Bride: Emily Tippett
Groom: Luke McKenzie
Wedding date: February 17, 2017
The meeting: We met in October 2012 at The Boardwalk Bendigo where Luke worked as a waiter. We were introduced by Luke's former manager and my boss/brother, Chris (little did Luke know at this stage that Chris and I were related).
The proposal: Luke surprised me with a helicopter ride that took us over the islands of Fiji. A lazy morning to begin, we started getting ready for their flight. We headed down to the entrance of our resort and waited until our shuttle bus arrived.
We were taken out of the resort area of Fiji and to patch of land that had a tiny building as the office and a landing patch for the helicopter.
We were invited inside the office to fill out some forms, then headed to the helicopter where our pilot introduced himself and began listing instructions.
Then we were off! - Luke scared of heights, was a bit apprehensive but as soon as we headed out further to the islands we were dumbfounded by how amazing Fiji really is. The views were outstanding!
Eventually getting closer to a sand bar, the pilot did however blurt out that this particular sand bar is famous for loves notes and that he knew Luke really wanted to go see it.... This tipped me off a little until… The message written was: "Julie Will You Marry Me", my initial reaction to this was how cute someone is proposing. Until Luke told me that it was meant to say 'Emily'. However, this isn't where the proposal took place as I was then left uncertain and in denial that was the truth.
The helicopter landed on the sand bar moments later. This is when it finally started to hit me, this was real! This was actually happening! As I got out of the helicopter and turned around to Luke, he was kneeling down on one knee with a ring in his hand ready to propose.
Truly romantic, after I had said yes to Luke, kissed and hugged, had the ring on my finger... A Fijian was waiting for them to go to her so she could pop a bottle of champagne to celebrate the newly engaged couple.
The wedding day: We married in beautiful gardens of Bram Leigh Receptions, Croydon by Michael Anderson Civil Celebrant. Leading the processional was the very beautiful Bella and Kara as flowergirls.
I was supported by my (matron of honour Julie), cousins Lisa and Megan, and my good friend Emma.
Standing beside Luke was his best man and dad Justin, his good mate Glenn, and my brother Chris.
Our wedding included many wonderful vendors, some to name: Rumours Band, Marshere Dance Studios Bendigo, Weddings of Distinction and Honeyeater. Fantastic vendors they were, whom have all placed themselves in our hearts forever. We also had our cars through Chargers are us Wedding Hire, Camaro Hire Melbourne, Must Have Mustangs and Exotic Limo.
We have a passion for our cars (American Muscle) and had photos taken with one hot Mustang and a Camaro and a Dodge Charger.
It was also a special day for parents Ian and Julie, Justin and Lisa who have watched the relationship of bride and groom grow.
The dress: Elegant and stunning gown from Eternal Weddings, Hawthorn. It was the first of that kind worn by myself.
The cake: Cake Passion
Photography: Jason Vannan Photography
Honeymoon destination: Bora Bora