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Love stories by Briolette: Nathaniel and Matt

Laura Peppas


In the third edition of this series brought to you by Briolette, we meet Nathaniel and Matt, who had a “love at first sight” moment which led to their civil union earlier this year. We asked Nathaniel to take us through their story…

The meeting

Matt and I met online when we were in our early twenties. Both of us had never been successful in finding anyone by conventional means.


We met in a chatroom and had so many mutual interests that we just exchanged numbers and started communicating daily. It was many months before we actually met, but when we did, it was love at first sight! We had our first date on March 23rd 2012, and eight days later we were a couple.

The proposal

We got engaged in April 2014. It was bound to happen eventually, but Matt wanted to choose the right moment (as they all do); and so finally the opportunity presented itself when we travelled to Adelaide for a family friend’s fiftieth birthday. Unbeknownst to me, he had planned something extra special!


Our two year anniversary was on the Friday, and so we decided to go out somewhere special for dinner. We went to Glenelg Wharf, and had an amazing dinner (with lots of wine!) After dinner, we went for a long walk on the beach together and I rolled in the sand – it seemed like a good idea at the time! When I got up to brush myself off, I turned around and Matt was down on his knee. I asked “what are you doing?” He answered with a beautiful story about how we were perfect together and meant to be, then he asked me to marry him – obviously I said yes!

The civil union

We had our British marriage celebrated on March 31 2014, and then our civil union on April 2 2016 in Canberra where we could celebrate with family and friends. Our first formal outing together was at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), for the Jackson Pollock memorial exhibition. So armed with those fond memories, we went to the gallery and fell in love (all over again) with the spaces, and ended up choosing it for our ceremony and reception. We chose to hold the ceremony space in the Sculpture Gardens, called “The Beach”; it is mystical, intriguing and the home of Fujiko Nakaya’s famous fog sculpture.


Our reception venue, also within the NGA, was the decadent and grand Gandel Hall, adorned with enormous Grecian Urns and floor the ceiling gold doors; the space spoke to us and we could see, the happiest day of our lives realised as we imagined. The preparation process was incredible! The reason, pure and simple, I got to plan the wedding of my dreams.


The day was magical and so much more. The feeling you have when surrounded by your closest friends and family, on the happiest day of your lives, is beyond elation – it is simply breathtaking. The atmosphere was incredible and to this day, we still have people telling us how amazing it was!


Share your love story with us for the chance to win a ‘romance package,’ including one night’s accommodation and a ‘love notes’ package at Hotel Realm (includes overnight accommodation in a One Bedroom Suite, chocolate platter on arrival, bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Mini Moet, rose petal turndown service, full buffet breakfast and more), dinner at OTIS Dining Hall, an ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ day spa experience for two at Canberra Day Spa worth $440 and a Briolette gift voucher worth $1000. To enter, simply send a brief paragraph about your love story – how you met your partner – to [email protected]!


Photos by: Samantha Taylor and Lynne Bonnano of Studio Vita


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author