He was an exchange student from the States, she was a program manager in Sydney. They met when Corey was in a program Anneke was working on, and while they didn’t get together for a while, when they did it led to a romantic holiday in Fiji, complete with a walk on the beach at sunset and a proposal from Corey!
Fast-forward to the wedding planning and the couple chose The Gunners Barracks Tea Room as their venue, and styled it with a vintage travel theme with lots of old-world trinkets that they collected in the months before the party. Scouring little stores they found old tea tins, medicine bottles, goblets and stacks of 19th and early 20th century travel books.
When it came to the invites the couple set the tone with a vintage, tea-stained, intricate design. “We loved our invites and stationery. We found this fantastic stationery company from Portland Oregon doing a mix of vintage and steampunk, called Royal Steamline,” said Anneke.
Anneke wasn’t over the moon with her dress, “I think I lost weight close to the day so it didn’t fit perfectly,” but it didn’t stop her from looking gorgeous in couture French lace with gold thread and a mermaid fit by Pallas Couture in Paddington.
Guests were given seeds and bubbles to shower the bride and groom in place of confetti. “I wanted a big mix of colours and textures for our bridal party’s bouquets, with mine being a similar style in white. It was a bit of a challenge having an early autumn wedding – the spring flower season has so much more variety.”
Anneke and Corey saw each other before the ceremony and had time to enjoy a photography session with W.Scott Chester Photography before their secular ceremony complete with vows they wrote themselves. “They were special to us, but it was tough to get them out in the moment! I know the view was spectacular but I don’t remember even noticing it.”
Corey’s speech included a big surprise for Anneke (and everyone) – a song he’d written just for her. Luckily the surprise was recorded by a quick-thinking friend.
The party wrapped up with dancing, “We had a killer jazz band,” said Anneke, “The Dan Barnett Big Band. The final song was Harry Belafonte’s The Banana Boat Song, such a great way to end the night.”
Photography: W.Scott Chester Photography / Venue: The Tea Room, Gunners Barracks / Bride’s dress: Pallas Couture / Groom’s suit: Paul Smith / Bridesmaid dress: Ginger and Smart design made by local dressmaker / Flowers: Butterfly Philosophy Flowers and Styling / Cake and dessert table: Sweet Bloom Cakes / Candy: Rockpool Bar and Grill, Sweetness The Patisserie / Reception music: The Dan Barnett Big Band/ Stationery: Royal Steamline / Hair: Alex Jackson / Make-up: Andriana Demetrius