental value, playing an integral role in Mr Menken's recovery from a brain aneurysm in 2014.
"Having that contact with the men, it's really been great for him, he's just grown from there," Mrs Menkens said.
The reception was held in the 'army shed', an ex-Vietnam War hall nestled among plants Mr Menkens brought to life during his recovery.
Because of his decreased motor skills, Mr Menken's started helping at the Shed by watering the gardens.
He has since developed a green thumb and planted "hundreds and hundreds" of plants at the site.
Before Mr Menkens' illness, he helped Mrs Menkens through the death of her mother as a supportive partner in the first year of their relationship.
"Gav was really good with my mother passing away," Mrs Menkens said.
"He's very caring."
The caring husband and wife will now enjoy life together in Noosa, with their pet dog Ziva, after a honeymoon to Tasmania.
"He's still got his sense of humour, we have a laugh," Mrs Menkens said.
"He keeps trying, he's proud of what he does."