Vanessa + Luke



It was just after our eight-year anniversary when we decided to go away for our first “family” holiday, aka the two of us plus our little french bulldog, Jetson. Needless to say, I was secretly more than ready to become Luke’s wife (not so secretly to my soon to be sister-in-laws and friends, haha).
Luke booked a cute little abode in Wooli NSW. A few days into our holiday, he took me to this lovely secluded lookout at the back beach of Minnie Water, with Jetson by our side. We feasted on prawns and hot chips and watched the sun trying to pop its head out from the clouds. I turned around to see what the weather was doing behind us and as I looked back around I saw him proposing with the most perfect opal ring I have ever laid eyes on. I was ugly crying and completely in shock but so overwhelmingly happy! I got the surprise of a lifetime and oh boy was it a beautiful moment in time. Luke was so emotional, and Jetson was going “What the heck is going on?” haha. The sun came out and we stayed in our love-buzzed proposal spot for a while. Once the shock subsided, we spent the rest of our afternoon/night and the following day on the phone with our loved ones sharing the excitement and happiness. It will always be the most special day to us—words and moments we will always look back on so fondly.

We like to have fun together but also enjoy quiet time and are a tad quirky, but we embrace it. We celebrate small wins in life. Our family and friends play a huge part in our life so we try to nourish those relationships as much as possible. We spontaneously dance on our own all the time and don’t even get us started on Mexican food—it is life!
On a serious note, we support each other so much. We know how important it is to spend quality time together and to make sure to say I love you. We have grown up together over the last 10 years—we are each other’s first loves and we’re so grateful for that.

“Luke, today in front of our closest family and friends I vow to continue to love, respect and support you. I promise that I will be your sunshine when the universe seems to be raining on you and to enhance the saturation when life is at its brightest. I am so overcome with gratitude to not only have found my one true love but to have someone to walk through life with. I vow to fit the best parts of me with the best parts of you and to understand we will have imperfections. I commit to cherishing the big milestones and the small moments, because collectively they all make up the bigger picture. Thank you babe, for being all that you are and for always providing a safe place for me in your arms. I adore you for the genuine, wild, caring, positive and loving person that you are. Thank you for making me happier than I ever thought was humanly possible.”

Mel showed me these beautiful words from “The Amber Spyglass” by Philip Pullman that I wanted to read to you. “I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again … I’ll be looking for you, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no-one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you … We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams … And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me.”

Today I marry my best friend, the one I will hold, dream with and love forever.
I promise to encourage and inspire you with everything you do.
I promise to love you through the good times and through the bad times I can promise you won’t have to face them alone.
I promise to continue to make you laugh even if it requires my weird dance moves.
I promise to support your inner gangster no matter how dangerous it gets.
I promise to pick you up when you are down and to always be your rock.
I promise to love you through all our future adventures, creating amazing memories of our life we will share together.
I promise to continue calling you babe even when you are old and grey.
I promise to not only grow old with you, but to grow with you each and every day.
I promise to keep myself open to you, to let you see my worries, feelings and dreams.
I cannot imagine my life without you, you make me so happy and I am a better person when I am with you. I am truly the luckiest red head in the world.
Through our union we can accomplish more than I could alone, I believe in us.
Babe, you are my one true love.


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