Bride follows heart for dream wedding
A CHANCE encounter 10 years ago in Toowoomba culminated in an all-pink Cinderella wedding for Toowoomba's Roseanne Hogan and professional rugby league player Brett Seymour.
Roseanne Hogan and Brett Seymour met 10 years ago in Toowoomba.
At the time the bubbly Roseanne from Toowoomba was a cheerleader for the Queensland Cup rugby league team and Queensland State of Origin sides and Brett was a professional rugby league player playing for the Toowoomba Clydesdales.
Fraternising between cheerleaders and football players was not encouraged so Roseanne retired from the squad.
Three months later she moved from Toowoomba to Brisbane and the couple have been together since. Brett's career has taken them from Brisbane to Sydney and New Zealand where he played for the Warriors.
"We instantly loved New Zealand and felt that this was the place we wanted to get married," Roseanne said.
Anyone who knows Roseanne understands her love for pink.
"I love the Cinderella story and everything girly, pretty and classy."
So it is no surprise that was the theme of the wedding.
"One of the many things I love about Brett is that he really gets me and loves me for me and all the pink things we have in our house, from our kitchen appliances to our bed linen in all shades of pink."
Brett and Roseanne were married at St Mathews in Auckland City where the bride's great grandmother was married and her nanna christened.
"We didn't know this at the time we chose the church though, we found out after, so it was meant to be and even more special," she said.
They arrived to the church in a yellow stretch hummer, "as there were no pink ones in New Zealand".
The couple's miniature chihuahua Pinky also played a big role on the day, wearing a pink tutu and carried down the aisle by the maid of honour Sonya Hart.
"My bridesmaids bopped down the aisle to Marilyn Monroe 'I wanna be loved by you' and I walked down to the traditional bridal march," she said.
The reception room was transformed into a pink wonderland with pink and white ostrich feathers in tall Eifel tower vases for centrepieces and a candy station full of delicious pink and white treats.
Many of Roseanne's family still live in Toowoomba and travelled to New Zealand for the event.
"It was great having them there for our special day," Roseanne said.
"My mum Desiree helped me so much with everything and she is my best friend. I miss her so much and it was so special having her with me on the day."
Roseanne's message to any bride planning a wedding was to follow your heart.
"Plan your wedding exactly how you want," she said.
"It's the one day that you can express your true personality and your love for each other."
For Roseanne the most special part of the day was walking down the aisle "to marry my Prince Charming".
"Marrying Brett was the most amazing and wonderful feeling in the world. We are still floating on a happy cloud and our whole wedding was dream come true."
Mr and Mrs Seymour are now packing for a move to England where Brett has signed a three-year deal to play with rugby league team Hull FC.
They are off to Paris for their honeymoon.