Wedding day with a difference

Scott and Melissa Sampson were married at the Rockhampton Court House.
Scott and Melissa Sampson were married at the Rockhampton Court House. Chris Ison

WITH four children each, Scott Sampson and Melissa Woodhead knew they were going to be a unique family once they were married.

So, they felt a unique wedding day would be the only appropriate way to honour their love and celebrate their new family.

The pair decided to exchange vows at the Rockhampton Court House yesterday on February 29.

"We just wanted something unusual and different," Melissa said.

Friend Lara Carter called the new Mr and Mrs Sampson and their children, aged between three and 12, Antonio, Bryanna, Kyra, Grace, Rebekah, Sarah, Riley and Bryan, "The Brady Bunch, plus two".

But Melissa didn't take advantage of the Irish Leap Year tradition of proposing to Scott - it was all Scott's idea.

An old Irish legend says that St Bridget and St Patrick agreed that women would be allowed to propose to men every four years, on February 29 - also known as "Bachelors Day".

But any man who refused a proposal had to pay a penalty in the form of a gown or money.

In some European countries men had to buy women 12 pairs of gloves so they could be saved from the embarrassment of not being given an engagement ring.

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