Australian football legend Mark Bosnich wed longtime partner Sara Jones in a lavish ceremony and reception in Sydney on Saturday; with former teammate Dwight Yorke as best man by his side.
It’s the former Socceroo-turned-football-pundit’s third wedding and he’s hoping it’s charm this time after tying the knot before a lavish reception at The Rocks at St Phillips Church in the CBD.
Bosnich, 50, and Jones, 35, have been together for 12 years and have had a long wait for their happy day after the former Manchester United and Aston Villa star proposed on social media in 2018.
The couple have two children together, 10-year-old Allegra and five-year-old Cassius; with both elegantly dressed and part of the bridal party.
Jones wore a sheer white bodice with lace detailing and a full Cinderella-style skirt, pairing it with a gorgeous lace headpiece.
The dress was fitted at the waist to show off the Samoan Australian’s slim build.
The bridal party held beautiful bouquets of red and pink roses that also included a delicate white baby’s breath.
A who’s who of Australian sport was on hand to see the happy couple say ‘yes I do’, with over 150 in attendance.
Bosnich’s Fox Sports colleagues such as Cooper Cronk and his wife Tara Rushton and Adam Peacock have been spotted; while top political voice Graham Richardson and his wife Amanda were also spotted outside the church.
Alongside Bosnich’s English Premier League (EPL) team-mate Yorke, Australian football legends Craig Foster and Mark Rudan were also in attendance.
After the long engagement, the wedding was also delayed by the pandemic, but Bosnich remained determined to have a “big wedding” in his hometown, having grown up in south-west Sydney.
Bosnich’s romantic and very millennial proposal for 2018 quickly went viral after he asked Jones to marry him via video on Twitter while he was in Russia working for the 2018 World Cup.
“Good evening from Red Square and I just want to say to Sara, my dear partner, I hope you have a wonderful birthday today,” he said in the video, which was posted to his Twitter feed.
“I wish I was there to celebrate with you, but I’m not, I’m here. And I want to ask you too, I think it’s quite fitting here in a very romantic place, will you marry me?’
Jones replied with a resounding yes, and the rest is history.
Saturday wasn’t the first time Yorke stood next to Bosnich at the altar.
Current Macarthur FC A-League manager Yorke was best man at Bosnich’s marriage to his second wife Sarah Jarrett in 1999; a union that lasted only 14 months.
It got off to the worst possible start after Bosnich was arrested at his dollar party in Birmingham, England.
The talented goalkeeper, who was in his second stint at Manchester United, snapped a photographer’s camera outside a strip club at 7am on the day of the wedding – but was thankfully released on bail without charge to marry Jarrett.
It was also after a sex tape of Bosnich and Yorke featuring four women in their home was released.
His first marriage was to Englishwoman Lisa Hall, which lasted just two years after the couple wed in Sydney in 1992 – although the UK Home Office at the time was investigating whether it was a marriage of convenience, which would allow Bosnich to stay in the UK to stay.
Eventually, they signed the union — but just three months later, Bosnich announced the marriage was over.
Always regarded as one of the most talented goalkeepers in world football, Bosnich was plagued by personal issues and drug problems during and after his 210-game EPL career.
He found himself in hot water after giving a Nazi salute to opposition supporters in 1996 and developed an $8,500-a-week cocaine addiction after an unhappy relationship with British model Sophie Anderton.