HEAVEN ON EARTH

Style Magazine - - Wedding -

Grow­ing up as part of the same church, Amanda Buck­ley and Josh Sk­er­man have known each other for quite a while.

They ended up in the same group of friends as they grew older and, as Amanda put it, things went from there.

Not too long af­ter they started dat­ing and knew each other a bit bet­ter, Josh knew it was love and de­cided to propose.

“Josh took me out to his fam­ily farm one af­ter­noon. We sat out­side with beers and chips and he popped the ques­tion as we watched the sun set over the sorghum,” re­mem­bered Amanda.

To­gether for two-and-a-half years, the pair tied the knot at the Dalby Pres­by­te­rian Church in April this year, tak­ing their vows from scrip­ture.

“He’s the most amaz­ing man. I’ve al­ways known him to be the most car­ing and self­less per­son, who’ll go out of his way for me and any­one close to him.

“We’ve never had a se­ri­ous ar­gu­ment, be­cause he al­ways wants what’s best for the both of us. He’s cer­tainly one mighty fine hus­band,” said Amanda, when asked to de­scribe Josh.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, the new­ly­weds and their guests moved over to the fam­ily farm for the re­cep­tion.

Choos­ing a rus­tic chic look, the cou­ple utilised the raw beauty of the farm’s shed and dec­o­rated it with a mass of fairy lights, DIY gum-leaf chan­de­liers, and tim­ber, hes­sian and lace cen­tre­piece dec­o­ra­tions.

Fam­ily is im­por­tant to Josh and Amanda, so they wanted his niece and neph­ews in the wed­ding party.

“The youngest wasn’t even walk­ing yet, so he rolled down the aisle on his toy dig­ger. He did it per­fectly and calmed a lot of nerves,” said Josh.

Amanda said the wed­ding day was per­fect.

“All we wanted was a stress-free day, so peo­ple could have fun and en­joy each other’s com­pany — and that’s ex­actly what we got. We never wanted it to end,” she said.

The cou­ple said words can­not de­scribe how blessed they felt to have their fam­ily and friends be a part of their be­gin­ning as hus­band and wife.

“It was such a spec­tac­u­lar day and it was made even more spe­cial, see­ing our love for each other sup­ported by all those close to us,” said Josh.

Feel­ing it is an ex­cit­ing part of get­ting mar­ried, Amanda took Josh’s last name.

“I’m recog­nised as Josh’s wife, which is some­thing to be proud of,” she said.

The Sk­er­mans be­lieve stay­ing calm is the best ad­vice they can give oth­ers.

“Plan­ning a wed­ding can be­come so stress­ful but, at the end of the day, you will be mar­ried to your best friend and that’s the only rea­son you’re do­ing it all for. Ev­ery­thing else is a bonus and any prob­lems dur­ing the day make for a great story af­ter­wards,” said Amanda.

Straight af­ter the wed­ding, they hon­ey­mooned in the Mal­dives for 10 days and now have big plans for the fu­ture.

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