Glen Erin Lancefield Wedding | Moo + Drew
Glen Erin Lancefield Wedding
Teacher Knows Best
Melinda + Andrew’s Love Story
Once upon a time there was a girl named Melinda and a boy named Andrew – otherwise known as Moo and Drew by those near and dear. For many years, they lived separate lives, unaware the other even existed. Though at times they were surrounded by others, over time they both felt a growing sense of loneliness. Something was missing from their happiness puzzle. Then one day, as fate would have it, through teaching they met. It was not love at first sight. He noticed she wasn’t exactly a whizz at maths. For her, his utter disregard for “Use by” dates was concerning to say the least. However very quickly they became great friends. From workplace games of hide-and-seek with rotting food to nights spent checking out their favourite bands, drinking, arguing, drinking some more and laughing. Sitting on a picnic blanket at his birthday, Moo noticed Drew standing by the bank of the Yarra and found herself admiring him like never before. She realised that this funny, creative, cheeky, mischievous man with a solid sense of adventure was the love of her life. Some time later, and after much consideration, Drew asked a question: “So I put it to you then… Do you want to risk it all and try boyfriend/girlfriend?” Well that was the gist of what the text message said. After some negotiating, Moo was on board. MooDrew was born.
Drew wooed her in his quirky, unconventional way with many surprises bound to make her fall in love with him more. He painted a large poster of a moo cow with “Happy Birthday Moo”, stole a couple of metre rulers from school, sacrificed some of his paving bricks and stood it up at the T-intersection at the main road so she could see it on her way to school. Another time he showed up with Radiohead tickets that were impossible to get. He was positively charming. One evening, she stood accidentally-on-purpose locked outside his house in the freezing cold, wondering why he was taking so long in the bathroom when he knew she was waiting on the porch. He eventually let her in and ushered her in to the soft glow of 30-something candles as he told her for the first time ‘I Love You’. That night she willingly drowned in his density shifting baby blues.
When not enjoying each other, family are their priority, many wonderful evenings have been spent talking honestly over a glass of wine with those they love most. She made him laugh like no-one else he knew, could multitask life incredibly well, was creative, witty and with smooth silky skin to boot. How could he resist that? Most importantly, she made him happy. Drew decided one day life could be even more super awesome in MooDrew’s world and he knew just how to go about making it happen. Almost a year later, he asked Papa Moo for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Finally, after much planning and secret book making, he thoughtfully organised a lovers’ tryst. He was finally ready to unveil his plans and pop the ultimate question.
Under the guise of a walk up Camel’s Hump in Mount Macedon on January 14 2015, Drew led Moo to a rocky outlet. Sprinkles of rain came and went this Summer’s day as he sat Moo down. But, as fate would have it, a window of opportunity between showers was presented – and it was taken. He began reading her a story, very similar to this one. Before her were pictures – from Little Moo and Little Drew, to grown ups, to when they met, to becoming a couple. Finally, on the last page, there was Drew on bended knee, ring in hand – in the exact spot he now knelt before Moo. She was stunned, not daring to believe that the love of her life could be just about to do something she had been hoping for, for so long. He asked her to be his wife. Thankfully, not via text message. This time, Moo needed no convincing.
The very next day they threw themselves into domestic bliss and, with Moo’s little boo Finn, they became a family of three. With a “don’t take life too seriously” attitude, life was never dull and Drew could always be relied on to instigate a nerf gun or super soaker war, a dance in the kitchen, or a teasing stir up. Their home soon became a gallery of their love for op-shops, eBay and Gumtree. There is a theory that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and he was no exception. Moo, being of Italian descent, would turn up the heat with her cooking skills that ran through her veins and Drew would repay the favour by providing some dishwashing eye candy after the meal. While neither of them were perfect, they were perfect for each other.
In the lead up to their big day, Drew was so proud and amazed by all of Moo’s awesome ideas and meticulous attention to detail during the planning of their wedding, making sure it was a true reflection of who they are. When picking the date for the day, MooDrew was in synch with the idea that there could be no better way to start the year than with a wedding! Guests were asked to put their resolutions on hold until 2016 had become at least three days old. Instead, whilst recovering from a rusty New Year’s Day, they should prepare for The Wedding Of The Year!* (*up to and including 02/01/16). That it was.
On a magnificent Summer’s day, cloud cover keeping some of the harsh sun at bay, they wed. Standing in front of their dearest family and closest friends, the two exchanged vows at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in Sunbury. Wanting to spend as much time as they could with their loved ones on the day, they followed the service with celebratory drinks at the Valley Cellar Door across the road. At the reception, their guests found bespoke crackers, their families’ custom made to hold sincere messages of love and gratitude inside. Past generations on their wedding days looked on through picture glass, a reminder of the important part they played in the newlywed’s lives. Atop the wedding cake, fondant figures of the moo cow from the poster painted for Moo’s birthday and A.W.E.S.O.M.-O from their favourite cartoon, also one of Moo’s nicknames for Drew. Wine flowed as they made merry in the heart of Glen Erin’s vineyard in Lancefield, a place that will now forever hold dear memories. Incomplete without each other, they woke the next morning by each other’s side and sealed the start of their first day as Mr and Mrs O’Callaghan with a cuddle and a kiss on the balcony.