The Courier-Mail - QWeekend

Walk on the wild side

A proposal on a rainforest getaway took an unexpected turn but nothing could dampen the moment

- Story JANE ARMITSTEAD Pictures DANIELLE KNIGHT & CO PHOTOGRAPH­Y & FILM

Adeluge and resulting leeches were an unexpected distractio­n during a romantic rainforest proposal. Scott Burchill had organised with Ashleigh King-Turner to celebrate their six-year anniversar­y with a weekend at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat in northern NSW, complete with a photograph­er to capture the occasion.

Near the end of the shoot, the photograph­er suggested they go back to their cabin for a few final photos.

Ashleigh was distracted on the drive back after discoverin­g some leeches on her ankle. Back at the cabin Scott went inside to get Ashleigh a Band-Aid … and the ring.

They went inside, where it was lit with flickering candles and scattered with rose petals, while romantic music was softly playing.

Scott got down on one knee and proposed, Ashleigh quickly forgot about the leeches, and accepted and the photograph­er, who was in on it, captured the moment.

The Rochedale South couple met more than seven years ago when they were both studying business and law at QUT and they married on August 21, with both the ceremony and reception at Hillstone St Lucia in front of 55 guests.

What was the standout moment of the day?

Ashleigh: During our ceremony rehearsal our celebrant Natasha said we should look at each other as much as possible during the ceremony. We took that advice literally and couldn’t take our eyes off each other! The ceremony felt very intimate, the whole world melted away and it was just us two – squeezing each other’s hands.

Was there a funny moment?

As I commenced the bridal procession, a family of cockatoos decided to screech very loudly in unison, breaking the emotional tension!

We wouldn’t stress the little things. The most important thing to us was being able to celebrate with our loved ones and enjoy our special day. In the end it didn’t matter that we spelt a few names wrong on our seating chart or that we didn’t always stick to the run sheet – it was still perfect.

What would you do differentl­y?

Alice McCall Stardust mini dress, $395, alicemccal­l.com.au

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