Daniel Zammit and Kristy-Lee Lobb
Peterson Champagne House, Hunter Valley
Neither Daniel or Kristy were looking for love. They had both come out of long term relationships and didn't want to dive into another one. "But, it turned out that we couldn't stand being apart from each other for long," Kristy says. "I ended up driving Daniel home from work each day just to spend more time with him, even though I lived 45 minutes in the opposite direction."
12 months later they bought a house together.
But, moving in together wasn't as easy as they anticipated.
"Daniel came from a background of his mum doing everything for him and I came from a background of doing everything for myself from a young age," Kristy explains. "So getting used to each other and then compromising and coming to a good working arrangement around the house [took time]. There were definitely arguments and tears, but we got through it."
Genuinely adoring each other's company helped. "Daniel has an infectious smile and personality and is just a joy to be around. He makes me laugh every day. Even if I've had a horrible day at work he always puts a smile on my face.
"We try to have fun together as much as we can and we really do enjoy each other's company. Whether it's going for a walk with the dog or battling each other in computer games, we're always laughing."
Three years earlier, Kristy had pointed out a beautiful pair of crystal-stemmed champagne glasses. "I thought at the time how lovely they would be to use at your wedding," she says.
Daniel remembered and, on Christmas morning, was excited for Kristy to open her present, but "all I wanted was a coffee". Eventually, she relented and he dragged her to the living room.
Inside the box, he presented her, were the two glasses. And a ring. "I opened the box and screamed, not even noticing the ring at first," she recalls. "Then I saw Daniel on bended knee and he asked me to marry him. Of course, I said 'yes' after I got over the shock of it."
A "lovely, relaxing day", Daniel and Kristy went for vintage-romantic theme to suit the vineyard venue.
"Spending the morning with my mum and maid of honour... then seeing Daniel for the first time at the end of the aisle... I was so excited," Kristy says. "We're both rev heads so the cars were a highlight for both of us - it was so much fun getting driven around in them."
They also loved sharing the occasion with 63 of their family and friends. "The day went off without a hitch - we were very lucky and we didn't want it to end."
A champagne-coloured dress with ivory lace overlay and a sweetheart neckline by Wendy Makin.
A wine-barrel shaped cake by I Do Wedding Cakes.
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Life Stories Photography