Amy & Jeremy

The beautiful movie “Chocolat” remains a favourite of mine for it’s incredible imagery. So when I heard Amy & Jeremy’s engagement shoot was inspired by this very same movie I knew it would be something special. Madeleine Peterson of Etta Photography captured the engagement photographs.

Madeline says “Amy is a nurse and so we chose the location of a medical school building in Brisbane behind the Royal Brisbane Hospital as a personal backdrop.  Then, with the beautiful buildings and stone stairwell it had a feel similar to that of the ‘Chocolat’ movie and when I suggested the idea as an inspiration they were super keen!  They both looked gorgeous and Amy’s outfits suited the colours of the theme perfectly – plus her red lipstick and gorgeous eyelashes adding a super romantic touch. We found a red coat  and use some boutique yummy chocolates to share for a bit of fun and they certainly played the romance up perfectly!”

Amy tells their story. “In 2009, I was working as nursing assistant at the RBWH and was nearing the end of my second year of study at QUT in Brisbane to become a registered nurse. Jeremy, an Air Force officer based in Melbourne at the time, just found out that he was being posted to Brisbane for  the next 3 years. We both lead really busy lives, so it was difficult to find the time to meet new people and potentially find love. Nowadays, people often rely on bars, pubs and clubs to meet someone – both Jeremy and I weren’t interested in the party scene, so we had to pursue other   avenues. So in late October of that year, I decided I would create a profile and put it on RSVP, hoping that I would find someone right for me. Unbeknownst to me, Jeremy had already had his profile on the site for a few years at this point, unsuccessful in his search for ‘the one’.

” I received over 200 responses in a few short days, and although it was very exciting to see how many were interested, most did not suit my strict criteria….except for Jeremy’s that is 🙂 His profile was well constructed, humorous, intelligent and was ticking all the right boxes! The only  thing it was missing was a picture – there wasn’t a face to put to the profile! I was dying to see what he looked like (after all, he had already seen my picture and knew what I looked like!). When I finally saw his profile picture I wasn’t disappointed – before me was a picture of a handsome man with a kind and open face with bright green eyes and a beautiful smile (and as an added bonus, he was in uniform ;)). I couldn’t believe it, I thought I’d hit the jackpot! He said that my profile was the best he’d ever read, that it was a standout! Before long we were sending each other 5000 word emails, talking about interests, goals for the future and even marriage and children. After only 6 days on the site, I had removed my profile. Although there was always the possibility of him turning out to be not who I thought (and vice versa for him), we believed we’d found someone worth dedicating our sole focus on. I was up until 4am a few mornings replying to his emails, and our first phone call lasted 4 hours.”

“Jeremy had a work trip to Brisbane already planned for November, so we decided that while he was up, we would meet in person and go on a date. On November 10th, just over 2 weeks after we first started chatting online, we met for the first time. The nervousness and anxiety we felt hoping that we were both as perfect as our profiles, emails and phone calls had predicted soon was replaced with joy, happiness and excitement as we looked into each others eyes. We truly thought it was love at first sight. Jeremy kissed me then and there in the foyer of the Marriott!! Our date felt like it was the tenth for us, there was no awkwardness or prolonged silences while trying to think of something to say – it was natural and felt so right! From then, we knew we wanted to spend our lives together.”

“One month later, Jeremy moved to Brisbane and we moved in together. Just one day before our one year anniversary (from our first date), we were relaxing at home when Jeremy presented me with a home made book of photos, emails and other memory-provoking items. While I flicked through the pages, reflecting on good times, he pulled from his pocket a beautiful Tiffany platinum engagement ring – he said how much he loved me and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!”

“Just under a year later, on October 28th 2011, we got married in front of family and friends at Sirromet Winery. It was the most perfect day; I’m not just talking about the weather, but the fact I got to marry my soul mate, the person I love so dearly, the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. Recently we bought a house, and we are expecting our first baby, due late June. We couldn’t be more happy… all of our dreams have come true.”