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Brooke and Chris planned a relaxed, Coachella-inspired wedding with a free-spirited vibe.
Brooke's advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship: "Consciously choose to love and respect your partner daily; don’t let how you feel dictate how you treat each other. Also, I highly recommend learning your partners love language."
Brooke and Christopher met thanks to a mutual friend playing cupid. "Two months after I moved [to Sydney], a work colleague contacted me to let me know he had just met a male version of me," Brooke recalls. "He sent me his Instagram details and told me to contact him, which I refused to do."
Chris popped the question as they watched the sun rise over Sealy Lookouts in Coffs Harbour during a weekend getaway. "It was followed by a weekend of romantic activities," recalls Brooke. "We had three whole says to ourselves in our little bubble of love before we announced the proposal to anyone."
"What I love most about Chris is unwavering faith that things will be okay, no matter the situation," says Brooke. "He is steadfast, always. Life has thrown us some tricky curveballs, but he always has this big smile and this amazing confidence as he says, 'It’s all good!'"
Months before shopping for a gown, Brooke did as many brides do — she created a "wedding dress inspo" board on Instagram, where she pinned the very gown she ended up finding later at a little boutique in Melbourne, by Anna Campbell.
Brooke's bridesmaids wore dresses by Shona Joy.
The couple decided on a Coachella-inspired wedding. "We wanted the two days to feel like festival, a celebration," says the bride. "We didn’t want anything to feel like a wedding. It had to be outdoors and natural." The wedding ceremony and reception took place at The Woods of Jervis Bay, Tomerong, Australia.
For their reception, Brooke and Chris had a laid-back affair (sans photographer) surrounded by their nearest and dearest. They set up an antique dressing table with jars of glitter and face paint for guests to decorate themselves.