Jacinta & Michael’s rainy day wedding at Dunbar House, Sydney

bride and groom laughing, holding hands as they stand at the altar at Dunbar House, Watson's bay

Jacinta and Michael’s wedding at Dunbar House, Sydney

It was a long journey to Jacinta and Michael’s wedding at Dunbar House, Sydney. After a 10-year relationship, 2 lockdowns, 2 postponements and a week of La Nina’s heaviest rainfall. The plan for the wedding might have changed, but the spirit of it never waned. It was a day to bring together friends and family from all over the world and celebrate this joyful couple.

But let’s rewind 10 years, to Kings Cross, 2012…

Jacinta and Michael randomly met at The World Bar in Kings Cross on the regular Monday open-mic Jazz Night in
2012. Jacinta had been to the bar many times as it was her local watering hole and she was also a lover of jazz. Michael, having just finished a gym workout, decided to check out the jazz on his way home.

According to Jacinta, they met while ordering drinks. Jacinta launched into her friendly neighbourhood-promoting self and asked whether he spoke Cantonese – to which he replied yes (hiding the fact that he wasn’t very fluent). Claiming it was purely platonic, Jacinta invited him to join her table with her friends. Michael’s version, however, included that Jacinta had obviously checked out his abs and seemed impressed!

The two got to know each other, and eventually, Michael asked Jacinta on a date to a Coldplay concert and, as they say, that’s how it all began.

10 years later, choosing to have their wedding at Dunbar House in Sydney was an easy decision for both of them.

view over Watson's Bay with the Sydney CBD in the background on a warm, cloudy day. bride and groom laughing, holding hands as they stand at the altar at Dunbar House, Watson's bay

 

2 months after their wedding, I got this review from them:

“Hank just made us feel so natural and at ease.”

They continued on to say that I had helped to make “the wedding photos thereafter PURE MAGIC!”

But what really hit home was how Jacinta saw exactly what I’ve spent 10 years perfecting: storytelling. Here’s what she said:

“Best of all, Hank managed to capture the spontaneity, emotions, and joy of nearly each and everyone of the guests.. not an easy task! We have nothing but fond memories of the day, and now we also have the photos to revisit that magic over and over again.”

With every wedding, every moment, I strive to capture it in a way that is true to your relationship.

 

bride and groom entering their wedding reception at Dunbar House Wide angle photo inside Dunbar House wedding reception room, with the bride and groom standing at the front of the room, and all the guests are seated in front of them. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Jacinta and Michael opted to have Portuguese Tarts from Sweet Belem in Petersham.

A black and white picture of the bride and groom dancing. They are holding hands, which are right up close to the camera, and you can see the groom smiling in the background.Credits for Jacinta & Michael’s wedding at Dunbar House, Sydney

Photos: Henry Paul Photography | Wedding Venue: Dunbar House, Watson’s Bay | Celebrant: Nuala Quigley | Photobooth: The OG Photobooth Company | Wedding Catering: Dunbar House, Watson’s Bay | Jacinta’s Gown: Tanya Anic | Jacinta’s Shoes: Edward Meller | Jacinta’s Earrings: Stephanie Browne | Michael’s Suit: Dawei from Veracity Tailor | Wedding Bands: Cartier, Sydney

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