Nate and I met in January 2009 and were friends before we decided to start dating. We enjoyed each other's company and spent a lot of time together over the summer shopping, playing the Wii and watching DVDs. In April, we went on our first official date at a Vietnamese restaurant.
Six weeks later, we bought a kitten together, which had ginger hair and reminded me of Nate. Nate was happy to keep Jaffa at his place as he figured it would mean I would be over to
visit more. We felt really comfortable together and had similar goals for the future, so it wasn't long before we talked about marriage.
About June/July, Nate started to look at engagement rings online and he asked me what styles I liked. Within a few weeks he had ordered a beautiful ring, which he put away to ask me to marry him once we had been together for around 6 months. I knew where it was kept and would sneak a look at it every chance I got. In August 2009 we went on a holiday to Brisbane and the Gold Coast and it was there that Nate proposed over dinner and cocktails.
The PlanningWe chose our wedding date to be 11/11/11 as the number 11 had played a significant role in both our lives and we kept seeing 11:11 on the clock. We had plenty of time to arrange everything but didn't start to formalise arrangements until January 2011.
It was a lot more preparation and expense than we had imagined. The only stressful part was the last minute decorating of the reception venue 24 hours ahead and our families were a huge help with this.
We had 4 bridesmaids, 3 groomsmen and 2 flower girls in the bridal party. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were our best friends and the flower girls were our 5-year-old nieces, one from Nate's side of the family and one from mine. The maids wore deep teal dresses, and the groomsmen had matching ties. The flower girls wore white satin dresses with matching teal trim.
The WeddingThe ceremony was held at Newcastle's Christchurch Cathedral, a large venue which can seat up to 800 people. We had around 80 guests at the ceremony. Our music was traditional church music played by the organist and the atmosphere was one of nerves and excitement. The day was amazing. I enjoyed getting ready with my bridesmaids and started to feel extremely nervous once I put the dress on and was ready to go. I was shaking as Dad walked me down the aisle but Nate was completely calm through the whole ceremony. Once the vows had been done relief and happiness really kicked in and we began to celebrate with our family and friends. We felt so loved.
The HoneymoonWe left for our honeymoon 2 days after the wedding. We went to America as Nate wanted to go back and share the experience with me. We started out in New York, then went to LA, Las Vegas and San Francisco. On our way home we spent 5 days in Hawaii, which was a great way to wind down before coming home.