I was a little nervous to be attending the cool bush themed, rustic engagement party of Tim Dormer and Ash Toweel however, my nerves soon turned to excitement when the lovely pair told me how excited they were to have me join the celebration.
Tim and Ash met at a mutual friend’s party in Newtown and had been dating for 3 years when they got engaged on a beach whilst on holiday in America. Their favourite thing to do together is sharing adventures road tripping and camping at the beach, they’re both excited to get married in Byron Bay amongst friends and family and spend the rest of their lives together.
I met Tim on a night out a few months ago called Heaps Gay when my friends ran up to him wanting a photo with ‘Tim Dormer from Big Brother’, truth be told I don’t watch much TV, however, we had a chat and I met his lovely partner Ash. Wishing them congratulations I didn’t think much more of it until I bumped into Tim again at the announcement of the marriage equality vote here in Sydney, thankfully the vote was ‘YES’ and soon after he contacted me to shoot his rustic engagement party down at Minto Bush Camp. With a conservative family that voted ‘No’ Tim wanted to wait to celebrate their engagement hoping that his family would join, and they did.
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The couple spent days making decorations for their bush dance themed celebration wearing country styled clothing and a koala shirt to match. A rustic table decorated with ‘We’re Engaged’ was filled with lots and lots of yummy ‘Tucker’ of meats, cheese and breads alongside a bathtub full of beers and soft drink. The couple posed alongside friends and family with a backdrop referencing one of their favourite songs ‘San Franciso’ by Scott McKenszie. Their road trip mode of transport the ‘Love Bus’ was parked up displaying photos of their time together. Friends and family from all around joined the couple in Minto including Tim’s friends from Big Brother Jade Albany and Bree Amer Wilkes. With fairy lights in the trees the weather held out for a nights dancing under the stars to traditional bush band The Inland Navigators. Stepping out of the party briefly the beaming couple took a moment to capture their love and happiness before returning to the bush dance floor. Close friends and family made speeches telling stories of the couple’s love and dance floor moves. Their rustic engagement was featured in Who Magazine and the Daily Mail just days after same sex couples were granted marriage equality in Australia. Tim Dormer said of the article, “the exposure and awareness that same sex couples can celebrate love with their families and friends just like every straight couple is just magnificent, I’m so proud of us for achieving this together!!” I couldn’t agree more Tim, and FYI, the cake was frigging amazing!! Cake for all, and all for cake!
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