AmAndA And Beth
e met unexpectedly in a club. I subtly winked
and smiled across the dance floor at Beth –
not the most romantic of settings, but the
fact that neither of us were meant to be
there that night made it pretty special.
We went for a drink, followed by a jump or ten on a
bouncy castle – like the big kids we are. The following weeks
we enjoyed going out for meals, cocktails and spent time
together surfing at Longsands Beach, Tynemouth.
Beth sneakily (but thoughtfully) asked parental consent
for our engagement before we left for a three-month
summer vacation to Australia in 2015. We travelled around a
lot but she proposed on Hamilton Island, an idyllic place
located on the Whitsundays.
We had hired a golf buggy as it was the only form of
transportation and that morning, Beth drove us to the peak
of One Tree Hill. I was amazed at its name, as the TV show
had meant a great deal to me over the years. Beth
encouraged me to join her on the grass bank to watch
sunrise, but I wasn’t keen because of the amount of morning
dew. She then dropped to one knee and proposed – it was
beautiful. The rest of the day was dreamy too.
We wanted a laid-back day that incorporated some of
the things we love, with the people we love.
We’ve travelled a lot together and enjoy the sea and
coast, so these were our main theme. Fortunately, we live
really close to the coast and had heard of some amazing
venues. The day venue was St Mary’s Lighthouse, as it’s
quirky – like us! The evening was at Crusoes, on the very
same beach that we’ve surfed on from our early dating days.
Despite both venues being on the smaller size, meaning we
had to invite fewer people, they each seemed so fitting that
we went with our gut.
We both opted for long dresses with lace details, for our
October wedding. Beth bought the first dress she tried on – a
Heidi Hudson gown – and I took a little longer to choose my
Viva Bride dress, but I still ended up placing a deposit in the
first shop. We bought them both from a lovely place called
WED2B in Gateshead.
The staff at the lighthouse were very helpful in planning
our ceremony, and shared ideas. We had some of our
favourite and special songs playing and managed to narrow
down the selection to a few, including a song that reminds us
of our time travelling around New Zealand.
pink weddings magazine » 9