NEW JERSEY — Nick and Zoe Aust’s honeymoon was something akin to a fairy tale. They saved their money, and, for nearly their first year of marriage, traveled the world.
The Aust’s 10-month-long, 33-country excursion went viral as they posted photos on Instagram and their Marry Me In Travel blog of themselves wearing their wedding attire in exotic places like Thailand, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand. The couple are alumni of Hawthorne Christian Academy.
Nick Aust said it was a dream come true. Now, they are working to pay it forward. The Austs have partnered with wedding dress company Waters to give away one free dress in a contest. Zoe Aust’s wedding dress was made by Waters.
“We thought it would be a cool thing to do and help someone out,” Nick Aust said.
The winner may choose any dress on Waters’ website. The contest coincides with the release of a video the Austs created about their honeymoon.
To enter the contest, Nick Aust said users need to like the video on the Marry Me In Travel on Instagram, follow the account and Waters’ Instagram account, and comment, tagging three friends in the comment. The contest ends Wednesday.
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The Austs got a lot of publicity for their unique honeymoon, even appearing on the Today show. Now, they are settling into married life in North Jersey.
“Everything has been great. It’s a huge transition, getting an apartment, and we just got a puppy,” said Nick Aust, who now works in merges and acquisitions with his father and brothers at The Aust Group. Zoe Aust has been working to further the couple’s Marry Me In Travel blog.
The Austs said their honeymoon was a humbling experience.
“If you ever need a humble check, see how the people in Nepal live, or in Fiji, or in India or Sri Lanka, see what they possess and you’ll realize you don’t need much to have a happy life,” Zoe Aust previously said. “When we came home we both freaked out a bit. We have so much stuff. It really puts things in perspective.”
The trip also gave the Austs a chance to see some of the most breathtaking parts of God’s creation.
“We always were on the brink of tears and at our happiest when we’d see some of the landscapes and beautiful places God created. It was really so amazing and we feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to do what we did,” Nick Aust previously said. “We know it’s not feasible for everyone to do exactly what we did, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t get out and travel and want to see more of God’s creation.”
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By Daniel Hubbard, staff writer