We first met in 2003 during our first year at the University of Auckland. I was dating someone else at the time. Nothing happened until two years later, when I saw Josh at a birthday party and he sent a friend over to ask if I was single. Fortuitously, this time I was.
Tell us about your background and who is behind ‘Watch My Wedding’?
My background is in graphic design and marketing, so they are the skills that I now bring to the business. My husband and business partner is what you’d call ‘the brains of the business’. He came up with the idea originally, and has created bespoke software and hardware to offer a unique service for couples who want to live-stream their wedding. His background is in software engineering and has been coding since he was 9 years old.
Together Journal entered two categories at the recent New Zealand Magazine Publishers Awards, Best Designer + Best Photographer in the consumer and special interests sector. It was the first time we had entered the awards and we were delighted to win both the categories we entered! Designer, Hannah Lawless and Photographer; Danelle Bohane are incredibly talented in their respective fields and we are so lucky to have them as main contributors to Together Journal.
BEST DESIGNER – CONSUMER SPECIAL INTEREST
Winner: Hannah Lawless – Together Journal
Judges Comments “Breaks convention in the traditional wedding style magazines. Well curated mood, with clever storytelling through use of imagery. Elegant use of restraint.”
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER – CONSUMER
Winner: Danelle Bohane – Together Journal
Judges Comments “Danielle’s ability to capture candid moments in an aesthetically pleasing way with a unique and fresh approach sets her work apart with a modern and honest approach.”
We first met before we even knew how to walk. Our parents met each other in a hill station in India called Mussoorie, when we were both just short of one year old. We then met again when we were in third grade, we went to a small school in New Delhi. I was Jordy’s first crush, but back then I was terrified of little boys, especially him. We were in school together for three years, then home-schooled separately, and I moved to Thailand for high school. We had no contact with each other during that time at all, then in 2011 I went with my family on a rafting trip in India and Jordy and his dad were on the same trip. The first day I just observed him making everyone laugh and being friends with everyone. We were all sitting in a big group and he stopped and looked and me and said, “Do you ever talk?” I started laughing and then wouldn’t shut up the rest of the trip, and that was the beginning of us.