Pascal & Richard
When it comes to The Suit Issue, we’re not sure we could think of a wedding that ticked every box more than this one, where every single member of the wedding party dinner wore their own black-tie suit! It’s one of these weddings where not only do you want to pull up a chair, but you also secretly wish you knew the newlyweds well enough to walk beside them. Pascal and Richard wanted a formal vibe to their day, so they worked to custom tailor their own version of a tuxedo, outfitted their favourite people in matching attire and chose a very hot (and humid!) Sydney day to do it all in spectacular style! They invited Gemma Clarke Photography along for the ride and today we’re sharing their beautiful story with you.
The pair met in SA. “We met at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel in Adelaide, 12th Jan 2007. “The only gay pub in the village” remark Pascal and Richard. Their story culminating in a day that as they dreamt of “The atmosphere was vibrant with lots of pink & white flowers filling the space, ” tell the grooms. “We included an array of candles to further enhance the room. We chose live music to get our guests up and dancing.”
They share “We wore a velvet black tuxedo jacket with black pants and a tuxedo shirt. We asked to have the sleeves cut short as it was summer and wanted to be cool once jackets were off – and finished with pink velvet bowties.”
Pascal and Richard were married on a beautiful summer’s day at The Rose Garden & Pavillion, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. They explain “We chose the Rose Garden as we wanted the Royal Botanic Garden to really shine. We chose clear Tiffany Chairs so that we didn’t take away from the Garden. ”
The grooms walked down the aisle to “Photography” by Ed Sheeran played live by The 128’s.
Tami Sussman officiated proceedings, the grooms noting “One of our closest friends Chris Turner gave a reading, the only rule we gave her was that it must not be longer than 3 minutes as she’s a world-renowned speaker and academic in the Astrology community.”
“We made sure that Richard’s parents were mentioned as they’d just celebrated their 42nd anniversary. We also wrote our own vows to each other” tell the grooms.
Pascal and Richard were thrilled with their chosen photographer. “Gemma was fantastic, we originally didn’t rate photos high on our priority list but then after visiting Gemma, we decided to put these memories higher up the list. She made us feel relaxed, gave us the confidence to do things we typically wouldn’t do (PDA) and we would highly recommend her as a photographer to others.”
Wandering around Sydney for photos was one of the newlyweds favourite parts of the day if only for the story it resulted in! They share “As it was a hot and muggy day when we were walking back to the Park Hyatt having photo’s taken along the way we spotted some guests at a bar having some drinks so we wandered over and skulled their pints! They then were nearly kicked out of the venue for supplying drinks to people not in the venue!”
The newlyweds celebrated with their guests at a sit-down reception at Park Hyatt Sydney. “We wanted the best locations possible as the majority of our guests were travelling from interstate this gave them the best experience possible to really remember their weekend away.”
Pascal and Richard worked with floral designer Best Buds who created floral details of pink and white roses, alongside beautiful lush hydrangea blooms.
The first dance romantic! The grooms chose “500 Miles a version by Sleeping at last which was performed live by our band The 128’s. This song was a slowed down version of the original by the Proclaimers.”
Congratulations to you both Pascal and Richard! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us. Thanks also to Gemma Clarke Photography for sharing today’s beauty of a wedding!