Jill and Karl first met in sixth class at school in 1985, little could they have ever imagined that some 31 years later they would be marrying and celebrating their wedding at Jaspers in Berry on the South Coast of NSW. They became friends and hung out together with mates but did not start dating until high school. The first time they went out, Karl bought Jill a bracelet with her name engraved on it which Jill still remembers came in a pink velvet box. In 1987 Karl had to return to New Zealand for some time did keep in contact for a while by writing Jill letters.
As time moved on, they both lived their own lives and it was not until some 20 years later when Jill, after having reconnected with a few friends from their school days via Facebook, was going through some old things, came across Karl’s letters from 1987 and decided to check if he was on Facebook also. But alas, she could not locate Karl. About a month later, she tried again and lo and behold, there was someone who appeared to be Karl. After a few probing questions she confirmed that this was the Karl from her school days, they became Facebook friends and started chatting regularly.
In late January of 2009, Karl called Jill, said he was catching up with one of the old school friends for a drink and asked whether she would like to join them, to which Jill agreed. As soon as Karl saw Jill again, he knew he was in love. That evening was just not long enough and they caught up again for another drink a week or so later before going out on their first “official” date on Valentine’s Day. Not long after they realised that they were both very much in love with each other. As time progressed they both could not stop thinking of each other and having one another in their lives, made them feel happier than they had ever felt before.
The years passed and the loved continued to grow. It was on Jill’s birthday in 2014 whilst in Tasmania that Karl organised a dinner where, with Jill’s parent’s blessing, he was going to pop the question. The lead up however was less than ideal with a minor health scare for Jill’s mum, but despite some reservations, it went ahead and during the meal Karl asked Jill to close her eyes where he got down on one knee, took her hand and asked her to be his wife. Jill’s eyes filled with tears of happiness, she said yes and here we were today celebrating the wonderful love they share.
It was such a beautiful wedding, the wedding party looked amazing, the venue was outstanding and everyone had a fabulous time. It started with drinks and snacks on the veranda before guests made their way into The Orangery for the commencement of a delicious meal and an evening of celebration, fun and dancing. Before we knew it was time for the festivities to come to an end, however the revelry did continue the following day with a BBQ on a private property in the local area.
Jill and Karl, thank you so much for the trust you placed in me – it was such a joy to be a part of your wedding day as your South Coast Wedding MC & Wedding DJ. I loved all the loving little glances you gave each other during the evening. I loved the way you both held hands. I loved seeing just how loved you are by all your family and friends. But most of all I loved how much you obviously love each other; love is the most powerful force in the universe and together you can both accomplish whatever your hearts desire. Your hearts beat only for each other. That flicker of a spark that was ignited all those years ago in now a raging fire that cannot be extinguished and I feel blessed to have been able to experience it first hand. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!
Songs selected by Bride and Groom;
Wedding Party Entry: “Stand By You” by Rachel Patten
Bride & Groom Entry: “Stand By You” by Rachel Patten
Cake Cutting: “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban
First Dance: “Halo” by Beyonce
Father Daughter Dance: “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
Farewell Dance: “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
Final Farewell Song: “Blame It On The Boogie” by The Jacksons
Other Wedding Professionals
Photographer: Evocartiv Photography & Design
Videographer: Turbo Productions
Cake Designer: Jaspers
Floral Designer: Jaspers
Makeup Artist: Christina Cleary Makeup Artist