September twenty-first, twenty thirteen
They Met | Over three years ago, Melinda and Kane met through a mutual friend. Melinda was about to start a new job and decided to take an impulsive trip to visit her friend Amy. Turned out to be a wonderful surprise on her arrival, that Amy was running late and Kane was the one to welcome her into his home instead, while he was sweeping the floor no less. Within days, an obvious sparkle had formed in each of them and thankfully, Kane in his genius asked Melinda “if they could give it a go” even though she was on her way back to QLD. As it was, there was no trying at all; from the obvious respect, love and patience they had found in each other. Through the first year there was hardly a day they didn’t talk, laugh or await with anticipation to see each other again.
At the beginning of 2011 Melinda made the move back to Sydney. Through the QLD floods, Kane travelled along with Melinda to make their new home in Brighton Le Sands. Kane’s two daughters, Emma and Laura, also became a part of Melinda’s life and soon a trust and love was developed for all four of them as a growing family.
Kane Proposed | Their friend Jodie arrived very randomly with a bunch of yellow roses at their apartment. Jodie told Melinda that the boys are doing car things, but they wanted to treat the girls that night. They got dressed and headed out to the mountains. It was a beautiful summer evening in Katoomba when they pulled into a little BnB, with raised eyebrows, Melinda turned to Jodie, who had a very innocent smile. The boys took the girls to a picnic spot, that Kane had taken Melinda to on one of their first dates. They turned the corner where the picnic table should be, was a little gazebo, white with blue tulle – the boys had a very busy day! Dinner, wine, fairylights and even silverware! As the night and dinner went on, the four of them enjoyed laughs over stories and jokes and then after dinner, Kane dropped to one knee and with a smile, proposes. Even though Melinda had an inkling, she was still in shock and was smiling so much – she forgot to answer him! Kane prompted a response from her and she joyfully said yes!
Kane Loves Melinda Because: “Her ability to always try for the good in life, a wonderful and easy going nature, her kindness and compassion. She is always upfront and direct with what she thinks and says it directly as well. And mostly, how she loves me.”
Melinda Loves Kane Because: “He always thinks of my needs and I can talk to him about anything, his adventurous and cheeky nature and how he always makes me feel that I am so important and special to him.”
The Big Day | Melinda had always wanted to get married on her parents farm “Kangarin Brahman Stud”, it has been in the family since 1928 and her mother and father were also married on the property, near Biloela QLD. With Kane and a lot of help from her family, Melinda really got her dream wedding!Her Mum, even built a ceremony garden where celebrant, Debbie Edwards-Brown, married the two.
The entire wedding took place on the property and Melinda’s wedding day theme was inspired by Garden vintage with country Glam, strings of beaded crystals, soft lighting, flowers in red and purples, soft green grass with elegant banquet tables, rustic centrepieces, wood metal and floral.
During the ceremony Melinda and Kane had a memory box, filled with all the letters Melinda sent Kane in their first year together, all the flight tickets Melinda took to visit Kane in Sydney with a bottle of cognac to be opened on their anniversary’s.
Images Kellie Blinco / Sam McGrath Kellie Blinco Photography 2013