Josh and I first met in 2000 through my friend
(his sister). He was extremely quiet and we hardly spoke. Later
in 2003 our relationship grew so much that we started dating on
the 21st December. In the next 3 years we became best of friends,
we would do anything for each other. He finally built up the courage
to ask my dad out for coffee so he could ask his permission to marry
me. My dad gladly approved.
So on our 3 year anniversary (21 Dec 2006) Josh
took me out to dinner on the Gold Coast Gondola. When we arrived
we were greeted with 12 stunning red roses, champagne and chocolates,
followed by a waiter bringing down my favourite meal (Garlic Prawns
on Saffron rice), mud cake and strawberries for desert. As we were
gliding through a wonderland of shimmering lights while relaxing
and listening to the soft background music and gentle lapping of
the water Josh struggled to get a box out of his back pocket. After
admiring a small island I turned to him, and to my surprise he was
holding out the open box, and inside was a gorgeous (and generous)
diamond ring! He followed by saying the four words I was so desperate
to hear..."Will...you...marry...me?" Of course I cheerfully
accepted, with tears falling down my cheeks. It truly was a magical
night to remember!
Planning our wedding was the next thing to do.
As I was a full time university student and Josh was a full time
apprentice, we did not have a big budget, so we went to the bridal
expo held in Brisbane City Hall to gather some ideas. When we were
leaving with no luck my sister grabs me from behind and pulls me
over to a stand... The University of Queensland stand. I know what
you are thinking... 'a university?' Well I thought the same
thing, however the price was unbeatable, and the location looked
amazing. We agreed to meet the events co-ordinator for a look around
the site, as soon as we got there we knew this was where we would
start our lives as a married couple. We were to have a Queensland
After this, everything fell into place. I
received a call a few days later from the expo to tell me that I
had won an amount of money to put towards a wedding cake from Merivale
Cakes and Crafts. I was ecstatic! This enabled us to get a uniquely
hand crafted masterpiece of a cake at a fraction of the price. My
sister's business Create Milk made my unforgettable invitations,
which left my guests eager to attend what was looking up to be a
perfect wedding day.
Saturday June 21st arrived... my bridesmaids and I woke up at 6:00am
to the smell of bacon and eggs, which were lovingly cooked by my
beautiful parents. Hair... Makeup... Champagne. Finally the time
came to leave...get pre wedding photos...then walk down the aisle.
At the top of the stairs Everything About You by Darlene Zschech
started playing, with my dad on my right, and my mum on my left
and tears rolling down my face we made our way down the stairs.
My parents both gave me away while dad also married us. "I
DO"... "I DO"... "You may now kiss your bride"...
Photos... Kiss... Photos... Kiss... another kiss... one more photo...
and the day was nearly over...
Our wedding reception arrive, we were exhausted. I can not breathe
(my dress was suffocatingly tight). I unzip a little to be able
to eat! Josh and I then had our first dance to 'The way you look
tonight' by Michael Buble, then dad and I had our dance to Butterfly
Kisses by Bob Carlese.
This perfect day ended in the Stamford Plaza, accompanied by a
foot massage from my new husband. Truly a magical day..