The Wedding of Roslyn Kaye Croucher and Ken Welton , 6th February 2007
Ros and Ken met in April of 2006 while they both worked in a play called "Uncle Jack”. On the final night of the play, during the cast and crew wrap party Ken asked Ros on a date to see the “Wizard of Oz” that was being performed by the local school. Ros always thought of Ken as a “total gentleman” and accepted his offer, and by the September school holidays they were off on an Aussie adventure from Gympie to Alice Springs, stopping along the way in places such as Innaminka; Digtree; Birdsville; Simpson Desert; Uluru; and the Olgas.
One day in Alice Springs Ken took Ros to a jeweller to browse which made her wonder and may have given away Ken's intentions of proposal but he kept her waiting until the 21st of September when he went down on one knee and popped the question, and to his delight Ros accepted.
When we asked them what characteristics about each other drew them together Ros replied “Ken"s kind and caring; knowledgeable and very passionate about the environment”. Ken’s response was “Ros is brilliant! She permanently surprises me with her interests; knowledge and her brilliant cooking skills; I have not eaten the same meal twice since we met!” Another recollection of that moment he knew she was the one, was of a day he was walking around a National Park teaching Ros geological mnemonics. “She was genuinely interested and learned my mnemonic…I knew then that she was the one”.
Ken works at Maryvalley State College in Imbil teaching Maths and Science to secondary students. Ros worked at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) where she was given the opportunity to work in Antarctica in 1990 sampling marain lines to determine glaciation periods.
With both their sights set on the past, the future looks bright for them both. Especially with their marriage being blessed with an entire clutch of green turtle hatchlings emerging metres away from the spot where they said “I Do”, just as champagne flowed, and the sunset glowed over a clear blue sea.
When asked why they chose Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort as their ultimate destination to get married, Ken and Ros both replied “we were looking for a nice private, secluded Island wedding; just the two of us, a celebrant and 2 witnesses. Ken had been here before and we wondered if it would be possible to come here so we searched the web but we noticed you had no wedding coordinators but we called and were delighted when Leanne from reservations was so prompt and friendly and had the we can do anything attitude. It really made us feel at ease”.
Ken and Ros wrote the following statement and asked it to be added to their story: “We could not have planned a better wedding - some of that was serendipity – the sunset; the hatchlings…but a huge amount was due to the Lady Elliot staff, particularly Jenni Fox and Jennifer Prerau. We wanted a low key wedding with a couple of staff as witnesses - they went far beyond any job description to make our day special. From the moment we stepped off the plane; to providing all the infrastructure to decorating the table, and arranging a wonderful meal – All with a smile and cheerfulness. We couldn’t be happier with their efforts”.