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Enjoy reading Andrew + Courtney’s Love Story.
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Andrew began falling in love with red headed Courtney from across the room on their first date. She made such an impression with her passion for her work as a pharmacist, PhD studies and her ‘never give up’ attitude. They had many things in common; including their surnames spelt the exact same way. Knowing there was no way they were related, she began to let her 6’2″ smartly dressed date into her world. Unlike those before him, he had earnt himself a second encounter.
In true Romeo and Juliet style, she would throw her apartment keys down to him at the start of their subsequent dates, so he could let himself in. Greeting each other with smiles a mile wide and a spark that could be seen in his blue eyes. Andrew, a patent examiner had realised he had discovered something remarkable in this intelligent, relaxed young woman, a diamond sharp mind. He was so proud of her and her achievements.
Dating bought some interesting revelations about each other’s quirky ways. He had breakfast twice daily, used enough toothpaste for a family of four and was the quiet unassuming secret weapon at a trivia night. She attracted wildlife wherever they went and possessed a unique ability to misspell certain words often sending him into head shaking disbelief and fits of laughter. She would cheer him up by writing special little notes and popping them in his lunch.
Together they explored the great outdoors of many rural areas of Victoria. A trip to Walhalla at Easter 2012 marked one of the sweetest moments for Courtney in their relationship. Andrew gave her the key to his house and his heart along with it. Excitedly they began planning for their lives together. After just renovating their bathroom, Courtney went on two overseas trips. One to Atlanta, Georgia for a work conference and another to Porto, Portugal; leaving Andrew at home. The last thing she expected whilst being away was for Andrew to be sneakily having an engagement ring made for her.
In November 2014, he took her on the very steep and windy road to ‘The Balconies’ in The Grampians National Park, a rock formation overlooking the valley about a kilometer from the car park. Dressed in their not so glamorous sports attire and smothered in sunscreen they arrived and soaked in the views. Andrew knew this was where he wanted to pop the question, ring in pocket.
A German couple were amusing themselves with their selfie stick in the prime spot to be on bended knee. Courtney knows Andrew for his level temper and patience but with the added pressure of an imminent proposal, he began mentally willing the couple to hurry up and move on. Courtney was getting restless and started to move on. Moments later the other couple finally left, they were alone and he called for her to come back “I want to show you something!”
She turned back, edging closer he dropped to one knee and offered her the custom ring. “Courtney, will you marry me?” Surprised but delighted she said yes, then a moment of silence. Maybe he had not heard her? “Yes, definitely” she repeated eyes wide open and with a nod. Ten months of planning and hand making personal touches followed, and the morning arrived when they woke at the Euroa Butter Factory on September 5th 2015. A special place they discovered together years earlier when beginning a country Victoria road trip. They had agreed it would be the ideal spot for a relaxed country wedding when the time came.
It was a glorious winter day without a single cloud in the sky; the gentle sun warmed their skin as they put out the signs guiding their guests. Family gathered supporting each other with heavy hearts after getting some upsetting news about little baby Ivy’s health. Together they all accepted maybe not everything would go according to ideal plans in life but despite this, they all had each other. Today they would celebrate the love between two people so dear to their hearts. A comforting calm washed over the red bricks of the butter factory embracing those within the walls. This feeling would stay with them until the sun rose once more in the sky. Family was at the heart of this symbolic day that Andrew and Courtney became their own branch on their family tree.
Beautiful black and white portraits of family members on their wedding days bore silent witness to the moments that unfolded as she prepared to walk down the petal lined aisle. Andrew stood dressed and ready for when he would become Courtney’s husband. He listened as his father reminisced about his own wedding day; he was standing in the very same shoes he wore when he married the love of his life, Andrew’s mother.
Under the bare plane trees they nervously reached out to hold hands. Before the gathering of friends and family they swore to always be there for each other. In this moment all that mattered was that each and every day they would be two strong and capable individuals who would share a life together. They would always find each other’s hand to hold in the darkness of night.