Tara + Zach by A’Daw Photography

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…

I would say Zach and I are both determined people. It took a lot to get through a wedding in the middle of a pandemic, but we weren’t going to give up that easily. Zach is a former Tennis player who lived in America for four years and now works as an electrician.

I’m a creative at heart and currently work as a colour consultant for a kitchen supplier. We both love to get out and explore the world whether that’s world hikes, or going mountain biking and camping together.

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?

We met on a blind date, as a mutual friend said that we should get to know each other. We went and saw a movie, played some mini golf and did a hike in the first few weeks of knowing each other. We clearly both liked each other on first impressions because here we are married four years later. Zach’s not too bad on the eyes either!

When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?

I knew on our second date that Zach was the one while playing a game of mini golf. I went home that night and told my dad I think I will marry that guy and he laughed (little did he know). Zach knew pretty early on as well. We both knew what our intentions were. We have similar goals and morals which made it easier to get to know each other.

Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…

Zach had ordered the ring and asked my dad four weeks before he proposed when we were on a camping trip together without me knowing. Zach got notification that the ring was ready for collection while he was working away. When he got back, he picked up the ring. In the meantime, the four weeks killed my dad not being able to tell anyone and he kept asking Zach if he had asked me yet. Dad works on his own and had no one to share his excitement with other than the postman. All of this was happening while I had come down the flu. I had been off work for a few days and when Zach returned, I asked him to drive me to the doctors.

But he said thet he couldn’t take me as he has a surprise for when I come back. I left quite annoyed and said to him before I closed the door: “This better be bloody good!” I came back to find him in a suit with flowers. He’d created a walkway of candles with romantic music playing in the background. He said a little speech and got down on one Knee. Zach even planned a family BBQ the next day to celebrate.

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…

During the wedding planning process, we just chose things that we liked and went for a beautifully simplistic and timeless vibe. I loved how stripped back and effortless the styling was.

What was one element you were happy to splurge on?

We were happy to splurge a little on the wedding dress and photographer. It’s good to have a dress that’s comfortable and you feel good in because that really helps your mindset on the day. With the photography we ended up working with Elise for the whole day. She did such a great job capturing the essence of the day and gave us so many amazing photos to keep for the rest of our lives.

Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?

On our way to the wedding, we were picked up by our family friend Mick in his Monaro, as we were driving along the country roads in Boonah. Mick decided to give the car a bit of a rev but in doing so, the tulle decoration along the back window blew up and landed over my dad’s head like a veil. This had the whole car in tears and was a great way to calm the nerves! We also found it so funny my Grandad kept stealing and opening the gifts off of the table and getting angry when he was told that he couldn’t open them. He means well but just doesn’t really know what’s going on.

Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?

I wore an Erin Claire gown which was the last wedding dress I tried on. When I was dress shopping, I picked up the gown last minute just to see what it was like. I ended up loving it and as I walked out of the dressing room, Halo by Beyonce was playing in the background – that’s when I knew it was meant to be! The girls at White Lily explained a bit about the designer and it turns out, I could do an in-person fitting with the wedding dress designer in Noosa.

It was so perfect how it all turned out, as I didn’t have to worry about international shipping delays because of the pandemic and could have my alterations all sorted on Australian shores. I wanted to add just a little bit of spice to my dress so I ended up adding some chiffon wings as an additional touch. As they say, boys will be boys – they were still running around getting their suits ready on the week of the wedding!

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