High school sweethearts prove that love can go the distance

Hervey Bay couple Brent Fitzgerald and Sarah Livingstone first met as teenagers and were high school sweethearts in 2007. When they finished school, Sarah moved to Brisbane to study and become a veterinarian while Brent stayed in Hervey Bay to finish his apprenticeship and become a trade qualified plumber. Their long-distance relationship lasted for five years before Sarah returned to Hervey Bay and the couple have never been happier.

Brent proposed to Sarah during a holiday to Cape York, on the northern most tip of the Australian mainland. "When we reached that iconic spot Brent asked a friend of ours to take a photo of us and while I was looking at the camera, he got down on one knee and popped the question," Sarah said.

The pair tied the knot at Kingfisher Bay Resort, overlooking the Great Sandy Strait on Fraser Island in March. Sarah's gown was exquisitely embroidered and showered in delicate lace appliques, with a plunging illusion neckline, lace cap-sleeves and dramatic plunging back finished with crystal button over-zipper closure.

The couple celebrated their wedding with 75 of their closest friends and family with a relaxed pool side reception on the resort's dingo deck. "We really wanted our wedding to be a relaxed celebration that was a reflection of us," Sarah said. "Everything was though out and we didn't want to do anything just for the sake of tradition. The result was a day that was relaxed and joyous."

The newlyweds swapped the sub-tropical warmth of Fraser Island for the rugged wilderness of Tasmania for their honeymoon.