Sarah: I’m a primary school Teacher and Chris is an Ornithologist (a Scientist who studies birds). We love Australia’s diverse landscape and go camping as much as possible. There’s nothing better than sleeping under the stars and waking up to birdsong! We’re both young at heart with a great sense of adventure, always laughing together daily and enjoying the lighter side of life. We met through mutual friends eight years ago at a gig in Richmond and romance blossomed about six months later and we haven’t looked back since. And so it was, that on a 4WD holiday through the Tamar Valley in Tasmania, that Chris proposed. We had rented an amazing Airbnb – a luxuriously fitted out shipping container situated on the side of a mountain. Chris is a wonderful artist and will occasionally engage in a bit of life drawing. So after some local wines and a delicious meal he felt inspired to pick up his pencils and draw my ‘portrait’. His demeanor was a little ‘off’ as he sketched and as I grew weary Chris put the finishing touches on his drawing, adding a quick sketch of himself in the corner with a speech bubble asking “Sarah Goulding, will you marry me?” He got down on bended knee, turned the picture around and presented a ring! We laughed, I said Yes, and we shared a lovely bottle of bubbles in the outdoor bath under the stars. The memorable drawing now hangs on the wall of our home. We wanted our wedding day to be filled with love, laughter, delicious food and lots of merriment. We did our best to engage like-minded providers that understood our vision and we feel that this really paid off. There were many moments from the day that we’ll never forget – the sheer ecstasy of walking out of the church together as husband and wife. One of our favourite parts of the day was when it was time to enter the reception our MC Duncan organised all the guests outside to create a tunnel for the bridal party to enter through – so much fun! I guess you could say our style for the day was ‘eclectic’. We didn’t want everything to be too polished and matching so our bridal party were free to personalise their outfits. My dress consisted of three pieces, including hail-spot tulle, silk, and french lace – I loved the fact that I could change my look throughout the night. So far married life is wonderful. In a way nothing changes, our relationship is still largely the same, but in other ways it changes everything, we are bound. It’s so important and therefore should be a universal human right for all.

Photography—Farrah Allan | Tuxedo—Suit Shop | Groom’s shoes—Paul Smith | Groom’s pocket square—Hugo Boss | Bride’s dress & hairpiece—Wishbone & Ivy | Earrings—Peter Lang | Ceremony venue—St Carthage’s Catholic Church, Parkville | Flora—Pomp & Splendour | Bridemaids’ tulle skirts— Alexandra Grecco | Groomsmen’s ties—Paul Smith Ties | Reception venue—GreenPark Dining, Carlton North | Makeup—Trish Sousa | Hair—Jayson Wood  | Celebrant—Father Michael Elligate