The ar­chives

Mar­ried April 4, 1975, in Bal­larat

Cosmopolitan Bride (Australia) - - NEWS -

Where did you meet and how?

John: We were introduced by mu­tual friends at a party and were reac­quainted shortly af­ter at an­other party where I wrangled Mary’s work phone num­ber from her. I then asked her out.

What was your first im­pres­sion?

J: I thought she was gor­geous!

When did you de­cide to get mar­ried and how did the pro­posal hap­pen?

J: It def­i­nitely wasn’t a down-on-theknee, di­a­mond-in-hand pro­posal! We were re­turn­ing from din­ner at a friend’s house and dis­cussing our mu­tual aims and plans for the fu­ture when it be­came clear we were on the same page. When we were at the traf­fic lights and with­out any thought, I said, “Would you like to get mar­ried?” Un­be­liev­ably, she said yes!

And what about the big day it­self?

J: It was in 1975. Back then, there was no such thing as wed­ding plan­ners! Mary and her mum, Flor­rie, made all of the ar­range­ments. The wed­ding took place on one of Bal­larat’s worst weather events – the rain just poured down all day. The re­cep­tion was a great night, with danc­ing into the small hours. When we even­tu­ally left the re­cep­tion, the bat­tery on my car was flat! Our wed­ding guests had to help push-start the car to send us off on our hon­ey­moon. This caused great hi­lar­ity among the gath­ered throng!

What was your first year like?

J: It was fan­tas­tic. We were ex­cep­tion­ally busy set­ting up a new flat to­gether and spend­ing time get­ting to know each other and our fam­i­lies.

What did you learn about each other?

J: We lived in sim­pler times then. We learnt to re­ally have fun and en­joy each other’s com­pany. Life was very en­joy­able.

How were the first 10 years to­gether?

J: A blur! We had three kids and built our first home. When we look back now, those 10 years seem like 10 min­utes.

What do you love about each other?

Mary: John makes me laugh, is easy to be with and is full of sur­prises.

J: Mary’s de­pend­able, fiercely loyal and has the kind­est, most lov­ing heart.

What have you learnt about mar­riage?

J: Mar­riage is a team ef­fort. If you go to bat to­gether, you can never be beaten.

M: You don’t have to al­ways agree, but it’s im­por­tant you al­ways lis­ten to your part­ner’s opin­ion and re­spect their wishes and ex­pec­ta­tions.

Any tips for new­ly­weds?

J: En­joy each other’s com­pany, revel in the good times and band to­gether in the bad times, be­cause there’ll be both.

How has your re­la­tion­ship changed?

M: There isn’t any­thing dif­fer­ent about our re­la­tion­ship now than it was on the day we first met. We love each other and feel life has been good to us. Now we’re in a semi-re­tire­ment phase, it’s an­other jour­ney of life to look for­ward to.

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