Vivi Tchan and James Roc
Sri Panwa, Phuket
Out on her 22nd birthday, Vivi looked across the bar, saw James and thought, "there is my birthday pash."
But, she looked away momentarily and when she looked back he was gone. When another boy approached her and her friend, they tried to brush him off. But, he sat down with them anyway, began chatting and offered to share his bowl of wedges.
"Next thing... I look up and there is my birthday pash," Vivi recalls. It turned out he was best friends with the boy who was sitting with them.
Vivi got more than she bargained for with her 'birthday pash' and instantly fell for "the biggest, yet hottest, geek/nerd you will ever meet. Who says 'my extremities are cold' instead just saying 'I'm cold'?"
Of course, the rest is history and "the boy with the wedges was our MC for our wedding... he was amazing."
In Cyprus for a friends wedding, they spent the day after the ceremony swimming and exploring the different rock islands.
It was their first chance, on the trip, to be alone together. "It was a magical day," Vivi says. They spent it "re-connecting and doing what we do best together, exploring."
As the day came to an end, the sun was setting a brilliant red across the water. Vivi wanted to sit together and watch but, James was busy at the water's edge looking for pebbles and skimming stones.
"I didn't know what he was doing. I was getting annoyed that he wasn't sitting with me," Vivi says.
Eventually, he came back and made Vivi stand up.
"I thought it was very strange he didn't want me to sit. Then, he is whispering in my ear how much he loves me, how he wants to spend forever with me and all of a sudden he is down on one knee asking me to be his wife."
Vivi crash-tackled him in response, crying and laughing. "I was so happy."
Instead of a ring he proposed with a "perfect little pebble [which] was slightly pink and through it, there was a marking of the letter 'V'."
Many months before she had told him a story about a breed of penguin that mate for life. When the male penguin finds his mate, he will search for the perfect pebble.
"And when he does, he waddles back to his mate and nudges it to her," Vivi explains. "If she accepts the pebble, she accepts him as her mate for life... I accepted my penguin's pebble!"
They met in Sydney, fell in love in London, got engaged in Cyprus and, after seven years together, they got married in Thailand.
Before the Buddhist ceremony, Vivi got ready with her bridesmaids, mum, mum and sister-in-law. It was, she says, a highlight, as was seeing how proud her dad was of the couple "and how happy he was."
But, the biggest highlight was seeing James at the end of the aisle. "I thought I wasn't even going to make it down the aisle without bursting into tears. Or through my vows for that matter," she says. "What was really special was hearing the promises that we both made that were so similar. It was like we were repeating or copied each others vows."
A strapless, sweetheart mermaid gown by Vera Wang.
A two-tiered, topsy turvey cake with red velvet and chocolate layers.
Julian Abram Wainwright Photography
The couple stayed in Thailand