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Rocking romance

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After Trent's first proposal, it could have all been over for this fun-loving pair.

Scenes from the wedding of Jessica Perkins and Trent Neddrie. Click for more photos

Jessica Perkins and Trent Neddrie.

Rock concerts, wads of cash and a wild, rained-out wedding. Not to mention two proposals. Jessica Perkins and Trent Neddrie's relationship has been a fabulously fun adventure. 

JESSICA PERKINS AND TRENT NEDDRIE
HOLY FAMILY CHURCH, GOWRIE AND HELLENIC CLUB, WODEN, ACT.

The meeting
It began when they were in year 12 with a decidedly unromantic proposal. "The first thing Trent said to me was 'can you hold my beer while I play some basketball,'" Jessica recalls of the party where they met.

But, luckily all proposals from that moment forth were to be far more romantic.

He offered to walk her home that night, called the next day, and they've been together ever since.

"Trent is really my best friend," she says. "We really enjoy each others company and have similar interests ... I feel very special to be loved by Trent. It makes you appreciate every moment and to spend it with him makes it even better."

The proposal
In Sydney for "the best" Bon Jovi concert, the night was topped when Trent, a glazier, proposed in their hotel room ... with a wad of cash. "He knew me too well to pick out a ring by himself. [I'm] too fussy," Jessica, a graphic designer, says.

They went shopping together the next day and found her the "perfect" princess-cut diamond ring.

Overjoyed about their engagement, they began their trip home to Canberra. But, Trent's proposal wasn't over.

"He decided to pull over in one of the rest stops on Lake George and got down on one knee and proposed again with the ring."

The wedding
Their wedding was nearly rained out, with 100mm of rain falling in Canberra over their wedding weekend. But, the weather was not going to dampen their mood.

They accessorised the location shots with white umbrellas and enjoyed the chance to be with their bridal party, "appreciating the moment."

On arrival at the reception hall, which was kitted out with a canopy of fairy lights, they kicked off the celebrations "by entering the room to a Michael Jackson classic, dancing and partying," Jessica says.

With 110 guests, a silver and white candy bar as well as an adornment of ivory roses and orchids, the atmosphere was perfect for a fabulous evening of fun.

"The highlight ... was seeing all our friends and family have a great time," Jessica says. "I know it sounds cliche, but having a party atmosphere and knowing that everyone was really enjoying themselves made the day unforgettable."

The dress
Jessica wore a Nicolina ivory lace dress from Annabel's bridal in Kingston, ACT.

The cake
Ivory flowers with diamonte trim encircled the caramel and white chocolate mudcake by Cake of your dreams.

The photography
The photographs were taken by Mel Hill Photography

The honeymoon
They went to Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

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