Love returned is such a beautiful thing. This is our story page. Here you can SEE our amazing clients, READ their heart-warming stories and testimonials, FEEL their moment, and HEAR what their Love Note songs sound like.
- Louise & David Goldfinch –
Louise and David were married in April 2012. They came to me together, wanting something that really highlighted the meaning of their wedding day. They loved the idea of having their words, and their feelings in the lead up to the wedding, immortalised in a song they would keep forever.
What they said about their song
“It is hard to explain the emotion I experienced when hearing ‘our song’ for the first time. Being my wedding day, everything was euphoric, but this just took it to another level.
What was so special is that everyone stopped, listened and absorbed the beautiful melody and lyrics of a song that was a dedication to the celebration of our love – which is what a wedding is all about. It was a highlight of the day by far. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to witness a reflection on our relationship so far, and the exciting future ahead of us, to come to life as a beautiful song.
I can’t believe how wonderful the lyrics of our song were. It was as if Angela from Love Note had somehow crept into my head and heart and translated my thoughts and feelings for David into a song. Answering the simple questions that Love Note asked us equated to this emotive and expressively accurate creation! It was probably the most personal and unique gift that I have or will ever receive. Everyone commented on how special it was and I am pretty sure that I have started a fabulous, distinctive wedding trend.
You hear people commenting on songs on the radio, ‘This is our song’, which is sweet, but I feel lucky that our song will never be on the radio, as it is truly in all the essence of the meaning ‘our song’.”
“Thank you so much Love Note for adding something extraordinary to our beautiful day.”- Louise Goldfinch
The story behind the love
I really enjoyed writing this song for David and Louise. Reading their interview answers I awwwed and giggled a LOT! Handing over the exact same interviews and then receiving eight pages back from Louise and one page back from David, they are a perfect example of a couple that balance each other out. See more...
Their interviews gave me a great insight into their relationship. What I discovered was a couple who really understand each other, and a good old-fashioned love story! You see…
David had eyes (or should I say ears) for Louise from day one.They started their friendship over the phone as work colleagues. Louise was working as a student advisor for a financiale education provider, David an associate director of office leasing, was completing a course in financial management at that same institution..
“A phone call to my student advisor that probably could have taken 30 seconds went for 5 minutes. I could have chatted to Weez all day.”- David
Louise was ‘off the market’ at the time, but they enjoyed conversation with one another so the scene was set for them to become friends
“We spoke on the phone a lot! David always found an excuse to call me (often having a vaguely loose link to something work related.)”- Louise
When they first set eyes on each other they were both surprised as the gorgeous Louise recalls…
“Although I think David was trying to be cool, his eyebrows raised to the top of his head, smiled ear to ear and promptly scuttled off. I was left thinking, ‘Wow, I didn’t imagine he would be a ranga’.”- Louise
Later Louise admitted she'd always had a feeling she would marry a red head.
At this stage though, David had a long road a head of him to prove he was the “ranga” for her…
“He asked me out probably 3 times over a 2 ½ year period. Each time I had a boyfriend. His calls didn’t stop and his ego wasn’t bruised. Talk about ‘never say die’! And thank goodness this was his attitude.”- Louise
Finally David would find his ‘in’ when Louise let slip about not having a boyfriend. David seized the opportunity he'd been waiting for over two years. The calls and email’s increased. There were lunches. There were lifts home from work. And there were after-work drinks here and there. BUT Louise, in her state of complete and utter ‘let’s not get excited about this yet’ denial, still had him pegged as ‘just a friend’… though everybody else could see this was much more.
David soon figured he had a tough cookie to crack with this one, and decided he needed to use a bit of tough love to get her attention. When he asked for a commitment Louise held back concerned about being ‘just out of a relationship’. David told Louise that he couldn’t wait any longer for her than he already had and walked away. Very knowingly, the clever David had played his cards perfectly!
“And I thought that was that. However, because my mind wasn’t listening to all the signs, my body had to give me a physical reaction to this situation to tell me I was doing the wrong thing. I couldn’t shake the sick feeling in my tummy – and the next day I told David that I wanted to keep seeing him. I think it was then that I knew that this was it!”- Louise
Louise had met finally met her match! (Cue grand hallelujah’s from the heavens!)
What I loved about this story was David’s steady confidence and patience. He was the one with the eye on the ball the whole time and even from the sidelines.
Sensible, patient and clever. He set out to make her his because he just knew! Then when the timing was right he displayed the wisdom and good sense to step away and let her see it for herself. Oh so romantic and gallant...the perfect courtship!
The story behind the lyrics
Naturally, they both joked about their 'getting together story' and David’s long pursuit. Jokes aside though, Louise agreed that her Love Note song gave her the perfect opportunity to publicly and wholeheartedly thank David for his dedication, courage and insightfulness in pursuing her. She was so grateful that he had the strength to take the chance on what he saw. It was because of his determination that she found the support she needed to see the possibility of love.See more...
“David feels as though he is my yang. I feel like I have found my ‘person’. I feel that everything will be ok at the end of the day, because at the end of the day we have each other.”- Louise
David’s interview gave me insight into what he loved most about Louise; her generosity to her friends and family and her unconditional heart. She's a very warm, loving and sentimental soul. She helped him see life in a different light after after he fell for her, and she showed him what it is to cherish another person so much.
“Lou makes me want to come home at night. She makes me want to get up in the morning. And I can’t imagine not having my best friend. She has made me realise that there is nothing more important than sharing this world with the person you love.”- David
The words they both used throughout their interviews evoked a strong sense of belonging and love - the kind you find at home with your family, that wraps you up tight and cozy, warming you from your heart all the way through to your bones. I really got them. They love to laugh together. They are both open to sharing their opinions with one another with respect and confidence. They challenge each other and for it, they come to better conclusions as a team.
It was clear to me when talking through their plans for the wedding day, that above all, they hoped their guests would walk away with a great sense of their shared values for love, family, friends and celebration. They really wanted the meaning of the day to be felt by each and every person present.
To ensure their song was in keeping with these hopes, we worked on uplifting progressions. In keeping with our discussion about Louise’s hope to acknowledge David, the song was built on the simplistic idea of gratitude. Written from both Louise and David’s point of view (with a little bit of ‘ranga’ humour), here is the final result:
Read all about their incredible wedding day on my blog.
- Megan & Andrew Hall -
Megan and Andrew's song inspired the conceptualisation of Love Note. Like most businesses, our work started with a love job (in the most literal sense of the term). Megan is a life-long best friend. We first met in 1989 on our first day of 'big school' and I am very lucky to say we are as close as you can be some 24 years later. Much to everyone’s delight, Andrew proposed to Megan in 2008 and they married in 2010. They asked me to sing during the ceremony. Knowing them both so well they wanted me to also choose the song. I have such admiration for these guys, so I found it very difficult to find a song that fit how wonderful they both are. In reflecting on what I felt the song should say about these two, I came to realise that I could write them their own lyrics that’d authentically describe their love and relationship perfectly. I recruited my brother to help me write the music and we worked together to write 'their song'; a one-of-a-kind tribute to their incredible relationship. Then we surprised them with it on the day.
What they had to say about their song
“There are moments in your life you will never forget – they imprint on your mind, your heart and your soul forever. For us, one of those moments was when we heard the deeply resonating and beautiful words of our personally written song on our wedding day.”
“When we asked Ange to sing at our wedding, we assumed that she would sing a cover version of a well-known love song. However, we were blown away to hear the lyrics dedicated to us. To be honest we were thinking, ‘what is this song?!’, then the penny dropped...
All we kept thinking was how amazing it was that someone would write a song about us – and totally get us. That’s pretty special.
Ange has the unique and wildly talented ability to see beyond what is in front of her. Through her lyrics she was able to convey our feelings for one another in an amazingly touching manner. Ange captured the elements of our relationship by highlighting the layers of love and respect we have for one another.
It would have been easy for Ange to focus on the obvious elements of any relationship, however she really emphasised the deeper understanding we have for one another – these are elements of our relationship that Ange obviously really took the time to understand, without us even noticing!We now have the most amazing reminder of one of our favourite days on record. This gift certainly stood out among the others – so special. Every anniversary we take the time to listen to our song and reminisce. This gift goes beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary.”
The story behind the love
Megan and Andrew are one of those couples who just get it. They are so true to themselves and the people around them. Andrew is a cabinetmaker; he is extraordinarily loyal (a true Leo his wife would tell you). His energy is so calming and he sees straight to the truth of things, He would never loose sight of himself and he would never be the one to envy what he doesn’t have. People admire him for his strength of true character. Andrew is a very grounded man and has that lovely grounding affect on the people around him. See more...
Enter Megan, his perfect counterpart. She is a counsellor and those closest to her would describe her as their rock. Her humility is so humbling and her guidance and insights are as valuable as they come. Her balance of strength and compassion make her a wise and centered woman.
Her intensions are always true, clear and fair. Spending a lot of time with her will see you become more understanding, less judgmental and better able to express yourself. Everybody in the world needs a Megan in their life to always feel safe around. She understands how to be there for the people around her whilst nurturing the best from them, as does Andrew.
Together, Megan and Andrew take things as they come and can handle anything that’ is thrown at them with good nature and grace. They help to expand each other’s view of the world and always keep their word to each other.
The story behind the song
I knew their song needed to be simple, understated and honest. The theme of the song was centred on their inherent ability to work on a relationship without it actually looking like work - Their ability to accept compromise, and the way they always value, respect and support each other. They just seem to fit so intrinsically See more...
The main line of the song is a saying Megan always uses, which I always found to be so very true of them and life in general. When approaching issues Megan always has this ability to simplify things to the core and bring clarity. If I ever had an issue at work or in a relationship she would always say “as long as you can fairly say that you have come your 50 per cent of the way, then you need to let go and wait for them to come theirs”.
She and Andrew live their lives by this value so successfully. It is why they have such balance and harmony in all aspects of their lives. They understand what they need to do for each other and the people around them. At the same time they understand what they shouldn’t do for each other and the people around them in order to encourage healthy relationships and, fulfilment. This enables them to evoke the best from each other and the people around them.
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- Anna Gilbert -
“I approached Ange from Love Note to create a song for my TV and web commercial that I was producing for my portrait photography business.
I wanted it to be beautiful, simple, melodic and emotive, but not cheesy. I couldn't have been more happy with the results - people have had goosebumps and tears hearing this song (myself included) and it worked perfectly with the sunlit footage of a family on the beach and me capturing their precious memories. You can see how beautifully it works.”
- Carrisa and Chris Eccles -
“There was one thing we were certain about when planning our wedding... having 'Love Note' perform during our ceremony.
We already knew what a powerful musical combo Ange and Anthony were; professional yet laid back, they were so easy to work with. And they certainly did not disappoint, instant goosebumps when I arrived at the church!! Ange your voice will never cease to amaze :) We cannot thank them enough for making our day even more special. Their talents come highly recommended!!"
- Katie & Trent Hunter -
“When you plan your wedding day you want to have something special and unique that you and everyone else will remember and smile about.
This is why when choosing our wedding song we wanted Love Note to perform it.
Even though we had already chosen which song we would like ,we wanted a live version played for our first dance and Love Note delivered. Armed with only her voice and Anthony on guitar our version of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" that Love Note performed was one of the best moments of my entire wedding.Angela added her own personal touch to the song and it was perfect.
It left us and our guests wanting more. Such a memorable moment and one that we will cherish forever. I am now getting Love Note to write our own song for our anniversary."
- Dan & Dayna Howes -
" When Choosing entertainment we knew we wanted a live singer and someone who could play a wide variety of songs we love... thus bringing us to Love Note. Ange and Anthony were brilliant to work with . They went to so much effort learning a few extra songs we wanted and delivered them perfectly. They had loads of energy and really set the scene, getting everyone up and dancing early in the night... continuing until the wedding finished. Ange was in constant contact pre wedding, extremely professional and personable. We will definitely be keeping them in mind for future events we host and also spreading the word to any friends and family looking for Live Music. Thanks again guys!"
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