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Roseanne Hogan and Brett Seymour’s fairytale wedding

It was a modern day fairytale come true when Roseanne Hogan married her Warrior prince Brett Seymour in a day filled with fun, feathers and frivolity.Roseanne had been dreaming of a pink wedding since

It was a modern day fairytale come true when Roseanne Hogan married her Warrior prince Brett Seymour in a day filled with fun, feathers and frivolity.

Roseanne had been dreaming of a pink wedding since she was a little girl and it was her mother who found her the perfect frock – a $12,500 gown by Vera Wang, the designer of Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress.

oaid of honour, miniature chihuahua Pinky, wore a pink tutu and had a special doggy manicure in the lead-up to the ceremony, while the bride requested diamantés shaped in the form of love hearts on her nails.

Roseanne and Warriors player Brett married in Auckland at St Matthew-In-The-City where her bridesmaids – wearing Marilyn Monroe-inspired dresses – bopped down the aisle to Marilyn’s song I Want To Be Loved By You, before Roseanne entered the church to exchange vows with her fiancée of 18 months.

The Floating Pavillion at Auckland’s Viaduct was transformed into a wonderland for the reception. There were fake pink flamingos, a lolly stand with pink milk bottles and candyfloss and a photo booth for the 138 guests – including league players oanu Vatuvei and Jacob Lillyman, and former Warriors coach Ivan Cleary.

The only aspect of the day that Roseanne didn’t have a hand in was choosing the first dance – that was Brett’s decision. “He chose Alan Jackson’s Remember When, which is a beautiful song,” she says.

Roseanne (30) and Brett (27) met at function after a rugby league match in Roseanne’s home town of Toowoomba, Queensland 10 years ago. They knew they were made for each other right from the start.

As a cheerleader, Roseanne  had been forbidden from fraternising with the players, but that couldn’t stop their feelings for each other.

“We locked eyes and we’ve been together ever since,” she says. “I could have been kicked off the squad, but I retired before anybody clicked.”

The couple moved to New Zealand two years ago when Brett signed with the Warriors, and they’re moving to England next month when he takes up a three-year contract with Hull.

While Australian media once described Brett as a bad boy of league, his new bride says he’s been on the straight and narrow since moving here. “He’s my Prince Charming,” says Roseanne, who wanted her wedding to look like a fairytale – not a scene from oy Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

“It’s nothing like the gypsy weddings. I love the Cinderella story and pink is my favourite colour. I love everything that’s girly, but classy,” she says.

Roseanne’s engagement ring is a pink diamond and the groom wore a pink tie. The yellow Hummer the bridal party arrived in stood out because the couple couldn’t find a pink one. And at $60,000, the nuptials did not come cheap. “We’ll be paying this wedding off until we’re 50,” says the bride, who adds it was all worth it.

“I was living my fairytale. I just didn’t want it to end. Brett was looking into my eyes and I was looking into his. It’s a feeling I’ve never felt before. It was a dream come true.”

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