HOW WE MET
We met at work: we have Thomas Jefferson (inventor of the swivel chair) to thank for our chance encounter and the ensuing conversations that took place while we got to know each other at neighbouring desks.
On the first day of Autumn, Glen insisted that we walk to the beach near our home for a swim and he wouldn't take no for an answer. Peculiarly, he was carrying a bag from a women's shoe store, which was odd and I made a brief remark about it. After a relaxing swim, we headed back to our towels on the sand. Just as I was getting comfortable, Glen suddenly thrust a gleaming diamond ring at me and surprised me with his proposal. It was an instantaneous yes from me followed by a Braveheart style charge from a nearby group of overzealous nippers crashing into the moment, while we laughed at ourselves becoming engaged.
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS ...
That we will protect, support and encourage each other to be the best people we can be.
OUR WEDDING DAY WAS...
The best party ever according to Glen! We decided not to wait to get married and knew we wanted something simple, local and fun. To avoid any stress, we told our family and friends that it was merely an engagement party, which helped maintain a relaxed and low key vibe through the day - it was exactly how we wanted it.
OUR GUESTS' REACTION TO A SURPRISE WEDDING
Although there were plenty of people speculating about the party actually being a wedding, no one knew for sure. As the evening wore on without any sign of a celebrant, we suspect some people felt a little dismayed. Alas we reignited the party vibe when our celebrant arrived and all the speculators were finally able to say 'I knew it was a wedding!'. As many wagers had been placed as to whether it was a wedding or not; coffees, dollars and reputations were made and lost on that night. Thankfully all our family and friends embraced our surprise wedding and made it a fabulous night to remember.
STYLING & DECOR
We delegated the styling to Leah's mum who I think found her creative calling. We thought the escarpment and the ocean made for a perfect setting so we chose a location where you could experience both with the protection of a marquee for when the rains came...which they did! Our ceremony was simple and also carried a statement regarding the importance of marriage equality to us.
THE BRIDE WORE...
Cobalt blue french lace, a wedding present from the People of France.
THE GROOM WORE...
A tuxedo personally handed to him from James Bond himself.