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Real Wedding | Rosie & Harry

Tell us a little about yourselves!

I met my husband Harry in a very typical Sydney Inner-Western love story. After a night out in Darlinghurst, I ended up at a friend's house in Newtown and there he was in the backyard. Sitting at the culturally iconic Bunnings glass-top session table, I tactically sat myself right next to him. Once we got hold of the aux cable and realised that both of us knew all the words to the song Guillotine by the seminal indie rock band, British India, we knew we were going to be friends for a long time.

Harry is a graphic designer and I work in fine art printing. Both of us are deeply visual city slickers who love 90s shoe gaze, restaurants with nice lighting and camping on the weekends in a densely packed Suzuki Jimny.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

We got married at Bawley Vale Estate on the South Coast. Harry proposed to me on the beach in Mollymook so not only is it sentimental to us but we wanted to have a wedding outside of Sydney and make it a weekend of celebration.

How many guests did you have?

About 100. House of Lucie captured our day.

What was your budget?

$60k with the generous help of our families.

Tell us about your outfits.

Finding a wedding dress for me wasn't easy, it took about 6 months of deep diving to find something that I felt like the real me. It's a huge decision for any woman to make, especially when they feel like there is a lack of representation for the girls who don't fit the mould of the slim, tall, willowy and elegant blonde bride. If that's you, kudos mama for winning the genetic lottery.

My problem was I never pictured myself in a white dress so, luckily for me, we found this gorgeous silver-green silk dress by accident on the rack at Acne Studios and everything fell into place after that. Harry’s suit was custom-made by the amazing ateliers at Mawson Ossa to complement the light green dress he wore with the darkest shade of green suit.

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

Us being arty, creative types, we did our own planning and wanted to make it an ethereal Australian-gothic, high-fantasy without it looking like a Lord of the Rings convention, even if at one point riding in on horses was discussed. 

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

I wanted to celebrate my Chinese heritage from my mother. We had yum cha catering and my mum also made jars of her homemade chilli oil for the tables as keepsakes, which got a standing ovation from the guests. Also instead of a veil I had my hair in an up do by Hair by Rah with Chinese wedding hair pins cascading down to complete my look.

Like the sensory hedonists we are, it was important to us to have music we loved throughout the day and night. Curating the wedding procession music was a highlight for us just to see the look on the face of our wedding coordinators when we requested “Everything’s Fucked” by Dirty Three. Harry and his groomsmen have all played in bands together through their formative years. And having all of our friends in Eagle Ray play as our wedding band made it feel like a movie. You had to be there, you would have loved it.

Any tips for couples getting married?

Getting ready for the day for me was like preparing for the Olympics, we got a personal trainer to get us into shape which was single-handedly the best (and only) decision I've ever made for my health, I ate sardines every day for a year to prepare for the day and you know what? You could walk down the aisle in any shape and people will still get watery eyes for you.

You will be going through so much adrenaline on the day. If you encounter any bump in the road, just ride with it, it will make for a good story later on. Not a single guest would even think twice to judge you if you have a spot on your dress (I'm a retoucher, these things can be fixed in post).

Don't let the nerves get to you, at the end of the day your guests are your friends and family.

Keep your shoulders relaxed, head high, find your light, find your lense and please! Try and eat as much food as you can.

Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?

I’d like to Saskia Havekes from Grandiflora for the visual highlight of our wedding, including sourcing not one but three Gymea lilies for my bouquet despite them not even being in season. When I said I wanted a bouquet that could maim a guest (see above, Australian-Gothic) she understood my request. It is so special to find that connection with someone who truly “gets” it. I am forever grateful for the work she and the team at Grandiflora put in for us.

Harry would like to thank Grant and Nate from Mawson Ossa, for getting them as sharp and suave-looking and having the best time doing it. I heard a rumour that during the wedding planning, they had an email chain that was in the triple digits which is a testament to the detail they went into. The whole operation was flawless.Thanks for sharing our story, hope you and your partner have the best wedding ever whatever you decide to do. 

Photographer: House of Lucie @Houseoflucie | Ceremony & Reception Location: Bawley Vale Estate @BawleyValeEstate | Celebrant: Gary Mooney @garymooneycelebrant and our a friend of the couple @hardly_thrills | Entertainment: Eagle Ray @e_a_g_l_e_._r_a_y_ | Co-ordinators & Hire: The Wedding Creators @wedeventcreators | Flora: Grandiflora @Grandiflora | MUA: Brigette Alana MUA @brigette.alanamua | Hair: Hair by Rah @hairbyrah | Catering + Beverages: Yum Cha At Home @Yumchaathome | Harry’s Suit: Mawson Ossa @mawsonossa | Rosie’s Dress: Acne Studios @acnestudios | Wedding Rings: Aristides Fine Jewels @aristidesfinejewels_ | Shoes: Jimmy Choo @jimmychoo | Rosie’s Bangle: Jacquemus @jacquemus


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