Kerry and Vinny were workmates with mutual affections, though neither of them were picking up on each other’s hints – or keen to mix work with love. On the last day of term 3, Kerry found out she had secured her job again – but Vinny hadn’t, so instead of allowing him to feel down about it, she invited him out to a club that night where they shared a few sneaky kisses. The next day he messaged me saying that he had a great time and hoped I did too. We caught up a few days later and shared our feelings for each other. Realising that we weren’t going to have to work together the following year anyway, we decided to give it a go! I moved in with Vinny 3 months later.
Kerry: I knew that I was in love with Vinny very early. When I saw the way that he interacted with my family I knew that he could easily be the one that I spend my life with. I don’t think that I really knew that he was ‘the one’ until the night that he proposed. I have been hurt before and was always very cautious, so I expected to have some reservations when he asked me to marry him. I knew that I loved him but I wasn’t really sure how I would react at all… But when he was down on one knee I felt so calm and happy. All of my doubt went away!
Vinny: I fell in love with Kerry very early after we got together. We were spending a lot of time with each other and sharing a lot of feelings and secrets. I knew she had been hurt before, I knew how caring she was, I knew family was important to her and I also knew how fun she was and how much I loved being with her. All those things combined made me fall in love with her. I knew there were differences, like I love sports and she doesn’t and we have a different outlook on certain things, but I also knew that didn’t matter, because they were very small in the big scheme of things. The main thing was we love each other, love being together and want the other person to be happy.
Kerry: Vinny and I had talked about getting married before and had even been looking at rings together so I knew that it couldn’t be too far away. He was very secretive about the evening though! Lots of surprises that I didn’t see coming.
Vinny: I had been planning it for a while. I had a very clear idea of what sort of ring Kerry wanted (she had given me some clear criteria to go by). We went ring shopping together a couple of times but I ordered the ring on my own from Bell and Brunt Jewellers and I started planning the proposal. I was thinking of doing it around our 2 year anniversary or when we overseas in Thailand just after Christmas. But after I got the ring I just wanted to do it.
Kerry: He took me to Enzo’s restaurant. We had been there once before and I hated my food, so I was confused as to why we were even there, let alone expecting him to propose! We had a private room that the restaurant had set up with rose petals, candles and crystals. After our entrée, a string quartet walked in and started playing. I burst into tears of course!
Vinny: When the band started playing Kerry started crying. I didn’t know what I was going to say, so it took me a couple of songs to propose. But I got down on one knee and just told her I love her and will take care of her.
Kerry: He asked me to marry him while they were playing. After enjoying our dinner, we left the restaurant to find a horse and carriage waiting for us! Lots of people from the restaurant came out and started taking our picture with it – we felt like celebrities! It was the most romantic night of my life – just like a fairytale!
After a proposal like that – what have this lovely couple got left to be excited about for their wedding day?
Kerry: I am actually really excited about the Satay Chicken Skewers that will be at our Reception! Haha. I am looking forward to seeing everything come together. We have put a lot of thought in to our theme and I’m excited to see the final product! I am very interested to hear what Vinny, the best man and my dad have to say in the speeches – although I can already pretty much guarantee that my Dad will make me cry!
Vinny: Mainly looking forward to Kerry walking down the aisle in her dress and then just enjoying the big party with friends and family.
Kerry and Vinny wore the same outfit to their shoot as they did on the night of their engagement – but that wasn’t the only sentimental part of their engagement shoot. Their beloved dog Tilly – a symbol of a shining light from harder times was also part of the shoot, and Kerry’s mum was very helpful in keeping Tilly entertained while her mum and dad were busy! Congratulations on your engagement and all the best for your future together.