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Real Wedding | Sarah + Hugh

Tell us a little about yourselves!

We met on Tinder over 7 years ago bonding over a love of vintage, gardening and Thai food. Hugh is a nurse and I’m a graphic designer. We are both creative people, so we spend a lot of our spare time making and collecting things.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

Getting married in our home was really important to us. We’ve only lived here for a year but it’s a space that we are building together and we really wanted to share it with our friends and family. We are keen gardeners and over the last year we started the garden togther so it has a lot of meaning to us. Even though because of the weather we had to get married inside!

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Tell us about your outfits.

Most of my wardrobe is vintage and I knew from the get go I wanted to wear something vintage. It was really important for me to feel like myself and I feel my best in vintage clothing. I didn’t have a specific idea of a dress in mind but as I began hunting online I knew I wanted a satin dress from the 1930s and came across one from Vivian Elise Vintage. It took me a while to find one in my size and it had a few little flaws however, I think that just adds to the charm and no one noticed anyhow! It’s exciting to give an item of clothing that old a second life.

My antique head piece was something I’ve had since I was a teenager from my vintage hat collecting days. It was fun to finally give one of my hats a whirl!

Hugh had a pretty strong idea from the onset of what he wanted to wear. He wanted to channel his fathers wedding suit from the 1980s and it had to be Harris Tweed. A quick search online of stores that stocked suits made from Harris Tweed and he had a suit from My Tuxedo!

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

It was really important that the whole day was pretty low key and laid back. We didn’t want too much ceremony and tradition. We didn’t have rings to exchange on the day as they weren’t super important to us so instead we exchanged Lego mini figurines of each other (Hugh is a bit of a lego nut!).

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

We really wanted to incorporate the garden into the whole day but the weather had other ideas. We had a tree to plant as part of the ceremony however, we ended up doing that with family the following day, due to the weather.

Any tips for couples getting married?

I haven’t been to many weddings so I didn’t really know what parts are usually involved in the ceremony and day. It’s surprising how little you actually need to legally be married! It wasn’t until talking to our amazing celebrant that we found out you didn’t even need rings to be legally married. So, do whatever you want and not what you’ve seen other people do. I think that’s most important!

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

Our photographer Damien Milan was amazing he made two people who don’t like being in front of the camera feel incredibly comfortable and relaxed! He went with the flow with weather and the pictures look better than we could have imagined. Our amazing marriage celebrant and sister in law Maddie Bell was also great, making sure the ceremony was personal and low key, just like we wanted.

Photographer : Damien Milan @damienmilan_photographer | Ceremony + Reception Location : Bride and Grooms Home in Lawson, Blue Mountains | Celebrant : Maddie Bell @maddiebellcelebrant | Styling : by the Bride | Hire : Blue Mountains Special Event Hire @bluemountainsspecialevent_hire | Flora : by the Bride | Hair : Salon Kiin | Catering + Beverages : Maprang Thai | Cake : Flour + Stone @flourandstone | Stationery : by the Bride | Sarah's Dress : Vivian Elise Vintage @VivianEVintage | Hugh's Suit : My Tuxedo | Engagement Ring : Irene Byrne + Co Antique Jewellery @irenebyrneandco | Shoes : Tony Bianco @tonybianco + Clarks @clarksaustralia | Head Piece : Antique


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