Our whirlwind romance began after first meeting at a local cafe. We would spend hours talking about our dreams, passions, experiences and sharing our stories. We were immediately enchanted with one another. From the moment we met, we kept trying to find ways to spend more time together and we fell madly in love.
I soon decided it was the right time to introduce Harrison to my children. When he met Ayla and Nate he fell in love all over again and it wasn’t long before we all lived together in our new family home. The four of us would spend our days at the park, snuggling up on the couch watching movies or seeking adventures on the weekend. The kids were absolutely smitten with the newest member of their family and forged a strong and everlasting bond with Harrison. Our beautiful blended family was born.
In 2017, on a cool winter’s day, I came home and unlocked the front door to hear our favourite song echoing through the home. I found a trail of roses, Haigh’s chocolate hearts and twelve love letters. I followed the trail, savouring every note and soaking up every minute of what would be one of the best days of my life. When I reached note twelve, Harrison appeared behind me, he got on one knee and opened a Cerrone purple box. It was boasting a stunning one-of-a-kind white gold engagement ring. He asked me to marry him. With tears streaming down my face, I proudly said “yes”.
I was so excited to marry the love of my life. As the girls started to get ready, I became overwhelmed in my beautiful gown. It has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to wear a Raffaele Ciuca gown. I have watched so many of my family members, friends and other brides find their dream gown at their emporium. I dreamt one day I would too! Shopping for the gown with my bridal party, my mum and mother-in-law was an absolute dream. I love every detail of the lace work on the bodice, and how the train and three different colours subtly flowed down.
Harrison didn’t have to think twice when selecting the men who were to stand beside him on his big day. His best man Sam had been his best friend from kindergarten. The two have been inseparable for over twenty years and that isn’t changing any time soon. His groomsmen are his closest friends Cam, Ryan and Campbell, and of course our beautiful son Nathaniel. The boys had a relaxing morning getting ready, sharing stories and having a laugh over a few beers.
When looking together for the perfect ceremony location we came across Tanglewood Estate. The song Harrison proposed to me with is called ‘Tangled up in You’. It seemed a perfect fit for us as a couple. The beautiful 100+ year-old chapel overlooks the vineyard and was the right balance of beautiful simplicity for our special day.
The chapel became home to 30 guests. An intimate and small wedding of our closest friends and family. When Harrison and the groomsmen arrived, the celebrant Robyn Paterson and the Auslan-English Interpreter Georgia were ready to go. Robby sat with Harrison to ensure he was feeling cool, calm and ready for one of the biggest moments of his life. The guests started arriving and were all encouraged to sit in the front three pews because of course, it was such a small wedding everyone should be at the front. We chose an unplugged ceremony.
The ceremony commenced with, ‘Make it to me’ by Sam Smith. First walked Emory and the flower girl, followed by Anabelle, and then Georgina. It was finally my turn. I held my dad’s arm so tight. He has always been my rock, my constant, my support and my best friend. Having his support and encouragement for today meant the world to me. I walked into the chapel and soaked up every moment. All of the smiling faces of the most important people in my life. I scanned the room at all of the people I love so dearly, then I made eye contact with him. My world. My partner. My soon-to-be husband, Harrison. He was overwhelmed with emotion, his cheeks were pink, his smile was wide and his heart was open and ready for me. Once he shook hands with my dad, we just stood there, looking at each other, holding hands, refusing to let go. We didn’t break our gaze. He was all I saw in that moment. Those eyes I love so dearly.
We organised the incredible Laura and Cassie from Perla Photography to capture our day and Matt from The Wedding Fair for our wedding video.