Jessie and Johnnie’s Sydney City Real wedding was an intimate affair which focused on the happy couple, with no bridal party, and small group of loved ones to witness the nuptials.

With Johnnie’s parents living in Australia (and Johnnie having been born in Sydney and grown up in the Gold Coast) they kicked off married life with a vintage-romance June wedding in Sydney, followed by a 1920s-themed wedding in Los Angeles on 31 December 2016 to celebrate the date they first met (NYE).

The day was a gorgeous, intimate affair with their Australian friends and family. Inside the beautiful Guest House at the Park Hyatt (with that crazy 5th June storm raging outside!) they began their life journey as husband and wife. The ceremony was filled with mind-blowingly beautiful parts – their love story, their friends singing (who had flown from LA to sing for their ceremony), love notes from friends sending their love, parents reading, thank yous & gifts to parents, and Jessie and Johnnie reading the most incredible love letters/vows they’d kept secret from one another. Followed by much kissing, tears, dancing and lunch

In the words of the Bride, Jessie – The colour palette we chose was winter jewel-tones: burgundy, sapphire & gold, with brighter pops of teal, fuchsia, copper and rose gold. The idea was to contrast our LA wedding in every way possible—20 guests instead of 100, modern romantic winter garden theme instead of costumed Gatsby-style glamour, bright and colourful instead of black, white, and metallic palette, and a food-centric luncheon instead of a cocktail-style buffet reception with dancing. We also wanted to feature the Sydney skyline as much as possible, particularly the Harbour Bride and the Opera House, so the Park Hyatt was the ideal venue. Our e-Save The Dates and Invitations both featured the iconic structures, and I even found some teal place cards on Etsy that had a pop-out laser cut of the city. A little cheesy, but hey, when in Oz, right?

Celebrant Lisa Parker  presided over the ceremony, bringing the couple together for their happy ever after.

The gorgeous images below were captured by the super talented Tealily Photography.


From the Bride – Lisa was our lifeline in every way possible. From planning the ceremony and helping us with our vows, to suggesting restaurants for the first time our parents met (Mr Wong’s, yum!), and just the weekly check-in emails to make sure my head hadn’t exploded, were so helpful and wonderful. She went above and beyond the call of duty. If she’s still doing this in 10 years, she can expect a message from us regarding booking our vow renewal ;


The rich berry tones, champagne coloured wedding dress and velvet groom’s jacket all gave the day a sense of classic sophistication wish was made all the more moody by the grey skies and rain outside. Offset by natural flower arrangements and gold touches, the wedding also has a touch of whimsy about it with a slight hint of 1920’s glamour. It’s truly beautiful!

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Dearest Lisa,

We are on the train heading back to Sydney from our overnight in Canberra and have been reflecting on the wedding. After a few “my favorite things were…”, “what I would do differently…”, and “I’m surprised that —- went so well” chats, we have come to one decision– this wedding would not have happened without you. That’s not to say that we wouldn’t have tied the knot, but the day certainly wouldn’t have been as successful as it was without your unwavering positivity and expertise. We are hugely grateful for your help and involvement.

Thank you for taking on our international planning process, making recommendations, and being our ally. Thank you for your patience with our busy work schedules, while waiting for email returns, and for our vows ;). And most of all, thank you for writing such beautiful words about our love story, and for putting together a heartfelt ceremony that moved us and our guests. It was perfect.

You truly thought of everything, down to the lovely little hankies you gave us during the ceremony. Ah, what a pro! I know I would’ve been WAY more stressed out had you not been a calming voice in my head. Johnnie was so happy to have you there on the morning of. You so put his mind at ease during setup. He said you saved the day!

When I think about our anxiety looking for a Celebrant 6 months ago, we had no idea what we were doing (as it’s not required in the US) nor did we have any idea about how we would decide which stranger of the hundreds on the Sydney Registry we would have marry us. It wasn’t until we saw your smiling face that we decided to send our first inquiry email out. There was some light shining in your eyes through our computer screen. We knew you’d be great!

I’m only sorry that we did not get a chance to get to hang out, have a beer, meet your husband, and break some bread. Please know that you are always welcome at our place in Los Angeles. You are a part of our story, and we hope to stay in touch.

With love and so much gratitude,
Johnnie & Jess


Photographer // Tealily Photography
Celebrant // Lisa Parker
Flowers & Cake – Blooms by Bethan  // // @bloomsbybethan
Hair & Make-Up – Veronika Moreira //  // @veronikamoreira_beauty
Music – Mimosa Duo // // #mimosaduo
Rentals – Harbourside Decorators // // @harboursidedecorators
Invitations – Minted //  // @minted
Save The Dates – Paperless Post // // @paperlesspost
Place Cards – JonNi Paper Goods //
Jessie’s dress – BHLDN  // // @bhldn
Johnnie’s suit – Theory  // // @theory_