Anthony Hoang and Kim Le
For these two, it was 'love at first sight' ... at the optometrist.
Anthony Hoang and Kim Le
Gabbinbar Homestead, Toowoomba Qld
It's not uncommon to hear people say they fell in 'love at first sight.' But, at the optometrist?
That's where it happened for Thao and Kim.
Luckily, neither had bad vision.
Thao was there with his father for an eye test, while Kim was working as a receptionist.
While Thao found an excuse to return later that afternoon, pretending he needed a pair of sunglasses, it was Kim who made the first move.
She searched his details in the system, "which you're not meant to do because it's confidential" and contacted him for a lunch date shortly after.
That was seven years ago and since then, they've graduated university, bought their first home, travelled overseas, moved to Perth for work and, of course, got married.
Kim wasn't interested in the 'get down on one knee' type of proposal. So, she was happy when "we just woke up in bed one lazy Sunday morning and he popped the question. It was simple and meaningful - the way we like all things to be."
Simple as it may have been, the ring was anything but. He presented her with a huge, gaudy diamond. "I was not going to wear the bling out anywhere," Kim says. So she was relieved when he revealed it was a cheap, dime store diamond.
"The [real] engagement ring arrived three weeks later and it really was the perfect diamond ring to me."
The tears, for Kim, started well before the ceremony.
It was a rainy day so, on the morning of their wedding, Kim and her bridesmaids headed to the local Bunnings to pick up gumboots for the photos, coat hangers for guests' coats and other wet weather items.
"It was like we were running for the major prize in Amazing Race," Kim says. "We shared many giggles [and tearily] I thought to myself 'I have the best bridesmaids in the world.'"
But, that was just the start of the tears.
When she returned to the hotel room, she discovered Thao had secretly delivered a gift. With the photographer, videographer and her bridesmaids beside her, she opened what turned out to be five small gifts.
The first was a massage voucher to her favourite parlour, with a tag that read, 'For all the hard work you put into this wedding, you deserve this.' The second was a mini globe of the world,with a tag that read 'So that we don't get lost on our big world adventure.' The third gift was a keyring with cut house keys (as she had lost her set and been using his) along with another uncut green key. The tag that read, 'A promise to you that we will have a lovely first home, so don't lose the green key!' The fourth gift was a pair of white knitted baby boots ,with a tag that read, 'For our first little bub.' The fifth and final "pretty cheeky" gift was white lace undies wrapped in hot pink tissue paper. The tag read, 'Something for you and me.'
"I was emotional to start with, and by the end, everyone in the room had wept."
Kim was lucky enough to have three "magical dresses". A pre-loved 'Swan Lake' Monique Lhuillier with tulle and lace, a Lover Solstice white lace dress and a Kitten D'amour Love & Cherish cream lace dress.
A classic, three-tier vintage-inspired cake with lily of the valley spray, sugar-dough stripes and falling grosgrain ribbon by Merivale Cakes & Crafts.
They will go on a gap year around the world next year.
The photographs were taken by Sayher Heffernan