SWEET SE­CRET

THIS COU­PLE TIED THE KNOT AT A SMALL FAM­ILY CEL­E­BRA­TION BE­FORE SUR­PRIS­ING THEIR FRIENDS AT THEIR “EN­GAGE­MENT PARTY” A WEEK LATER

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KIRSTEN & LEE

THE COU­PLE: Kirsten Gri­er­son and Lee Hearsey THE LOVE STORY: Lee chased Kirsten for months af­ter they first met in an el­e­va­tor in their of­fice block. “As Lee puts it, he had nine floors to talk to me and make an im­pres­sion,” Kirsten says. “For 12 months he tried to bump into me in the hallway and at lunch. He fi­nally asked me on our first date and we’ve been in­sep­a­ra­ble since.” Lee pro­posed to Kirsten on their two-year an­niver­sary at the same spot they shared their first kiss. “Lee de­cided to recre­ate our first date. We went to Man­dalas, a ve­gan restau­rant, and sat at the same ta­ble. We then went for a walk to the beach and Lee asked if I re­mem­bered where we had our first kiss. Then, in­stead of lean­ing in for a kiss, he knelt on one knee. He fi­nally asked the ques­tion I’d been long­ing to hear.” THE BIG DAY: The cou­ple tied the knot on Septem­ber 14 at Binna Burra Moun­tain Lodge, Beech­mont, sur­rounded by their clos­est fam­ily mem­bers. Kirsten says their cel­e­bra­tions were spe­cial be­cause they dis­re­garded the con­ven­tional or­der of events. “We had our pre-wed­ding hon­ey­moon first, then about a month later we had our wed­ding, then a week later we had our sur­prise en­gage­ment party,” she says. Many guests at the “sur­prise en­gage­ment party” were shocked to dis­cover the cou­ple had al­ready mar­ried. “Lee, in his wed­ding suit, was se­cretly taken to the back en­trance to sneak in and I walked in the main en­trance in my wed­ding dress. All our friends thought they were sur­pris­ing us but we were the ones sur­pris­ing them.” THE DRESS: Kirsten wore a Gubanyi Col­lec­tion low back ivory lace dress with a sweet­heart neck­line from GC Bridal Lounge. She added re­mov­able drop tulle sleeves. THE SOUND­TRACK: La Vie en Rose by Édith Piaf and Be­yond by Leon Bridges. PHO­TOS: Kevin Rai­son, Darbs Pho­tog­ra­phy

EYE WEDD INGS

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