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'We never thought about snow' - Father of the bride stranded in Amsterdam as couple fear 'white out' wedding day

AN Australian bride planning to marry her Irish fiance said she hopes her white wedding doesn't turn into a Storm Emma white-out.

Mia Bronotte from Sydney is scheduled to marry her fiance, David Walsh, in Cork tomorrow- but her father, Michael, has been stranded in Amsterdam by the Russian Arctic conditions and other guests cannot reach Ireland from the UK.

"I'm a little bit disappointed," she said.

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"When people were travelling to Ireland for the wedding I told them to pack clothes for wet weather - none of us were worried about snow."

"Most of the time it is raining here but we never thought about snow."

Mia's mother and sister were luckily already in Ireland - but her father was travelling later and got stuck at Schipol Airport as Storm Emma hit western Europe.

"We were going to get married at Cork Registry Office in the morning but I believe it will be closed."

"We are just going to go ahead and have our reception party at the Castle Hotel in Macroom."

Mia and David said they have no choice but to get the legal element of their wedding done next week.

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"Everyone has been so lovely to us once they heard about our wedding and the weather problems."

"Our florist has been wonderful at Enchanted Flowers - she has all the flowers at her house so that she can get them to us in the morning."

"Everyone at the Castle Hotel has also been fantastic and our wedding cake is already there."

Mia said the reception is scheduled to begin at 8pm tomorrow - to allow people the maximum amount of time to reach the venue over icy, snow-covered roads.

When Mia and David's story made Cork radio station RedFM they were flooded with offers of help and support - including a replacement photographer given that their original photographer was unable to reach Macroom because of treacherous roads.

Mia admitted her main concern is that her father, Michael, can make it to Ireland in time.

"We are hoping he can get a flight tomorrow  to Cork. My mum and my sister are here from Australia and they are freezing because it is nothing like at home."

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"Hopefully tomorrow things will work out and he will make it in time."

"Lots of the guests are locals and they have booked rooms in the hotel. But we have friends from London who cannot get here."

Mia admitted such weather conditions are totally unknown in Sydney.

"It is not such an Australian wedding - it is certainly not something you see in Australia," she joked.

"But we are going to make it a wedding in style."

The bride brought her wedding dress from Australia to Ireland last December. Mia met David in Sydney and it was love at first sight.

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