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Love stories by Briolette: Julia and Michael

Laura Peppas

Warm, funny love stories aren’t just reserved for the movies – some of the most romantic stories have taken place right here in our own city.

In this new series brought to you by Briolette, we asked local couples to share their unique stories and look back on how their relationships began, starting with recently married Julia and Michael Price…

The meeting

Michael and I met through mutual friends and had an instant connection, when we were 18 and 20. My family had just moved overseas after I’d finished high school, and I had just commenced university.


Feeling homesick for my mother’s wonderful Vietnamese cooking, I asked friends to join me at a local Vietnamese restaurant, and one of them brought her new friend, Michael.


I was struck at first sight, and we were pretty much inseparable, in heart if not physically, ever since. We spent 10 years courting, finishing our relative studies, and travelling, studying and working overseas, before moving in together and starting our lives together in Canberra nearby to family and adopting our fur-babies, Snowy the Japanese Spitz and Tintin the rescue kitten.

The proposal

Michael proposed on April 1st 2015, which was a significant date; he proposed with his grandmother’s beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring, which she had worn for the duration of her long marriage to Michael’s grandfather. April 1st was the date that Michael’s grandfather had proposed to his grandmother, and so Michael wanted to follow this tradition especially using that ring.


He did add his own flair, however, having started the day with various April fool’s jokes designed to trick (and simultaneously terrify) me. After a full morning of tricks and jokes (some involving fake spiders), he went to the kitchen in the home we share and went to the cupboard to make me breakfast to “make up” for upsetting me all morning, and when he turned around from the cupboard, he got down on one knee with the ring box and proposed to me. After I said yes (having checked it wasn’t a joke first), he then recreated our first date for the rest of the day, including a meal at the restaurant where we first met.

The wedding

Michael and I were wed on our 10 year anniversary, and nothing felt more natural to us. I was practically running down the aisle.


Also, my eldest brother and his wife came back to Australia for the first time in 20 years to celebrate our wedding with us (he lives in the US), which was a very special occasion to have all of my immediate family in the same room at the same time!


Michael lost his beautiful mother just six months before our wedding date, which was devastating to us and our families. We ensured she was still a part of our day, by incorporating a donation scheme for the Leukamia Foundation through our photobooth on the day.


Share your love story and win

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 Keepsake Photo by the Keeffes 

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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