When I met up with the gorgeous Sarah and Dan initially, they told me how they got together...and honestly.. I wish I could've filmed it. Their faces lit up, and they told their story with such excitement..finishing each other’s sentences and beaming as they chatted away. I knew right away the story had to be told at the wedding, but didn’t know how I could recreate it and do it justice. Well..when I asked for them to write a couple of sentences for me so I could start putting it together, what I got was something that they had written for their photographer, and it was so perfect that I couldn't change it. So here is Sarah and Dan's story; in their own words:
Dan and I were supposed to meet. The morning before I flew out to Hong Kong, the girl I was going with dragged me up to the bank in my pyjamas to let the bank know we were travelling. Then she sprung on me that we had to visit a guy she knew who just came home from a surfing trip the day before..
...I was in my pyjamas.
We were going to see this guy at Peninsula Surf, where he was the manager..
...I was in my pyjamas.
We go into his store and before we even introduce ourselves we are talking like we have known each other forever. He about the trip he just finished, me about the coming trip to Disneyland. Talking, laughing….flirting. It’s a cliche, but we just clicked. We said goodbye, and I felt his eyes on me as i left the store..
…I was in my pyjamas.
The magic of the internet meant that Dan tracked me down that night and asked me on our first date. The entire trip away was filled with anticipation.
We have been inseparable ever since. Lovers, best friends, and in Dans case even my carer. Unfortunately the last few years for me have been plagued with chronic illness. But I have never been more blessed than to have a met a man who willingly takes me to Dr.s appointments, brings me my meds, and even washes my hair when I need him to. He is such a special and giving person.
We had a magical trip to America for their summer in 2013. A self confessed Disney-a-holic we stayed at Disneyland itself. The first night, on a beautiful balcony looking over the lit up theme park, Dan got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I cried like a baby. We spent the next month travelling with smiles on our faces.
Planning our wedding has already been such an adventure. Visiting all over the Peninsula, figuring out what will really make the day personal to ‘us’. We have had wedding venues cancel on us, and we have had some fun budgeting with Dan being the only one who can bring home the bacon. But we can’t wait to call each other husband and wife. To celebrate with all of our family and friends, and start our next chapter.
The main thing I would tell someone about how Sarah and I met is, don’t underestimate the power of chance meetings. I still don’t know if I believe in destiny, but there definitely seems that there was a much bigger power involved when it came to meeting Sarah.
I had just come back from a stint in South Sumatra. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I had to work the very next day after getting back, and that day changed my life forever.
Sarah and I had a mutual friend who worked in the same shopping centre as I did. I didn’t know, but the very next day this friend and Sarah were actually going on their own trip to Hong Kong, so before they left this friend came to visit. As soon as I saw Sarah I knew there was something special about her. I flirted shamelessly, and come to think of it I don’t even think I spent much time chatting to my friend. We introduced ourselves, had some banta, and then they left.
As soon as they left I said to the guy I was working with “man I should have got her number”. He kind of gave me a “Yeah whatever mate” and left it at that. Instead, I went out the back and stalked out her Facebook. Having a mutual friend worked out really well, because she was very easy to find. I didn’t add her straight away because I didn’t want to seem too keen. So I memorised her name and waited until I got back home.
The first thing I did when I got in the door was add her. Almost instantly we started chatting and I didn’t waste any time in asking her on a date. She was too perfect.
I made the arrangements and left her to enjoy her holiday for the first week. Then after that we started chatting. From that day since we have not gone one single day without talking. Everything is always just so easy with her, even when its hard. Our first date was the best I’ve ever been on in my life. The first kiss is something I will never forget. The first time I saw her is something Ill never forget. I know its all so cliche, but its real and its us and that makes it even better.
After 9 short months I asked her to marry me, and I got the chance to do it her most favourite place in the world: Disneyland. I wanted to do something incredibly special for Sarah. She is not only the most beautiful and kind woman I know, but she is also the strongest and most deserving. As Sarah mentioned, she suffers from chronic illness that has plagued her life for the last few years and has stopped her living a completely normal life. I still don’t know how she does it all and keeps a smile on her face. There are some really hard days. Even some really hard months. We both know that life may be a constant fight for the rest of our lives, But we also know that we make a kick ass team together, and that nothing will ever break us, as long as we have each other.
Getting married today is going to be fun. BEING married is going to be even better.
WELL. I hope being married is even better than your wedding day - which was a dream! You two are the epitome of true love, and it was such a pleasure to be involved in your big day.
Venue: Lindenderry at Red Hill
Photographer: Christian Marc Photography