Ashlee and Ethan look forward to a happy future
ASHLEE and Ethan Rose met in 2011when Ashley was working as a registered nurse at the Mater Hospital in Rockhampton where Ethan was also an orderly.
"He would say my eyes were the first thing that attracted him to me and for me it was his sweet and gentle personality,” Ashlee said.
While their first date wasn't exactly romantic, it was certainly eventful.
"For our first date Ethan asked me to go watch a local AFL game with him. It was his team and he was injured so he wasn't playing.
"When I got to his house he said, okay, hop in the car, we will leave now, and his mum and brother got in as well. Super awkward. It was an hour's drive to the game which was in Glasstone. He didn't happen to mention any of that when he asked me,” she laughed.
The proposal didn't quite go to plan either.
"We got engaged on the fifth of October, 2014. He had apparently bought the ring two months prior and had hidden it in the house somewhere. He was trying to work out something romantic but after two months he must have panicked and just randomly asked me one morning,” she said.
Their wedding. however, was a magical affair.
The couple were married on July 5 last year at St Peter's Anglican Church with Rev Andrew Cooper presiding as they exchanged rings.
The bridal party, consisting of four flower girls and a page boy (made up of Ethans' nieces and his nephew), three groomsmen (ethan's two brothers and his cousin) and three bridesmaids (Ashlee's sister, best friend from school and close friend) escorted the happy couple down the aisle.
Ashlee wore a beautiful, classic white gown in vintage lace with a thin white leather belt and diamonte detail from When Freddie Met Lily while the men wore suites from Yd men's wear.
The ladies had their hair and makeup done by talented professionals and carried bouquets that perfectly matched their dusty pink gowns.
The venue for the photographs, taken by Tegan Maree Photography, was Ashlee's parents' dairy farm.
"My close girlfriend from Rocky had always wanted to see the dairy. So in the middle of the photos, Jodi ducked off into the milking shed all dressed up and came back 20 minutes later when she had finished having a chat with the workers.
"She had cow manure all over her shoes and the bottom of her dress.
"She smelled so much that we had to dump her shoes and cut the bottom of her dress off!” Ashlee said.
The reception at the Gympie RSL's Orchid Room had more than 100 guests attend from as far away as Brisbane and Rockhampton.
The couple worked hard to decorate the venue for their big event before cutting their cake and dancing the night away with their guests to music from Sunshine Coast DJ Hire.
Ashlee said she was also thrilled that both sets of her grandparents were able to attend.
"The best thing about the day was having all our friends and family together and in the same place for the celebration,” she said.
They were then whisked off on a two-week honeymoon, with one week at Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland and the other at The Ramada Cove Resort at Stradbroke Island.
Ashlee said her magical day was perfect but the best is yet to come.
"I'm most looking forward to living a long, happy and healthy life together as well as raising a family,” she said.