We first met at a mutual friend’s 21st birthday party in Hobart. I was at the bottom of the stairs at Barcelona and Daniel spotted me and thought, “I’ve got to say something to this girl” but all he could muster was “see you later!”.
I don’t actually recall this brief first meeting but with the help of our mutual friend Marcia, Daniel got my details and was eager to meet me again. A few months later Daniel finally got the courage to come into the restaurant where I was working as a waitress at the time, and asked me out. His famous words were, “Lauren you know why I’m here, will you let me take you out for coffee?”. Of course I said yes!
We had been dating for three and a half years when Daniel proposed and it took me completely by surprise! We often spoke about getting married and we both knew it would happen one day so when birthdays and Christmas rolled around it was always at the back of my mind.
It was Valentine’s Day 2014 and we had made plans to go out for dinner. I didn’t think anything of it as Daniel and I never got too caught up in all the Valentine’s Day hype but just saw it as a nice reason to go out for dinner together.
I’d been working all day at the hospital as a nurse and felt pretty exhausted and I do remember thinking I’d rather have a quiet dinner at home. But I still decided to put on a nice dress and we went out for dinner in Salamanca. We left the restaurant after a beautiful meal and as we walked hand in hand, Daniel began walking very briskly to the car. (Daniel later explained the reason he was walking so fast was because he wanted to get down to Nutgrove before it rained). I remember asking Daniel “why are we walking so fast?” and he said it was because he was cold.
I then assumed we were going home but Daniel said he felt he had eaten far too much and thought it would be a good idea to go for a walk along Nutgrove beach. I still wasn’t at all suspicious at this point. It was around 7.30pm when we arrived at Nutgrove beach in Sandy Bay and the light rain had begun to settle and there was a beautiful pink sky.
As we walked along Nutgrove I was telling Daniel all about my day at work and poor Daniel could barely get a word in. We reached the point where Daniel had planned to propose on one knee and so he had to interrupt me mid-sentence and said he had an important question for me. I was taken completely by surprise as he got down on one knee but once I saw the ring and realised what was happening, I immediately said yes!
We were married at St Mary’s Cathedral in a beautiful ceremony with 101 of our closest family and friends in attendance.
It was a beautiful Autumn day. There was plenty of sunshine in the morning but as we made our way of the church that afternoon there was a light sprinkle of rain and then a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky which was pretty special.
We had a number of family members fly down from interstate and it was wonderful being surrounded by all our beautiful family and friends on the day.
After our ceremony we went down to Nutgrove beach for photos where Daniel had proposed. Our wonderful photographer captured all the love and emotion of the day perfectly. We travelled to our reception with our bridal party in a limousine with a little glass of bubbly in hand and had a few more photos down at the wharf before making our way into the reception.
Our reception was at Elizabeth St Pier and we all enjoyed some canapés, a three-course meal with plenty of beautiful wine followed by a delicious chocolate mud wedding cake. We had a live band and had a great send off with our guests dancing around us to an Aussie classic before we left the reception.
Highlights and hitches
Our highlight was definitely our wedding ceremony. As soon as we saw each other we just instantly felt at ease and all the wedding nerves disappeared! We chatted quietly away during parts of the ceremony and surprised everyone with a “dippy kiss” (as our photographer called it) when we were pronounced husband and wife.
We also loved our reception on the waterfront, the food was magnificent and we loved being able to celebrate with our closest family and friends.
The only hitch came the night before the wedding. We had recently moved into our new home only a few months prior to the wedding and we had assumed Daniel’s gold wedding band was in a safe place. However, the night before the wedding it wasn’t where I thought it was and it was a stressful 15 minutes before finally locating the ring safe and sound! Other than that the day went off without a hitch.
We went to Eagles Nest Retreat overlooking Mount Roland. It was such a beautiful part of the world and we enjoyed stopping at a number of beautiful Tasmanian towns along the way. We really enjoyed the relaxation after a busy lead up to our wedding.
Advice for other couples
- Invest in a good wedding planner. We used Bride Tasmania’s planner and it helped keep us on track and everything went smoothly on the day.
- Communicate in advance with all the wedding vendors so that the day runs smoothly and check the timings with your photographer to ensure you have left plenty of time for photographs.
- Remember to thank your bridal party and all your family and friends who have helped you in the lead up to the wedding. While it is easy to get caught up with the stresses of the wedding, it’s important to acknowledge the time, effort and money that others contribute in the lead up to your big day.
- Take a little bit of time together away from the reception to just reflect on the day and share a moment that is just for the two of you.