Christine Vidler and Kevin McKenzie were living in Kevin’s hometown Guyana (South America), when work commitments beckoned Christine back to Australia.
Their final weekend together was to be savoured so, when Kevin, 28, announced that he was heading to party out of town – by himself – Christine was not happy.
Nevertheless she didn’t show it. Her girlfriends were throwing a farewell party and she was determined to enjoy herself but, one-by-one guests started to leave – all with good excuses to be somewhere else – and soon enough it was over.
With just one friend remaining, they decided to go back to Christine’s apartment for a drink on the rooftop. “I figured, why not?” says Christine, 32. “Kevin was elsewhere and everyone else seemed to have other plans.”
“Little did I know that once we arrived home, Kevin had organised a surprise party for me – decked out with a mini-marquee, lighting, food and drinks – all on the rooftop of our apartment building!” she beams. “Everyone from the previous party was there along with all his family and friends – ‘cocktail drinks’ was obviously a decoy to get me out of the house.”
Kevin’s grandest gesture, however, was still to come. Halfway through the celebrations, he asked his girlfriend to join him in the middle of the party for a “surprise.”
“I thought it was a send-off gift,” says Christine. “But when I turned around he was on one knee… I didn’t hesitate in saying yes! He placed the ring on my finger and suddenly fireworks went off and the Jah Cure song ‘Unconditional Love’ started playing. It was amazing. I had absolutely no idea he had planned all of it. Not a single clue.”
Back in Australia, in the company of 80 friends and family, Christine and Kevin made their promise in a joyous outdoor wedding ceremony at the Bexhill Open Air Cathedral in Lismore, NSW, followed by a relaxed marquee reception on the Vidler family farm.
Photos courtesy of This Day Photography.
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