A celebrant and a sommelier: we fit together like yin and yang. We met in 2014, when I slung open the door to a Bondi restaurant called Fat Ruperts for my first shift as the new waitress. Sean, the manager, says that’s when he first laid eyes on the love of his life. I needed a little more convincing. 

After a long shift, a few tequila shots and way too much wine, we found ourselves back at his house, arguing over which Backstreet Boys song is the best. We soon embarked upon a secret romance at work but with plans to travel Africa for a few months, I tried to end things.

The next day, Sean wrote a list of reasons why he should join me in Africa and we haven’t stopped travelling together since. We live, work, sleep and play together. That has always been our relationship and it works for us. 

We balance each other out, he grounds me and I lift him closer to the clouds. We decided on a vintage glam meets country rock theme. We dressed the church up with stunning florals and a bar out front. We collected vintage glasses from op shops and served up a bespoke cocktail called ‘The Sugar Pine Thyme’, inspired by our engagement. I asked my bridesmaids to choose dresses from a rosé colour palette that they felt great in.

We danced down the aisle, drank cocktails from eclectic glasses and made out in the vines. The bubbles flowed and the dance floor rocked beneath the fairy lights. The whole day was our kind of perfect. If you choose to get married, make sure to invest in a good photographer to capture your day. It’s the photos that you will cherish long after the big day.  

Due to COVID-19 restrictions kicking in after our honeymoon, we stayed with my parents for the first time in 14 years, in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. There are definitely worse places to be ‘stuck’. Married life saw us renovating a bootleg bar under their house, taking the time to enjoy home-cooked meals, and drinking a whole lot of great wine. Now, we’re heading back up to the Sunshine Coast to start our next chapter.

Photographer @corinnaanddylan | videographer @purcelljesse | bride’s ceremony attire @janehillbridal, @spherebridalgallery | groom’s attire @asos | ceremony location St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Tumbarumba | reception location @courabyrawines | flora @bloodwoodbotanica | bride’s shoes @alicemccallptyltd | celebrant Ingrid Beck | vases & hanging structures for florals @oaklabdesign | makeup @airlieandco | hair @choppedhair | groom’s ring @moltenstore | bride’s earrings @reliquiajewellery | bride’s ring @_bybaby | bride’s fragrance @lancomeofficial | groom’s fragrance @commodity | entertainment @graceturnermusic & @hanksjalopydemons1 | beverages, ceremony @thesipadviser | beverages, reception @courabyrawines | cake @nes_bakestagram | bride’s after-party attire @steele__ | bridesmaids’ attire @alicemccallptyltd, @thurleyofficial & @becandbridge | alterations @marilyncrystellebridal | graphic design @thisisstudionatty 

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