Rosie & Ryan | May 2020
I met Rosie about 8 summers ago in a little surf village in Spain – skating along the coastline on her pink penny board, waking up before sunrise to go surfing and always dressed to impress. She met Ryan only a few years ago at a party, but it was literally love at first sight. They danced and kissed until the sun came up. (Mind that Ryan had to go to work the next day and only had one hour of sleep left after he walked Rosie home.) We all knew from day 1 she would marry this guy.
The day Rosie’s dad was diagnosed with cancer, her life got turned upside down. Ryan was there for her when she needed him the most: he took care of her AND her dad like nothing else mattered more to him. Right before her dad eventually passed away, Ryan asked him if he could marry his daughter and… He gave him his blessing.
2 weeks after his passing, R & R went to Morocco together to help Rosie take her mind off of the whole situation. They went glamping in the Stone Desert, had a romantic candlelit diner in the middle of nowhere, enjoyed a few glasses of wine, watched the stars together. And that’s when Ryan asked her to marry him! Of course, she said yes.
Every detail of the wedding was planned months in advance by Rosie herself. They would have a bohemian beach wedding with an intimate ceremony, there would be live cooking and a dinner with friends and family. Hippy surf vibes all the way! But then… Unavoidably, there was Corona. The Belgian restrictions didn’t allow weddings at all. Their wedding had to be postponed, the whole shabang couldn’t go through.
One week (!) before their initial wedding date, the local guidelines changed which allowed them to have a small open air ceremony after all. So they went for it and organized to most beautiful, last-minute wedding I’ll probably ever get to witness.
They had their first look on the beach, they had champagne and lunch together in the dunes and skated to the townhall to get married. They had an intimate backyard ceremony in their community garden and we ended the day with a sunset skate session.
Rosie bought her dress second hand from a blogster in Australia (aka the other side of the world) without ever seeing it in real life or without knowing it would fit. She just knew that it was THE dress. And when she told me she wasn’t planning on wearing shoes on her wedding day, I smiled because it made total sense.
Corona hasn’t made it easy for these two to organize their wedding, but I think it’s safe to say they had an amazing day filled with the people they love and the things they love doing together.
Their advice for future couples: “go back to what really matters. do it for yourself, focus on the intimacy. It’s all about love and being able to share this with the people you care about the most.” Covid19 has been horrible, but R&R dare to say it made their day even more beautiful than anticipated.