Couple marry on memorable day

01:00, Dec 12 2012
WHITE WEDDING: Darrell Blayney and Tracey Waho married today - 12/12/12 -in front of more than 100 people at the Dugald Mackenzie Rose Garden in the Esplanade.

For the nit-pickers out there, the timing of a Palmerston North couple's wedding was not absolutely perfect, but for those there it was a mere sidenote.

Darrell Blayney and Tracey Waho - now Tracey Waho-Blayney - got married today in front of more than 100 people at the Dugald Mackenzie Rose Garden in the Esplanade.

Like many couples around the country, and the world, they planned to begin their marriage ceremony at 12:12pm on what is the 12th day of the 12th month 2012.

Instead it began three minutes later at 12:15, but they could be forgiven a few minutes here or there.

The couple originally planned to marry on the 10/10/10 but sudden family losses forced them to postpone.

They decided they still wanted their anniversary to roll off the tongue so they chose today - the last time for 89 years that a trifecta date will occur.


Waho, 48, grew up in Levin and Blayney, 44, in Shannon.

They met when Blayney moved into apartments that Waho was managing.

They quickly got talking, Blayney asked Waho out for "a feed", and it snowballed from there.

It is the second marriage for both of them.

Waho's daughter Felicia Whiu said Blayney was a typical "blokey bloke".

Her mum was a romantic type but despite being "chalk and cheese" they worked really well together.

"They challenge each other constantly and love each other to the ends of the earth - though don't ask Darrell to say that in public."

An example of their love came after only a week of dating when Waho's mother went into hospital.

"Though Darrell didn't know our family he was constantly by mum's side in the hospital - sometimes for hours on end," Whiu said.

"That just shows it was true love from the beginning - although my grandmother did ask him if he was just coming up to perve at the nurses."