The 11th of May 2019 remains a day which GemLife Bribie Island residents Patricia Varga and Tony Jericevich will never forget – the day of their wedding and one day after the start of their whole new life at the resort.
Patricia and Tony met 21 years ago while living in South Africa.
“I was working in property management and Tony became a client of mine and we hit it off straight away as friends,” said Patricia.
“I was managing his property while he went to work overseas and, when he came back to South Africa, I went overseas, so many years passed where we were never in the same place.”
It was nearly 15 years later when Patricia and Tony found themselves in the same country again and the pair decided to go into business together.
“Working in property management you come across many different types of people and sometimes encounter difficult situations. I believe you can learn a lot about someone and their values by how they handle difficult situations and how they treat people,” said Patricia.
“I know that Tony is honest and compassionate and has a very good heart.”
After retirement Tony and Patricia originally intended to go their separate ways.
“I was planning to move to New Zealand and Tony was going to move to Australia to GemLife Bribie island,” said Patricia.
“When the day came for Tony to move and for us to part he said, ‘Why don’t we get married. I don’t think we can do this without each other?’ I thought, why should I be on my own and why should he be on his own? So we decided to get married!”
While moving into their new home at GemLife Bribie Island, they bumped into their new neighbours the night before their wedding.
“They saw us carrying boxes into our new house and invited us for drinks. I mentioned that I had to leave early to pick out an outfit and they asked what the occasion was and I told them we were getting married!”
After a small ceremony with a marriage attendant and Tony’s son and children, the newlyweds returned home to a surprise. “Our neighbours surprised us by decorating our garage with lots of balloons and a ‘just married’ banner on our garage door,” said Patricia.
“It was wonderful and just too pretty. They were so lovely, we couldn’t believe it.”
Patricia said the transition to married life has been a seamless one.
“We’re looking forward to another year of marriage and our anniversary in two months. We’ll certainly pop a bottle of bubbles to celebrate.”