Couple tie knot as thousands celebrate at Daylesford’s ChillOut festival

Jessica Reed and Jacqui McDonald. Picture: Jeremy Bannister
Jessica Reed and Jacqui McDonald. Picture: Jeremy Bannister

One lucky couple married onstage at the first ChillOut Festival in Daylesford since last year’s resounding “yes” vote in the same sex marriage plebiscite.

Jessica Reed and Jacqui McDonald took the plunge and said “I do” in front of a massive crowd at Victoria Park after a parade through town celebrating all things LGBTI on Sunday morning.

They had won a competition that included accommodation at Holyrood House, wedding photography from Love is Love Photography and dinner at Mercato restaurant.

Ms Reed said it was a “big shock” to win the competition, which was held to celebrate the historic changes to Australia’s same-sex marriage laws.

“We were plucked out of a hat, we only found out about a month ago, we planned on getting married later in the year but we found out literally a month ago,” she said.

“I’ve been thinking about it ever since the laws changed, I remember when Howard and Ruddock changed them in 2004, it’s fantastic the change.”

It comes after Ballarat recorded the second highest “yes’”vote of all non-metro Victorian electorates, with 70.5 per cent of survey respondents voting to change to the Marriage Act. 

Ms McDonald said it was a thrill to take part in ChillOut’s parade.

“Everyone is so supportive and it’s positive vibes.”