OLIVE + JASON
Amalfi Coast • 4th June 2017
HOW WE MET
We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. I was meant to be in Africa and he, overseas in London. However, as life would have it, we both found ourselves in Brisbane celebrating with our beloved friend. He was standing outside and I waltzed past him on a serious mission to find one of my dear friends. It was a very confident yet sweet, “Hello, how are you?”, and that was all it took…
THE JOURNEY TO I DO
We got to know each other on a friendship level first and were very intentional about our time spent alone together. We both knew we were very interested in getting to know each other on a deeper level but learnt a lot about each other in a very pure and innocent way by remaining friends before anything. We dated for a little while before he asked me to marry him. Love at it's finest! It is the most beautiful thing we have both come across. In all it's fullness, all you really need is love. With love and each-other, you can change the world.
Jason took me to a beautiful timber cabin in the middle of a national park surrounded by nothing but landscape, wildlife and the most beautiful view you could ever imagine. He had our friends, Chloe and Caleb set up the place with an abundance of candles and the most decadent flowers you could fit in one space. He cooked my favourite meal for me and we had a delicious bottle of red wine. We chatted, prayed, laughed and shed lots of happy tears.
The next morning he woke me up with my favourite brownies from I Heart Brownies. It was my birthday and he gave me gifts which deterred the thought of any sort of ring dreaming. However he then sat me down and side by side, he asked me to be with him forever. I was in awe! A little bit of “Oh my, is this really happening?!” and a whole lot of Yes’s!
It was so much more than just “the day” for us. We had 40 of our closest friends and immediate family members fly from Australia to stay with us on the Amalfi Coast in Sorrento. The days leading up to the big day was filled with love and selfless acts of how people could help out in preparation for the wedding, all while we cooked and feasted over wood fired pizzas and sipped on the most beautiful Italian wines.
The day of the wedding was absolutely out of this world. I don’t even have the right words to describe how perfect it was.
I spent the morning in a beautiful villa with my mother, maid of honour and bridesmaids while my dear friends were bringing me platters of food, gifts and coffee. I felt like a real life princess! The atmosphere was nothing but pure love and the ever-present feeling of peace. I was blissed out in happiness and was either crying or giggling from the abundance of joy I was feeling.
It’s hard to pick a favourite memory or moment from our day as everything was absolutely perfect and more than I could have ever dreamt or imagined. However, if I had to pick one moment it would be our first kiss. We had never kissed each other before our wedding day as we really wanted to save it for marriage and for one another. Coming in close second was having communion together straight after we said our vows and became husband and wife. It was really important for us to honour God for everything He has done in our lives and to glorify His goodness. So we did just that!
After the ceremony, we feasted over the most amazing menu, and the reception was filled with dancing, dancing and more dancing with the last boogy finishing at 3:00 AM in the morning.
The whole wedding week is a time I could re-live again and again a thousand times over.
MY BELOVED JASON,
Today I vow to honour you. To submit and walk with you. As together we glorify God.
I vow to give you all of me, in every way, all the time. I promise to humbly turn to our King to teach me, to guide me, and to comfort me. I give it all to Him so that I can love and adore you. Today I praise His name in adoration of you. I adore you.
MY DEAREST OLIVE,
Firstly, I love you and I’ll always be here to love you, to cuddle you, to care for you and to do my very best to lead by the Holy Spirit.
On this day I vow before God our Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit with all of our heavenly family gathered here today. To always be by your side and to love you the same way in which I have been so gently loved by God, without condition or expectation.
I vow to always seek God whole heartedly and to humble myself if I am wrong. On this glorious day, I lay down my life for you and I no longer make decisions without you or without your blessing. You are, to me, a vision of God's heart and of His beauty. You’re strong and peaceable and by far the most courageous daughter of God that I have ever known. You have shown me a facet of God's gentleness that I have never known before and this gentleness that you carry without partiality will change the world as we know it. I vow to follow you wherever the Lord wants to take you.
I am not my own, I am first the Lord and now yours, do with me as you please, because I trust you with my heart and soul and I know you hear God’s voice. I am honoured beyond measure to be your husband today and I will always love you and seek to lead you in faith and not in fear.
Olivia, I adore you through every season of life and never give up on love, because love never fails. And you my sweetheart are the embodiment of love through the one Jesus Christ our Lord.
"Today I praise His name in adoration of you. I adore you."
"...and you my sweetheart are the embodiment of love through the one Jesus Christ our Lord."
"I adore you through every season of life.."
Photographer Ivy and Pine Bridesmaid Dresses ASOS Hair Justine Weir (Mother of Bride) Makeup Bride Jewellery Antique earrings from bride's mother Engagement Ring Alexis Russell Wedding Rings Digby and Iona, Crown Jewellers Groom's Outfit Suit - Fallow, Shirt - Antique store in London