How did you both meet?
The Ed Sheeran song “Thinking Out Loud” has a line that is really relevant to the beginning of Travis and my relationship. There is a line that says “we found love right where we are”, and that is exactly what we did.
Travis and I are both school teachers, we went to Wollongong University at the same time and didn’t meet. We have mutual friends and have worked out that we had been in the same place at the same time, but never met. In 2013 we started working at the same school, Travis in the primary and me in the secondary, still we didn’t actually meet. People at work started trying to set us up, a good friend of mine said to me “what about Travis?”, to which I replied “he is a bit of a goody goody, not interested”. After our first year of work Travis joined the car pool that I was in, we started talking in car pool and even chatting by the side of the road once other members of the carpool had left. In April I very nervously after much encouragement from my mum invited Travis to my birthday dinner with my friends. He accepted and our dating relationship progressed from there. We found love right where we were.
How did he pop the question?
Travis asked me to go to dinner with him at our favourite restaurant, El Corozon Mexican restaurant in Kiama. He asked me over a week in advance, that is far to organized for him so I knew something was up. When he picked my up Travis was wearing a leather jacket, he refused to take it off even though it hot. I was sure he was going to propose but throughout dinner nothing happened. I’d given up hope of the proposal that night and after dinner we went for a walk up to the lighthouse. We watched the blow hole for a while then went up to the lighthouse. Travis was acting weird taking photos and selfies with the lighthouse. During this time the police car drove away, the person staying on the hill in their caravan went inside and it got a lot quieter. I was looking at the lighthouse, when I turned around Travis was down on one knee, pulling a ring out of his jacket pocket and proposing. Of course I said yes, I was so excited I didn’t even look at the ring until later as we were walking back to the car.
What type of wedding did you plan, what was your theme?
We wanted the theme for our wedding to be traditional, having been to a number of weddings over the last few years we thought that a more traditional wedding fitted better with our personalities.
Which quirky features made your wedding unique?
Going with the traditional theme, we had a church wedding service, photos and then a reception in the evening this also meant that we had some beautiful Daimlers to drive us around for the day.
Where did you hold the ceremony?
The ceremony was held at St Luke’s Anglican church at Brownsville. It is a beautiful old sandstone church with a pipe organ that sounds amazing. Getting married at St Luke’s was made even more special by the fact that we were the third generation to be married in the same church. On our wedding day we got a very special photo inside the church of Travis and I, my parents and my grandparents, three generations.
Why did you choose City Beach?
When looking at different reception venues City Beach quickly became the obvious choice. At the open day the venue looked fantastic and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. When we started dealing with Hannah she was so accommodating and it was clear that her focus was on making our wedding everything that we wanted it to be. City Beach was the only wedding venue we went to that made us feel special and we knew they would do everything they could to make our day amazing. And they did!
What was the most memorable moment from the day?
Travis says that his most memorable moment was seeing me as I walked down the aisle of the church, he started smiling then and didn’t stop for the whole day. He can’t even recall seeing my dad walking with me.
My most memorable moment was our wedding dance. It was something that I was a little nervous about, but in that moment Travis and I were the only people in the world and everything was perfect. We used the song “Forever begins tonight” by the McClymonts and it just fit perfectly.
What was it like dealing with Wedding Coordinator Hannah?
Hannah was amazing. She was so accommodating, it was really obvious that her focus was on making our day special and unique to us. Hannah quickly replied to all correspondence and was a wealth of information. Nothing was too hard and she was happy to look into things if she was unsure of them.
What’s your No.1 go to song that had to be included in your playlist?
“Sweet Caroline”, this is my Pop’s favourite song and it has become a family tradition to do it at all special family events. It was played after our first dance and quickly got everyone to the dance floor.
Who was your photographer for the day?
Nick Conzolo – Brilliant photos, he was amazing to work with on the day. Everything was very relaxed and comfortable, the time taking photos just flew by.
Any advice for couples about to tie the knot?
Travis says – care about the little details, even if you don’t.
Kristy says – have fun, I thoroughly enjoyed planning our wedding and making it exactly what we wanted, and on the day………….. relax and enjoy.