Q&A with Bride-to-be, Abi

1. Where did you meet your partner?
We met on tinder! Both of us have confessed we were near to deleting the app but went for our last few swipes and found each other. I gave him my number within minutes and we had our first date a few weeks later.

2. How long had you been together before you became engaged?
We had only been together for 7 short months before we got engaged. We started talking about marriage only a few months in – when you know you know! And after 5 months he had bought the ring – after me finding it on etsy and being like “no pressure but this is the one” haha

3. Can you remember an exact point when you looked at your partner and thought “he’s the one!”
Our first date was in October and on new year’s eve I got a little tipsy and confessed that I wanted to marry him. Thankfully, he felt the same! I think the Prosecco helped my unconscious thoughts and feeling come to the surface and it paid off.

4. Where and how did the proposal take place? Was it expected or a complete shock?
So I knew he had the ring but I didn’t know how he would propose. I had been planning a surprise holiday for his birthday which he knew about (he just didn’t know the where, which turned out to be Disneyland) so I had a sneaky suspicion he would propose when we were away. Turns out he did plan to but the actual proposal took us both by surprise. I had been for a Reiki healing session in the morning and all the messages were about swan energy and true love. It was a beautiful day and we sat in the garden on a blanket eating doughnuts and coffee – our favourite combo and what we had on our first date. We were both sitting there thinking how perfect the day was when suddenly he said he was going inside for a minute. He comes back out, gets on one knee and says a lil speech neither of us really remember because we were both so nervous and full of energy, and I said yes! The unexpected and personal nature of it made it all so perfect.

5. What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage to me means an unbreakable bond and vow to have that person’s back no matter what for the rest of your lives. It’s staying by that person’s side through thick and thin and knowing that they’ll always be there for you too, whatever life throws your way. It’s more than romance and honeymoons, it’s having a forever best friend that you can count on.

6. Did you both have the opportunity to meet each other’s families before the engagement?
Yes, we met our families quite early on into our relationship. We both feel lucky to have wonderful in-laws and we all get along so well. It’s like having 2 families!

7. Have you always had a set idea of how you’d like your wedding day or are you open to ideas?
We’ve always known it wouldn’t be traditional and it would just be us. Our plans evolved over time and through research but at the crux of it all is all our favourite things. A few things never changed like finding a woodland venue, black and jewel colours for our theme, and having pizza and doughnuts. But it’s been great to see how new ideas have formed and it’s become a huge amalgamation of us as a couple.

8. Are you planning a small intimate ceremony or a large wedding?
We’re having what I guess you would call a large wedding. 75 day guests and 100ish evening. Due to having to postpone our wedding to next year, we decided to get legally married in a super intimate ceremony as soon as we can this year. This will probably just be immediate family but we really can’t wait to be husband and wife and then party big time next year!

9. Have you enjoyed wedding planning so far? What’s been the most enjoyable part? What’s been the most stressful part?
I have LOVED every second of wedding planning – apart from postponing, but we’ll forget that part for now. Honestly, wedding planning makes me light up and researching one aspect for 4 hours is like heaven to me haha. That’s why I don’t mind a long engagement because I get so much time to be a bride and plan.
The most enjoyable part is finding suppliers that get excited about our plans. Even as much as we do! Finding suppliers that understood and loved our vibe was so important and hearing them get excited about our day makes our excitement skyrocket.
The most stressful part is the money. Budgeting isn’t easy when you’re as particular about suppliers and the aesthetics as we are, but it’s a necessary part and we got through!

10. What are your future plans together?
Future plans – enjoy being married and living our lives together! We definitely want to start a family so hopefully some babies join us someday. We take life each day as it comes, and I just want to enjoy every day with my husband. There will be a lot of camping, hiking and doughnut-eating along the way for sure. Our first plan I guess would be our honeymoon in Wyoming where we’ll live out our wild west dreams and horseback in the mountains!

Wow what a beautiful love story and a successful Tinder ending! We wish you all the very best with your future plans and can’t wait to see your stunning wedding pics!

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