We’ve all heard about those random chance meetings due to what has to be fate, and today we’ve got the wedding of a couple who caught each other at just the right moment in time. Tara met Chris at a hostel in Romania, but only because he overslept and missed his train to leave town that morning. The two met later in the evening and agreed to go on a hike together, and the rest is history — save for their beautiful wedding from BlueSpark Photography, of course!

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

From the bride, Tara: I met Chris while we were each backpacking independently through Europe. For several months, we vaguely traveled in the same direction, but never really stayed in the same place at the same time. However, our paths crossed in Sibiu, Romania–this beautiful, medieval town in the heart of Transylvania. On the day I arrived at our hostel, Chris had overslept and (luckily!) missed his train to leave town. We met that night and, over drinks with the hostel crowd, agreed to go on the hike he originally planned to take — a 3 day trek through the Carpathian Mountains with another travel friend. It was a grueling hike (as we were both terribly unfit), but we had the opportunity to learn a lot about one another over chats. Sparks flew and we quickly fell head over heels in love!

wedding shoes - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding bouquet - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

ceremony arch - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

ceremony recessional - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

wedding bouquet - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

From that point, we started traveling together through the rest of Eastern Europe and Turkey… realizing somewhere along the way that this was something really serious and life-changing. We continued to travel through Southeast Asia together for several more months before we moved to Chris’s hometown — Melbourne, Australia. Chris’s proposal was completely unexpected, and completely “us.” At the end of a wonderful night showing me around Melbourne, Chris took me to a beautiful rooftop bar. He took my hand as we were sitting at a table and told me how special our time had been together, that he had fallen completely in love with me, and how wonderful it could be if he could introduce me to everyone we meet as his fiancee. I think I burst into (happy) tears before I realized he had just proposed to me. In typical Chris fashion, he then proceeded to stand up on the nearest ledge and announce to everyone around us that we had just gotten engaged!

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding reception - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

chalkboard signs - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic table setting - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding reception - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

striped wedding straws - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding reception - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding reception - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

Australian wedding for two world travelers - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

rustic wedding reception - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

first dance - photo by Bluespark Photography https://ruffledblog.com/australian-wedding-for-two-world-travelers

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From the photographer, Diana of Bluespark Photography: It was early in the morning and I found myself creating flower arrangements in a barn on a farm half way around the world from home, and it hit me: I was always meant to be there. I believe everything happens for a reason, but sitting there and taking it all in was quite a powerful feeling. I was meant to see one of my friends get married to a man who loves and supports her, but not before I experienced firsthand how much love she had found in her new home, Australia, with a family whose values and immense care for one another show the wonderful people they are. This wedding was one hundred percent handmade. Friends and family came together before the celebration and with an open heart poured themselves into every little detail. There was always someone helping with landscaping, making seating arrangements, setting up decorations, cooking, putting up lights… The list goes on and on. These preparations took weeks to complete, but we made it happen. We made it happen because Tara and Chris deserve to begin their life together knowing that there’s a good amount of people who support their union and admire their love.The celebration of course was not your typical event: many of the guests traveled from far to witness Tara and Chris’ union and celebrate with them, one of the groomsmen caught the bridal bouquet and even though Smores are not a thing in Australia, Aussies delighted in the American treat.

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Bluespark Photography

Venue

Peppermint Ridge Farm

Wedding Dress

BHLDN

Hair + Makeup

Mobile Makeovers

Bridesmaid Dresses

J. Crew, H&M

Groomsmen Suits

Ferrari Formalwear and Bridal

Catering

Country Style Meats Garfield, Tim Horswill

Wedding Cake

Julie Weatherhead, Tom Horswill

Wedding Band

The White Tree

Dancefloor + Chair Rentals

Celebrate Party Hire

Celebrant

Rita Cohan Civil Celebrant

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