By Kirstie Sutheran
This is the heart-warming moment a bride signs her wedding song as she walks down the aisle to her deaf husband.
Moments before Elizabeth Shoesmith tied the knot with fiancé Scott, she decided to serenade him with Christina Perri’s song 1000 Years.
Looking across from his blushing bride dressed in a floral gown, the 38-year-old personal trainer was quickly moved to tears in front of their intimately assembled guests on January 27.
Elizabeth, the 41-year-old CEO, taught herself the lyrics and gestures in the months leading up to their big day at Zest Waterfront at The Spit in Sydney, Australia.
Elizabeth said: “Scott just burst into tears when he saw me.
“He has watched the video back at least 100 times now.
“I wanted to surprise him and he had no idea I was going to sign during the ceremony.”
The happy couple met on Tinder two-years-ago and Elizabeth started learning sign language as soon as they began dating.
Scott began losing his hearing at the age of five and was profoundly deaf by the age of eight.
After extensive speech therapy, Scott can speak extremely well, however Elizabeth was concerned the meaning of her song choice would be lost via lip reading.
She said: “I did some research and found that on average deaf people only comprehend about 60% of what is being said via lip reading.
“So, learning Auslan has been really important.
“I started learning the song three months out from the wedding.
“Shortly before the wedding I sent a video of myself practicing to one of Scott’s friends who is an interpreter, and he checked it for me.
“Every time I had practised it leading up to the day I would make mistakes or go blank.
“But when I was left at the top of the aisle and locked eyes with Scott, I didn’t look away.
“It honestly felt like we were the only ones in the room.”
The doting mum-of-two is the CEO of The Inclusive Foundation, a not-for-profit with the mission of creating a world where everyone is included through organisational assessment, government and agency partnership, social change, and advocacy and empowerment of others.
Elizabeth said: “In simple terms, I want to be rid of all the labels and lift the conversation and social change up a level.
“It should not be a solo fight for disability, LGBTI, gender, age, ethnicity, or religion inclusion.
“We need to simply create a world where everyone is included.
“So as a professional business transformation consultant I plan to transfer those skills to social transformation.
“I am currently seeking corporate partnerships.”