How we met: Trent
and I met 13 years ago - we both went to Agriculture college in
NSW. We were good friends there but after school ended we both went
our separate ways, both travelled and saw the world. It wasn't until
2006 that we met up again and it was just like finding home, at
last I new where I was meant to be - right beside him.
The Proposal: We had just been
for a holiday over to New Zealand, visiting my parents who where
living there at the time. It was there (unbeknownst to me) that
Trent asked my dad for my hand in marriage, poor dad had to keep
this little (well big) secret until we got home, as it wasn't until
we were back home and walking along our beach that Trent fell to
his knees and asked me to be his wife - yes I cried - tears of happiness
as he placed a gorgeous diamond ring on to my finger.
The Planning: We decided to marry
on the 8th of March 2008, but we had our work cut out for us. My
favourite flowers are sunflowers and Trent being the romantic and
a farmer asked me if I would like to be married in a field of sunflowers
- how could I resist! So the farmer in him took over as he researched
planting sunflowers. In the end he decided that he one paddock of
sunflowers was not enough (as you would) we needed 3 paddocks, all
planted at different times - just in case one didn't work. It was
an amazing effort as the timing with sunflowers had to be just right
- once they mature and are ready to bloom they only flower for 2
While Trent took care of the sunflowers I started to create a wedding
with a "soft romantic country" feel to it - shades of
browns, yellows and whites. My wedding dress was an ivory colour
with a lacy bodice, I had made pearls of brown, ivory and gold necklace,
and carried a small pose of yellow roses. The bridesmaids wore chocolate
brown and carried a small posie of white and yellow roses. Our flower
girl was our 6 year old daughter, Trent’s suit was light brown
in colour and his groomsman wore a dark chocolate brown suit. Our
wedding reception which was held at an old homestead, I made the
centre pieces for the tables - they were hessian bags of wheat with
sunflowers in the middle, I also made the name plates which were
stain bits of wood with our names painted on. Our gifts where a
stubby cooler in which our sister in law created a picture of us
on a tractor and Trent mother wrote a poem for the back. Our wedding
reception which was held at an old homestead.
Before our wedding day, we spent 3 days pulling up sunflowers to
make a path into the middle of the paddock, which Trent and the
boys also lined with sunflower petals the morning of the wedding.
The day it self was amazing - as I walked down the weaving aisle
"it feels like home" played through the sunflowers, I
knew that this was the man I’d been waiting for my whole life.
We had our photos taken at places that mean something to us - "the
sunflowers" - Trent planted them just for me. "The Beach"
- Trent proposed on that very beach, "The old Hut" - Trent's
family built the hut, "The harvester" - Trent's pride
and joy, "Anderson's lane" - Our surname.
The reception seemed to go so fast and the speeches made us all
laugh and cry. Everyone who came made it a night to remember. The farmer got a wife.
After our wedding: It's now nearly
a year on and we have given birth to our first son "Riley William"
on the 19th of January 2009. Our family is growing and we couldn't