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The meeting
Ben and Rebecca met while they were both working at a department store in Warrnambool. Ben worked in the garden department and Rebecca in the menwear section. They were good friends for two years until Ben made the first move. "Ben waited around one day after to work and we organised to catch up for drink and the rest is history!" says Rebecca. "Ben and I really just enjoy each other's company so do almost everything together."

The proposal
Ben had planned to propose on a helicopter flight flying over the Grand Canyon in Arizona but they weren't seated next to each other as the seats were allocated based on weight. So he needed a new plan. "He waited nervously all day, after his initial plan backfired," says Rebecca. "We went for a walk alongside the Grand Canyon in the snow and at sunset he got down on one knee and said he always knew he wanted to be with me. It was -16C, the diamonds looked beautiful in the snow," says the 27 year-old school teacher.

The wedding day
They wanted a country wedding with a party atmosphere which they created by holding the ceremony in a country church and the reception by the sea. "My most memorable part of the day was watching Rebecca enter the church looking absolutely stunning. I had been waiting for around 12 months to see her wearing the Mariana Hardwick dress, after hearing all about it, and it looked beautiful on her. Of course, I knew it would," says Ben. The reception was held at the The Sebel in Warrnambool with 130 guests attending. They got the party atmosphere started with Rock n Roll music and had a few surprise acts from guests. They gave each guest bombonieres which were filled with pinneapple lumps, freckles, jaffas and chocolate coated jelly babies.   

The dress
Rebecca wore an hourglass, vintage style gown made from duchess satin. It had a paisley rhinestone and sequin-encrusted lace which created ruching at the side. It came from Mariana Hardwick in Brunswick.

The cake
They had a vanilla and jaffa cupcake tower with a small vanilla cake for cutting at the top. They were decorated with frosting and jaffas. It was made by Dorothy Mattner.

The photography
The photos were taken by Peta Jolley.

The honeymoon
They spent four days in Robe on the Limestone Coast in South Australia after the wedding and then they went to Phuket and Phi Phi Island in Thailand.

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