Dunga Derby participants Heather Coulter and Darren Senter have a 'mock' wedding with son Zach Senter at the Nanango Races on August 3.
Dunga Derby participants Heather Coulter and Darren Senter have a 'mock' wedding with son Zach Senter at the Nanango Races on August 3. Jessica McGrath

Why Nanango Races was the perfect spot for wedding vows

"IF YOU'RE getting married, you do it in front of your family."

This is why Heather Coulter and her fiance Darren Senter decided to have a mock wedding at the Nanango Races on Saturday, August 3.

Ms Coulter said her fellow Dunga Derby drivers felt like family after their four day tour around the South Burnett, Western Downs and Fraser Coast.

"They're the same as a normal family, just a bit crazier," Ms Coulter said.

Ms Coulter dressed up as the bride, Daren Senter as the groom and his son Zach Senter as the minister for the fahsions on the field group dress up competition.

Dunga Derby participants Heather Coulter and Darren Senter have a 'mock' wedding with son Zach Senter at the Nanango Races on August 3.
Dunga Derby participants Heather Coulter and Darren Senter have a 'mock' wedding with son Zach Senter at the Nanango Races on August 3. Jessica McGrath
 

The Stratton Finance Wide Bay team in car 26 were surrounded by the other Dunga Derby teams as they said their vows during the 'warm-up wedding'.

"I promise to have and to hold and to serve your beer cold, until death do us part," Ms Coulter said.

The team smashed their first derby goal and raised $5740 to support Fraser Coast families and individuals affected by life-limiting medical conditions.

The Hervey Bay pair are due to get married on Fraser Island on October 9, but their love story started when they met at work seven years ago.

Ms Coulter had just been offered the job when the company's executive director of the company called Mr Senter in and told him, 'I've just hired your future wife'.

A few months later they started dating, and will celebrate their official wedding ceremony with their three-year-old daughter Georgia, friends and family later this year.

The Fraser Coast Dunga Derby group travelled from August 1 to 4, stopping in at destinations like Miles, the stunning Boyne River, the Proston Rally track and Boondooma Dam.

Mr Senter said he enjoyed driving through mostly national parks during the derby.

"A lot of people of private properties allowed us to travel through," he said.

In addition to raising funds for Fraser Coast families, the derby invested money in each of the towns they passed through and left a legacy for.

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