From moving in together, to having those first chats about money and planning their future, here's what the stars had to say.
It's been eight years since fans met you on The Bachelor Australia. Did you ever expect to be where you are now?
Anna: No [laughs]. I think the main thing for us is that we’ve taken every day as it comes. We plan for the future but we don’t look too far ahead because then I think you can get too caught up in it and you need to be living your life.
Tim: And just keeping it real. When you go through something like that it’s easy to get wrapped up in the fairytale, but pretty soon you’ve got to come back to real life. And I think we kept it real. At the end of the day it’s like any relationship, it comes down to good communication and similar values and I think that’s what gets us through. We have very similar topline values. We obviously have some that are different, which you need because otherwise it would be boring – it’d be like dating your twin or something – but we've got other values that complement each other, and the main ones are aligned. And I think over the years we’ve worked on our connection and it all comes down to good, healthy communication, trust, support and all that sort of stuff.
There have been so many highlights since leaving the show, most importantly welcoming your daughter Elle. Has becoming first-time parents been a dream come true?
Tim: It's been a lot to adapt to but it's been really, really rewarding.
Anna: It's been so rewarding and I think it's been better than we expected. Having Elle has definitely been our highlight, and she's just growing so quickly but we absolute adore her.
Tim: And it's been good to have the time to be present with her in the first year of her life.
After spending much of Elle's first year in lockdown, are you looking forward to having some family adventures now? What are you excited for next?
Tim: Yeah, we love travel. We'd love to get back to where we got married in Puglia in Italy. We'd love to take Elle there one day - but it's a bit hard at the moment.
Anna: Yeah and I think Australia or close to Australia right now, we'd love to go to Fiji. Places where the time difference isn't too extreme for Elle.
Tim: And hopefully down the track as well, we probably need to upgrade the family home, something a little bigger while we expand the family!
Working with ANZ, you've mentioned moving in together in the early days and how you navigated those awkward money talks. What are your top tips?
Anna: I think [we first spoke about money] when I had to start paying rent, and I remember moving out of home and I just actually cried. I was so worried about moving out, I’d always lived at home. This sounds really pathetic... but my mum used to cook for me and I was really comfortable and I didn’t really have to think about finances or that side of thing.
Tim: Anna used to work obviously, but most of her stuff at home was all covered. So, all her money from work was used for fun and play. But then when she moved in with me it was like, well some of that money has to actually be used for big people stuff. She’s like what’s this wifi bill? What’s an electricity bill?
Anna: It wasn’t like that… but it was slightly like that [laughs]. It was that sort of conversation where I didn’t know how to approach it, and was worried it was awkward. But how we did it was like, you’ll pay for this and I’ll pay for that. We just kind of split it up that way and then as time goes on you combine your accounts and start to trust one another more.
The reality is that budgeting can just feel boring sometimes. What are your tips for keeping the fun alive, while still making sure you're taking care of yourself financially?
Tim: One of the big things was getting credit cards, getting points and having that set up with automatic pay. In doing that, we have heaps of frequent flyer points, it's enabled us to travel around or upgrade and do those things we want to do. But it just means being diligent. You pay everything on it, but make sure you pay it off.
Anna: And I think we both had different approaches, but we still overall have a very similar idea of money and what we want to save or spend on. We found a really good financial balance.
Tim: There’d be times when we’re really trying to save money where we do simple things, like having coffee at home. If the two of us are having two coffees a day, it’s like $15 a day and it adds up over the week. Just little things like that where you’re not sacrificing that much – you can still have great coffee at home – but you’re saving. If we were going out, we tended to go for breakfast more than dinner, and that was our date. It’s nice to go out still, but breakfast is usually cheaper.
Anna: And also like… my dad is retired now and there are still times we go places and I’m like ‘Dad, can you drive us?’ [laughs].