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Stephanie & Andrew Schuyler
03 December 2016
Maiden NameMahony
CeremonyBright on the Murray - Echuca/Moama
ReceptionBright on the Murray - Echuca/Moama

How we met:

Andrew and I met at University in Ballarat 9 years ago. I still remember the first time I saw him … he was walking across the bridge on his way to class and I just knew I would see him again, but I didn’t know why. We were on a roller coaster from day 1 and we would see each other all the time through the same circle of friends.

After 4 years at University and a couple years teaching we set off to backpack around South America & America before moving to Germany for 2 years to teach at an International School. We flew straight into Brazil for the start of our 6-month adventure and I’ve never been so frightened. I had come from a small town and I was way out of my depth. Andrew proved to be my pillar of support and I started to feel so balanced and safe with him. I didn’t know at the time but he was the one continually pushing me outside my comfort zone, showing me different ways of seeing things and guiding me through experiences I never thought I would have. I remember being in Argentina, Patagonia on a 12-hour hike to Mt Fitzroy, I wanted to quit and sit down … I was tired, sore and had blisters. Andrew pushed me to continue hiking to the top and when I did I sat down by the bright blue lake, surrounded by snow-covered mountains knowing he was the one. It wasn’t this one event that had made me realise but a time when I reflected on everything we had been through together and the connection we had developed, I knew we could get through anything.

The proposal? how,what when:

It was just before the Christmas holidays in Germany and Andrew decided to take me to Salzburg in Austria after school on a Friday. It had been snowing and he had planned to take me on a horse drawn cart to Salzburg Castle for a fancy dinner to get down on the one knee. Except, he got too excited and it all happened the night before at the festive Christmas markets. With fairy lights, Christmas carols, gluwein and oversized decorated Christmas trees, it was snowing, I had forgotten my gloves and my hands were freezing. Andrew got frustrated when I stopped to buy some gloves at one of the stores, I put it down to the fact that he was hungry and he set off to get a bratwurst sausage. I now know he was upset because he would have to pull the glove off to put the ring on my finger. Andrew returned and we walked through the markets to the open ice skating rink. Drinking my glühwein and singing along to carols I noticed Andrew disappeared, I had thought it was my bad singing. He was gone for what felt like a really long time. When he arrived back all enthused he asked me to come watch the man playing violin under an enormous Christmas tree. There he got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. I couldn’t stop crying, I mean I was howling. I couldn’t even get my words out to say yes. Finally I did and when he asked me to turn around a local Austrian girl working at the bratwurst van had filmed his proposal.

Theme and colour palette:

It’s funny; we didn’t have a set style or a colour pallet that we wanted for our wedding. We choose everything based on what we liked, our sense of style and what we thought looked great. Everything just came together and I think this happened because we stayed true to who we were and what we wanted. I had no idea what my bridesmaids were going to choose to wear nor did I know that Andrew’s choice in outfit would match so perfectly. In my experience, I don’t think you can worry too much if your dress is going to match the style of your wedding or cater the groom’s outfit to the bridesmaids. I know this is what most people decide to do, but we really did the opposite! My family and I hand picked all the pampas from the side of the road; my mum and I treated it and hung it in the garage while I picked the succulents from the backyard. My sister’s husband made most of the furniture we had at the wedding, the tipi tent and the furniture for the ‘whiskey & cigar bar’, ‘boomies lounge’ and ‘ants & rhetts bar’ were from my sisters styling business. I am obsessed with dream catchers and took an image of it to make my table cards on an excel spreadsheet. My friend is an amazing acrylic writer and she proved to be most handy doing all the signage. We took three trailer loads up to the venue, our families decided our wedding was an opportunity to have a holiday on the river. We stayed at the venue for the week and I gave everyone little jobs to complete. We have to really thank our family and friends who worked so tirelessly to pull off this event and then pack it all up. We couldn’t have done it without them!
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