A sentimental date

By Bride and Groom 06 April 2017

It was a particularly warm day in March when Samantha and Leigh Cuthbert exchanged their vows. Samantha and Leigh, who met through mutual friends, celebrated their special day at Hurlstone Homestead in Shepparton. 

Special date

The day Samantha and Leigh tied the knot also happened to be the 61st wedding anniversary of Samantha’s grandparents. Samantha said she wanted them to be part of the day, so she arranged for her cousin to read a poem dedicated to her grandparents. “I have a lot of respect for my grandparents,” Samantha said. “I look up to them, seeing how two people can be together for so long, go through so much together and still love each other — it amazes me. I want Leigh and me to have a long and happy life together.” 

Words of wisdom

Samantha has some wise advice for couples about to get married. She said all they needed to do was remember they were about to marry the person they loved, with all their loved ones watching on. “Enjoy every moment of your big day, it goes so quickly. Don’t stress about the small things, everything will fall into place and no-one will know any different.”

Early proposal 

Leigh had planned to pop the question to Samantha while they were on a holiday together; however things didn’t quite go according to plan. “On my birthday Leigh bought me a holiday to Fiji. He was going to propose when we were over there but he couldn’t handle waiting any longer and proposed before we went away,” Samantha said. The couple then went on to enjoy their holiday in a private cabin right on the beach. 

Recorded whispers 

The pair has an accidental recording of one of the most intimate conversations of the day, due to the videographer connecting a microphone to Leigh’s suit during the ceremony. “Through the whole ceremony Leigh and I couldn’t stop smiling, we talked through the service making little jokes to calm one another down, forgetting the videographer had a microphone attached to Leigh’s suit, making us laugh even more after we realised what fools we both were,” Samantha said. “It’s quite funny to see exactly how we were on our wedding day.”

Bride's parents: Evelyn and Bruce Smith 

Groom's parents: Meredith and Peter Cuthbert

Service: Hurlstone Homestead, Shepparton 

Reception: The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank, Kialla 

Photographer: Lisa Nardella Photography, Shepparton 

Bride's dress: Michele’s Bridal and Formal Wear, Shepparton 

Bridesmaids' dresses: Michele’s Bridal and Formal Wear, Shepparton 

Suits: Talisman Menswear, Mooroopna 

Flowers: Flowers by Monique, Nathalia 

Cake: The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank, Kialla 

Hair: VAB Hairdressing, Shepparton 

Make-up: Esaje Makeup and Beauty, Shepparton

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