We met at a Christmas Party at Parliament House in Darwin in December 2000 and were expected to have known each other as we had both worked on the Olympics and lived previously in Pyrmont, NSW. Due to the awkwardness of the expectation from our friends Andrew jokingly asked if I would marry him to lighten the moment. A few other polite words were spoken between us and that was about it.
But I liked his sense of humour so I rang him the following day and said "It's your wife calling" and he remembered my name. So this is how it all began. We talked for hours on the phone and then began dating.
Twelve months later on the anniversary of our meeting Andrew booked out a little B&B near Kakadu and proposed to me over a romantic candle lit dinner. Offcourse I said YES!
We had eight months to arrange the wedding. We desperately wanted to invite everyone to our new hometown of Darwin for our special day. So the wedding date was set around the wet and dry seasons!
In selecting our exact wedding date we went to our favourite, very picturesque restaurant in Darwin, Pee Wees and asked if we could book it out for our wedding. Due to its popularity it was only available one weekend in August, so this is how we chose the date! Luckily the church was also free and the ball started rolling. As the day got closer it was a wonderful feeling ticking off all the tasks that had to be done.
As the RSVP's started coming in we were so excited to see the response from our guests in the amazing effort they were making to get to Darwin from across Australia and even Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada to share our magical day!
The week of our wedding over 75 wedding guests began arriving into Darwin from around Australia and overseas, so it was certainly a long and busy wedding week for both of us and quite emotional.
We were married in a tiny church nestled in the Darwin Botanical Gardens. It was a simple church ceremony with a lovely singer to create a romantic atmosphere.
Once the ceremony was over, our guests strolled out of the church to find a refreshing bar with champagne flowing and icy cold Crown Lagers. We even had our own stubby coolers made up with our names and wedding date on them, everyone loved that idea!
Our reception venue was fabulous. It was situated on the waterfront under the stars on a warm Darwin night. It was amazing to have such a lovely night in the middle of winter, and particularly special for all our guests from the southern states. We had a beautiful buffet dinner with lots of seafood including the infamous Barramundi!
Then to everyone's surprise, including Andrew's, I had arranged a stunning fireworks show over the beach during the reception. Many of the guests, including my new husband, cried and it added that special moment to a perfectly romantic evening.
Our honeymoon followed. We flew to Borneo where we spent ten beautiful days at a 5 star resort. It was the perfect way to finish an incredible week.