Moving to their own beat

Moving to their own beat

Melanie walked down the aisle to Nirvana while Jon sang his wedding speech. This romance skips to the beat of its own sweet sound.

Melanie Georgina Rogers and Jonathan Paul Williamson
Upper House and Strangers Dining Room Queensland Parliament House

Melanie found her life's love by the side of the road. Literally. Jon and his fellow band members were busking on the street when Melanie, out for Friday night drinks, was drawn to their sound.

"I was swept off my feet by Jon's ridiculous riffs and luscious locks," she says. It was lucky she liked his music. "Our first date was the following week at his band's first gig together."

The first date went as well as their first meeting and now "we get to spend the rest of our lives with our best friend," Melanie says. "And we dig the same music."

The proposal

Prior to meeting Jon, Melanie had booked a solo trip backpacking around Indo-China for a month.


While she was away, Jon decided he never wanted her to leave his side again. He had decided to propose, but he wasn't sure when.

But, several weeks after her return they were returning home from a party and Jon had a little dutch courage under his belt. In the middle of the foorpath, outside Melanie's apartment, he dropped to one knee and popped the question.

"Not believing him, I accused him of being a liar," Melanie recalls. To prove his sincerity Jon proffered the only 'ring' he had available; he removed all his keys from his key-ring and presented it as a pseudo-engagement ring, which to Melanie's amusement he later politely asked to be returned "when his keys ended up all over the house."

The wedding

Despite the elegant venue they were able to inject a little grunge rock into the feel of the night and incorporate their love of music into the ceremony and reception.

"Our wedding reflected our personalities; relaxed and a little bit naughty," Melanie says. "One of Jon's groomsmen, Zed performed a bluesy guitar solo during the ceremony, I walked down the aisle to Nirvana's 'About a Girl' and our bridal waltz was to Slipknot's 'Vermillion Part 2'."

They danced the night away with their 80-odd guests, but the highlight of the night was when, instead of making the traditional wedding speech, Jon sung "a beautiful song he had written for me."

The dress
A white lace and tulle fish-tail dress with an open back by Babushka Ballerina

The cake
A three-tiered cake decorated with roses and gold ribbon by the bride's Aunty, Marilyn


The honeymoon
The couple travelled to Thailand

The photography
Photos were taken by Gab

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