Cliff and Tim were married at The Freedom Hub in Waterloo, Sydney. A cafe by day, The Freedom Hub makes an exquisite wedding venue for the modern Sydney couple. With 100% of their profits going towards ending slavery, this wedding venue gets a big ethical tick from me!
The wedding itself was an intimate and gentle celebration of the most two kind-hearted men who have built an incredible life and community for themselves. It was no surprise that Cliff, an acclaimed cake artist and baker, designed his own wedding cake. And the incredibly vibrant florals were designed by their dear friend, Frannie from Francis Floristry.
The guests of honour were Cliff & Tim’s two French Bulldogs, affectionately known as the Ward Brothers – Howard and Edward. Together with the two grooms, the Ward Brothers complete this beautiful family of four, thus it made total sense for them to be the ring bearers for the day.
The Freedom Hub, Sydney Wedding Venue
The Freedom Hub in Waterloo is Sydney’s first ethical wedding and events venue, with its business model committed to donating 100% of its profits to support people who have experienced modern-day slavery. The Freedom Hub team is passionate about building awareness around the ongoing humanitarian crisis of human trafficking and slavery. The idea behind The Freedom Hub is to provide a space where people can come together, celebrate authentic creative expression through local artists and traders, all while doing good for humanity.
Wedding cake designed by the groom, Clifford Luu.
Before the wedding, Cliff and Tim answered a few questions about their relationship and what being married meant to them.
What does marrying Cliff mean to you?
Tim: It makes me feel loved even if I don’t know why. It means I can give him something that he wants. It means that I get to grow old with someone that will help father more animals, keep me grounded and encourage me to do what I need to do to make myself happy. It means that I have someone to care for, that examples/models the same, in a way that is rare.
What does marrying Tim mean to you?
Cliff: It means that Tim will be “my person” – the first person I call for good and bad news. Learning to compromise and to put him first. To continue to learn and understand why he does things the way he does.
After the ceremony at The Freedom Hub, I walked around the streets of Waterloo with the wedding party (the grooms and their dogs) to take a few wedding portraits. Even in the middle of the day we managed to find some beautiful locations with gorgeous lighting to make for some soft wedding photos.
And of course, to keep things interesting, I always like to experiment with some high-key lighting for a few more eclectic wedding portraits.
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