A Queensland Engagement Shoot
How did you meet?
We met at work in early 2019. At the time, Kimberley was coordinating the opening of a new café at a local sporting facility and Charisle was new staff member. We hit it off as friends and work was busy, so we were spending a lot time of together. Kimberley says she knew the moment she laid eyes on Charisle, she felt a sense of warmth and comfort with Charisle. She knew she was going to be in her life one way or another, deep down, there was something undeniable about her attraction to Charisle and it was meant to be.
It was during a late-night phone call in the early stages that Kimberley knew she was in love with Charisle. One day at work, Charisle was helping Kimberley with a task and they were walking side by side when she blurted out something along the lines of “I love you” and Charisle looked at her and said “What?” They both laughed. Moments later Kimberley fell down some stairs and Charisle literally caught her. She has never let her fall since.
Charisle says she knew soon after meeting Kimberley that she was in trouble – lol! She knew she was going to fall hard and she tried to fight it a number of times. She felt comfortable talking to Kimberley like she had never felt with anyone else before. One day, at the local Botanic Gardens, we were just talking and Charisle says she knew then, that she was in love with Kimberley. It wasn’t anything big or grand or elaborate, it was just a feeling that was there. A burning urge, a heart pounding out of your chest kind of love.
Tell us about the proposal!
This always makes Kimberley & Charisle laugh. Kimberley is the planner and organizer so Charisle was trying to out plan her. She was thinking up all these big elaborate ideas to try and impress, and go all out. The actual proposal turned out nothing like that! Charisle came home from work one night and Kimberley had set up a cute little picnic in the lounge room with cushions and candles, cheese platter and wine. It was so beautiful. We were just listening to music when Charisle went to the bathroom. She came back, and there was this song playing on our playlist and it’s called Marry Me. Charisle turns to Kimberley and says “will you…” just as the song says Marry Me. It took Kimberley a moment to get it!! We both laugh at it now given that Kimberley was in the worst pj’s she owns and it wasn’t big or elaborate at all. Charisle says it just felt right there and then, and went and grabbed the ring she had already bought and just did it!
Are you planning your wedding right away or taking time to enjoy engaged life?
We have been engaged for almost a year and we have only just started making plans – thanks to Covid19 we had a bit more time on our hands this year! We used our time in isolation to book and plan things. Every decision has just been so easy as we both agree on almost everything. We are getting married in September 2021. Our favourite place is the beach so we are planning a small intimate ceremony and reception on the beach with our closest family and friends. It will be laid back, romantic and intimate.
What is the best thing you have learned from your partner?
Kimberley: The best thing I have learnt from Charisle… is actually a lot! I have learnt to slow down, relax, have fun, leave the house work, all those little things that make me a better person today. Charisle has also taught me that love is not perfect and it is okay to have good days and bad days. She has shown me a beautiful, real and powerful kind of love that I never knew existed. Charisle makes me feel like the most beautiful person and I know her eyes will find mine no matter where we are.
Charisle: Kimberley has taught me that it is okay to rely on someone and to need someone. She taught me that I don’t always have to be strong and can let my walls down. She taught me to be vulnerable and know that someone will still be there for you, even on the bad days. She has also bought me out of my shell and made me see the real world a bit more. I do more, talk more and see more with her in my life. She is full of adventure so we compliment each other perfectly. Like salt and pepper. She has given me a confidence in myself I have never had before.
What is your favorite part of your relationship?
Kimberley: Not sure my answer is appropriate here...Okay for real, my favourite part of our relationship is the companionship. I love our little date nights, shopping together, playing board games or doing puzzles, drinking wine and cheese platters… eating chocolate or ice cream in bed! It’s nothing big, I love all the little things of having Charisle in my life.
Charisle: says ditto. She loves having Kimberley to share everything with. Our life is very simple. Although we have 4 boys and our house is often crazy, we love the quiet moments together.
Charisle is dressed in the cream jumper and Kimberley is in the dress