Born in Hornsby, Sydney he moved up to Brisbane and with his family made it his home until he was 20, when he spread his wings and moved back down to Newcastle. Andrew lived there and raised three children, Hayden (20), Metiesha (10), Tyren (9) and after his father passed away in 2014, moved back again to live close by his family here in Brisbane. Most noted for his hard work and love of family, a funny sense of humour (he actually wrote all this) and his dashing good looks (see previous context in brackets). Andrew is keen to take on the role as a Husband to Joanne, a Step-Father to her two daughters and thanks all his family and friends for the love and support they show.
Born in Auckland (NZ), Jo moved over to Australia at the tender age of 17. She had a love of photography and modelling, and also worked with a pyrotechnics company in Canberra doing large firework displays. Jo settled in Brisbane in 2000 and raised her two girls Tayla (16) and Shannon (12) whilst continuing with her modelling and fashion management career. Most noted for her work ethic and stringent saving regimen, Jo has done an amazing job as a single mum and kept a very good balance between raising her children and providing them with a home. Jo’s mum Lorraine came over from New Zealand two years ago and the four girls now live a happy and loving life together.
Jo and Andrew had both shared a great deal of common beliefs and attitudes and commenced talking to each other online. Not in any rush they spoke openly and honestly about their goals and life desires. Each conversation was drawing them to a simply conclusion: they should go out on a date together. Andrew had described what would be his ideal perfect date and Jo agreed gleefully.
Andrew arrived at Jo’s at 1pm and pulled into her driveway in his gleaming black BMW sports convertible. Though both of Jo’s girls were at their dad’s for the weekend, Lorraine was taking a sneaky peek out of Jo’s upstairs bedroom window, to catch a look at this mysterious man coming to take her daughter out on a date. With glorious weather the roof was down and the music, Tracy Chapman, was melodically mesmerising them as they took off down the coast for an afternoon stroll along the beach at Burleigh Heads. There was some holding hands and even a first kiss. Dinner was a casual pub meal followed by another walk on the beach at Coolangatta. The night just faded away in conversation and laughter and it was about 2am before the first date ended with Andrew returning Jo back home.
Every home needs a dog, and after seeing a video of a little puppy sitting and shaking hands, Jo, Andrew and the girls went and picked up “Ringo” from the death row rescue group, and took home a cute and adorable Australian Bull Arab. Now after destroying two lounge suits, several shoes and countless number of thongs (jandals), endless amounts of balls, some socks, plastic buckets, pot plants, shrubs and anything not tied down, the family are left wondering what happened to that adorable puppy. Ringo certainly has a knack for destruction. But he is still a very loving and loyal addition to the family and everyone who meets him sees one thing, his devotion to Lorraine.
School holidays. Jo and her girls were heading down for a vacation with Andrew to meet his kids for the first time. They stopped overnight half way, Coffs Harbour and went beach walking and had a late night swim, even though it was freezing. Next day was a quick visit to The Big Banana for a toboggan ride and The Clog Barn to see the miniature village then off down the highway to Newcastle. They all stayed in the caravan park in a cabin, went on the ferry and walked around town. Took in a tour of the big Fort Scratchley and as it was Metiesha’s birthday, went shopping all day and laughed all night. Andrew’s kids stayed overnight that night and again, night beach walks with torches. The trip home always seems longer as exhaustion kicks in. Plenty of funny moments, a few plants still growing well, and a lifetime memory of our first family union holiday.
Nothing superstitious about numbers here, just an easy number to remember. Andrew had purchased an engagement ring, without Jo knowing and had taken her out for dinner at The Summit restaurant on Mt Cootha. Another glorious ride in the convertible up the mountain and an amazing view couldn’t compare to Jo’s elation when Andrew got down on bended knee. Jo said yes so continue reading for the details of their wedding.
Our celebration will take place at the beautiful CEDAR CREEK LODGES located at the corner of Cedar Creek Falls Rd, Thunderbird Park, Tamborine Mountain
Our celebration will take place on 25th February 2017 at 3.30pmin the Rainforest Amphitheatre with the reception to follow from 5pm in the adjoining Island Glade venue.
Jo and Andrew have requested that no gifts are given, but a "wish them well" is available for offers of gratitude.