‘2023 has been quite the year!’
Luke Jacobz, a former star of Home and Away, and his wife Raychel Stuart have revealed their first child is on the way.
The pair wed on June 3 in Sydney’s Centennial Park, and the surprise comes just a few weeks later.
The statement was made via an Instagram post on Tuesday morning by the actor best known for his role as Angelo Rosetta on the Channel 7 serial opera.
“2023 has been quite the year!” he exclaimed.
“June wedding and November birth!
“We already have so much love in our home and can’t wait to welcome our bundle of joy.
“I’m so in awe of my incredible wife! She’s doing such a great job!”
After breaking the news, Jacobz gave his first interview about it on The Morning Show. He disclosed that he and his wife had been trying to expand their family for some time.
Raychel and I are expecting a child! We’ve been trying for a while, so the news came after we arranged the wedding, and we are so, very delighted,” he said on Tuesday morning.
We’re overjoyed because we promised not to postpone the wedding simply because Raychel is expecting.
He said, “poor Raychel had this gorgeous designer dress for the wedding, but she couldn’t wear it because of her growing baby bump.”
The actor said, “She had to purchase another dress for the wedding but she looked stunning.
“We’ll be having a baby in November!”
The couple had to postpone their wedding twice due to the epidemic, and the actor previously admitted he wasn’t sure the day would come. Now they have announced the birth of a kid and their impending marriage.
So our day actually did happen. We were engaged after 3 failed attempts and 499 days apart on July 5 on Instagram, according to Jacobz.
Being married to my best friend makes me really proud. After going through so much, we can finally spend the remainder of our lives together as husband and wife.
He continued by describing the day as “magical” as he posted pictures of the event.
In 2018, the couple first declared their engagement.
According to them, Stuart and Jacobz’s stepfather John walked down the aisle with Stuart as they said ‘I do’ in Sydney’s Centennial Park.
When John was asked to do it, he was “just completely blown away,” according to Luke.
“It was a really special moment.”
Both the bride and groom had lost their fathers and Stuart’s brothers were not able to attend the wedding, remaining in the US.
“I was a mess,” Jacobz said of the wedding, “When I saw Raychel I just lost it because we’ve been waiting so long for it to happen.”
“I ended up using all the tissues, and not Raychel which was part of the plan.”
After the wedding, the couple celebrated at Lavendra in North Sydney, their favourite Indian eatery.
Stuart and Jacobz met in 2017, but because of the pandemic’s limits on foreign travel, they were forced to live apart for 16 months.
Stuart eventually finished her 14-day quarantine in Sydney so she could meet her partner in person.
“She’s here at last! 499 days after separating! I am reunited with the love of my life!!” In June 2021, Jacobz posted on social media.
“The very first day Raychel came to Australia, we did the @bridgeclimb at night! So we are doing it again today!! The sun is out and we can’t wait!!!”
On November 11 2020, Jacobz shared an emotional post on the day that was meant to be their wedding day.
“Right now it’s 11.11am on 11/11/2020. Today, I was supposed to Marry the Love of my Life. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has forced us to postpone,” he wrote. “This year has been incredibly difficult for us because we haven’t seen each other since 22nd January – 294 Days or 7,055+hrs, which is 423,400+ minutes since I have held her hand, brushed the hair back over her ear, looked into her eyes, made her coffee, picked her up and hugged her, slapped her butt, slow danced with her, made her breakfast in bed, opened the car door for her, raced her up the stairs with her, given her the pickle off my burger, shared popcorn with her, watched Jeopardy with her, held her face and kissed her …”
The couple announced their engagement on November 26, 2018.
Jacobz played Angelo Rosetta on Home and Away from 2008 to 2011, and reprised his role in 2020.
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