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The day I met Blake is a bit of an odd story and if you had told me then that he was the man I’d marry, I never would have believed you. We were at a mutual friends Christmas party, I was an awkward sixteen-year-old and he an overly confident seventeen-year-old. Our first conversation was over our dislike of prawns which was followed by him going through with a dare to put lemon in his eyes! Needless to say, I left thinking he was a pretty unusual guy.

Fast forward three years and by that time we had been best friends and then at some point, lost touch. But in 2014 our paths crossed again and here we are today, engaged and preparing for our wedding in March 2019.

Blake proposed in December 2017 with what I think was a pretty spectacular proposal, though I am a little biased!

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I noticed him behaving strangely the night before, but I blew it off, trying not to get excited by putting ideas in my head. That morning he got up at around 6am and left a note on my bedside table. I heard him get up, but I forced myself to wait an hour or so before reading the note, it was the longest hour of my life!

When I finally opened the note, it read:

“Follow these steps:

  1. Put on your best dress
  2. Do your hair and makeup
  3. Bring your camera
  4. *Important* Get your nails done

I’ll be waiting for you x”

I could feel the butterflies in my stomach already! I quickly called my mum telling her about the note. Little did I know she was in on the plan the whole time.

She picked me up and we got our nails done together – she could tell I was nervous but was acting like she had no idea. She seemed to rush the manicure, whilst I was in a panic and wandered off to buy some water and go on a quick bathroom break.

When we finally got in the car to leave she handed me a note with a riddle and would only repeat a line from one of Blake and I’s favourite songs.

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After struggling to solve the first riddle I ended up at the café where Blake and I had our first date. My brother was waiting inside and handed me a similar note to what my mum gave me, this one with a different riddle and him reciting the next lyric of the song.

I’m notorious for getting car sick and the heat and my nerves were not on my side. Luckily mum made a pit stop and we got some food before heading off to the next destination. This time it was at a restaurant on the opposite side of town, where we go for our anniversary every year. My dad was waiting for me outside the restaurant and handed me another note with a new and final riddle. He then continued the lyrics to our song.

The final destination was the Arboretum, a beautiful spot overlooking all of Canberra. My mum swiftly dropped me off, shouting the final lyrics from her car, leaving me to find Blake.

There he was at the top of a small hill, a private space where there weren’t many people around. I could see he was dressed up with a bow tie and a picnic set up by his side. I’m not sure who was more nervous, he or I, but walking over to him seemed like forever and I could feel the sweat dripping off my forehead from the sudden heatwave of almost 35 degrees!

When I finally reached Blake, he grabbed my hands and finished the verse from the song,

“Will you be there under the same sun?”

He then gave the most beautiful speech though I was so nervous I can’t recall a single thing he said and he never wrote it down! He went down on one knee and asked, ‘Will you marry me?’ and all I could think to say was ‘it’s about time!’

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When the formalities were out of the way, Blake told me he had been waiting up there for hours but my detour to get water, lunch and a quick bathroom break had taken more time than he expected.

We opened a bottle of champagne and to my delight the reason Blake had woken up so early, was so he could line up to buy my favourite doughnuts – which of course were part of our picnic. Whilst we didn’t have a photographer on the day, we did take a few snaps on my camera and then later organised for an engagement shoot.

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I feel so special to have had such a unique and personal treasure hunt proposal that involved my family. I don’t know how they managed to keep it a secret but with their blessing Blake managed to pull off a pretty amazing proposal that I will never forget.

Libby & Elliot’s Relaxed Yandina Station Wedding

A focus on good food, good fun & special, heartfelt vows – Libby and Elliot’s relaxed Wedding was one to remember. They honoured tradition but allowed their personalities to shine through, which was captured beautifully by Studio Sixty Photography. Libby recalls some of the best advice she was given before their big day!

Remember to have fun. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Work out what’s important to you both and make these things the priority. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you and it will be the best day of your life! Meet your vendors before you book them if you can, it is a great way to build rapport and make sure they will be a good fit.
One great piece of advice that was given to us we highly recommend: take a wedding timeout – after the speeches are done and the dance floor gets underway, wander off together just for 5 minutes and share a moment together.

You know how much we love a good proposal story! Rebecca recently shared her tale of beauty with us, that was relaxed and beautiful at home. And that question? it let to the most beautiful  Intimate Mornington Peninsula Wedding. Rebecca shares the story!

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”.

Photographer: Perla Photography