Andrew and Orie met through work like so many couples do. But this wasn’t an ordinary meeting; it was one that would change both their lives. It took a couple months before Andrew worked up the courage to ask Orie out of a date, he had been planning for a while and knew she loved food. He spoke about the Eat Street Markets and had been planning to take her there on a date, however on the day he went to ask she thanked him for telling her because she went with her friend! (Oh no)
Andrew quickly started planning again and thought a trip to Toowoomba for the flower gardens and lunch at a chocolate restaurant would suffice. He was right. Orie loved it so much that they went on many more dates like this!
They speak different languages and come from different cultures. But this doesn’t stop their love, they are patient and understanding with one another, this love has no bounds!
The day started off so beautifully, stunning Byron Bay weather and killer surf. As the hours got closer to ceremony there seemed to be something awfully wrong at Broken Head- People were everywhere! The surf competition was on, and Broken Head unfortunately had the best surf!
The guests arrived and we soon realised all of Orie’s family had travelled from a tiny village in Japan and spoke absolutely no English! Our Luxe Elopements team went into survival mode! We wanted privacy especially considering half the guest couldn’t speak English, we changed location last minute and the ceremony was a success! We had SO much fun using lots of expressive hand signals and over acting our words.
Orie appeared, like an actual goddess walking in the afternoon sunlight. Her hair done in long ringlet, anklets jingling as she walked, and her Spell dress flowing in the ocean breeze. Andrew wore slacks and together they were a sight for sore eyes. Everything about this elopement was unique and special, and we loved spending the afternoon in Andrew & Orie’s euphoric love bubble!
When you laid eyes on each other, what were your initial thoughts?
When I first laid my eyes on Orie I thought she was very beautiful and sweet. I felt very nervous and shy and got butterflies in my stomach when I tried to talk to her. Orie’s initial thoughts were that I was very kind and good-natured.
What does the commitment of marriage mean to you?
The commitment of marriage to me means the perseverance of a partnership to endure life’s ups and downs and share the joys of life together and to raise a healthy and happy family together. It also means to love each other wholeheartedly and look after each other.
What are your hopes and dreams in the future?
We hope to start a family and buy a house close to the beach and have a healthy and happy family together.
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