Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship:
Harry Hookey is an aria nominated musician, his new album No Snake in the Tree will be out by the end of 2020 on all music streaming services. Mim Cook is a journalist and radio presenter with the ABC. She writes for Gippslandia.
Neither of us believed in love anymore, but were both hopeless romantics. Mim lives on watching romantic tv series and reading chic lit and Harry spends his spare time reading poetry and literature about the great romances of our times. We’d given in to knowing true self-fulfilling crazy love was just for rock-mythology and literature. We believed it didn’t exist. Then we met each other and knew from the second we saw each other it was forever. It was complete head over heals insanity. Both uprooting our lives and beginning a life together straight away.
Mim was 36 and Harry 30 when we met. We’ve had whole other lives and pasts. We live a creative life, lots of talking about the world until the sun rises, playing with our kids, laughing, dress ups and dancing. We are both always working on creative projects that drive us slightly mad. It’s a beautiful fulfilling life.
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details:
When COVID regulations were announced – that weddings had to be so small… we were like – YES THIS IS FOR US – no fuss, no dramas… for us it was about our love and our children and becoming a united family.
Our celebrant was a friend and knew us well so it was all very relaxed and funny. We both cried during the ceremony which surprised us both. Coincidentally when we met, we realised our best friends worked together in Melbourne- so our witnesses were our dear friends.
An incredible part of such an intimate wedding is how much Felix (7) and Dot (4) could be a part of everything. They could be silly and ask questions and be right there with us. It was beautiful. Felix shot us with a nerf gun from the shed roof spontaneously and Dot climbed under Mim’s wedding dress and sat out the vows on Mim’s feet.
Tell us about your main outfits:
Mim values finding fashion you love at the op shop above all else. There’s a special feeling about finding clothes you love (that also fit you!) at the op shop… like being a modern day pirate discovering the treasure. X marks the spot at every op shop . When Mim found her very own five-buck over-the-top marshmallow at her local op shop it was true love. Mim has a wardrobe full of sparkles, bright colours and follows a festival, 80’s kind of vibe.
Harry has had a rambunctious life in the Australian music industry with lots of highs and lows. His wardrobe reflects this. His blazer from Geoffry Rush isn’t the only story in our closet. He also has one of Paul Macartney’s t shirt, a bolo tie found backstage at the Grand Old Opry and many other skeletons.
Part of the reason we got married is because when you swap around the first letters of our names… Harry Mim to Marry Him… well it’s giving you quite a compelling instruction!! We both love when life makes decisions for you. Those moments that just happen and lead you somewhere… this seemed like one of those moments.
Our neighbours picked every petal off every flower in their gardens and gave us baskets of flower petals. They watched over the fence.
Neither of us ever thought weddings would be our cup of tea. But the emotion we felt on the day, how incredible it felt to get and be married… how much we love calling each other ‘wife’ and ‘husband’… as twee as it sounds, we honestly feel our wedding was one of the best days of our life.
Our photo shoot with Morgane from Petite Visuals was incredible fun and a really important part of our wedding. It really was the icing on the wedding cake to have such a professional and creative photographer capture our memories.