Mr. & Mrs. Watters

As of five weeks ago today, something really special happened. After 10 years of relationship-ing and 18 months of planning, Rhett and I wedded on Saturday, the 16th of December in front of our most beloved family and friends.

At the risk of sounding too cliche, I feel overwhelmingly blessed to now be able to call my long-time best friend, confidant and love, my husband. It is not everyday that somebody chooses you to be their forever. A commitment and gesture that makes my heart flutter even to this day. And needless to say, I’ve been feeling wonderful and lucky and happy ever since.

With that being said, this wouldn’t be a very interesting post if that’s all I had to share. Life’s rarely that simple, weddings even more so. And whilst I can honestly say that the 16th of December was one of the best days of my life, I can’t say that it didn’t come wrought with its fair share of challenges.

In fact, one of these challenges actually saw my husband-to-be sitting in a hospital emergency room, 8 hours out from our ceremony, attached to an IV-drip with a cocktail of pills in hand. Which, even now, I find simply ridiculous.

Rhett had woken up, the morning of our wedding, with a bad case of food poisoning.

I promise to love you, unconditionally. To support you, devotedly. To always work on giving you my best self for you and our future family. And to never take you for granted, counting every day spent with you as another one of life’s blessings.

I cannot justify with mere words just how low my gut sank when he first told me. Having just woken up myself, highly strung, somewhat nervous and completely incapable of controlling my emotions, I began to panic. The sheer idea of Rhett not being able to attend our wedding, the one we had both invested so, so, so much time and money into was just … overwhelming and difficult to comprehend.

I am sure everybody reading this is aware of the wedding industry’s strict no refund policy, regardless of extenuating circumstance. So it goes without saying, we were off to a seemingly rough start.

I promise you all my care, support and energy. I promise you the admiration and respect that you deserve. I promise to try to complement you as well you do me. I will always be grateful of the positive changes in my life because of your presence in it.

Fast forward 3 hours and the good doctors in the emergency department were able to land him right back on his feet. And before I knew it, Rhett was out of the hospital, greeting his groomsmen and dressed, smiling for the cameras by 12 pm. The relief I felt was palpable, undulated. We had dodged a very expensive bullet. Thank goodness.

Now, with all that behind us, I wanted to give a quick shout out to that cutie-patootie husband of mine. Because throughout the whole ordeal, Rhett remained eerily calm, steadfast in his reassurances to me that everything would be fine – that he would be fine – and optimistic to a fault despite his obvious discomfort.

How I got so lucky, I have no idea.

And to my husband, thank you for being you. Always striving to give me your all, even on the days you are feeling low, if only just to see me smile.

I suppose in hindsight, that was the greatest challenge Rhett and I faced that day. The one that, should it have escalated, sought the heaviest consequence. However, as I previously mentioned, that was not the only ‘situation’ we faced.

Where would I be without you? You are my best friend, my true life partner. You always bring out the best in me and I can honestly say that I would not be who I am today, if I didn’t have you by my side.

What followed was a bit of a nightmare. A nightmare I honestly hadn’t given much thought until I found myself up against 35 kph northeasterly winds. Whipping strands of hair into my face, my eyes, my mouth. Threatening to violently send my flower crown across the Pacific Ocean and scandalously expose my bridesmaid’s undergarments to all my family and friends.

But worst of all, it made coherently reciting my vows very difficult (even seeing my Maid of Honor physically pinning my hair back with her hands whilst I spoke) and being ‘in the moment’ with Rhett damn near impossible.

I found it all pretty stressful.


Thankfully, as the minutes passed, I eventually got over it. Mentally lumping the gale force winds with Rhett’s hospitalization as stories that we would (and had already started to) laugh about. Because love isn’t perfect and our wedding day was certainly not going to reflect anything different.

I am sure you already know this. But you are my life, my soul, my heart. You are the happiness in my morning and the only strength I need to get through a difficult day. I am your biggest fan and standing up here today, I am thrilled to know that you seem to like me a lot too.

Continuing from the ceremony was an incredible evening. Upon reflection, I could not have asked for a better day; everything ran smoothly, all our vendors were phenomenal, there was not a single family drama (or none of which we were made aware of) and all our loved ones seemed to be enjoying themselves.

So on that happy note, I thought I’d share a few of my fondest memories, starting with one of my favourites: the laughs that came when Lauren Anne, our photographer, magically managed to shuffle all nine of our bridal party into a tiny 2 by 2 gelato parlour in search of the perfect candid shot.

Even sitting here now, months later, I am still drooling over the mango sorbet I had at Popolo Artisan Gelateria. It was absolutely yum, yum, yum! So should anybody be lucky enough to find themselves in the Newcastle Hunter Street area, I would highly recommend dropping in.

I’d like to give thanks to the groomsmen. What a great looking group. I couldn’t have picked a better bunch of guys to share this day with. Thanks for a great game of golf on Thursday, despite the 40-degree heat, your perseverance to power through the sun stroke was greatly appreciated.

I also simply cannot emphasise just how much I adored all the floral arrangements at our ceremony and reception. They were just … incredibly beautiful. I was super happy, super impressed. Our wedding designers, Peonies Boutique Weddings, completely blew away my expectations. From our arbor, to our centrepieces, to our bridal table arrangement, to our bouquets, etc. etc. they were all just wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I loved it all.

I promise to laugh at your jokes, even when they aren’t funny. To spot big trees with you and gasp at their enormity. To always let you do the reverse parallel parking. And to go bush-walking with you whenever you feel like undertaking wildlife photography.

But if I had to choose my fondest memory from from the 16th of December, I would absolutely have to pick the entire hour Rhett and I spent together at Merewether Beach. Hands down. And despite typically not being the most openly intimate couple, I had a really great time playing quite the opposite. And just between you and me, I am fairly certain Rhett didn’t mind it too much either.

Thank you for agreeing to finance this horrendously expensive dinner, turning a blind eye to the price tag attached to this dress and for happily participating in the too-high PDA requirements of today.

It goes without saying that Rhett and I had a really wonderful day and looking back, I am filled with nothing but pride and happiness and gratitude and absolutely zero regrets. So on that note, I am going to finish off this little fairytale here.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and thank you to all who have joined me on my wander up memory lane. And to those who I am yet to catch up with in twenty-eighteen, I hope you are all enjoying a great start to the new year!

Linda (18.01.2018)

I want to personally thank everybody that made the effort to share this special day with Rhett and myself. You have all touched us both deeply and today would not have been so great if it weren’t for all the faces here in this room.

Vendor list

Designer: Peonies Boutique Weddings
Brides Dress: Judy Copley Couture
Brides Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaid Dress: Zimmermann
Groomsmen Suit: Joe Black
Makeup: Ilona Kish Makeup Artist
Hair: Chic Artistry
Celebrant: Wed by Kez
Band: Uptown Band
Cake: Vyja Menghi
Ceremony: Fort Scratchley
Reception: Merewether Surfhouse
Photographer: Lauren Anne Photography
Videographer: Design Patrol Films
Photo booth: Creative Photo booth
Tiffany Chair Hire: Exotic Lily Event Hire
Photoshoot Locations: Popolo Artisan Gelateria/ Hello Naomi and Merewether Beach

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50 Comments

  1. January 20, 2018 / 8:22 am

    Absolutely Beautiful! Congratulations!

  2. January 20, 2018 / 8:23 am

    Congratulations! Your wedding dress looks fabulous!

  3. January 20, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Congratulations Linda! I have been waiting for this post. Your wedding looked really beautiful and your dress is all shades of gorgeous. Happy Married Life and Happy New Year! I missed reading from you here and your lovely photos.

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:20 am

      Awe! Thanks so much beautiful Mariam! ♡
      I’m so sorry for the late reply! I need to get my act together me thinks. And I have missed this beautiful community so much as well!

      I hope you’ve been well gorgeous girl ♡ ♡

  4. January 20, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Wonderful. True romance. Congratulations to you both. May you lives continue to be as magical as your wedding day x

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:21 am

      Hehe. Thanks so much Matt! I hope you’ve been well! ♡

      • January 26, 2018 / 10:35 am

        No problem at all. I have been ok thanks. Tough days partnered with the odd good day. Its all part of recovery i guess.

  5. January 20, 2018 / 11:05 am

    Congratulations! This brings back memories of my own wedding, which was chaotic in its own way. But the way you have formatted this post symbolizes it perfectly – the celebration of your relationship is all that matters in the end; the rest is just the setting of your story together.

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:23 am

      Haha thank you! ♡
      Weddings are … chaotic. A bizarre, somewhat stressful whirlwind of a day! But the more I talk to people, the more I realize just how ‘smooth’ my day went compared to some others! Phew, right?

      I would love to hear your story! And thank you again! ♡

  6. January 20, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Congrats on ‘surviving’ the happy day! All the best to you and the new mister!

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:23 am

      Hahah! Thanks lovely! I’ll pass that onto my mister 😉
      I hope you’ve been well! ♡

  7. January 20, 2018 / 11:42 am

    So incredibly beautiful and magical!! You two could be in an editorial!! Congratulations to you both ~ wishing you a lifetime of all you described above!! Xx

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:24 am

      Victttttorrrrrriiiiiaaaaaaaa!! ♡ ♡
      You are, as always, much much too lovely!
      Thank you gorgeous girl! And hope you’ve been well! 🙂 xx

  8. January 20, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    You look absolutely beautiful! And it sounds like a wonderful day. I think the flaws are what make life, you wouldn’t realise how good the good is if there wasn’t some sprinkling of bad 🙂

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:25 am

      Ohhhh gorgeous Sarahhhhhh! ♡ ♡
      Thank you, as always. I hope you’ve been doing good! xx

  9. January 20, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    How can a wedding be a perfect occasion when there are nerves to deal with? Your husband is indeed for keeps. You chose to take care of each other after all and he showed up on the wedding day. Oh the jitters you must have had Linda! But all’s well because look at those photos! They are precious. Here’s to a life of easing out the flaws with your best friend, always together. xx

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Thank you so so much for your beautiful comment gorgeous girl! ♡ Ohhhh how I have missed reading your words. Why have you been up to my love? How’s twenty-eighteen been treating you so far? xx

      • January 27, 2018 / 12:05 am

        Hiya Linda! How I have missed your beautiful posts but it is good that you enjoyed your wedding, the lead-up, the honeymoon to the fullest without any blogging distractions. One needs to steep oneself in such life-affirming moments.
        I have been jetlagged, a condition that I used to deny having never flown more than 8 hours at a stretch. It must be something you know pretty well 🙂 My husband is so enjoying the fact that now I cannot deny jetlag its true place in my life. But 2018 so far has been a bittersweet start, thank you for asking. xx

  10. January 20, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    Ahhh!! This whole post is just so damn cute! Did you guys write your own vows? Cause they’re so sweet, and I don’t know how you would get through them without crying. Also I’m glad everything came together in the end and you guys had such a magical day (plus a magical honeymoon, which I would love to see more photos of, when you have time 😛 ). Those photos of you and Rhett on the beach are so beautiful! You guys look so happy and in love, and I’m just so thrilled for the both of you!!!

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:28 am

      Haha. Thanks gorgeous Ang!
      Yeah. We did actually! And funnily enough, the only reason I didn’t cry was BECAUSE of that damn 35kph winds. A blessing in disguise! LOL!

      Thanks again gorgeous girl ♡ ♡

  11. January 20, 2018 / 11:24 pm

    Congrats Linda on your special day. You guys look so in love and beautiful photos to show for it. Enjoy this new journey of marriage together. Xx

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Thanks lovely for your kind kind words! I hope you’ve been well and twenty-eighteen is treating you well! ♡

  12. January 20, 2018 / 11:42 pm

    Congratulations, Linda! So happy to see you blog again! I’m your wedding looked beautiful and I’m glad it was all you wanted and more! Wishing you and Rhett the best 🎉

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:31 am

      Hahaha. Thanks gorgeous girl! ♡
      After a small pep talk from you! I have a goal to get another post up this weekend! We shall see how I go hey 😉

  13. January 21, 2018 / 3:29 am

    Congratulations Linda! The photos taken at the gelato shop and at the beach are breathtaking! You looked stunning. I am so happy the wedding turned out great. Wishing you and your new husband the best marriage!

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:31 am

      Owe! Thanks so much beautiful!
      I hope you’ve been well. And your twenty eighteen is off to an incredible start! ♡

  14. January 22, 2018 / 12:50 am

    Congratulations, Linda! What a beautiful, loving and emotional post. And those wedding pictures, my heart…

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:32 am

      Haha. Thanks so much gorgeous girl, for reading and commenting! I hope you’ve been good! ♡

  15. January 22, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Congratulations! Everything looks so amazing! Wonderful. wishing you and your husband a blessed, long and laughter filled life together!

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:33 am

      Thanks Simone!! You are much too lovely! Wishing you all the best in your adventures wherever you are ♡ ♡

  16. January 23, 2018 / 7:14 am

    What a wedding day you had! Looking at the pictures, one would never guess there had been so much sickness and inclement weather. Best wishes for a happily ever after marriage!

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:34 am

      Hahah! And thank heavens for that! Phew!
      Thanks so much Janet for your much too kind well wishes! Let’s hope we don’t see any sickness or inconvenient weather for a little while longer! ♡

  17. January 25, 2018 / 1:34 am

    this is so sweet and you and your team of bridesmaids are absolutely stunning. I may have discovered your fabulous blog just under a year ago but i love how genuine you come across with every post and keep me wanting to read more. 🙂 /// your wedding looked effortless .. loved this!!

    • January 26, 2018 / 8:49 am

      At the risk of sounding like a dork … ohhhh my godddd. Reading your comment has planted the biggest, dorkiest smile on my face. What a way to start my Friday. Thank you so so much for your kind, kind words. I hope you’ve been well lovely and have enjoyed a great start to the new year! ♡ ♡ ♡

  18. February 6, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Oh wow! Those photos of your wedding are absolutely beautiful! I’m so happy for you guys, you seem to be super happy together. Congratulations! <3

  19. February 17, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Oh sweetie you look absolutely incredible, beautiful photos! Congratulations xxxxx

    • February 18, 2018 / 6:40 am

      Thanks Lindsay! ☺️
      I hope you have been doing well! 😍❣️

      • February 18, 2018 / 6:42 am

        Right back at you sweetie hope married life is treating you well x x x z

  20. Keri Elaine
    March 9, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I’m incredibly late on seeing this, but you two are stunning together! I’m so glad that through everything you and Rhett are doing well and can laugh about the stressful moments of the day. Your wedding dress was absolutely gorgeous on you I love Zimmermann!

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    Keri Elaine

  21. Josie
    May 11, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    Very late but congratulations!!! Your photos are lovely and you looked absolutely beautiful <3 wishing you a lifetime of happiness together xxx

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