August 8, 2022

Dylan Heckenberg

Craig + Kelly

The First Date

After matching and talking on tinder for a few months we had finally arranged a meet at the coffee club in Singleton. Kelly was on her way home from Sydney after a night out with the girls, tired hungover and smelling of regrets from the night. I had just finished my 6th night shift in a row and was a walking zombie. I was running off about 3 hours sleep and I somehow decided the best attire for the date was thongs, purple chinos and a grey puffer vest… no shirt

Kelly had a lot of trouble finding the coffee shop so I met her outside the shopping centre and walked her in and bought her coffee. The conversation wasn’t really flowing and kelly spilt coffee on herself at some stage. I walked her back out to her car and thought I would never see her again

After a few days I decided to ask her if she wanted a second bite at the cherry because we both weren’t ourselves. She agreed and we went out for dinner at Eaton’s pub in Muswellbrook where we were both smelling a lot cleaner and dressed a lot nicer. Conversation was flowing and laughs were a plenty. At the end of the date we had our first kiss 

A few weeks before we moved into our new house I called Kelly’s parents in New Zealand and asked for the permission to marry their daughter. As travel was restricted from covid a face time call was the closest I could get to asking in person. They said yes! 

So, we had just bought our first house together in Scone and spent the whole day moving all of our belongings. I was adamant to ask her on the first night in our new home but apparently moving house is a strenuous activity. 

A storm was rolling in and all I wanted was to get her outside the house for a photo on our first night together but she was in no mood to play ball and was in the depths of scrolling through her phone. I waited for the rain to slow to a light shower

I went outside and propped my phone up in a shoe that I sat on a post and starting to record. I then went inside and insisted that she come out for a quick photo. When she came out I lined her up in front of the recording phone and told her how much I love her before getting down on my knee and asking. She said Yisssss! in her kiwi accent and hugged me for so long she forgot to put the ring on. It was a perfect fit as I had been sneakily measuring her finger for months

The lovely vendors that made the day happen!

Venue: Adam’s Peak Estate

Dress: Belle’s + Beaux Bridal

Dress Alterations: Just Perfect Alterations

Suit: Tarocash + Peggy Finn

Flowers: Silk Dream Flowers

Makeup + Hair: Chic Artistry

Celebrant: Steph Hawes // Wed By Steph

Catering: Monkey Place Catering

Rings: Whitaker’s Jewellers

Cake: Laura Clifton

Love Sign: Craig Muller

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