Instagram – True Love Story

So I caught up with these totally awesome lovebirds Jade & Natasha recently to capture their engagement story and Jade sent me the following tale. I tried to re write it but I felt it didn’t do the story any justice. SO Buckle UP, it’s a True Love Story!!!

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I check my Instagram, and immediately I smile and get butterflies in my stomach.
It’s kermit_12 again. Wow this woman is Hot!!!This had been going on for around 4 months, the back and forth of mutual Instagram likes between two strangers.
Myself, Jade, being the dubious type, who never imagined someone this stunning would be a ‘real’ human being, let alone be liking my Instagram photos, or showing interest in my profile.And Natasha, being the persistent type claims she always knew the day would come when finally met.
So after 4 months of mutual ‘insta stalking’ haha, I finally plucked up the courage to send Natasha a direct message about a quote she had posted.
It read… ‘ no relationship was a waste of time, if it didn’t bring you what you want, it taught you want you don’t want’
After both coming out of relationships the previous year, this quote seemed to provoke a positive understanding of some difficult times we had both been through.
So the conversations finally started and we got on like a house on fire. At first it was just online messaging but quickly it moved onto phone calls until one day I decided i wanted to meet Natasha in person.
Not wanting to seem too eager, and still trying to play it cool, I ‘orchestrated’ a potential meet point. As I was working all over the country, I had a meeting approximately 1 hour from where Natasha lived, so conveniently I arranged to have my work book me a hotel around the corner from where she lived. (Stalkerish it sounds haha but it was meant to be romantic).
That afternoon I call Natasha as said I ‘happened to be in the area for the evening and did she fancy meeting up for a drink and a bite to eat’?
She said Yes, so that was it, the time had finally come, we were both going to put a real life face to the social media, calls, and texts.
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I hurried back to my hotel after my meeting, had a quick shower, re did my make up and went down to the bar and ordered 2 G&Ts while I waited for her to arrived.
Natasha turned up around 20 mins later and from the first instance I was in Love.
She looked even more amazing in real life.
It’s funny, you always hear that saying- love at first sight, but until this moment I never realised it was really possible, I was hooked.
We had a few drinks in the hotel bar and ventured out for some food.
Both living, and being from England we wanted to give something new a try and we stumbled across an Australian style restaurant and thought this would be fun so went on there. We drank cocktails all evening, and tried every delicacy they had to offer- kangaroo, and crocodile it was. We laughed so much all evening and there wasn’t a seconds silence between us, it was as though we had known each other our whole lives. Every few minutes there was this intense look between us, it’s was completely mutual, the smiles, the eyes, we were both giving everything away.
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Then Natasha dropped a bombshell!!!
She told me she was moving to Australia in 6 weeks to go traveling for at least a year.
I couldn’t believe it, I’d met someone who sent tingles down my spine, who I couldn’t get out of my mind, who when I finally met in person and feel deeply for, and now she was going traveling indefinitely.
Inside I was gutted, but of course on the outside I told her how cool that sounded and I bet she was so excited and she couldn’t wait.
We left that evening giving each other a kiss and saying we would speak soon.
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I went back to the hotel and my emotions were all over the place, I had an amazing night, it was incredible, but I knew I had to push back on my feelings and pretend they weren’t as strong as they were so to not get hurt when she was going away.
I told myself I was going to not speak or see her as much to try and make the inevitable easier.
Natasha left the restaurant and went home, however her first thought was …. ‘I’m going to marry that girl!’  But how am I going to get her to Australia with me.
Well my plan failed miserably as I couldn’t not speak to Natasha, she had consumed my mind and so every day I was falling further.
It was less that 2 weeks later that Natasha, and I were out for dinner and she had said she had got a gift for me.  She then took out this little black cotton bag, and said ‘there you go, it’s a bag of happiness’
Inside there were several items,
A plaster, a love heart sweet, a piece of string, a rubber, a plastic diamond, a marble, a kidney bean, a coin, a Paperclip, and a piece of paper with her lipstick Kiss on it. With this note….
A PLASTER to heal you when you hurt, a LOVE HEART so you know someone loves you, STRING to hold it together in tough times, a RUBBER to erase those little mistakes you make, a DIAMOND to bring a sparkle to your eye, a MARBLE for when you start losing yours, a LUCKY BEAN so you always have luck on your side, a COIN so you are never completely broke, a STAR to wish all your wishes upon, a PAPERCLIP so you are always organised, and a KISS for when you are feeling down.
Never in my life had I received something so thoughtful, and then she went out and said it…
Jade will you come to Australia with me’
I immediately told her it that it was ludicrous as I had my own place, a good job, family friends etc, and I couldn’t just get up and leave with a girl id met 3 weeks before to move to the other side of the world.
Natasha response was- ‘why not?’
For the first time in my life I had no response so I said alright then, I’ll come but on 1 condition, you need to get to 100 points in the next week and if you reach it I’ll come with you, and if not I won’t.
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So it started with a home cooked meal. My favourite-Steak, dauphinoise potatoes, pepper sauce and all the trimming … She smashed it. 20 points
A full rendition of a Celine Dion song recorded and sent to me. 15 points
A few other ones in there too – LOTS OF POINTS!!
 100/100 she did it.
As a woman of my word that was the deal done!
The next day I resigned at work, handed in the notice on my flat, and started to prepare to sell everything I own before packing up and joining Natasha backpacking around Australia.
The following week Natasha flew out to Perth and left me for 3 weeks to finish everything off back in the UK I needed to. The next thing I new I was on a 22 hour flight to Australia to go traveling with a girl I’d met just 7 weeks before. It was crazy but I LOVED IT.
So it’s been 16 months and we have visited 6 counties together, seen and experienced the most incredible things, have lived our life’s like most people could only ever dream of  and there hasn’t been 1 day either of us have have ever looked back.
We both have been on cloud 9 since the day we met and our love continues to grow each and every day.
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From the minute we met, Natasha knew I was going to become her wife, and after just over a year together she made me the happiest person alive by popping the question. She had made sure she met my traditional ways by asking my parents permission before and then she popped the question.
It was a Friday evening and Natasha had just cooked me my favourite dinner- Steak, dauphinoise potatoes, pepper sauce and all the trimmings. The first meal she ever cooked me. We were sat eating listening to music, having a few drinks and reminiscing over our travels so far and planning the next big adventure.
Out of nowhere Natasha got down on one knee and proceed to tell me how much she loved me and that she knew from the moment she met me, she wanted me to be her wife, and would I do her the honour of spending the rest of our lives together.
Will you Marry me!
 Of course my response was Yes.a few tears of overwhelming joy and then lots of celebrations, drinks, dancing round the house and just being us. It was perfect.
We will travel back to the UK after being away for nearly 2 years late next year and finally we will properly meet each others family and friends before tying the knot in France.
Sometimes we are in complete ore of our story. It really has been a fairy tale. Who knew that something as small as liking a picture on Instagram would lead us to finding our true soulmate. We are both so thankful for every moment we have shared together, and cannot wait to continue to fulfill all of our dreams together, hand in hand.
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With This Ring..

My book “Will You Marry Me?” has had such a great response so far I thought I would share some images from some of the couples sessions. This is just a hand full  of those that are involved in this cool project. I have put a link at the bottom of this post of how you too can be a part of this book. There are a still spots available and I’m hoping to close off soon, so if you have entered your details at the website, please check your email for details on how to take next steps. The proposal stories that are coming through are all very different, unique and awesome, but those will have to wait until the book is launched for you to read them.

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Arnold proposed for Jacob with this “Will You Marry My Daddy?” Tag on his collar

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Check out how you can be part of this awesome book by clicking the link below


Get in fast as there are not many positions left.

Until next time, keep being awesome




5 Reasons Why You Need A Wedding Album

Hey Guys… you won’t want to miss this! I’m asking the age-old question and answering it once and for all:

“Do I need a wedding album?”

YES. Yes, you do.

Read on to find out the five reasons why you need a wedding album and score a super-special limited time offer…!

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Let me start by saying that I offer all my clients a digital only package, but more and more couples are investing in high quality, handmade, custom designed wedding albums. About 85% of my clients now get me to design a kick ass album telling their awesome wedding day story, with 100% of them loving the final wedding album design.

You’ve spent many, many months planning the biggest day of your life. Yes, weddings can get expensive, but one funny place brides decide to cut back on is their wedding album. Why? Modern technology now lends itself to more do-it-yourself approaches, but nothing beats a high-quality handmade and custom designed wedding album. It’s true. I have heard and had couples who decided to design and print their own album from a large print warehouse online and realized photo bleeding and poor binding quality resulting in their books falling apart after not very long, and they write to me with regret about not getting a custom made designer album. Don’t fall into the same trap these guys have, make your investment today.


Reason 1. You Won’t Always Remember It Like It Was Yesterday

Right now as you plan your wedding, every little detail is memorable. You remember every detail of the visit to your venue, the multiple dress fittings, DIYing 100+ wedding gifts for your guests, selecting the playlist, and more. Naturally, you assume the wedding day will be even more memorable with even more details to remember. Hey, since you’re there to remember it, what’s the point of spending money on an album? That one’s easy: You won’t always remember it like it was yesterday. And, someday, you’ll be so happy/relieved/thankful to have a visual album to revel in on your 50th anniversary. (And when you have kids, they’ll be asking to see it.)


Reason 2. CDs + USBs Are Easy To Lose (+ Your Computer Could Explode)

Unless you make backups, double backups, and store a set in a fireproof, waterproof case, you risk the chance you could lose the digital copies. CDs can even fade over time! Yikes! Plus, there’s always a pretty good chance your computer could explode. (Maybe it won’t explode, but it certainly sounds more exiting than being infected with malware, yes?) Don’t let those files sit on a computer for years. Make a plan to have them printed in a killer wedding album pronto.


Reason 3. Technology Changes Quickly

Remember VHS? So quickly those humongous video tapes turned into sleek, high-quality DVDs. There’s always a new, hot, exciting technology advance right around the corner… get those photos printed right away so you don’t have to transfer photos from DVDs to USB to an app for your mobile device.


Reason 4. People Want to See ALL The Photos

In the weeks following your wedding and for months afterward, everyone and their next door neighbor  will want to see photos from the big day. Why have everyone hover over your computer viewing digital copies? Lame. Instead, impress them with a gorgeous handmade, custom designed leather or hardcover bound album to flip through.

Reason 5. If Not Now, When?

Self-explanatory: if not immediately following your wedding day, when will you order a wedding album? Things come up in life, and you don’t want to look back and wish you had printed it back in the day. Do it!
It is a investment for all your families generations

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To view 2 awesome album designs click on the links below

If you got tied the knot a few years ago, but never made a wedding album, it’s not too late. Alternatively, if you want an album made immediately after the big day, it’s a great time to get started NOW.

So here’s the special offer, up until June 30th 2016 get a custom designed wedding album from $800(saving $200) this offer is available past or any existing client yet to decide on their wedding album or any new booking before June 30th.

To find out more about this offer please email at

Until next time, stay safe

Mike Semple

Alex and Dan’s Melbourne Museum Wedding

Knowing of each other was not difficult when you live in a small town of Cobram, but it wasn’t until July 2005 that these two finally officially got together at the Country Football Club Ball.

It was 9 years later on their Anniversary that Dan proposed. They never usually did anything special for their anniversary, however this year Dan decided to plan the whole day and not tell Alex a thing. All she knew was what time to be ready! A private car picked them up and took them to the Yarra Valley. They spent the morning tasting wines and had lunch at Oakridge. After lunch they were driven back into the city where Dan had planned drinks at The Lui Bar – Vue de Monde. During the car trip Dan presented Alex with tickets to The King and I at the Princess Theatre. So after the most amazing view, drinks and nibbles off they went to the theatre. After the show Dan suggested we walk up to Lygon Street for dessert. As they were walking through Carlton Gardens on the way to Lygon Street, Dan stopped and pulled Alex aside, got down on one knee and popped the question! Lygon Street was a decoy to get to Carlton Gardens, as that is where he wanted to propose. It was an amazing day, Alex recalls, full of surprises and being absolutely spoilt. Dan planned the whole day to include things they enjoyed doing together – good food and wine, theatre, getting out and about, and the view from the bar was to represent the water (fishing, beach etc) Dan’s favourite past time.

Alex & Dan’s wedding day celebrations were a day of magic for the two, with a ceremony in the Aboriginal Galleria in the Melbourne Museum surrounded by family and friends. The rain didn’t dampen these guys spirits in anyway when we headed out to the Carlton Gardens for photos as you will see from the images below. The St Andrews Conservatory put on quiet a show for the reception, it was a great night had by all.

The awesome suppliers details at the bottom of this post.

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Wedding Gown – Georgia Young Couture

Suit – Joe Black

Ceremony venue – Melbourne Museum

Reception Venue – St Andrews Conservatory

Celebrant – Danielle Binaisse

Rings – The Diamond Guys

Flowers – Good Grace and Humour

Bonboneries – Peep Designs

Band – Matt Larkin Duo

Hair and Makeup – Cindy Siegemund

Hairpiece – Jennifer Behr

Earings – Ryan Storer


So I am putting a book together called “Will You Marry Me?” and I am looking for engaged couples who are willing to share with the world, their story. The how they met, how he went about proposing, and how each of them felt leading up, during and after he asked?

I have been a wedding and portrait photographer for around 18 years now, and the one things I love hearing is how couples came together, whether it be through mutual friends, or a chance hook up on a night out, or if social media had anything to do with it.

I have heard some pretty cool proposal stories over the years with one couple while on holidays in Europe At Lake Bled, Slovenia. With the proposal in mind, Trent thought it would be romantic to row Caitlin out to the little island church. Caitlin thought it would be an appropriate time to instruct him how to row. It wasn’t and the the idea of proposing took a step back. With tired arms from the row and nerves of the impending proposal twitching, Trent asked Caitlin to walk ahead on a single lane path as he fumbles for the ring on the walk to the church. Caitlin found every opportunity to turn around and the proposal took a second step back. After a ten minute breather, Trent finds the courage and asks Caitlin if there’s anyone else she’d rather be at this picturesque location with. Caitlin immediately suggests her horse and tries to plan the best way to get him across the lake. A third step back. A second attempt in the church occurs as Trent says ‘I know of someone else I’d rather be here with’. ‘Who? God’ Caitlin replies smartly. A fourth step back is contemplated before Trent thinks ‘now or never’. ‘No you goose, my fiancée’ as he gets down on one knee to ask her hand in marriage. Stories differ here between Caitlin and Trent but Caitlin’s next words were. Trent – ‘Have you got a ring?’ Caitlin – ‘Oh you’ve got a ring!’ After a bit of laughter and apologies to the almighty for swearing in a church Caitlin accepts.

So if your story is a great one or a funny or romantic one in every possible way please head over to the registration page at the link below and leave your details, and I will be in contact with you soon.


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