Brooke & Denis
20 • 05 • 2021
How and when did the two of you meet?
Denis and I met through Denis’ family. I hadn’t long been in Toowoomba (I moved up from Melbourne) before I met Denis’ brother Daniel. Daniel and his partner Sophie and I became very close – almost like the 3 amigos. I met Denis at a New Years Day pool party in 2019. I remember thinking how weird he was, and that he’d do anything to make people laugh. Now, it’s one of my favourite things about him.
Sophie and I liked to joke that we’d do anything to become sisters, so it’s pretty funny that ultimately she married Daniel and I married Denis – making the dream a reality.
Family always has played an important role to Denis and I, so it’s funny that that would be how we met and ultimately how we fell in love.
Tell us all about your proposal story:
Aftr a hectic week of moving houses, Denis decided to take me on a date day to the coast. Nothing out of the ordinary – we love heading to the beach in our spare time. We drove to Coolum and Denis was verrrry quiet on the car rise. Too quiet. I thought he was sick! Turns out he was just very nervous about the big question he was about to pop!
We arrived at Coolum beach and we start walking down to the beach. Denis is still lacking weird, but I don’t think too much of it. We arrive on the sand, take a few steps and I notice a beautiful white teepee. Again, I think nothing of it. It’s just a Sunny Coast Instagram mum setting up for a day at the beach, right? Wrong. I look at Denis and he takes both my hands. He mumbles a few words, most of which I do not remember because by this moment I know exactly what is happening. The one thing I do remember was Denis saying ‘I’ve loved you from the moment I started loving you.’. We still laugh about it today.
He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I say yes and then we hear cheers from beach goers and randoms watching along the beach.
The teepee was for us! Filled with champagne, picnic foods and roses. The perfect proposal from the perfect man.
What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage is about finding your person and choosing them every single day. It’s about finding the joyful moments even when life is tough, remembering you’re a team and always putting each other first.
For Denis and I, marriage is about dancing in supermarket aisles and making each other laugh. Standing firm through lives storms and being each others strength. It’s about being okay with your husband putting his cold feet on you in bed because you know it warms him up (and is an excuse for him to get close).
Finding joy in the small moments and always looking for the best in each other.
Why did you choose Hideaway Weddings?
After attending a family members wedding at Hideaway, we knew it was going to be perfect for us (and we weren’t even engaged yet!). The beautiful scenery, lush green rainforest and warm feel of the venue was everything we hoped for. We both love the outdoors and have always wanted an outdoor wedding, so the mixture of greenery, wooden deck and features was perfect.
After meeting the team at a Showcase and our initial planning meetings, we knew we’d made the right choice, Melissa, Amanda and the team were so attentive to our wishes, very supportive and encouraging along the journey and with us every step of the way. The ultimate dream team!
Describe your theme for the day and the inspiration behind it:
I wouldn’t say we had a specific theme, but we did make all choices about our wedding centred around the fact we wanted our day to be filled with JOY and CELEBRATION.
As much as the day was about us and our commitment to each other, we wanted it to be about our family and friends having the ultimate time and experiencing the fun, laughter and joy Denis and I feel.
Did you incorporate any traditions or perhaps do something a little different?
With faith being such an important part of Denis and my life, it was important to us to incorporate aspects of our faith lives into our wedding ceremony. We had our families involved in prayers, special songs and my dad was even the officiant! We shared communion together as the first act as husband and wife, signifying the importance of God in our lives and in our marriage.
We also incorporated Denis’ African culture through our vows and music. It was very special.
What were the highlights of your day for you?
The whole day was just perfect and everything I could have wanted, but having my dad walk me down the aisle and then officiate our wedding was so special. I cannot put into words how thankful we are to have such beautifully supportive and encouraging families.
I also loved the surprise dance Denis and his brothers (groomsmen) did at our reception. Though I knew the dance was happening, I hadn’t seen it and had no idea what they were doing, but my goodness it was BRILLIANT. Again – such a joyful moment and very fun. Everyone I speak to said it was one of their highlights too.
My highlights were watching my beautiful bride walk down the aisle. It’s a moment I will never forget.
Also, watching our friends and family dance and celebrate this us. Taking that moment to step back and see all of the people we love together was incredible.
Any tips or words of wisdom to offer other couples?
Once the day rolls around, just breathe and enjoy the ride. You’ve done all the hard work leading up to it and you don’t want to waste a moment of your big day on worries or stress.
Take time out throughout the day to just be with your Bride/Groom. We decided to sneak away any opportunity we could to chat, watch as our family and friends had the time of their lives and bask in the excitement of the day.
We also chose to do our bridal party photos on site, and then just the two of us sneak away for our photos together. I’d highly recommend this. It gave us a chance to be together without a big group and have a few quiet moments before the reception. It also allowed our bridal party to enjoy ‘cocktail hour’ and have a breather too.
Did you enjoy a honeymoon? If so, how and why did you choose your destination?
Ideally, we would have loved to go to Thailand, but COVID life restricted that option… so we decided on Noosa – beach, restaurants and not too far also we didn’t have to worry about flights or any annoying extra logistics.
We loved and treasured our honeymoon. Hot tip – make sure wherever you book for restaurants you mention it’s your honeymoon. We got so many freebies!