What’s the story behind the two of you, how did you meet?
Paddy is a Sydney local and Meg moved out to Australia from Canada to be an Au Pair during a summer holiday. Her Au Pair family lived across the street from Paddy! Meg’s holiday quickly turned in to a permanent move.
Can you tell me about the proposal?
Meg is a zookeeper at Taronga Zoo and presents the Bird Show. Paddy secretly arranged to propose during one of the shows by organising a parrot to fly the ring down to Meg on stage. Little did Meg know that her boss was also in on the surprise and had arranged with Paddy to have the zoo’s media team in the audience capturing the moment live. Paddy had also arranged for Meg’s family to be watching via FaceTime and his family were all in the audience as well! After receiving the ring delivery from one of the parrots, Paddy walked down on to stage and dropped down on one knee to pop the question in front of the entire audience!
Where was your wedding ceremony/venue and why there?
The wedding ceremony and reception were held on Paddy’s family property in Gerringong, NSW. It’s a place that means a lot to both of us and we love getting away from the city to spend time down there when we can. The property was a stunning location for our outdoor ceremony and a great reception venue because we got to make all of the rules and do it all ourselves. With a lot of help from our friends and family we were even able to brew our own beer and build a bar for the party! All of the greenery used for decorations we sourced from the property the day before too!
Can you describe the photography part of the day?
We had always heard that the photography part of the day could take up a lot of time and we really didn’t want that to be the case for us. We’d put in so much time and energy organising the wedding, we just wanted to enjoy it! Luckily Ron was the perfect man for the job. We were able to enjoy every part of the day, knowing that he was busily working away in the background capturing some great candid moments and staging some group and family photos when the timing was right. After our ceremony we went off with the bridal party for a really fun and surprisingly quick photo shoot. The photos turned out so well, we were really impressed.
Can you tell me a little about your honeymoon?
TBC! Meg’s family were all visiting from Canada and stayed for a few weeks after the wedding so we decided to postpone for a bit so we could spend time with them. We’re hoping to get to Canada later this year and maybe add in a honeymoon at that point.
Do you have a memorable moment from the day?
When Paddy’s ring was lost on the grass moments before Meg was due to walk down the aisle! We have great friends – one quickly lent his ring to Paddy during our ceremony and they all quietly snuck off to look for it at various points throughout the evening. Fortunately a friend was able to source a metal detector the next morning and found the ring quickly! We had an impromptu ‘ceremony’ during our recovery breakfast so Meg could officially put the ring on Paddy’s finger.
What’s the most important piece of advice you would like to share with brides to be?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. On the day, the only thing that matters is marrying your best friend and you won’t even notice or be worried about those tiny little details from your Pinterest board that seemed so important leading up to the day. Just laugh and enjoy every moment!
Photographer: Fortunate Fellow