Ida + Peter

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“I REALISED FOR THE FIRST TIME I CAN LOVE SOMEONE FULLY AND STILL BE FREE IN WHO I AM.”

THE PROPOSAL
We had just finished a beautiful weekend at our friend’s wedding outside of Bordeaux, France. We were off to meet our family who were flying in to meet us in France for the week (which Peter had strategically planned). On the way to the house, we started driving through beautiful sunflower fields and naturally, I freaked out. Peter started getting nervous as we got back in the car from the first sunflower field and we continued driving, missing his chance. Again, I spotted an even bigger sunflower field, double the size. As I jumped out and started dancing in the sunflower fields (asking Peter to take Boomerangs, naturally), he got on one knee, held out his hands filled with nothing (we didn’t have a ring yet) and asked me to marry him. I said “yes” and we hugged, and after the excitement resided, we realised we were standing in stinging nettle. Peter flung me over his shoulder and walked me out of the beautiful mess. We got in the car and in a French fashion, shared a fresh chocolate croissant, giddy all the way. This story is the reason why we had sunflowers decorating the aisle. We wanted to bring that moment with us.

AS A COUPLE …
We are two individuals that love adventure and living life to the fullest. Everything is fun for us and we love each other beyond words. We feel really lucky to have found each other and are grateful every day for how much we consistently love each other and how lucky our lives have been. We love travelling and adventure and feel most like ourselves when living out of a suitcase. We allow each other to be free.

WEDDING VOWS

PETER’S VOWS
When I was in uni, I read the book, The Godfather. Within it, the protagonist of the story, Michael Corleone, describes in detail being struck by a thunderbolt when he first laid eyes on the love of his life, Appollonia. Since that day, it always struck me with an unshakable feeling … that is the way I wanted to feel when I met the person I would spend the rest of my life with.

And so he wrote: ‘Just short of the grove she poised, startled, her eyes having caught the alien colour of the men’s shirts. She stood there up on her toes poised like a deer to run.

She was all ovals—oval-shaped eyes, her eyes enormous, dark brown with long heavy lashes shadowed her lovely face.

He found himself standing, his heart pounding in his chest; he felt a little dizzy. The blood was surging through his body, through all its extremities and pounding against the tips of his fingers, the tips of his toes.

All the perfumes of the island came rushing in on the wind, orange, lemon blossoms, grapes, flowers. It seemed as if his body had sprung away from him … out of himself. And then he heard the two shepherds laughing.

“You got hit by the thunderbolt, eh?” Fabrizio said,

“You can’t hide the thunderbolt. When it hits you, everybody can see it.”‘

The moment I met Ida, I knew she was my thunderbolt. We would be together for the rest of our lives. It’s certainly not been conventional and straightforward … but sometimes you need a little pain to truly appreciate happiness, and together we live every day truly happy.

IDA’S VOWS

Before you, I spent my whole life running away; running away from love and running away from giving myself fully to anyone. I was running away from anyone really knowing who I was in my core and this came from a fear of getting hurt.

I accepted that, like many other relationships, I’d seen that giving myself to someone meant losing a part of myself … and I didn’t want that. I didn’t want to feel trapped. So, I closed myself off and accepted that love wasn’t for me. Then we met, and you redefined it all.

I realised for the first time I can love someone fully and still be free in who I am, and that other person can be free in who they are. And together we are two happy individuals that found someone else to share that happiness with.

Love is lucky. And for two people to find another that loves the same way, at the right time, in the right place, and are extremely attracted to each other … that is something really special.

The greatest form of love is the ability to let someone go. An even bigger form of love is once you let that person go, they come back to you. I cannot imagine my life without you. Thank you for allowing me to be free.

Thank you for encouraging my excitement and curiosity for life and stepping out of your comfort zone to do new things … unless it’s one of those sober raves—I promise I won’t make you do that again. English men don’t like sober raves.

I am here with you to walk side by side as long as you need me, to grow and allow you to be the best version of yourself.

I cannot wait for the adventure ahead of us and cherish all the memories we’ve had so far. Love you, my boy.

DEAR PETER
I feel really lucky that we have found each other because I know how rare it is. I am excited for more of your weird hobbies for us to do together and thank you for joining me on my crazy adventures. I am here with you to walk side by side as long as you need me, to grow and allow you to be the best version of yourself. I cannot wait for the adventure ahead of us and cherish all the memories we’ve had so far.

DEAR IDA
I loved you the moment I saw you and can’t believe how lucky we are to have found each other. I thank my lucky stars I got to marry my dream girl. I hope that we both continue to grow as individuals and as a couple. The fact that we can stand individually on our own two feet makes us stronger as a partnership. I am so excited to be by your side as you continue to blossom in all your ventures.

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