|Adam and I met one night while I was out with a group of people
after work.. It was getting late and I had quite the headache
so I decided it was time for me to go home. I was just about
to leave when I saw my friend and she called me over, So I thought
I would go over and say goodbye. As I got to her I noticed this
drop dead gorgeous guy. Needless to say I ended up staying and
we have been together ever since. It was love at first sight.
For some reason with Adam I just never wanted to leave his
side. When I met him he already had 2 children from a previous
marriage, of which his wife had passed away. They were only
nearly 3yr old and 1 yr old. We knew that we would be together
for the rest of our lives and wanted to start trying for another
baby. We felt pregnant almost straight away which was fantastic
and we were over the moon. We told both our families and they
were so happy for us.
One night Adam came home from work and he was being a little
weird but I didn't pick up on what was going on. I was fairly
pregnant and he made me sit down while he got the kids ready
for bed. Once they were all tucked in he was started going
in and out of the house, busy doing something, but I didn't
really think much of it. All of a sudden he told me to come
outside onto the verandah. There he had the table all set
up beautifully, with a candle lit dinner and a huge bunch
of flowers in the middle. I was absolutely thrilled! We sat
down and started eating. Then all of a sudden Adam asked;
"Will you marry me?"
"Yes you know I will, now lets eat our dinner".
It was the one and only night during my pregnancy that I
had actually felt the cold weather. It was obvious that it
hadn't really clicked what he had asked me. So, he asked again
"No baby, WILL YOU MARRY ME?"
"Of course I will! Now hurry up, I'm cold".
At that point he reached over into the bunch of flowers
and pulled on a wooden heart that was in the flowers. It was
then I saw a diamond sparkle and I realised what was going
on, like "Oh my god". I started crying and said...
It was such a funny night and we love telling the story
We were engaged on the 28th May 2003, and as I was pregnant
we decided to wait until our baby was born before we made
any plans. Our son was born on the 5th August 2003. After
we had settled down into life with a new born, we decided
to set a date.. We were looking at the calender and I said
to Adam, "if the day falls on a Saturday why don't we try
to get married on the day you proposed or something near that
date.". We looked at the calender and the 28th May 2005 fell
on a Saturday which was fantastic for us. It gave us plenty
of time to plan our wedding and also gave me time to loose
my baby weight. Adding to that our son would also be old enough
to be part of our day with our other 2 children. It was perfect.
The days leading up to our wedding day were crazy. There
was quite a bit to do, and on top of that I still had to look
after our 3 children. On the Tuesday before the wedding, I
started to get sick. Adam was great and was trying to get
me to rest as much as possible (as much as you can with 3
kids). I went to the chemist and loaded up on vitamins and
anything I could get my hands on. I woke up on Wednesday feeling
great. I couldn't believe it, so I went back to finishing
off the last details that I could.
But on Thursday morning I woke up with no voice and feeling
just dreadful. I couldn't spend another day in bed as there
was still things to do. My mum came over and took the placecards
off my hands as names still needed to be written on them.
I than decided that rest was a must so that afternoon I was
back in bed. Friday arrived, the day before the wedding, and
I wasn't feeling any better, I was actually a little worse.
But things needed to be done. I packed up my daughters things
and my things, then headed over to my mothers house where
we would be staying the night and getting ready the following
day. Adam wouldn't let me do anything and took everything
(the reception stuff) off me that I needed to take to the
reception and did it for me, and once again I was in bed.
I woke up at 2am on our wedding day not being able to sleep
any longer. I just lay in bed next to my daughter waiting
for 5am to come so I could get up and have a shower. She woke
up a couple of times asking if it was daytime yet so she could
wear her dress.. She was so adorable. 5am came and the house
was a hive of activity, my mum, 4 bridesmaids, myself and
my daughter were all up and trying to get showers out of the
way so we could go to the hairdressers. I still did not have
a voice but at least I was feeling better.
The whole morning just flew by and before we knew it I was
getting into my dress.. I was very emotional, I didn't expect
it as I was so calm in the lead up to the wedding. I made
it a rule in the house that "no one was allowed to get emotional
in front of me". But everyone did.. The weather outside was
just gorgeous, a beautiful Queensland day. Blue skies, sun
was shining, and beautiful temperature.
Before I knew it we were in the cars on the way to the church.
My daughter sitting beside me. She looked up and me and said
"mummy you look beautiful", which bought a tear to my eye,
and then replied with "you look goregous to honey". Her response
was "yeah, I know". She made me laugh.
The ceremony was so romantic and gorgeous. We married at
the Albert Street Uniting Church in Brisbane City. It was
short and simple ceremony which is what we wanted. My bridal
party and I walked down the aisle to the organ playing Cannon
in D for the Bridesmaids, and the Bridal March for myself.
My dad was so emotional as we were walking down the aisle,
it was very unexpected as I had never seen my dad cry before
so it was a truly beautiful moment. I will treasure it always.
Adam was surprised when he saw me, I had him believing all
along that what I would be wearing on the day would be completely
different to what I was actually wearing. So I completely
caught him off guard. There was just so much love between
myself and Adam on the wedding day. We just couldn't stop
looking at each other. He looked so handsome, It was funny
to think after so long of planning our wedding we were now
Husband and Wife...
Once we were married we signed the register to the organist
playing "the rose" by B. Midler, and than we walked out of
the church to "the Wedding March" with the church bells going
off for all of Brisbane city to hear. After the ceremony we
had a butterfly release, which was completely me. I have loved
Butterflies ever since I was a little girl and to have this
as part of our day was just magical.
Our Reception was held at the "Hotel Grand Chancellor",
also in Brisbane city just up at from the church. I remember
the moment we walked thru the doors of the reception as "Mr
and Mrs Donaldson" and looking around at the room, with all
our guests cheering us on, and the room looked spectacular.
The atmosphere was romantic and intimate, which is just what
I wanted. We had a star curtain at one end of the room, which
was a white curtain with fairy lights behind it, and than
on the ceiling we had white sails with pink lights shining
thru (it went with our theme of white, pink and silver).
The table had a silver candleabra in the center, with rose
petals scattered on the table as well. The placecards were
butterflies, that sat on the wine glasses and the bomboniere
were butterfly attracting seedlings. It all looked amazing
and better than I could have ever imagined. A highlight of
the night other than my husbands speech was our Bridal Dance.
We had secretly been taking dancing lessons in the months
leading up to the wedding. On the night the DJ asked for everyone
to come and surround the dance floor to see something truly
amazing. We danced to DJ Sammy - Heaven - the candlelit version.
It has been our song since the day we met. Everyone applauded
once we were finished, they were so surprised and loved our
dance. There were definitely a few tears shed.
There wouldn't be anything that was in my control that I
would change if we had our time over again. The only thing
I would have done was taken better care of myself in the lead
up with the hopes that I wouldn't have lost my voice. Everything
else was amazing and so much better than I could have ever
imagined. Once we had decided on what we wanted, everything
was pretty simple to arrange. The most challening thing would
have been choosing my gown. There are so many beautiful gowns
around these days and it makes the decision so hard. In the
end I chose a "Maggie Sottero" Gown from Abbey Brides Queensland.
The staff there were fantastic. My dress had little cap sleeves
which were detatchable. I wore them for the ceremony and a
couple of photo locations and than took them off for the reception.
It gave the dress another look, I was so happy with it, and
I just wish I could wear it again.
I loved every single moment of planning our wedding. It
was an amazing time, and if we could do the day all over again,
I would love to. Every single detail of our wedding was thought
about and everything came together beautifully.
Having 3 kids, I didn't think we would get a honeymoon by
ourselves. Then one day my mother surprised us. She had organised
to take time off work to move into our home to look after
our 3 beautiful children, so we could go away and share some
time to ourselves, which was the first time we have done that
since the first day we met. All of our parents pitched in
to help out during this time and through out the wedding.
Mum, Dad, and Adam's Mum and Dad if your reading this, words
and actions will never describe what this meant to us and
we thank you.
Every single wedding supplier and staff member that helped
us in the lead up to the wedding and on our wedding day were
truly amazing people. Nothing was ever too much bother for
anyone. From the bottom of our hearts we thank each and every
person that took part in our wedding day. It means the world
to us that they could all be part of our day.
Thank you. xx