A modern tale of romance in the supermarket aisles...
Eleven years ago when they were still at high school, Laura and Luke both worked part-time at the local Woolworths. Love blossomed between the checkout girl and the grocery boy and they've been together ever since.
That part-time job provided some financial security for Laura and Luke (and plenty of opportunity for flirting) all through high school and university before starting in their chosen careers. With Laura working in journalism and Luke in the entertainment industry, they often passed like ships in the night, living under the same roof but not crossing paths for days or even weeks at a time.
They followed the well-trodden path to Europe together before deciding to move to Melbourne. Since then they have bought a house together and their beloved fur baby Chappy has turned them into a family.
I loved working with Laura and Luke on their ceremony. With Laura being a journalist she was more than your average wordsmith and we had ceremony drafts flying backwards and forwards between Perth and Melbourne at all hours of the day and night. There were lots of little personal touches in the ceremony, including photos of loved ones on the stepladders behind us and two of Luke's three sisters reading an excerpt from a book called I Like You, which I have includedbelow for you. The sisters read three verses from this gem by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. The book would make a wonderful gift and has been described as 'the book Romeo would have given Juliet or Charlie Brown might have given Snoopy'. I'm buying a copy for myself right now (have a look at Amazon for more details).
Lake Carienup was the setting for Laura and Luke's ceremony, a secret little spot in a park in Gwelup that turned out to be the perfect place for a summer wedding (it was also just around the corner from Laura's Mum's house). Laura came up with the styling ideas for the ceremony area, asking a friend to place everything for her. Props, including an awesome old school desk as a signing table and some old fashioned games, were from Her Handpicked Harvest and the bride prepared all her own florals. Laura's dress was from Luci DiBella in Melbourne and her one-of-a-kind head piece from Viktoria Novak. The gorgeous Aimee of Aimee Claire Photography was behind the camera for the day and her images of the ceremony, a pitstop at Yelo in Trigg and the reception at Soda Sunlounge in North Beach are just stunning. You can see more of Aimee's images on her blog. She's based down south but does Perth weddings too and is one of a number of dynamic photographers who are part of the Yeah Weddings Collective. Props to Aimee not only for her amazing images but for the fact that her new baby was only a few weeks old at the time.
Congratulations to Laura and Luke. Who would’ve thought, all those years ago, that the shy little checkout girl and the fun-loving grocery boy had such a future ahead of them? Subconsciously, they must be very grateful – they still shop almost exclusively at Woolworths!
I Like You (an excerpt from Sandal Stoddard Warburg)
I like you and I know why.
I like you because you are a good person to like.
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time.
You say, ‘Remember when you told me something special?’
And both of us remember.
When I think something is important,
you think it’s important too.
We have good ideas.
When I say something funny, you laugh.
I think I’m funny, and you think I’m funny too
…And I like you because when I am feeling sad,
You don’t always cheer me up right away.
Sometimes it is better to be sad…
I like you because if I am mad at you,
Then you are mad at me too.
It’s awful when the other person isn’t…
I like you because I don’t know why, but
Everything that happens is nicer with you.
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you,
It must have been lonesome then.
I like you because, because, because…
I forget why I like you, but I do.