Meeting these two was a breath of fresh air. I rock up Kind Edward Park in Newcastle, and I see this girl and guy skating around on longboard near the rose bushes. "Yep, that's gotta be them!"
Adventure type. Fun and so happy to be back at the place they used to call home. Driving up from the south was a full day trip, but this didn't diminish their moods or sprits.
As always, the nerves where present when we began, but the ice broke 11 minutes in and all that was blurrr, was forgotten about.
The rest...well kinda awesome! Jumping in the Bogey hole was the next best thing to going for a surf in huge swell...so that's what we did! The results...well...they speak for themselves.
Enjoy - GXM
How did you met?
We met one day in Victoria (where we both grew up) when we were both called in to work for an old boss of ours at a Learn to Surf School. She was running short of staff on the day, Andrew was back in Vic on a holiday and Flic had some spare time. We had a lot in common and conversation seemed to flow really easily. Flic talked about a yoga class she had done, which (to her surprise) Andrew then joined the following evening.
What was it like on your 1st date out?
Haha. Oh gosh, we were in Sri Lanka, eating dinner at a restaurant on the beach and a the waiter (who was high as a kite!), came up and started talking all things ‘mushrooms’ to us, completely oblivious we were going for the whole ‘romantic first date’ vibe.
What’s the reason you both fell in love with each other?
Ooh, interesting question! We both have a very similar passion for adventure; we love the beach (and anything to do with it), we love exploring and we love keeping active. We both have a lot of similarities in the way we view the world and the things that are important to us. Despite this though, it would seem initially that our paths were unlikely to have crossed. Living in separate states, we met each other for one day and that was it. Had Flic not invited Andrew to a trip in Sri Lanka, we don’t see how or when a relationship may have blossomed as there wasn’t that instant interest in a relationship with one another. Spending every waking hour together working at a turtle hatchery in Sri Lanka really condensed our time together and allowed us to get to know each other almost in fast-forward. It was like meeting day 1, first date day 4 and deciding to be ‘together’ not long after!
We were very aware of the potential ‘holiday romance’ we could be entering and really had no idea how things would end up once we were back in Australia. But, as it turned out, those 4 weeks allowed us to create a pretty inseparable bond, there didn’t seem like any other option when we came back home + the rest as they say, is history!
What have been the most exciting parts of planning your time as a couple?
We were in a long-distance relationship for 4 years so lots of planning was put in to regular trips and adventures every fortnight. The most exciting part was more recently when we could finally start making ‘together’ plans, moving to a new town, a new place and starting our lives finally living in the same postcode!
What have been the most exciting parts of planning your wedding?
The idea of creating a weekend for all of our family and friends to come together and have a boogey with us is a pretty darn cool! We also enjoy trying new skills so we’re quite excited about learning how to dance! Oh, and cake tasting was pretty delicious.
What do you most look forward to about your wedding?
We’re so excited to gather our mates all together and have a rockin party! We’ve lived in a few different places so the idea of bringing all the special people from all
the different parts of our lives together on the same day is super cool! We knew from the start that live music was important to us so we have some fun local musicians on
board which we’re pretty stoked about!
Flic; …and I can’t wait to walk down the aisle and see Andrew at the other end, leaving shortly afterward as husband and wife!
What are the most important things that will create a long lasting and loving
Communication, respect, and spirit of adventure (embracing new challenges, trying new things, being open to change).
What’s the best relationship advice anyone has given you?
Don’t forget to remain an individual within the relationship. Don’t lose sight of things that are important to you, things that you love and things you aspire to. Bring all these things to the relationship and work them together with you’re partner. This works both ways too. Remain respectful of the other persons values, loves and aspirations.
Funniest story or memories you have about each other?
Tough question! So many to pick from! We chatted a lot about this question, and it sparked a lot of laughs and good memories, but it’s hard to pin down just one. We love being pretty spontaneous and silly with each other and make each other laugh in some way, every day. We used to hide and scare each other a lot in the Newcastle place (it had a really long hallway with no lighting), and that always was good for a laugh…after recovering from major scare! Being in a relationship where we both feel
comfortable enough to laugh both at ourselves and with the other person is pretty spot on for us.
What special ways do you express your love to each other?
Making each other a cup of tea…surprise (or not so surprise) date nights…Helping each other out…being there for one another and supporting one another.
Flic; Andrew will sometimes go the gluten free option so I can share his meal….now that’s true love, right?! Haha
What made you choose this location for your engagement shoot?
The Bogey Hole? - This is where we got engaged! The ocean – is a central part of our lives and our relationship; it’s where we met, where we got to know each other, where we fell in love, where we got engaged, and where we spend most of our days! It makes us feel super relaxed.
What are your favourite ways to spend time together?
Walking Scooby (our mystery-solving greyhound) along the beach, surfing, swimming, getting coffee, camping, hangs and chats in the backyard and travelling.
What’s your relationship advice for couples planning their big day?
Don’t get swept up in the craziness of ‘other weddings’. Do what feels is a reflection of the things YOU love, not what you think you ‘should’ love. Traditions aren’t as strictly followed these days so don’t get caught up on the expectations of these. If it feels right for you go for it! Include your family and friends in the organizing and set-up!
What's been the hardest thing about planning your wedding day?
The guest list!
Who are the vendors that you are working with for your wedding day?
Photography - Gez Xavier Mansfield Photography
Celebrant – Tara Merillo
Venue – Greenfield Farm Estate
Food – Rustic Flair Street Food
Music – New Orleans Quartet + The Hunter Valley Singer
Hair + Makeup – White Hair and Makeup
Cake – Decadence Cakes, Nowra
Dress – Karen Willis Holmes
Florals – DIY
Hire – Newcastle Event Hire