When she was casually approached by Brad, the two talked the night away, exchanged numbers and unbeknownst to them, began a relationship with the loves of their lives. “We started off with a few casual dates here and there and continued to spend every minute with each other,” said Shelbie.
The inseparable pair soon moved in together, and after two years, began planning an unforgettable trip to Fiji in December 2015. “What I didn’t know was that Brad was also organising with our travel agent a huge surprise of proposing to me whilst we were over there,” said Shelbie.
Once the couple had settled in, Brad set his plan into motion. Under the guise of going shark diving, Brad whisked Shelbie to a private island. Once on shore, they walked down the beach and Shelbie discovered sea shells spelling out: ‘Marry me, Bella’ (her family nickname).
“We got back to our resort where he had planned a private three-course dinner for the two of us right on the beachfront. Everyone at the resort knew because they helped Brad organise it all,” said Shelbie.
Tasked with the job of planning the wedding all by herself, with the odd input here and there from Brad, Shelbie jokes, she had 14 months to prepare everything. The ceremony and reception were both held at Preston Peak Winery just outside of Toowoomba. “As soon as we got out of the car and saw the views as well as the area where you get married Brad actually responded with, `This is where we are getting married’, and that’s what we did.”
Just over 80 guests attended the wedding, which Shelbie can only describe as amazing. “Usually people say they had ‘this and this’ go wrong on their day but I was truly blessed to have such a fantastic day where everything went smoothly,” she said.
Brad and Shelbie are now back from their honeymoon in Bali and are currently building their first home in Kleinton, due to be completed in September.