Sam Armytage’s wedding heartbreak: Sunrise host reveals her sister and husband Richard Lavender’s family couldn’t attend her nuptials – and why she was in tears just days beforehand
Sunrise host Sam Armytage married millionaire businessman Richard Lavender at an intimate ceremony in the Southern Highlands on New Year’s Eve.
But despite the nuptials being one of the happiest moments of her life, the 44-year-old TV presenter was carrying a secret heartbreak.
Speaking to The Kyle and Jackie O show on Wednesday, Sam revealed that a large portion of the couple’s extended family were unable to attend.
Wedding heartbreak: Sunrise host Sam Armytage has revealed that her sister and several in-laws couldn’t attend her nuptials to Richard Lavender on New Year’s Eve
Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sam’s sister who lives in London could not fly over to attend. Meanwhile, several members of Richard’s family were locked down on the Northern Beaches.
‘All of Richard’s family were locked down in the [Sydney’s] Northern Beaches. They tried to get an exemption, but weren’t allowed out,’ she said.
Fortunately, other members of Sam’s family were able to make it, including her father, Mac, her younger brother, Charlie, and her sister-in-law.
Her mother, Libby, died in November after a 15-year battle with autoimmune disease.
Richard’s daughters, Sasha and Grace, were also believed to be in attendance.
Absent: Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sam’s sister who lives in London could not fly over to attend. Meanwhile, several members of Richard’s family were locked down on the Northern Beaches. Pictured: Sam and Richard on their wedding day in the Southern Highlands
Last-minute hitch: Sam was in tears one day before her wedding as her dress by Carla Zampatti hadn’t show up in time and she couldn’t find a replacement. Luckily it arrived just in time
With a limited guest list, Sam planned her wedding for just 10 people in three days.
However, there was a major hitch one day before she was due to say ‘I do’ which left her distraught.
‘I ordered my dress online and it didn’t turn up. I had to race to Bondi Junction to David Jones to try re-buy the dress, but it was gone,’ she told radio hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.
‘I was in tears running the length of Westfield Bondi. I looked like a mad woman!’
‘I drove back to Bowral in tears to Richard saying, “I haven’t got a dress, we’re getting married tomorrow!”‘ she added.
Luckily for Sam, when she thought all hope was lost she received a notification from the post office that her white long-sleeve dress by Carla Zampatti had arrived.
‘I was scrambling to find restaurants that would take ten’: The TV presenter chose to host the reception at a winery among other diners and tourists
New life: For now, Sam lives in an apartment in the city during the week to film Sunrise, and spends the weekend with Richard in the Southern Highlands
The TV presenter also struggled to find a venue that would host the wedding party on New Year’s Eve.
‘I was desperately scrambling to try find restaurants that would take ten. I rang this winery and we booked a normal table in the restaurant with everyone,’ she said.
Sam said it was nice having other public diners coming up to congratulate them, and intends on having a proper party when all sides of the family can attend.
For now, Sam lives in an apartment the city during the week to film Sunrise, and lives with husband Richard on the weekends.
Sam said Richard does visit her a few times during the week, but he’s not overly fond of the city.
The happy couple started dating in April 2019, and announced their engagement in June last year.
How they came to be: Sam and Richard started dating in April 2019, and announced their engagement in June last year. Pictured on October 3