Saturday 31st October 2015
Driving through two hours of solid torrential rain had me fearing the worst for how Rosanna and Scott's Wedding day would turn out. But as soon as I was close enough to see the Ocean the skies cleared and the day was nothing but spectacular from there in! Arriving at Seacroft I could almost feel my camera jumping out of its bag and taking on a life of its own out of excitement...this place was amazing! Once an old Monastery it was lovingly being restored by it's owners with Rosie and Scott's Wedding being the first held there. But the previous nights weather had taken it's toll, bringing down the marquee they had spent the previous day erecting. So it was literally all hands on deck to move the Wedding inside the incomplete Chapel and give it a last minute decor.
I've known Scott for many years, both of us lucky to be surrounded by a huge circle of awesome friends who all connected through music in High School. I met Rosanna through Scott and quickly saw this was one talented, smart and visionary woman. Rosie works in fashion & textile design and runs her own Fair Trade Bridal label. Now the path for the two of them to be together was not always smooth. They first met swimming in the Sea by a beach in Kerala, South India, almost mid-way between their home countries of England and Australia. They spent some time together in New York and France before returning to their own Countries. Eleven months passed before being reunited and the decision was made for Rosie to join Scott in Australia. This meant diplomatic decisions overpowered romance and they were married at the Registry Office. So on Saturday 31st October 2016 it was about celebrating with friends and family from near and far with the 'wedding' they never had.
Their ceremony was held in the style of the Quaker tradition, where anyone and everyone can stand up and speak at any time. I found this incredible to be a part of. To dedicate an hour to such free, honest and genuine speech was heartwarming and quite emotional! Rosanna first walked in to a stirring rendition of 'Immigrant' by Nitin Sawnhey, Ange's vocals almost transporting you to India itself. A surprise Acapella performance by four of their dear friends during the Ceremony had the couple in tears and goosebumps around the room. After the ceremony everyone congregated on the vast green lawn overlooking the Ocean for canapes and more music entertainment. When you are a musician there is no shortage of talent to go around at your own Wedding!
Now the term DIY wedding is often thrown around but these two seriously took that to another level. Not only did Rosanna design and make her own dress, she also made her own ring, the decorations and place settings. Flowers were sourced from native scrub near the Ocean that morning and arranged by best friends, the Wedding cake was made by Rosanna's Mum & Aunt after arriving in England two days before the Wedding...seriously the list of helpers and amazing moments are just too many for me to mention! Oh, and the inclusion of subtle Halloween decor was a quaint touch as their Wedding happened to be held on Halloween. Topping it off with a first dance to "Today' by the Smashing Pumpkins certainly set the party into full motion!
This was a REALLY hard Wedding to leave!! I did however get a huge smile when I drove back past just before dawn broke the next morning to see lights on and the party still going for some :) What ever continents life takes the both of you on I have no doubt you will achieve great things.x
Bridal Gown Rosanna Ford Bridal | Accessories Vintage earrings from Ebay and Vintage bracelet from Op Shop | Shoes Aldo UK | HAMU Bride | Flowers Sourced wild & arranged by Lauren Daly | Groom Topman | Groom shoes Paul Smith | Grooms ring by Erin K | Catering & Cake all made by Bride/Groom or guests | Music various friends, Connotations main band for Reception |