I love this photo from our wedding. It's far from a perfect image, some of the colour is washed out and it looks a little awkward, but it's still my favourite because it captured 'us'.
My husband and I have been together for more than 25 years! When I think about that length of time it amazes me.
We were very lucky to meet through a mutual friend when we finished high school. He chased me and followed me between States as I was pursuing a sales & marketing career. He proposed by putting a ginger beer bottle ring top on my finger at Tamborine Mountain. I'm a little sentimental and still have it! He bought me a stunning diamond ring and has continued to completely spoil me ever since.
We had our ceremony and reception in Sanctuary Cove Village with a sprinkling of family members and mostly friends. I chose a dress off the rack (actually the store chose it for me!), had a simple bouquet and did my own make-up. It was very much a celebration. Our focus was on having a great party rather than an elaborate event. We couldn't afford a honeymoon and went straight back to work a few days later.
We have two smart and equally gorgeous teenage children. Even though they look like twins, they're 18 months apart. They have the best grandparents ever—in fact I couldn't do what I do without them. Our dog Harvey is a super cute Maltese x Jack Russell who loves to eat cheese and bread. Life is good.
A highlight of our journey was renewing our vows on our 11th wedding anniversary (it was also the honeymoon we never had). On 11.11.11, just before midnight, I walked down the aisle of the iconic Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas. I'd ordered my dress from a trashy Chinese website—I paid $67 and it looked nothing like what I was expecting—I figured, 'ah well, I'll just glue a heap of rhinestones on it and make it even more Vegas'. Elvis sang 'Love Me Tender', then we all danced (very badly) to 'Viva Las Vegas' and left to 'A Little Less Conversation' (my husband's choice that one!).
I highly recommend a vow renewal to every couple - whether married for just one year, or for many years - it was a lot of fun and brought back all those nerves I had before my own wedding. Just leaving our hotel room to drive to the chapel was terrifying! My husband was quick to remind me I was already married and we'd better get a margarita!!