Desiree + David by Janneke Storm
Des– I’m a veterinary nurse, Davis is a sports physiotherapist, and we both absolutely love what we do. We share a love for the ocean, coffee, and a good hike. We also like to host a bloody good games night with our friends (feat. Davis’ master cocktail skills and my absolutely-not-toxic competitive nature).
We eat more pizza in a week than most people would eat in a year, and we have two cats that we adore. I was about to leave for an extended trip to the US with my best friend and was absolutely not looking for a relationship. One of my friends happened to upload a photo of us that caught Davis’ eye. He messaged her asking about me, followed by a swift Instagram follow. I thought “damn he CUTE!” but not much else because I was literally leaving the country.
We then spent every day talking to each other on Facebook Messenger, until five months later when I got back home and we finally got to meet. It was like we were old friends reuniting, kind of like my soul had found its home. It was magic.
Davis–When my friend posted the photo, I didn’t know who Des was but I straight-up hit my friend up to suss if she was single and eventually built up the courage to slide into her DMs. I was so nervous for our first date but the butterflies disappeared as soon as we met — it felt like we already knew each other inside and out. When she understood my obscure Simpsons references, I knew she was the one.
Des–We were in Nepal, in the middle of a 16-day Everest Base Camp trek. I hadn’t slept properly in days, and hadn’t showered for even longer. I looked an absolute VISION. On this particular day, we were doing an acclimatisation hike up to a 5000m peak. It was easily one of the most difficult days of the trek and there were a few times where I felt like maybe I couldn’t quite make it. But Davis had a secret plan and would not let me give up.
Three hours of wind, nausea and altitude headaches later, we reached the peak. The valley was clear, with a panoramic view of ice-capped mountains. It was like we had stepped into a dream. The proposal was magic. We cried, and laughed, and cried, and… come to think of it maybe we were a little delirious because of the altitude? But it was perfect.
I actually came across my wedding dress when we were shopping for my mum’s dress! I had another dress at home that I’d purchased a year earlier. But I saw the Zimmermann and couldn’t stop thinking about it. We went back later that day so I could try it on and I just knew it was the one!
Have you heard of hygge, that wonderful, warm feeling of intimacy, cosiness and love? That’s what we wanted for our wedding. And, other than the groomsman’s speech being a drunken hilarious mess, everything ran smoothly.
Photographer: Janneke Storm | Ceremony location: Gibsons Beach Reserve | Bride’s dress: Zimmermann | Suits: MJ Bale | Bridesmaids’ attire: Zimmermann , Spell & The Gypsy Collective , Peony Swimwear , Scotch & Soda | Engagement ring & groom’s wedding band: Digby&Iona | Bride’s wedding band: Rebecca Hearth Jewellery | Bride’s shoes: Gucci | Groom’s shoes: RM Williams | Bride’s earrings: A.B. Ellie | Makeup & hair: The Future Mrs | Fragrance: Aesop | Flora: The Flower Drum | Celebrant: Alexandra Afflick | Ceremony entertainment: Tillee Music | Videographer: Light Noise Films | Reception & catering: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel | Reception entertainment: The Vintage Stylus | Styling, planning & hire: Little Lane Events | Cake: Made by bride’s cousin | Gifting Wishing well signage: My Creative Space