Jayson and I were “university sweethearts”. We met on the first day of my first year of University and after 9.5 years of dating, we officially made the decision to spend the rest of our lives together on 12 March 2016. The week leading up to our wedding was filled with dark skies and thunder storms (despite the drought that was currently being experienced). Convinced that our day would be just as rainy, we accepted our fate and decided we would make the most of it. It wouldn’t be the first time we danced in the rain! Stocked up on umbrellas for our guests, we woke up on the big day to find blue skies and sunshine. I spent the morning with my bridesmaids and mom getting dolled up and drinking champagne. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. Not because I was anxious about getting married (I knew I was marrying my best friend and I couldn’t wait to officially start our lives together) but rather, because I was convinced that this was the day I would trip in front of 150 guests. The ceremony was held at the stunning Rosebank Catholic Church. I arrived (on time, much to Jayson’s surprise) and the minute the church doors opened and I saw Jayson standing at the altar, I just felt calm. It reminded me again that with him by my side, everything is always all right... if I were to trip, he would always be there to catch me. The ceremony was beautiful and although Jayson won’t admit it, he was just as teary eyed as I was!
We moved on to the reception which was held at the incredible Summer Place in Hyde Park. While we took photos with our family in the beautiful rose garden, our friends enjoyed canapés, welcome drinks, a polaroid photo booth for the guest book and personalised M&Ms with our faces printed on them. We entered the reception hall at 18:00 and I was surprised to find that Jayson had ordered a huge “Mr & Mrs” light bulb sign for our main table. Throughout the planning, I had continued to talk about how badly I wanted one of those signs and he decided to be sneaky and surprise me by arranging one without me knowing (I didn’t think that was even possible. I thought I was in total control of all the planning!). A delicious plated dinner was served and our bridesmaids and groomsmen made wonderful toasts. We opened the dancefloor at 21:00 and true to our nature, we danced into the early hours of the morning.
I couldn’t have asked for a better day to confirm our love for each other. People always say that your wedding day is one of the greatest days of your life and on 12 March, surrounded by our closest family and friends, we confirmed this sentiment. Now we have the rest of our lives to continue to laugh together, grow together and love each other.