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Romance on The Love Boat leads to Samantha and Simon’s rustic wedding


Samantha and Simon first met while working aboard the Spirit of Tasmania – a ferry operating between Tasmania and Melbourne best known by staff members as ‘The Love Boat’.

“I never believed it until I met Simon,” says the bride. “We started dating when I was on night shift, after spending a few early morning having coffees at 3:30am in the crew recreation room. We even spent New Years Eve on board together.”

The Tassie pair, aged 27 and 29, married on January 19, 2019 with a lakeside ceremony followed by a rustic wedding reception at Stonesthrow in Launceston.

“Our ceremony overlooked a lake surrounded by llamas, cows and lambs,” recalls the bride. “The setting for our wedding complemented our relaxed personalities.”

The rustic wedding had something for everyone: farm animals to entertain the kids, a lolly buffet and donut wall for those with a sweet tooth and drinks flowing all night long.

Photos courtesy of Ed Jones Photography.

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Samantha and Simon’s gorgeous wedding bands were purchased from Michael Hill Jeweller.

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Simon popped the question while in Melbourne for the Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn Hawks AFL grand final. Samantha’s team won, and Simon proposed the following day.

“It has been a long running joke that Simon ‘lost a bet’ and had to propose because the Hawks lost,” laughs Samantha.

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Celebrations continued into the night with a relaxed cocktail reception at Stonesthrow Launceston.

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Photos courtesy of Ed Jones Photography.

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