Thomas and Kimberley Marlay
Q Station, Manly
As one of only two boys in a marketing tutorial of 20 girls, 22 year old Tom was in an enviable position. But, he only had eyes for Kimberley.
So, he jumped at the chance for a group bonding session over drinks.
"It wasn’t as sinister as it seems… but I was on a mission," he says. "I’d got to know Kimberley through our group assignments and I did everything I could to make the night out happen. I even took up an opportunity to drive her the six hour journey home at the end of semester just to try and win her over."
But, he didn't need to win her over; she felt the same.
"I was lucky enough to have him in my group and we hit it off immediately," she says. "He was funny, cute and obviously intelligent,"
Of the group drinks date, she says: "Tom kindly obliged by bringing way too much alcohol to hang out with three small females, I think that was a part of his grand plan."
Despite plying his prospective love with alcohol, "he was a true gentlemen." That first night they simply kissed and wandered down to the beach to share a pizza and chat.
"The very next night he picked me up for 'dessert'… and I think I fell for him from that date onwards. He is everything to me."
Bringing their romance full circle, on their seventh anniversary Tom took Kimberley down for 'dessert' on the very same beach they fell in love.
Romantic as his proposal was, it wasn't the original plan.
"I had the ring for two months prior to proposing," he explains. "I had a few ideas about how I’d propose and couldn’t choose. The ring actually came on a trip to Japan with us and we ended up in the earthquake – I was itching to give Kimberley the ring but it really wasn’t the most romantic of scenarios."
It was the little things that made their big day.
Kimberley getting to spend the morning with her bridesmaids and Tom getting to arrive with his groomsmen and close friends who had come from overseas.
They loved the professional touch they achieved with a logo and colour scheme, designed by a friend. There were also the playful bon bons, containing fake moustaches, they placed on each of the tables.
"At one stage in the night I turned and looked… and my grandmother had donned one of the black moustaches and was casually eating her meal like there was nothing there," Kimberley says. "It was brilliant."
The "delicious and perfectly elegant" cake; the dance routine they had rehearsed and which they nailed; the room, of 120 friends and family, that "was just full of love."
But, it was the simplicity of seeing each other on their wedding day that had the greatest impact.
Kimberley was blown away by the look on Tom's face when "he saw me and [said] his vows to me." Tom, however says: "Kimbo floored me, it brought a new type of smile – it was such a special feeling."
A Swarovski crystal embroidered bodice with matching cap-sleeves featured a ruched hip and embellished horsehair bow by Maggie Sottero.
A 'timeless' tiered cake with 'embroidered' white icing by Cake Lady Cakes.
The went to Cambodia and Vietnam
David Campbell Imagery
Thomas and Kimberley Marlay