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 26 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 at Tamborine Mountain, putting a ginger beer bottle ring top on my finger. 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 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. Our focus was on having a great party rather than an elaborate event. It was very much a celebration. 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 give lots of kisses, eat cheese and bread and sneak under the covers in Winter. 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 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'.
One of the most special moments was collecting my bouquet. I'd really wanted peonies for our wedding but couldn't afford them. I'd asked our coordinator if she could organise some and remember her saying "I'm not sure if we can get peonies in the desert"! Nothing more was mentioned and I figured I'd just get whatever was available. I could've cried with excitement when I saw my beautiful bouquet that day.
The ceremony was very private, just my husband and I, our photographer and Elvis, who sang 'Love Me Tender'. We then 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!!