Jayson Brunsdon + Aaron Elias Brunsdon
Words: Damien Woolnough
Photography: Carlotta Moye
8th June 2018
The peaceful looks of grooms, husbands and fathers Jayson Brunsdon and Aaron Elias Brunsdon are well-earned.
For sequin-strewn years Jayson, a stylist, illustrator and designer was at the centre of Sydney’s party scene with business manager Aaron.
They met, as Aaron recounts in his bestseller Designer Baby, at the Stonewall bar on Sydney’s Oxford St and it was love at first sight, thanks to the nudging of the late model and TV personality Charlotte Dawson.
Nineteen years later, on the same day, April 1, they finally married, having weathered the successes and storms of the Australian fashion industry with the label Jayson Brunsdon, the designer’s battle with testicular cancer and the journey to fatherhood of their three-year-old son Roman through surrogacy.
The celebration at the Vaucluse home of ModelCo founder and close friend Shelley Sullivan reflected the calm, occasionally disturbed by a three-year-old, they are experiencing at this time of their lives.
"We just wanted this to be about family and close friends," Jayson says. "Real relationships that count and that have supported our relationship."
The ceremony reflected Aaron's Jewish upbringing with the smashing of the glass and Jayson's exuberance with Gloria Gaynor on the disco-packed playlist.
We waited so long for this and to be able to do it legally.
The world of fashion was represented by Leona Edmiston, Arthur Galan, stylist Nicole Bonython-Hines and reporter Melissa Hoyer. A special children's retreat tepee signalled the couple’s newfound interests,
"It was so wonderful to have children a part of the day," Aaron says. "There really was no way that Roman was not going to be a part of it. He is a part of everything we do."
Even when Roman threw the rings instead of passing them to his fathers, peace remained.
"We waited so long for this and to be able to do it legally," Jayson said.
The couple campaigned actively for marriage equality during Australia's same sex marriage plebiscite in 2017, leading by example with their loving family unit. With the 'Yes' vote there was no need to wait for the 20th anniversary of their meeting.
In this case, 19 years is the charm. "Everything about it felt right," Added Aaron.
Best men: Raphael Fairchild Meyer and Alex Zabotto Bentley
Maids of honour: Rebecca Fatouros and Jenni Munster
When I Fall in Love (Nat King Cole)
Mystery of Love (theme song of Call Me By Your name)
"Aaron and Jayson would like to thank each of you for being with them today, and for supporting them through the 19 years it has taken to make this day a reality!" - Nicola
Designer Leona Edmiston, entertainer Marcia Hines, designer Arthur Galan, designer Peter Morrissey, reporter Melissa Hoyer and former Marie Claire editor Jackie Frank.
The Asian influenced and Middle Eastern cuisine was put together and catered for by Aaron’s cousin Esther Mier. The dishes were served in natural bamboo.
Salt and pepper squid, fish tagine, chilli prawns with pineapple salad, oysters in Asian infused lime dressing and satay parcels.
"Roman's mum Rebecca made the cake," Jayson said. "Her stall Taste of Love is at Sydney’s Kings Cross market every Saturday."
DJ Dan Dan Hannan. It was music we all know and of our generation. Madonna, Gloria Gaynor, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson.
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Gloria Gaynor
The red moon during the speeches.
Roman throwing the ring when he was supposed to hand it over to me.
Europe next year. Portugal perhaps…