Couple Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Ann & Dee


Ann and Dee set the standard for extravagance and we’re in love with their wedding! With a spectacular proposal that led to an equally astounding wedding ceremony, the day was filled with pure romance and stunning features demonstrating the couple’s love and personal flair perfectly. With their joint admiration for the Victorian era, the couple themed their wedding against the romantic perspective of ‘old meets new’.


Date: 6 September 2014

The Couple: Ann and Dee Kao

No. of Guests: 160

Location: Brisbane City Hall

Budget: 50,000-60,000

First Dance Song: Spend My Life With You – Eric Benet Ft. Tamia

Photography: Anthony Hoang – Lover of Mine


Ann getting her makeup done

Wedding rings


Groom getting ready

Bride getting ready

Bride Ann

Groom and his groomsmen

Bride walking down the aisle

Groom waiting at the end of the aisle

Bride and groom

Bride and groom share their vows

Bride and groom exchange vows

Bridesmaids at the alter

Bride and groom

Bride and groom

Bride and groom kiss

Bride and groom

Ann and Dee are married

Bride and groom

Ann at Brisbane City Hall

Ann and Dee

Ann and Dee's wedding reception

Wedding reception setup

Lolly buffet

Wedding reception table

Ann and Dee's wedding reception

Ann and Dee's wedding reception

Ann and Dee make speeches

Ann and Dee cut their wedding cake


How did you meet?

We met through a mutual friend at a music festival.

Tell us about the proposal

Dee put a lot of thought and went to a lot of trouble to create an absolutely magical moment in which he could propose. On the afternoon of the October 21st, 2012 we were watching a show at the Brisbane Planetarium. We sat back and enjoyed the documentary about life in space. Towards the end of the show, footage of the moon appeared on the sky-dome screen, and a few seconds later a diamond ring shot across the starry sky and landed on the moon. From there the words “Always Ann…forever, will you marry me? Dee” appeared on the screen. Dee got on one knee and presented the engagement ring, and with tears streaming down my face, I said yes.

Aside from the exhaustive preparation a wedding involves, during the lead up to the big day in September, we arranged a professional engagement photo shoot with photographer Anthony Hoang, and held an engagement party at the Melbourne Hotel in South Bank, Brisbane.

Why did you choose Brisbane City Hall for your wedding?

Reflecting the appreciation that both myself and Dee have for Victorian era fashion, decor and style, the wedding was a wonderful fusion of ‘old meets new’. Taking place in two historically-significant locations; the magnificent heritage-listed Shafston House, built in 1851, and the newly-renovated Brisbane Room of the Brisbane City Hall, the venues created the perfect thematic foundation we were hoping for. Shafston House in particular, with its more than century-old furniture and decor created an elegant and historical ambience and whilst surrounded by suburbs lining the inner Brisbane River, one could be forgiven for thinking they had stepped back in time.

In harmony with the setting, the groom and groomsmen wore classic tuxedos with bow ties and cummerbunds, and the reception decor featured a variety of items including Tiffany chairs and candelabras. As the desire was for a fusion of old versus new, we opted for modern transport rather than vintage cars, arriving in a selection of BMW, Range Rover and Audi vehicles.

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

We went to Singapore for five days for some shopping, relaxation and the nightlife. Dee and his entourage went to Phuket, Thailand for relaxation, food and a good time with his boys.

DIY Details

We spent many weeks and late nights constructing a photo backdrop made entirely out of flowers for the reception. The backdrop was 2 x 1.5m and consisted of over 3000 individually glued flowers. Other DIY projects included our wedding table seating and mirror decal. I also undertook the last-minute task of tea-staining my veil in order to give it a more antique and classical look.

Where did you splurge and where did you save on your wedding?

We splurged on a majority of the wedding but saved on our give-away cupcakes as they were a gift from a family member. We also saved on the vehicles as they were owned by the groom, friends & family.

What gifts did you give your guests?

We had cupcakes as our give-aways and also a dessert/candy buffet.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

Sometimes it is amazing that weddings come together at the last moment as well as they do! The day prior to our wedding, with the help of one of the groomsmen, we had to pick up and deliver 150 tiffany chairs to Brisbane City Hall. During the delivery they almost lost some of the chairs, which tipped over while the truck was in motion. During the same trip, the door of the truck swung open while the truck was in motion, narrowly missing other cars nearby. Not such a funny story at the time, more a stressful one but the wedding party look back now with a sigh of relief and find themselves laughing about the whole thing.

What was the most special memory from the day?

Two particular moments accented the joy of the day and brought both smiles and tears of joy to the bridal party and guests. The first was a surprise that the bridal party had been planning for the guests at the reception. The couple’s first dance as husband and wife, as it neared its conclusion, morphed into an energetic choreographed dance routine, performed by the entire bridal party.

Secondly, in harnessing the advantages of modern technology, the reception featured an incredibly professional and cutting-edge ‘same-day’ video edit of the wedding ceremony set to one of the bride and groom’s favourite songs, and was played on the projector screen in the Brisbane Room at City Hall. The video clip was filmed and edited by Save the Date Cinematography.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We went to the Maldives and had an amazing trip.

Special thanks to…

All that helped us, they know who they are and to all our special vendors that helped create our dream wedding.

What advice would you give other brides-to-be?

To minimise the stress levels, share the work load and help each other as much as possible with all the planning that is involved.

Be as organised as possible; for example, keep tracking spreadsheets, list key dates, a folder or organiser, and plan everything well in advance. In particular, find your ceremony and reception venues first up, and lock it in.

Ceremony: Shafston House
Reception: Epicure at Brisbane City Hall
Bridesmaid Attire: Little Mistress
Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Attire: Custom Made
Decorator: K&S Styled Events
Flowers: Flower Lovers
Hair: Skye Bridge Hair
Makeup: Taylor Kimler
Cake: Mio Cupcakes
Caterer: Epicure – Brisbane City Hall
Transport: Supplied by groom and family/friends
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Music: DJ Lorenzo Lleno
Photographer: Anthony Hoang – Lover of Mine
Videographer: Zhi from Save the Date Cinema
Hens: Singapore
Bucks: Thailand
Honeymoon: Maldives
Celebrant: Pastor Jake
Engagement Ring: Diamonds International
Bride's Wedding Ring: James Allen
Groom's Wedding Ring: James Allen

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