Family rules legal eagles
With family such an integral part of their lives, it was only fitting that Brittany Meehan and Brent Jones married in the very same chapel as the bride’s parents did years before. The historic Mater Dei Chapel in Camden, built in 1927, provided the perfect setting for the celebration in August.
“That was really important to us because Mum and Dad got married there,” Brittany says. “Family is definitely important to us, we’re all really close.”
There were many special moments in the ceremony.
Brett’s sister was in Brittany’s bridal party — along with her own younger sister — and the bride’s little brother suited up as one of the groomsmen.
“There’s a pretty big age gap between my brother and Brent but they’re still really close,” Brittany says.
The bride also had something unique for her bridesmaids on the day.
On a holiday through Europe in March last year, after Brent had popped the question in Dubai on the trip over, Brittany bought something special that would be used months later at the wedding.
“I bought rosary beads from the Vatican which had been blessed for each of my bridesmaids,” she says. “On the day of the wedding each of my bridesmaids and me had our rosary beads wrapped around the base of our flowers.”
There was something else in those flowers that was of significance to the bride.
“Another special thing about my bouquet, in my bouquet I had a silk flower from my grandma’s wedding dress,” she says. “That was my ‘something old’.”
The groom had his own special memento at the ceremony, albeit a slightly larger and louder one.
“Brent arrived to the wedding in his dad’s 1965 vintage red Mustang,” Brittany says. “He and his dad restored the car together so it had sentimental value.”
After the ceremony, guests joined the newlyweds at a reception held at another location filled with history — the QVB Tea Room in the city.
In another perfectly fitting twist, Brittany and Brent’s first dance as a married couple was to Billy Paul’s Me And Mrs Jones.
The couple, who are both lawyers, met when they were in the same first-year law subject at Western Sydney University, their initial friendship turning into a relationship a few months later (although some might say it was more than just luck Brent ended up sitting near his future bride).
“The first class he said he saw me but I didn’t see him,” she says. “Then the next class he just happened to sit near me and we started talking.”
Both now work in the same area of the law with Brent practising in Penrith and Brittany a solicitor in her family’s Campbelltown law firm. Dad Paul is the principal (and her boss) and the young lawyer doesn’t see that changing anytime soon.
“I can’t see us getting rid of Dad anytime soon,” she laughs, but admits she loves working so close to her father every day. “I really do love it, it’s really good.”
The newlyweds try not to talk too much shop when home at the Elderslie property they bought together before they got married, but sometimes just can’t help it.
“We try not to but we do and he’s always right and I’m always right,” Brittany says.
The couple share a love of travel and after that big holiday where they became engaged, the pair headed off to Europe again for their honeymoon, adding Santorini, Mykonos, Positano and Rome to the places they’ve been. PHOTOS: AT DUSK PHOTOGRAPHY