Romantic proposals don’t get better than this. Whilst hiking a mountain on the Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ed Sixsmith dropped to one knee producing his grandmother’s ring from 1939 to propose to partner Kate Gazzard.

The couple first met while working together in the emergency department at the Royal Children’s Hospital where Kate was studying her paediatric exams and Ed was the senior doctor. After Kate changed hospitals they stayed in touch playing Words with Friends before eventually going on their first date about four months later.

Dedicated in achieving an environmentally-friendly wedding the couple planned to get married in the UK, saving Ed’s family and friends from travelling from overseas and in turn reducing their carbon footprint. Unfortunately international borders closed due to Covid-19 and they were forced to cancel their plans. 

Refocusing, the pair set about organising a festival-style wedding at the Cumberland River Holiday Park, just outside Lorne where guests were to stay in the onsite cabins. Using only local vendors and to assist in reducing their environmental impact they organised vegetarian food only, no single-use plastics and renewable energy for power. They even booked a tree-planting service to offset the impact of their wedding.

With everything booked and ready to go, the couple endured yet another blow to their plans when a snap lockdown the week before was announced, causing them to cancel their wedding again.

After lockdown was lifted the following weekend the couple decided to go ahead with a small wedding and with only four days’ notice managed to secure the RACV Torquay venue.

Kate looked every bit a fairy princess in a gold and silver sequined star dress from Moonstruck Bride paired with gold Doc Martens and a recycled-from-plastic-bottles-faux-fur jacket. While Ed matched the glamour in a striking fuchsia-coloured suit from MJ Bale.

The couple finally managed to tie the knot in front of 50 guests with their family and friends from interstate and overseas watching via Zoom. It wasn’t the wedding they had planned but in a lot of ways it was even better.

“One the most memorable moments for me was when my sister Sarah and our celebrant said we were officially married. It suddenly hit me that it actually had happened. We almost forgot to kiss,” laughs Kate.

“For me it was standing with my best mate, my soon-to-be sisters-in-law, my parents and family online beside me while watching Kate walk down the aisle,” adds Ed.

“It is disappointing when your wedding gets cancelled but then you realise the dress, hair, makeup, venue, food, wine, cake, flowers, lights, camera, action don’t really matter that much. What really matters is being surrounded by the people you love,” says Kate.

Kate and Ed are hoping they will be able to have their big party one day with all of their original providers.

Honourable mentions

Gown: The Orion from Moonstruck Bride @moonstruckbride
Bridesmaids gowns: whatever they wanted! They all had matching Ena Pelly faux fur to rug up for the planned winter campground outdoor wedding
Shoes: Kate – Doc Martens (gold). Ed – RM Williams
Hair: Emily McGrath at Style Bar in Barwon Heads @ emily_stylebar.barwonheads
Makeup: Emily McGrath and Megan Everett @emilymcgrathmakeupartist @meganeverettmakeup
Suits: MJ Bale
Rings: RUUSK @ruusk
Celebrant: Sarah Gazzard (Ceremonies with Sarah) @ceremonieswithsarah
Ceremony: RACV Resort Torquay
Reception: RACV Resort Torquay Ballroom
Flowers: As Daisy Does – @asdaisydoes
Catering: RACV Resort Torquay
Cake: Kate’s sister Georgia made it!
Photography: Nic Stephens @nicstephensphotography
Honeymoon: Lockdown at home in Jan Juc!