Talia and I first met 5 years ago when I was working at a sneaker store. I was into collecting sneakers so I couldn’t have thought of a better job! There were two city stores in Melbourne and I was asked to leave my usual store to cover breaks at the other; and I’m pretty lucky I did. Talia came in with a friend, asked about a sneaker and that was it – pretty usual stuff. A few weeks later there was a book launch. I was there with my friends and Talia was with hers. Throughout the night we kept looking at each other from across the room both thinking to ourselves “who is this person, how do I know them?”. It was seriously doing my head in! Towards the end of the launch my friends and I were hanging near the exit and on her way out Talia busted through my friends, came up to me and said “how do I know you!”. After a while we figured out the sneaker store connection. I invited Talia to hang out with us for the rest of the night. We immediately had a connection and since then have spent literally every day with each other. The only time in the 5 years when we’ve been apart was when Talia had to go overseas for work for a week and that was tough! We’re always together and I love that.
I had proposed to Talia early last year and we had our eyes set on what would be an amazing year of planning the wedding, holidaying in Japan and spending time with each other. We had our engagement party, went to Japan and it was suddenly mid year with our wedding date only 7 months away. Shortly after my birthday I woke up one day with a massive pain in my ear and once I had gotten over the pain I realised I could only hear low frequencies. Having a background in sound engineering and being a music producer I freaked out and went to an Audiologist to unfortunately find out that my hearing had gone and would need to wear hearing aids the rest of my life. For a good month we lived in pretty much silence as my ears were too sensitive. I’d be at home all day whilst Talia was at work and when she’d come home she’d see me in pain but couldn’t talk to me. It was hell for me to go through but I can’t imagine what I’d be like on the other end to have your parter, friend and future husband to go through that. We spent so much time in tears holding each other. I questioned the importance of music – something that was important to me and it was an emotional roller coaster. Talia’s commitment, love, understanding was amazing. Though it was such a tough time it really brought us together and made the wedding, as well as our commitment to each other, even more special. To me it showed even more how much of a beautiful person Talia is and the power of love.
In the images below, I not only see a happy couple on their wedding day, I see a couple that have been tested and have overcome adversity. Like most couples nowadays, their marriage is a milestone in the midst of their journey together. On their special day they could stop and look back to see how far they’ve come together. They know that now they can conquer anything.
Venue – Boyd Baker House
Hair & Make Up - Candice DeVille
Groom’s Attire - Ralph Lauren
Groom’s Shoes - Cole Haan Lunargrand
Cakes - Sticky Fingers Bakery
Flowers - Fowlers Flowers