Love a shoe-in for gym buddies

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

When Rianne Byrne and Paul Petersen first started dat­ing af­ter meet­ing at the gym in 2015, nei­ther knew the other was keep­ing the same se­cret. It wasn’t un­til Rianne got a look in­side Paul’s home and saw an

im­pres­sive stock­pile of sneak­ers that she too could ad­mit to hav­ing a se­ri­ous col­lec­tion of her own.

Now that the pair live to­gether, there are “eas­ily more than 100 pairs” in the house, Rianne laughs.

“They have their own room — but Paul is a size 12 foot so his take up a lot more room.”

The cou­ple love their footwear so much they changed into a pair of match­ing Nike Air Jor­dans mid­way through their wedding in May and stayed in the more com­fort­able op­tion for the re­main­der of the night.

Paul and Rianne would see each other at the gym at the same time each night and even­tu­ally started chat­ting, which led to them work­ing out to­gether and fi­nally a night out.

“We went out to­gether one night and the rest is his­tory,” Rianne says.

While on a hol­i­day in Hawaii in 2017, the pair were sit­ting on their bal­cony when Paul ducked back in­side to “grab a drink”.

“He com­pletely sur­prised me when he reap­peared and went down on one knee and asked me to marry him,” Rianne says.

They tied the knot on May 25 un­der the More­ton Bay fig tree in Wat­son’s Bay with their re­cep­tion next door at Top Deck at the Wat­sons Bay Bou­tique Ho­tel. About 50 close fam­ily and friends helped the new­ly­weds cel­e­brate in style — and (com­fort­ably) dance the night away. PHO­TOS: CHRIS­TIAN GILLES, THE FRENCH PHO­TOG­RA­PHER. COM

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