Jess and Val – A Wintery Melbourne Romance

by | Bride, Engagements


Jess and Val

The romantic story of Jess and Val is a whirlwind romance. The couple’s love has only been growing for a short time, but already they have been to the other side of the world, had incredible adventures and are now expecting their first child. Together with Milk Photography, Weddings Of Desire & All Things Girlie. They set about planning an engagement shoot to capture their love. Laura of Weddings Of Desire came up with the concept of using Melbourne’s colourful lane-ways – the couple started the day at their apartment and then, with Laura’s ideas wandered through Melbourne to capture what Jess and Val love most about the city “shopping and the fabulous graffiti walls “.

Jess and Val share their story. “In Jan 2005 Val moved to Noosa where he lived 3 houses up from Jess. Jess attended the practice that Val worked at and they shared many mutual friends. They went to many of the same parties and visited the same clubs every weekend. This happened for a year and a half, yet they never met! God had different plans… it was too soon.

Three years after Val moved from Noosa back to Melbourne, he was sharing an apartment with a mutual friend, Tara. God had decided it was time…..”


“In Feb 2010 Jess had an inexorable need to leave her 3.5 year relationship, and Val just had to give up on his 2yr relationship. They were both single and fancy free. Jess came to Melbourne in April for a holiday and stayed, where else, but at Tara and Val’s place.

They ate, they clubbed, they shopped at IKEA and the spark was ignited. Alas, Jess was only there for 4 days and then returned to Noosa. But the seed had been planted and the next day Val asked Jess if she’d go out for dinner with him on her next trip down. She wholeheartedly declined at first, but was talked around to ONE dinner.”

“6 weeks later, Jess came back to Melbourne and stayed with Val and Tara again. They ate, they clubbed and on Val’s birthday, June 21st, they shared their first kiss. They didn’t realize it at this time, but the wheels of destiny had been set in motion. Soon after, Jess decided to turn her Melbourne holiday into a permanent move. She found her own apartment 500m down the road and moved in with her best friend Emily.”

“At first, both Jess and Val were very resistant to forming a relationship. Coming out of long relationships, they were looking for healing and didn’t yet realize they had stumbled onto love. For the next 3 months they fought their attraction and tried many times to go their separate ways. Then in October, Val went on a holiday to Port Douglas. It was here, trying to relax and enjoy the tropics that Val realized something was wrong… Jess wasn’t with him and realized he didn’t ever want to be anywhere without her again, he know he wanted to marry her.”

“Jess picked up Val from the airport and their relationship began! 2 months later, Val asked Jess’s parents for her hand in marriage. Not surprisingly, they asked him to wait a while. 6 months later he asked again… they said yes.

Val and Jess went on their first overseas holiday together to Cambodia. They set up a make shift dental practice in a tiny village and volunteered their time to the locals. It was here, in the stinking heat, sleeping on the floor of a thatch roof hut that they realized that not only did they want to travel the world together, but that they could. They made promises to each other that they’d travel the world and share the rest of their lives but not by themselves. It was here that they decided to start trying for a family.”

“On July 2nd, Val picked Jess up from the airport, after a Noosa holiday. Jess thought she was going home, but Val had different plans. Jess had never been to the snow, so that’s where they were going.

So they arrive at Mount Buller in the evening and Val persuades Jess to go for a walk under the clear night sky. They walk all the way up to the top of the run where no-one is around. Jess didn’t realize but Val had organized to have the area freshly groomed. Perfect for her first snow angel! So snow angels they made, but when Jess stood up, Val stayed on one knee, and after devoting himself and his love to her… asked the most important question a man can ask… “Jessica Brittany Hammond, will you marry me?”

“Jessica said yes and just as well… for the real rollercoaster was about to start. Jessica was pregnant, and yes, with Val’s child! And that’s how we met hahaha!!

Oh! first date was at Longrain- where Jess being a vegetarian for the past 3 years, was here on that night she ate duck. Talk about impressing a guy! Our baby is due 6th of February.”

Photographer: Milk Photography / Stylist & Planner: Weddings Of Desire / Hairt & Malkeup Artist: All Things Girly
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Kasia and Simon: The Tshirt Love Story

by | Bride, Engagements


Kasia and Simon

I love love stories that make me giggle and Kasia and Simon share a story that is sweet and so funny. Memories of moments that aren’t created by grand gestures, but rather something that comes from humour and a knowing. Kasia and Simon’s engagement photos come from Kwintowski Photography.

Kasia tells their story. “Simon and I first met through a mutual friend’s birthday. I was wearing a shirt, which read (and I’m a little embarrassed to admit this now) ‘Kiss Me Stupid’. Simon bounded over to me and said that he was incredibly stupid and that I should probably kiss him. I agreed that he was most likely very stupid, but refused to kiss him. We started talking later that night (and every night after the party) and became good friends.”

“Simon and I spent the first five years of our relationship traveling between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and then Brisbane and Cairns to see each other (Simon was a dive instructor and I was studying to be a teacher). He eventually moved to Brisbane to start university.”

“A year later, I suspected that he had bought me a ring as I had found a letter from FedEx. So, I “secretly” spent the month before telling everyone about the “maybe proposal”, whilst trying to find the ring. I managed to find a ring box hidden in a coat pocket. I pulled the box out, only to find a note, written by Simon, which said, “I knew you would go looking. Stop looking! Let this be a surprise.”

“A month later, he asked my dad if he could marry me and he proposed by leaving me a note and the ring in the fridge, whilst he sat at the top of the stairs, very casually calling out, “So, what do you think? Is that a yes? Will you marry me?”

Valentine’s Day Sweet Edible Jewels

by | Bride, Cakes


Feeling a little peckish? Or perhaps you’re just looking a few Valentine’s Day style accessories to brighten up your outfit? I thought I’d take a break from our gorgeous love stories for this deliciously sweet inspiration shoot from four talented Melbourne-ites!

Juli of One Sweet Girl  came up with the concept of beautiful cookies worn as jewellery! ” I stumbled upon a website called Cookie Couture, and the name stuck with me, and I kept turning it over in my head as something to do, but kept stumbling on the fact that you can’t wear cookies… but wait, you can wear cookies – as jewelry!  So then off my imagination went, creating pieces as lifelike as possible so that they could actually be worn if in fact you wanted to.”

Juli teamed up with Penny of PS I Love You  and Candice De Ville (who modeled the pieces) along with photographer Ambiance Image Photography to pull together this sweet Valentine’s Day inspiration.

Concept and Product: One Sweet Girl / Styling: PS I Love You / Model: Candice De Ville / Photographer: Ambiance Image Photography

Lia and Andy: A Long Lost Love Story

by | Bride, Engagements


Lia and Andy

It’s hard not to believe in fate when you hear a story like Lia and Andy’s. Two people who went to school together, were separated across oceans, great distances while pursuing their own lives, careers and dreams. But then, for some moment of serendipity, they come together again and fall in love. That’s the story of Lia & Andy and the story I will share today to compliment their lovely Sydney engagement photos by Myka Photography.

Photographer, Tommy says “Andy is this super duper confident person with a great sense of humor. He jokes constantly and always jumps up and down exactly like those energizer bunny. I think that’s probably one of the reason why Lia fell in love with him. He always teases Lia and make her laugh. You can tell straight away, how much he adores Lia.”

Tommy explains, “During our conversation with Andy & Lia, Lia told me that they’ve known each other for more than 20 years. They went to the same primary school, but then Lia moved to Singapore and then to the US, while Andy stayed in Semarang, Indonesia.

Thank God for technology, Facebook has a funny way of randomly connecting people that we haven’t seen for ages. So after Andy added Lia as his friend in Facebook, he started his campaign to win Lia’s heart.”

Photographer: Myka Phjotography