Romi Dupont-Louis and François-Xavier Busch met in Paris, and rekindled their secret spark years later in Sydney. The couple married at Sylvan Glen at Penrose, and in true French style celebrated over several days. Photographer James Rose from Rose Photos captured their magnifique day.
Romi and François-Xavier’s love story is the stuff of movies. The couple, who live in inner Sydney, met in 2008 when Romi was studying a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish.
‘We were first introduced in a bar by mutual friends, and although we were both instantly attracted, neither of us realized the other felt the same so got up the courage to show it’.
This unspoken attraction was rekindled four years later however when Francois-Xavier (or FX for short) attend the wedding of another mutual friend in Australia. Just as in Paris, Romi was drawn to FX’s kind nature, his love of playing music and his adventurous spirit. For FX the occasion was life changing.
‘It was just like the first time we met in Paris, although this time I understood she felt it too,’ he recalls. “I just knew she was the one. Her beautiful smile and her kindness left me no choice. I had to move to be with her.’
FX, a software developer, moved to Sydney in 2013. In October 2015 he proposed on a beach at sunset. Planning their wedding, the couple’s number one consideration was the venue’s close proximity to Sydney to ensure Romi’s grandparents aged 97, and 92 could attend.
‘We also had our heart set on staying at the venue with our close family and friends for a few days,’ says Romi, who runs The Chai Tent making and selling tea at Sydney Farmers Market.
“French families will often stay somewhere together, and spend a few days before and after the wedding so Sylvan Glen was the perfect place. The big house with its beautiful grounds and ten plus bedrooms with en-suites meant we could accommodate close family and friends easily.’
The couple’s winter wedding extended from Friday to Monday afternoon.
‘Choosing the right date was important so my family could make the trip from France, and we wanted to be able to stay at the venue for a few days to spend time with our family and friends who travelled so far,’ says FX.
The day was a family affair. Romi’s father, Les sung at the ceremony, and FX’s brother Antoine played guitar. Romi’s cousin Joelle was MC and Romi’s father’s prized kombi acted as the bridal car. Getting the food right was also important.
‘Sylvan Glen did all the catering which was wonderful as Romi always has a fear of being hungry at weddings,’ laughs FX. ‘We also brought a whole lot of beautiful cheeses from Harris Farm and Sylvan Glen provided fresh bread for a cheese table after the ceremony which was very popular and went superbly with the mulled wine and cocktails which were also served.’
Romi says the day was just as she and FX had hoped.
‘Nothing too flash, just family and friends celebrating together. Two of FXs eight beautiful nieces were flower girls, and having FXs family make the trip from France made us so happy. We will always remember the effort they made.’
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