Farmer couple had their wedding interrupted after a dairy cows gave birth during the reception

Something old, something moo! Farmer bride gets down in the mud in her $1,200 dress and delivers a calf at her wedding reception in front of 100 guests

  • Jessa and Ben Laws, 32 and 38, got married on their farm on Saturday April 24
  • The pair from Portland, Victoria have dairy cows and thousands of fruit trees
  • But their wedding was interrupted after a heavily pregnant cow gave birth 
  • While her wedding dress was ruined, Jessa was thrilled with the calf’s arrival  

A cow has interrupted an Australian farming couple’s wedding by giving birth to her heifer calf during the packed reception of 100 people.

Jessa Laws, 32, and her now husband Ben, 38, got married on Saturday April 24 on their farm in Gorae near Portland, Victoria.

Jessa told Daily Mail Australia her wedding dress was ruined but deemed it to be ‘inconsequential’ compared to the excitement of the newborn calf.

‘We were expecting the birth as she was a few days overdue and a few of our farmer guests helped keep an eye on her throughout the day,’ she said.

The calf arrived at 7pm during the reception in front of several guests soon after the final wedding speech. 

The heavily pregnant dairy cow gave birth to a baby calf during the reception of Jess and Ben Laws wedding on April 24 

The pair (pictured) were expecting the birth of the calf as the cow was a few days overdue

Jessa told Daily Mail Australia her wedding dress was ruined but deemed it to be 'inconsequential' compared to the newborn calf

Jessa told Daily Mail Australia her wedding dress was ruined but deemed it to be ‘inconsequential’ compared to the newborn calf (pictured right)

The ‘unforgettable experience’ shocked guests, but Jessa said it was ‘typical’ for the cow, named Jacot Drama, to cause a commotion at inconvenient times.

‘Earlier we joked and said she’s definitely going to give birth on our wedding day,’ she said.

‘On the night a friend came and told me there’s two feet showing.’

Jessa said around seven dairy farmers helped deliver the calf and ensured ‘everything was okay’ – as she just missed the birth. 

The 'unforgettable experience' shocked guests, but Jessa said it was 'typical' for the cow, named Jacot Drama, to cause a commotion at inconvenient times

Jessa said around seven dairy farmers helped deliver the calf

The ‘unforgettable experience’ shocked guests, but Jessa said it was ‘typical’ for the cow, named Jacot Drama, to cause a commotion at inconvenient times

‘It was a difficult birth because the calf was huge, but it was a safe delivery,’ she said.

At the time her husband Ben was inside the house when a friend told him the news.

‘I just laughed and said “Jessa’s in the mud, isn’t she?”,’ Ben said and didn’t expect anything other.

The new addition to the farm was later named Destiny. 

The newly wedded couple got married their own farm in Gorae near Portland, Victoria

The newly wedded couple got married their own farm in Gorae near Portland, Victoria

Jessa is hoping the dry cleaners will return her wedding dress to the original condition, but isn't too concerned (dress pictured after the birth)

Jessa is hoping the dry cleaners will return her wedding dress to the original condition, but isn’t too concerned (dress pictured after the birth)

The pair also had a wedding cake made from their own cheese (pictured) and supplied freshly made cider

The pair also had a wedding cake made from their own cheese (pictured) and supplied freshly made cider 

Jessa said cows are the ‘foundation’ of her a Ben’s relationship, as they first met in a pub three years ago talking about cows.

‘After the ceremony, as people were throwing confetti, our song of choice was “Cows Around” by Corb Lund, which we thought was very fitting,’ she said.

Jessa is hoping the dry cleaners will return her $1,200 wedding dress to the original condition, but she isn’t too concerned.

‘Memories are worth far more than a wedding dress is – the calf was worth getting in the mud,’ she said.

‘It will definitely be a wedding people will be talking about with their families for a long time to come.’

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