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community newsWeddings Novel touch by suitor proves
opposites attract in romance
Karen and Peter Kelly married on October 19, 2013.
Picture: Photo: AJ Photography
MANY people leave Mooseheads with
little more than a hangover but for
Canberra's Karen Kelly, nee Hardy, a
spur of the moment night out eventu-
ated in a wedding.
Mrs Kelly met Peter at the late-night
institution just over two years ago.
"It was a public holiday, so it was
actually on a Sunday. A few friends
and I decided to go out, just a girls'
night out -- I wasn't expecting to meet
anyone," she said.
"We have absolutely nothing in
common -- he's from the country, I'm
from the city. He's from a big family,
I'm an only child."
Opposites attracted, however, and
the couple became engaged six months
later while on holiday along the NSW
"We went down to the coast, and I
love reading," Mrs Kelly said.
"There was a present waiting for me
on the bed -- it was a Stephen King
book, which I already had. I was trying
to think of how to break it to him and
I opened it up and the middle was cut
out and a ring was inside."
The couple married in the Lavender
Garden at the Hyatt Hotel on October
19 surrounded by about 85 guests.
Despite a few nerves the weather
was perfect and the day ran surpris-
"I was a bit nervous. I chose to walk
down the aisle by myself -- I think I
almost ran down the aisle," she said.
"I always said I wasn't going to cry
but then I did -- a single tear leaked out
which was a bit embarrassing.
"The weather was perfect. It was
pretty low-key and quick -- the day flew
by quite quickly."
Mrs Kelly wore a strapless white,
tulle-lined dress from Rosey's Bridal-
wear on the day, but not without
injecting a touch of personality before-
"I had it altered by Rockstars and
Royalty. I got a bit of pink under the
tulle to give it a subtle pink tinge. I also
had a bit of pink around the bodice. I
like pink and wanted to look a bit
different," she said.
"My dress was so big [that] when
they presented the bride and groom, I
told everyone to try not to break
something, being a beautiful, heritage-
listed building, and I knocked a glass
off the table and broke it."
Despite the minor mishap, the
reception was a breeze with great food
and some funny speeches.
"There was so much food and
everyone ran onto the dance floor and
partied," Mrs Kelly said.
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