Maggie & Jin
The sun shone brightly on a cold August day for Maggie and Jin who decided to weave modern bohemian styling through their garden parklands day. The pair, who fell in love after both moving from Kuala Lumpur to study in Sydney and sharing a flat together decided that of course, the harbour should be chosen for their day. “We decided to share a two bedroom apartment as we don’t have any friends or family in Sydney. Eventually, we got closer and I soon realised I had fallen for him” tells Maggie. “Over one summer holiday, I confessed and asked him “what are we becoming?” He told me he will make it work and he did, we did and he reminded us through his vows.”
While there was an acknowledgement of ritual for the day, Maggie and Jin threw out the stuff that didn’t matter, the bride noting “We did what felt comfortable, not adhering to all ‘tradition’. (We even rode in an Uber to the ceremony together!)” They chose photographer Kevin Lue to be their third wheel and capture every single moment.
It did take ten years before these two decided to marry, Jin surprising his bride to be at dawn one morning. “We been dating for almost 10 years before he proposed. He suggested to check out Milson’s Point and that he had a site visit to complete for work. I suggested we watch the sunrise as well since we had not done one for years (not knowing his plan to propose).
As we were sitting at the park bench, watching the sun rise, he turned towards me and popped the question. I was in shock and starting crying my head off and he was waiting anxiously for my answer. A few minutes seems like hours for him.”
Maggie wanted an easy path to finding her wedding gown and she was in luck when she found BHLDN. “I wasn’t too keen on going shopping and trying on different dresses. When I went on BHLDN, it was the first dress I saw and I loved it straight away. It fits me so well, the seamstress only did some minor alteration to it.” Jin chose a suit from MJ Bale.
It was a glorious Winter’s day as Maggie and Jin said their vows in Paperbark North at Centennial Parklands.
The Grounds Florals by Silva styled the naturally toned, boho blooms for the day. “I wasn’t particularl of which flowers” says Maggie. “I just wanted neutrals, lots of greenery, wild and free looking and a pop of burgundy.” The couple’s only request was to include white tulips in honour of Jin’s late mother.
Jin chose”One & Only” in acknowledgement of their life together, by Adele for Maggie to walk down the aisle with her mother.
Maggie and Jin chose Carla Davern to officiate their ceremony, the emotional side of the day completely brought to life. Maggie remembers “Our ceremony was very emotional and is the part we remembered the most. It was very vulnerable for both of us yet so grounding at the same time. The most memorable part of the vows for him was ‘you made me feel enough, enough to love and to be loved.’
Maggie and Jin joined their guests for a sit-down reception at The Atrium at The Grounds of Alexandria.
The couple not only had pre-wedding photos but explored the cafe’s grounds for post-ceremony moments with their photographer Kevin Lue. Maggie raves “Kevin and his partner Amir were such a delight to work with! He had manage to capture not just a physical piece of imagery but every emotion and vibe of the day. It was truly magical. We loved how laid back and how we could have a great laugh during the pre-wed shoot, it all came together so naturally. We didn’t have a videographer but we have no regrets at all as the photos had spoken a thousand words and reflected a thousand emotions.”
The gathering of guests remains the happy couple’s favourite memory of their day. “To see all the people who really matter to us and who all had shared a special bond in the same room was very overwhelming and emotional.”
A big congratulations to you both Maggie & Jin! Thank you for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Kevin Lue for sharing today’s beautiful photos with us!