It was love at first sight she said, simple as that. It doesn’t happen to many people especially on a blind date, but it must have been fate for Andrew and Lucy. Melbourne engagement photographer Kirralee had an amazing morning photographing these two love birds!
Lucy’s sister and Andrew’s best friend had played matchmaker, and so it was that Andrew arranged to meet her at Grossi Florentinos on Bourke Street. Lucy said she would be the girl holding the pink phone.
Taken by surprise at their mutual admiration of each other, fate had other plans. Lucy was just seven weeks away from starting her new job as an air-hostess with Emirates, which meant the dating game was not so straight forward.
For the next year, Lucy and Andrew would catch up once a month and also during her leave. Lucy would fly into Melbourne and they would spend 24 hours together before she would fly out again. They even met up for romantic trips around the globe whenever possible.
When Lucy couldn’t see Andrew, she wrote him letters which were postmarked from all the over the world. However after some time away she eventually decided she missed him enough to return home and become a teacher.
It was on one of their weekends away in the Yarra Valley that Andrew proposed to Lucy. She was oblivious to his intent as they visited different wineries, went trout fishing and finally ended up at Woodlands Retreat ,where they shared a bottle of red as he cooked their catch for dinner.
It was after dinner that Andrew casually passed Lucy a beautiful book. Each page was filled with memories of their life together since that first date. The pages were adorned with photos taken together and every letter Lucy had ever written to Andrew. Finally she reached the last page and there written on a post-it note were the words, “Will you marry me?”.
He bought a beautiful ring – and, as fate would have it, the ring was from the same jeweller that Lucy’s father had bought an engagement ring for her mother many years earlier.
Autumn is a beautiful time of year when the colours are so warm and inviting. We decided to take some photos in the heritage listed Carlton Gardens which have the most awe inspiring oak trees.
We aimed for a fun and romantic photo shoot that included elements of the relationship the couple has shared. I used hints of red throughout because it is their favourite colour. The globe, suitcases and Emirates aeroplane signify where they began in their relationship. We chose to include some family heirlooms that the couple would be bringing into their marriage and which signified where they had come from – like grandma’s teacups and a beautiful ruby radio that belonged to Andrew’s uncle.
Their wedding is due to be held in Mornington later this year. Stay tuned for what promises to be a beautifully romantic wedding for a couple who couldn’t be more suited to each other than honey and bees!
Melbourne engagement photographer: Kirralee
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