They've been together for 21 years and worked side by side in Bedford's packaging department. Well, finally our Panorama clients and lovebirds, Martin McDiarmid and Tracy Argent, have tied the knot - at our own Balyana site.
When the pair first met at the former Panorama TAFE facility, it was love at first sight. They noticed each other across a crowded room….and as they say, the rest is history!
Martin said he was immediately attracted to Tracy's sense of humour and personality.
"....So, I made the first move!" he said.
Tracy remembered: "I just saw him there one day and we walked back to class together. He phoned me not long after and asked me to be his girlfriend," she said.
Martin admitted this wedding proposal was a long time coming.
"I said to Tracy, when the time’s right, I’ll ask your Bedford team leader for your hand in marriage."
"We were just at my house when he proposed. And when he asked, well, I was a bit teary – happy tears though!" said Tracy.
The lovely wedding was an all-Bedford affair. Our hospitality team provided the catering and arranged flowers and decorations, Personnel and Training Officer Mark Smart officiated the union, and Mark's wife Ali even created the wedding cake.
Marks said it was an experience he will never forget.
"Martin and Tracy are a beautiful couple who deserve to spend the rest of their lives together. Having the opportunity to witness them ‘tie the knot’ is one that I won’t forget."
"And being a part of their wedding and celebration in the company of our Bedford family was a very special and inspiring experience. It goes to show that with determination and appropriate support, there is no reason why people with a disability cannot reach their life goals, aspirations and ambitions."
And the key to their successful relationship?
"Plenty of love and good communication," said Martin.
"We go to work and shop together, but also have our hobbies. Every Monday I go down to Cross Road Bowls to play ten pin bowling."
The pair have worked at Bedford since the 1980s, and Martin said the work-life balance suits them both perfectly.
"We work in different areas of packaging, but we still get to see each other throughout the day which is really nice."
The couple say they couldn't be more excited to spend the rest of their lives together.
"He’s a handsome man and I am lucky to have found him, he treats me like an angel. Looks after me and treats me very well," said Tracy admiringly.