Road tripping north on an adventure from Melbourne with your bestie is an awesome experience. Planning your wedding to be held at a historic airstrip is even cooler!
Meet Sophie and Lach. Planning to get married in the Hunter Valley and escaping the cooler climate of Victoria was a great decision. I can't wait to photograph their wedding in Lochinvah come the end of March.
But before shoot forward, let's meet these adventure loving couple, and check out how their engagement shoot in beautiful Nelson Bay! Surf session including.
Tell me a bit about yourselves, and how you both met.
We’re a dynamic, free spirited, adventure fuelled, fun loving, purpose driven couple. We love good food, meaningful connections and have a thirst to learn and grow. We love all things full of heart and soul that will expand us.
(Sophie) I am originally from Sydney and went to Melbourne for a week to do a short course. I was feeling really whole and complete in myself (for the first time in a long time) and wasn’t looking to meet anyone.
My friends and I went out for a dance and soon enough I was on the stage, dancing freely with a heart full of happiness. I looked across the bar and saw Lachy come in. The feeling hit me instantly. I couldn’t take my eyes away. We ended up dancing, laughing and falling in love that night. 6 months later my bags were packed and I was on my way to start a life with him.
On a 90’s fuelled dance floor, our eyes met and a couple of cheeky grins were thrown, and magic happened. But it just so happened that I (Lachlan) was wearing a very bright Hawaiian shirt with frangipanis on it and a friend had just spilled their Midori Illusion on my pants!
After stuffing the shirt in my back pocket slicking back my recently permed hair (back story behind the permed hair: I lost a bet) I was ready.
Plucked up all my courage and approached, with wingman in tow…we started to dance. It was on!
What was it like on your 1st date out?
Full of laughs, great conversations, amazing food, walls down vulnerability, sharing our guilty music pleasures and our worlds.
What’s the reason you both fell in love with each other?
There was no single reason- it was a fully complimentary set of values, respect for each other and an instant giddy, effortless, soulful, passionate connection. After 5 years together we’re still living that high.
What have been the most exciting parts of planning your time as a couple?
The fact that we’re both interested in the same things means that generally what is good for one is good for the other. There are differences in our interests but with communication and common values, we are able to uncover different parts of ourselves through each other.
What have been the most exciting parts of planning your wedding?
Mostly the reality that after it’s all done we’re going to be married!! Right from the beginning we were talking about how we want to feel on the day and we were determined not to get caught up with any wedding drama. We’re having the wedding on a family property (an airfield for vintage planes!) which makes it even more meaningful, fun and special.
How do you think marriage will change your relationship?
It’s a really great landmark and rite of passage to signify our growing identity as individuals and as a couple. We don’t think it’s going to ‘change’ our relationship, but we are excited that it will help us evolve together and cement our shared dreams.
What do you most look forward to about your wedding?
Being able to stare into each others eyes in front of our community and really share in words how we feel about each other and the values we want to live by.
Sophie is excited to walk into the spiral aisle we are creating and I am excited to share our first dance together as husband and wife.