We met in our first
year of High School. Shane was a typical boy, cruel and mean
but I had a huge crush on him regardless.
Once Shane turned 16 he had changed a little
and we became friends and from then we started seeing one
another and fell in love right away. Given we were so young
it was a very intense relationship but at the same time it
was really so much fun.
By the time we were 21 we had purchased
our first home and at 24 Shane proposed on bended knee in
our lounge whilst I ate a vegemite sandwich. So in March 2002
we were engaged.
We set our wedding date for the 28th of
February 2004, which gave us around 14 months to plan and
arrange everything. It wasn't a simple exercise due to our
location. Most of my purchases were done elsewhere and always
required travelling and sometimes overnight stays. Some of
the more challenging moments in our planning were the constant
meetings at the church with the Reverend and the questionnaire,
around 300 questions and the ongoing counselling they tried
pushing onto us. Also, some family members were pushing to
invite people that we did not have on our guest list, but
we got over this fairly quick as they where happy to compromise
and everyone was happy in the end, with our final number of
On our wedding day there was a beautiful
clear blue sky and it was around 28 degrees which totally
suited me as I love the heat. The day progressed without any
major problems, although there were a couple of hiccups along
the way. One bridesmaid had a broken zipper on her dress just
as we were leaving for the church which created some panic
and unfortunately had to be pinned as there was no time to
fix it. Another Bridesmaid broke the new full length mirror
we were using to help dress ourselves with her bum it was
actually very funny.
We held our ceremony at St Saviours Cathedral,
really beautiful we had the bells ringing and arrived in Rolls
Royce?s which I loved. My father walked me down the aisle
to the traditional music. The ceremony lasted 30 minutes,
during which I had trouble getting Shane's Wedding band on
and his groomsmen had painted HELP ME! on the bottom of Shane's
shoes which everyone had seen when we had to kneel down.
Once the ceremony was over it was a more
relaxed atmosphere where we could enjoy a beer and a laugh
while having photos. We had arranged for a magician/comedian
to be at the reception to free up a little of Shane and my
time so we could mingle with our guests or just steal a few
minutes alone. The day flew by and come 1am my husband and
I were the very last to leave but we didn't want to go we
really were enjoying ourselves so much.
Our reception was what I had really put
the most effort into. The decorations were stunning white
chair covers and tablecloths a red carpet from the entrance
to the easel sails and backdrops with fairy lights urns and
candelabras and gorgeous flower arrangements. LOVED IT!
One thing I would change would be to have
been much more specific/firm with our Photographers as we
had hardly any photos with my side of the family which still
and will forever frustrate my mother and nanna to no end.
We honeymooned at Kani in the Maldives 7
nights and on to Singapore for 3 nights and home. Maldives
was beautiful and very very very relaxing. We had a bungalow
over the water went snorkelling with the local fishermen the
staff were lovely but the other guests weren't too friendly
not like us Aussies but we weren't there for the guests so
we learnt to ignore them.