As July draws to a close, there is one more celebration to squeeze in after 3 members of our family celebrated birthdays – our wedding anniversary! Today we celebrate 7 years of marriage.
Truly, time flies, it feels like we only met each other moments ago, yet the two of us have done so much in a mere 7 years.
Many years ago, when I was in my early twenties, I tried to imagine all the things that I would want in a husband. I wrote them down in a list (I wish I had kept it). There were a lot of very specific and obscure things on that list. I guess I never expected that any person would be all the things I wrote down, but then I met Marko shortly after writing it and I went through and was able to check each and every one of the list items off. It was if I imagined him into life.
We met through music. I was a singer and he was a keyboardist and we ended up doing a small musical project together. We rehearsed and got to know each other a little but it wasn’t until the gig itself that we felt the first sparks between us. At the end of the gig, everyone was tired and I ended up giving everyone in the band a little shoulder rub. Last to have his turn was Marko and I must say I did try my best to impress with my massage skills at that point! (To this day, I still give amazing back rubs, he admits that night he imagined that I might be able to have a life time of such good rubs. Well he got it, what a lucky guy!)
After the gig we kept in touch via email and after a few weeks he asked me out on a date to see a musical act at Bar Broadway in Sydney. We talked so much that night and really got to know each other. I remember feeling electricity when his knee touched mine beneath the table.
We had our first kiss a few dates later. After that our love just grew and blossomed. I think it was about three months into seeing one another that he told me that he loved me. I remember that being the most blissful moment where all my feelings and senses went into overload. I’d been wanting to tell him for a while but haf been too chicken!
We had been dating for about a year and we were both in Europe on separate holidays that kind of intersected at points. He was travelling with a friend and I was staying with relatives in Croatia. We decided to spend some time in Paris together. One night we went out to dinner and ate escargot and steak bernaise. We visited a jazz club and drank a whole bottle of champagne! After the club he suggested that we go for a walk around Paris at night. It was a perfect summer night. The lights of the Eiffel Tower glittered in the distance as we strolled along the river Seine. We crossed a bridge over the river, near the Notre Damne Cathedral when all of a sudden he started to reflect on the year that had just been. He told me how much he loved me and that he wanted to be with me always, then he asked me to marry him. My heart still skips a beat and tears well in my eyes when I think back on this amazing moment.
The next morning we rang our parents back in Australia. They were surprised and delighted.
9 months later we got married. I wanted the day to be understated, simple and a celebration of our love. I think we managed to achieve that even with around 350 guests (don’t gasp, it’s a Croatian thing!)
I thought I’d share some photos of the day. It was really perfect. My maid of honour and I sang “Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married” as we were driven in vintage cars on the way to the church. The driver said that he’d never seen a bride who was so calm. Overwhelmingly I felt so at ease. I stopped worrying about everything. All the planning and hard work was in place, I was all about soaking in the day and not worrying. Anyway, enjoy!