Every day you’re in love
is a day to be treasured
I’m so happy to be writing today to introduce myself and our brand new concept, Love Tales.
My name is Kristie Hayden and I’m the founder of Love Tales, Australia’s first group of dedicated wedding-story writers. We write books about your journey to and down the aisle. And my word, we have fun while we’re at it!
To give you some background, my own journey to creating the business is dotted with a few personal moments. First and foremost, as a freelance writer specialising in lifestyle and travel features, content writing and advertising, I was hungry, no, craving, for an outlet to write juicier creative non-fiction. And there’s a good reason for that. I’m hardwired for it.
Way back in high school, my English teacher told me I had a disappointing tendency to become “embroiled in fantasy”, a trait I’ve always been proud of. As humans, we’re blessed with the ability to daydream, a skill no other being on earth has. We can do fantasy. We can play-act ideas in our minds. Fantasy rocks.
What has this got to do with your love story? Good writers have great fantasy lives. In short, your dedicated Love Tales’ writer will listen to your story and imagine what it was like for you two lovebirds when you were falling for each other. He or she will then transcribe those feelings into your story. More about that later.
Along the way to starting Love Tales, one of my freelance commitments was a wedding magazine, Living Bliss (Provincial Media, Victoria). During our third edition, I realised something is missing from many contemporary weddings. The story.
Brides-and-grooms-to-be and all the suppliers that jostle to make their weddings happen, are getting lost in their respective hazes; striving for perfection, sticking to budget, scrolling through Pinterest for something ‘different’. All necessary actions, mind. But who’s telling the love story and how are they preserving it for future generations?
In the very first interview we did for Love Tales, our loved-up fiancés sat at their kitchen table and divulged the story of their first date. There were details one had forgotten, and details the other was learning about for the first time. Their faces beamed with joy as they remembered the early days of their relationship and softened with tenderness when they spoke of the future. “We love this concept,” they gushed. “In the madness of organising the wedding, it’s great to stop and remember why we fell in love in the first place.”
Another major catalyst to taking the Love Tales leap came in the shape of my three inquisitive kids. My young family loves listening to tales about what the gent and I got up to in the early days, before our eyes sparkled with the prospect of children. And now, they’re part of our story.
In fact, in a public park on the Sunshine Coast, just outside our favourite restaurant, “our rock” sits at the river’s edge. It marks the place where we tied the knot in 2001. It is also the place our children now sit and dream of what it might have been like to marry there by the river on a perfect spring day.
So why not write the book? Why not put it all down, the whole kit and caboodle? Tell the story so it’s never forgotten and inspire dreams in future generations. That’s why I want to tell love tales. For the heirlooms they provide and the reminders that, no matter how tough things get, you can always go back and remind yourselves of your love journey, re-live those feelings and honour the commitment you made on your wedding day.
Now, the actual stories themselves, your love stories and how we go about writing them, is a big process for us at Love Tales. Yet for you, it’s easy. You simply tell us your story in a one-hour face-to-face interview and we do the rest. One writer then attends your wedding to view (not interact) and write the story of the day as an observer.
Click here for some example pages from previous stories or scroll down for excerpts.
For more information, please get in touch and start your journey towards a love tale you will treasure forever.
Until then, happy loving.
Founder, Love Tales Australia.
Love Tales’ story excerpts
When the last guest is inside, the roller-door screeches closed, protesting on its weathered tracks and reminding all present of the historic building in which they stand.
The glow from dangling pendants casts a new romance over the room as the atmosphere brims with the anticipation of a gorgeous young bride.
The soothing voice of the wedding singer is offering a beautiful rendition of Van Morrison’s Crazy Love. He sings of eternal joy, of a loving smile opening heavens and hearts, of brightening days, of mellowing souls. Here comes the bride.
A modern beauty in that transfixing white gown, ever-smiling Melina clutches a bunch of long-stemmed burgundy roses in one hand, her father’s arm in the other. Jack’s eyes sparkle with pride as he greets onlookers and leads his treasured daughter to her groom.
The setting radiates romance and after a ride on the carousel and a long romantic walk through town and along the water’s edge, it was clear to both Trent and Krista that something very special was happening between them. They were moonstruck.
“We had our first kiss on the Ferris wheel,” says Krista. On a high and in a spin, even as she tells it now.