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When Aaron surprised Lauren with a trip to Melbourne for their five-year anniversary, she wasn’t expecting anything else. The pair spent three wonderful days exploring Melbourne and relaxing in their hotel spa. One afternoon, Lauren took a shower and as she got out, she was greeted by Aaron, kneeling down and with a message on the bathroom mirror. “The message read, ‘I love you, will you marry me?’ It was followed by two boxes, ‘yes’ and ‘yes’,” Lauren says. The couple met at a local hotel, where they both worked part-time after returning to their hometown from university. “We instantly became friends,”...

It’s true what they say, sometimes love turns up when you least expect it. Such was the case for April and Paul who met on a night out at The World Bar in Sydney’s Kings Cross in 2007. “We started dating casually soon after,” says April. “At Easter the following year, I was sitting with my dad and sister and they were playfully probing me about my relationship with Paul. I sent Paul a text saying that my dad wanted to know if we were official and he said, ‘yeah, why not?’ The rest is history.” The couple planned their wedding...

A romantic proposal on Christmas day came as a joyous surprise to Ellana, who accepted immediately on her favourite day of the year. In just a short month’s time, she and Benn tied the knot in front of their closest family and friends in the Hunter Valley. “Emily is my lifelong friend and I first met her cousin Benn at her house on a cold and rainy day,” says Ellana of how she and Benn met. “We’ve been friends for 23 years and I’ve been to all the birthday parties and family functions but Benn and I had never met. The...

Sometimes all it takes is one look. A catch of the eye, you might even feel a spark. For Grant and Ceilidh, the moment they met was just like a scene from a movie. “There was an instant attraction, sweaty palms, blushing cheeks, lingering looks,” says Ceilidh, who vividly recalls the emotions she felt as she gazed upon her soon-to-be fiancé for the first time upon being introduced by a mutual friend for work. Ceilidh and Grant’s first date was as spontaneous as their first meeting. Merely a day after they met, Grant left the country on a work trip to...

Love has a funny way of showing up. When 11-year-olds Daniella and Brad first met at a swimming club, little did they know they were soul mates. Several years later and the swimming pair reunited in their late teens and the rest, as they say, is history. Armed with their inside jokes and all-consuming love, Brad and Daniella tied the knot six years into the relationship. “I travel a lot for work,” Daniella says. “No matter where I go in the world, I always try to bring back Kinder Surprises for Brad.” One Easter night as Brad was getting ready to go...

On the anniversary of when they first laid eyes on each other, Jurgen and Festime were celebrating with a romantic dinner date. “I turned away for one second that night and when I looked back, Jurgen was on his knees with a ring,” Festime says. “It was so magical and beautiful, I had tears of happiness. It was perfect.” The lovebirds spent every moment they could with each other after they first met at a concert. “Sparks were flying when we first saw each other,” Festime says. “After that, we were so happy and in love, we couldn’t wait to tie...

Maybe it was fate or simply love getting in the way but after meeting at work, Winnie and Chris got to know each other when they repeatedly found themselves in the same place at the same time. Working on the same projects, playing in the same lunchtime netball team and attending the same yoga class, Winnie speculated that maybe she had met the one. “On reflection, perhaps Chris was just following me around!” Fast-forward four wonderful years when Chris seized the moment to propose to Winnie at Lake Como, set against the foothills of the Alps. The unbelievably romantic moment was...

Bohemian vibes, a relaxed atmosphere and a festival feel describe the wedding of Melbi and Andrew. Held in a historic 1850s house in the lush hinterland of Nowra, with six acres of ornate gardens and a rustic barn, the event was conceived as a free-spirited extravaganza. “Working and living in Sydney, I did not want to have a wedding in a Sydney venue as it would remind me of work,” says Melbi, who, as an events manager, had the expert knowledge to bring the celebration to life. “Merribee was recommended by a friend. We loved it and booked it immediately. It...