BEAUTIFUL HISTORY: James Maroske and Catherine Bartlem were married on September 20 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Gladstone, continuing a family legacy.
BEAUTIFUL HISTORY: James Maroske and Catherine Bartlem were married on September 20 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Gladstone, continuing a family legacy. Chrissy Harris Photography

Cyclone puts dent in marriage proposal... for a while

THE story of how James Maroske and Catherine Bartlem came to be husband and wife is full of humour, romance and chance.

Meeting at a party more than seven years ago, the couple exchanged nuptials at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Gladstone on September 20.

It is the same church where the bride's parents were married exactly 37 years and three days earlier.

Mrs Bartlem-Maroske names her highlights of the day as watching her family, friends and now husband filled with joy.

"I loved seeing the expression on my family's faces, and seeing James' face as I walked down the aisle," she said.

"Everyone was filled with happiness."

Heritage and sentiment was part of both the ceremony and the reception, with the bride donning her great-grandmother's bracelet on her big day as her 'something blue'.

And doilies, up to 150 years old, featured in the reception, making a few guests take extra care not to make a mess.

The reception, at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, was packed with 120 guests travelling from as far as Hobart to celebrate in the couple's love.

The wedding, described as 'charmingly chic', was the simple part, after Mr Maroske finally managed to propose despite having the ring for 12 months and following several failed attempts.

"James had planned to propose on a cruise ship, on our last island of the tour," she said.

"We never made it to the island though because of a cyclone.

"Despite plans to propose at Agnes Water and Mount Larcom, he finally proposed to me at home before I left on a trip."

Less than a year later and the pair were declared husband and wife.

Mrs Bartlem-Maroske said her perfect wedding day would not have been possible without the wedding band Call to Grace, local designer Kelly-Anne Russell and photographer Chrissy Harris.



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