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In the week leading up to Alice & Hugh’s Centennial Park Homestead Wedding, the forecast wasn’t looking all that great. Five days of continuous rain with 50 – 80mm predicted on their wedding day. With a forecast like that, I was kind of expecting it to rain all day. So I phoned Alice the night before and we put a backup plan in place. But as luck would have it, the back-up plan wasn’t needed. Fortunately, on their wedding day, the rain began to subside as soon as their indoor ceremony finished. Talk about perfect timing! With the rain all but gone and the portrait shoot and reception left to go it would seem that we were in the clear. Their day then followed the course we had originally set and everything turned out fantastic in the end, including their photos!
A little about Hugh & Alice – Hugh plays professional rugby for the Waratahs and according to Alice he truly is a gentle giant. Alice, on the other hand, works in advertising and is the more loud & outspoken person in the relationship I’m told. They both met at The Royal pub in Paddington on a night out. Apparently, Hugh was a little shy at first but eventually built up the courage to ask Alice out to dinner. That was almost four years ago and I’m now sitting here writing this blog about their Centennial Park Homestead wedding! According to Alice, and I’m sure Hugh agrees, they both love hanging out together, going to the beach and cooking dinner at home.
Alice explained that when it came to the proposal, Hugh popped the question on the rooftop of their old apartment in Neutral Bay. This was the perfect spot according to Alice as the rooftop not only has some amazing views of the harbour but they used to eat dinner on the rooftop almost every night. So it was a very special place for both of them. I’m told this all went down at 8am on a Sunday morning with handmade signs and champagne! It also happened to be Christmas time and the couple had already organised drinks for both families at their place that afternoon – the perfect time to break the news! Usually, in the months following an engagement most couples will begin searching for a venue. But not in this case. According to Alice this was a no brainer as she had always admired the venue at Centennial Park and toyed with the idea of getting married there. All it took was one tour and they got an overwhelming feeling that a Centennial Park Homestead wedding would be perfect for them!