Fam­ily rules le­gal ea­gles

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

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

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