Promise to have and to hold secret
HIS marriage proposal came with one condition – the wedding had to be a surprise for their loved ones.
But then again, Eivind Vage Bogerud doesn’t do much by convention.
The Norwegian sailor and his new bride, Heidi, chose to have their two sons at Grafton Base Hospital, so enchanted were they with the Clarence Valley.
The couple have had extended stays in recent years, mooring their yacht, Empire, at Yamba.
The pair set sail from Norway in July, 2005, with the intention of five-year trip during which they would see the world.
Somewhere between continents Heidi fell pregnant with their now two-year-old son, Eirik.
The family’s newest addition, Marius, was born in October last year – a trip from Thailand to Africa took a tangent to Yamba for the pregnancy and birth.
It was shortly after Marius’s birth at Grafton Base Hospital that Eivind popped the question.
In the end it was Marius’s christening (as well as Eirik’s second birthday) on Friday, March 4, that was chosen as the date for the surprise wedding. The venue? Empire, of course, on the Clarence River near Iluka.
Both Eivind and Heidi’s parents were in attendance but only the witnesses were privy to the big secret of the day.
“My mother nearly fell into the water when she realised what was happening,” said Eivind.