Trav­ellers so crazy in love

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

Every­one thought Alyshia Monds and Brett East­wood were crazy but they knew straight away they were a match made in heaven. The pair were trav­el­ling separately through Europe in Septem­ber 2016 when they met in Venice and hit it off straight away. It was a fleet­ing 24 hours in the Ital­ian city, but the two de­cided they would meet up again in Lon­don in two weeks.

“It re­ally was love at first sight — as cliched as it sounds,” Alyshia says. “Our tours went in sep­a­rate di­rec­tions the fol­low­ing day af­ter meet­ing but we kept in con­tact and or­gan­ised a date in Lon­don two weeks later.”

Alyshia only had an­other 24 hours in Lon­don be­fore she was set to fly home to Aus­tralia, but af­ter that sec­ond date, they knew they were meant to be to­gether and had to make some tough de­ci­sions if they wanted to see where this new ro­mance took them.

“We de­cided that it was just meant to be and one of us had to take the plunge and move to the other side of the world,” Alyshia says.

“Brett de­cided to up­root his en­tire life and fol­low me to Syd­ney so we could be to­gether.”

It was a move that shocked their friends and fam­ily.

“Every­one thought we were crazy or I was delu­sional hav­ing only spent less than 48 hours to­gether,” the new bride says. “We moved in to­gether right away and Brett fell in love with Aus­tralia. We haven’t looked back.

“Aside from be­ing in­stantly phys­i­cally at­tracted to one an­other, I would say the big­gest thing that caught both of our at­ten­tion was our sense of hu­mour.

“We both love hav­ing a laugh and don’t take things too se­ri­ously. I be­lieve af­ter a few Simp­sons, Friends and Harry Pot­ter quotes and it was all over!”

One day last Septem­ber when it was clear the pair were des­tined to spend the rest of their lives to­gether, they were walk­ing along Palm Beach af­ter lunch at Jonah’s when they stum­bled across a pic­nic that had been set up by Brett’s friends. Some­thing in the spread caught Alyshia’s at­ten­tion.

“I sighted a stack of bridal mags among the pic­nic foods and cham­pagne and when I looked back to Brett he was down on one knee,” she re­calls.

The cou­ple mar­ried at Long Reef Golf Club with a re­cep­tion at the same venue. Guests, in­clud­ing fam­ily and friends from the UK and New Zealand, helped cel­e­brate and prove those ini­tial doubters wrong. PIC­TURES: ROSE PHO­TOS

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