Marshall and I first met on June the 26th 2012. For most people when they first meet it sometimes has a romantic storyline but for us the day we met was a sad day at Marshall’s Granddads funeral. I knew of Marshall, but didn’t really know him. I did know his Granddad really well through horses and competing at campdrafts (a unique Australian sport involving a horse and rider working cattle).
I guess you could say it was love at first sight as we both couldn’t take our eyes off one another. Not much has changed though we are still always gazing at one another, I guess that is what you call true love. I knew Marshall was the one from the moment we met. We were inseparable and there was no love quite like it. Every second of everyday we are constantly telling one another how much we love each other and how much we both mean to one another.
Marshall proposed on Valentine’s Day in 2017. He booked a table at a really nice restaurant in Ingham with complimentary champagne. The meal was to die for and we couldn’t fault it. As I’m not really one for a scene and people to be watching he didn’t get down on one knee he just asked me to marry him over dinner, but the beautiful 3 diamond ring that was in the ring box made up for it and of course I instantly said YES!!!!!
Planning our big day was so exciting with the occasional stress attack. We picked a date the day after getting engaged and had 10 months to plan it. We had so much support and help from my mum she was amazing through the whole thing. I found the hardest part with the planning was when it came to the seating arrangements. We had people calling and requesting to be sat with certain people about three days prior to the wedding after I had already done all the seating arrangements so I had to go and do them all again.
The Wedding Day
Our wedding day was perfect. The weather was beautiful with a nice breeze all day and little bit of cloud cover to keep things cool being December in tropical North Queensland.
Marshall and the groomsmen got ready at Allure hotels and apartments where they got picked up by a stretch hummer and taken to the ceremony.
My bridesmaids, flower girl, page boy and I, all got ready at my Great Aunties place where she has beautiful gardens and a gorgeous entertainment area that made for great photos.
We kept the good old tradition happening and slept at different places the night before the big day after we had our rehearsal barbecue at my Nan’s place. The morning of the wedding we were both so excited as we were about to start a new journey as husband and wife. When it came to walking down the isle though, that’s when the nerves kicked in for us both. We had all our family there which was amazing that they all could come and our closet friends.
Our ceremony was in a beautiful little hall that is called Riverside Community Centre. Our ceremony was relaxed with a great celebrant that made things flow so smoothly. We are super lucky as I have a talented cousin that has the voice of an angel so she sang as I walked down the isle and she sang as we signed the register. It really was one to remember with how excited and happy everyone was.
Our wedding reception was just like a fairytale. The meals were amazing, the speeches were unreal, the guests were everything plus more and the band just blew everyone away. Everyone got up and danced and really enjoyed themselves.
On our honeymoon we went to Hamilton island where we stayed at the Reef View Hotel. We both love being outdoors so there was plenty to do. We hired a golf buggy so we could get from A to B around the island. We went paddle boarding, we sailed catamarans, we went on a jet ski tour, we went out on the reef snorkeling, we went jet boating, we went on an unreal fishing charter and we ate some of the most amazing food we have ever eaten to this day.
Wedding Advice ...
My advice to other couples about to get married or engaged....go for it your big day is all about you two and no body else don’t let anyone get in the way and do things the way you want it. After all it is YOUR big day xx