I was born in Perth Western Australia and for as long as I can remember, have been fascinated by aviation and travel. My father has built aeroplanes since I was a child and it was no surprise that I would enter the airline industry at the age of 17. I moved to London for a fantastic job opportunity and whilst exploring the world, I met Leigh.
Leigh was born on the other side of the continent in Gippsland Victoria. His beautiful family are Dairy Farmers. Growing up on a remote farm, Leigh always wanted to explore the world and decided to base himself in London.
When people ask how Leigh and I met, I say he turned up at my front door!”. I had returned home from dinner with friends, and was just about to call it a night when I heard a knock at the front door. Several close friends were in the neighbourhood and decided to see if I was home. I opened the front door to greet my friends and Leigh was standing there.
Everyone went their separate ways at the end of the night, and Leigh asked me directions to the bus stop. I accompanied Leigh to the bus stop and when the bus arrived, I waved him goodbye - or so I thought. I turned around to see the bus drive off, and Leigh was still standing there! He had boarded the bus, paid his fare, and then asked the driver to stop, saying he wanted to disembark!" Leigh said it felt as though someone had tapped him on the shoulder - he knew that he had to get off the bus "So the Number 6 Bus stop in Maida Vale London is a special spot for us."
Six months later we returned to Australia, me to Perth and Leigh to Melbourne Victoria (4 hours by flight!) We commuted between the 2 cities for 18 months, and after 1000's of frequent flight miles and aeroplanes journeys later, I got my work transfer and a fiancé! Leigh took me to La Foret Enchantee, an exclusive French cabin in the Margaret River wine region. After visiting the local wineries, and sipping on beautiful champagne he proposed on one knee and the rest is history.
We couldn't quite believe that we would meet and fall in love with a fellow Aussie on the other side of the world. We always wonder where we would be now if he hadn't got off the bus. So we set about planning an intimate wedding which highlighted the story of our relationship. We incorporated a vintage travel/ London theme into every single aspect of the day, from the British telegram invitations to passport-style service booklets. Upon our guests arrival at their hotel, guests were handed vintage airmail envelopes which contained maps and an itinerary. When the big day arrived, a bright red double-decker London bus transported our family and friends to the venue, whilst my transport to the wedding was a vintage London cab. I walked down the aisle to a string quartet playing "Kissing You" by Desiree wearing a 1920s style gown and headpiece. I found the headpiece first and designed the gown around the head piece, and it was perfect for the theme.
After a ceremony filled with tears and laughter, our guests relaxed on striped Hyde Park-style deck chairs on the lawn and shared a game of croquet and canapés. A London Tube map directed our guests to their ‘station' at the reception (which were all places in London Leigh had taken me on a date!) and our menus resembled an early edition of the ‘London Times' complete with a story from Leigh about the farmer who found a wife. On the back of the newspaper menu we included a photo of our parents on their wedding day, with a short story of their special day and advice for the bride and groom. Each place card was made from an old airmail envelope, and we extended the theme to our wedding cake which was styled to resemble vintage suitcases.
The Japanese proverb "Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer then one" couldn't be more right. :)