Guests travel from over­seas for Whit­sun­day wed­ding

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

SATUR­DAY, Au­gust 2, marked the much-an­tic­i­pated wed­ding be­tween long-term lo­cals and Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club stal­warts Ge­orge Can­field and Zoe Ross (for­merly We­in­stein).

Guests came from far and wide for the event, fly­ing in from the US and UK, as well as states around Aus­tralia. Many sailed in from dif­fer­ent ports, in­clud­ing Can­non­vale, as Ge­orge men­tioned in his speech.

The cer­e­mony was held at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s wed­ding pav­il­ion and presided over by lo­cal cel­e­brant Donna For­nasiero, who per­formed what guests de­scribed as a beau­ti­ful, in­ti­mate and per­son­alised cer­e­mony. The of­fi­cial pro­ceed­ings cul­mi­nated in a wine cer­e­mony, sig­ni­fy­ing the union of lives and love.

Zoe stunned the guests in an el­e­gant ivory wed­ding dress and was sup­ported by her three daugh­ters and best friend, all dressed in gor­geous kaf­tans de­signed and made by fel­low lo­cal Jo Smer­don. Zoe’s two grand­daugh­ters were flower girls, com­pli­mented by Zavier Siev­ers as page boy. Zoe was es­corted up the aisle by her fa­ther and son.

The cou­ple’s ex­chang­ing of rings held one of the many twists to the day, with Zoe re­mov­ing a ban­dage from Ge­orge’s ring fin­ger to re­veal a tat­tooed Turks head wed­ding band and his com­mit­ment to her.

Rather than a tra­di­tional re­cep­tion, guests were in­vited to cel­e­brate the cou­ple’s hap­pi­ness with drinks at the Sail­ing Club’s func­tion area, which had been beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated by the staff.

The only speech was made by the groom, cel­e­brat­ing his love of Zoe, who in re­turn bought a few tears to eyes as she sang “All My Days” to her new hus­band, ful­fill­ing a long time prom­ise to him.

Air­lie and Jonny G en­ter­tained guests through­out the night, who were also treated to the spec­tac­u­lar skills of the lo­cal fire dance troupe.

Guest and long-term friend Ta­nia Watson said it was a per­fect day for a cou­ple de­voted to one another “and a night to cel­e­brate happy times and the fu­ture of two much-loved peo­ple”.

HAPPY COU­PLE: Ge­orge Can­field and Zoe Ross (for­merly We­in­stein) cel­e­brated their mar­riage at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club on Satur­day, Au­gust 2. Photo by Shirley Wod­son Pho­tog­ra­phy.

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