Curzon Hall Wedding | January 15, 2016
Curzon Hall, Marsfield, Australia
When you think of glamour, romance, and sophistication, what images come to mind? As a little girl, the epitome of a romantic love story involved characters like Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, Aurora, and Jasmine; these fairytale princesses all shared one thing in common - a castle. Now if your dream is to become a queen - Curzon Hall is a ideal venue with its iconic sandstone castle in Sydney’s Marsfield.
How did you and your partner meet?
Annie was singing a show at the Marconi club, which for her is just another ordinary evening of work. An acquaintance of her's (the Best Man) wanted to see her sing; being the only night he had available, he brought Roberto as a tag-along. Rob fell in love at first sight. Because she was exhausted and Roberto is generally quite shy, Annie needed more convincing.
How did he propose?
Roberto took me to a water-view restaurant at the site where he first asked Annie out - on his birthday - and she said no!! This time, Roberto surprised her with a dessert with, “Will you marry me?" written on the plate in chocolate sauce. Although Annie was too full to eat dessert, she reluctantly ordered something with a gentle push from Roberto. Luckily she did, because this time, she took the chance to say YES!
How did you choose your wedding gown?
Unlike the typical wedding dress shopping trip, Annie just hopped in the car and began her search without telling a single soul or sending anyone a photo of any dresses she found. It was just Annie, McDonalds drive-thru and 8 stores in two days. After years of wedding singing, Annie had seen the best and worst of designs available and had the chance to narrow down what she liked to look at versus what suited her body shape. It is hard to balance the two since oftentimes flattering styles vs. styles a bride likes can be very different. Store after store she was able to easily eliminate what didn’t suit my body or personality, and she became clearer in expressing and describing what did.
By the final store, she walked in and saw her dress on a rack and said she must try it on. Initially, the salesperson tried to sell different styled dresses to her, but after seeing her dress choice hid them and added customizations that turned Annie's dream dress into a unique one-of-a-kind. The best decision she made regarding the wedding, Annie made completely alone.
Lesson learned: Trust yourself, you are the only person that truly knows what is best for you.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Annie created her theme as she went along in the planning process--she just chose what she liked and wished herself luck. Modern dress, classic cars, subtle flowers, arabic-style reception entry, protestant ceremony structure. Annie let the bridesmaids choose the dress and palette to let them feel as beautiful as possible because as she put it, "I cared about the people involved more than the 'stuff' involved." Love her attitude!!!
What was your favorite moment from the day?
Straight after the electric, emotional moment of singing down the aisle and surprising and overwhelming everyone in the room… the bridal party all began to grimace at an unpleasant smell wafting through the room. The bride and groom barely greeted each other without exchanging looks of, “Was is it you? It’s not me.” After the ceremony, they were informed that their ring bearer was very nervous before his big aisle walk - and could not hold it in.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Do not be swayed by anyone’s opinion of what is tradition or not. Every bride is different. Some brides prioritize things more than others. Some brides will go DIY on the very thing another bride will spare no expense! Whether it is flowers, music, stationery, photos, dresses -- that is okay. That is them and this is you. The foundation of your tensions and disagreements with those around you will be that they value something more than you do, or you really want something to happen a certain way different to their ideas. As fun as it is to share every part of your event with your bridesmaids and family, there is so much joy and satisfaction from consulting with and honoring the most important people at this party: you and your groom. Stick to your instincts, do what you love and leave no chance for regret. The people who are by your side to support you will supplement that joy, and follow your instincts on anybody else. You will learn so much about yourself in this process: your strength resilience, leadership skills, judge of character, communication and negotiation abilities, and your unique and beautiful style.
Stick to your instincts, do what you love and leave no chance for regret.
Approach your wedding plans with a term I now call “Second Wedding Mentality." Some of the most beautiful and loving weddings I have sung at are 2nd time weddings, because they do the very thing they wanted to do in the beginning but were pressured to do traditions because “it’s their wedding day." What makes a tradition more important than your desires or self-expression? Second wedding mentality asks, "What would you do, wear, say or surround yourself with if there was no pressure anymore for it to be a certain cookie-cutter form, where all decisions are totally up to you?"
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
- "I would not have bridesmaids. I love my friends and family but mixing the relationship with a label and a job description of 'bridesmaid' puts unhealthy pressures on both sides. Friendship and family is more important than a title, and because they are friends and family, they will be doing the same things anyway," says Annie.
- Halve the speeches.
- Annie would also have invested more in entertainment. The MC and the DJ let the event down, all because Annie was too shy to choose favorites amongst her musician friends. "Flowers, cakes and food don’t solidify in your memory. People and activities and their experiences do. Entertainment should be top priority," says Annie.
Any DIY décor elements?
None of the wedding's DIY elements involved decor; the bride prepared the music forher to sing down the aisle to, piano music for the bride's sister, the Maid of Honor, to sing during the signing of the registry while her husband signed in her place, and the pre-recording of the bride/wedding singer singing “At Last” for the Bridal Waltz.
"Nobody’s wedding needs to be the biggest or fanciest ever. It needs to be yours. It needs to be the highest and most unique and personal expression of your love. If you’re true to yourself and each other, you will follow that rule."
Girl, PREACH!!!! <3
Dress | LA SPOSA
Makeup | Steph Tee Makeup
Hair | Malkonyan Hair
Accessories | LUV BRIDAL AND LOVEON JEWELLERY
Bridesmaids' Dresses | Brides in Love
Groom's Suit | All the Rage Formal Wear, Annandale
Photographer | T-One Photography
Stationary | Adorn Invitations
Cake | Wedding Cake Art
Food | Curzon Hall
Flowers | All Seasons Flowers & Paris Me Bouquets
Venue | Curzon Hall
Music Production | STUDIO PR
Beauty Prep (Tanning/Teeth Whitening) | HELENA'S DAY SPA