Couple Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Corinne & Andrew

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Corinne and Andrew Thorn’s Brisbane wedding was a fairytale affair with a modern twist. The bride’s tulle ball gown and church ceremony were a nod to the couple’s desire for traditional nuptials, while their city reception at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel was transformed into contemporary celebration like no other. We’re besotted with the pair’s unique monogram – it was used throughout their reception styling and even made a glamorous appearance on their cake!

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Date: 9th August 2014

The Couple: Andrew and Corinne Thorn

Location: Brisbane

No. of Guests: 60

Theme: Modern romantic

First Dance Song: All of Me – John Legend

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How did you meet? 

Our fathers went to university together, Andrew’s father was the best man at my parent’s wedding, and we grew up two houses apart in Brisbane. We weren’t fond of each other as children, I was best friends with his brother (the best man), and was also close to his sister (bridesmaid), and Andrew was best friends with my brother (our MC). When Andrew started high school he moved 12 hours away with his family and I didn’t see him for 10 years. I will never forget the moment I laid eyes on him again for the first time at 21, I had immediate butterflies and struggled to put a sentence together. He was staying with his sister (who lived back in their parents house two doors down), and his sister knew we had a connection at that moment! She then pulled some sneaky moves which lead to our first date!

Tell us about the proposal…

We took a trip to Tasmania for Andrew’s 30th birthday, and finished in Melbourne. On our last night we reflected on the trip and I told him I couldn’t imagine anything that could have made the trip better. The next day we went for brunch and Andrew insisted we walk through the Melbourne Botanic Gardens before heading to the airport. We found a beautiful spot overlooking the city and he started talking about his love for me as he pulled out a little blue box… and the rest is history!

Why did you choose Cathedral of St Stephen and the Marriot Hotel for your wedding? 

It was the Cathedral that I visited as a teenager when I needed solace – I loved that the city bustle dissipated as soon as I walked through the magnificent entrance. I always felt something special towards the Cathedral of St Stephen. The reception followed in the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott Hotel, which is where we spent many a night early in our relationship while Andrew worked overseas. The moment I stepped back into the hotel all the wonderful memories from the beginning of our relationship came flooding back.

What did you do for your hens and bucks night? 

My bridesmaids had a limo pick me up from my house in the morning and then the limo dropped me out the front of Tiffany & Co where we ate croissants and had photos taken. The limo then took us up to Mt Coo-tha where we enjoyed some Champagne. We then went to the Sofitel for a high tea, followed by a dinner at one of my bridesmaids’ houses (which was completely decorated in Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme and we ate, drank cocktails and played games.

Key Styling Inspiration 

I have always loved baroque art and architecture and found myself drawn in that direction. Whilst I loved the idea of a traditional wedding, I also wanted a touch of romance and softness. Aiming for a modern romantic style with baroque detailing, I used our new monogram to provide a link throughout our styling. I loved the idea of using our monogram as a symbol of the creation of ‘us’ on the day, and our monogram will remain unchanged throughout our life together. Our monogram featured on all stationary, the cake, and we had gold monograms hanging over the dance floor and on the walls behind the wedding party at reception. My dress had a bow on the front, and so I also used the occasional bow throughout.

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

We saved by keeping our wedding party small, and we also kept our guest number low. Once we had decided on the number of people, it allowed us to focus on who was really important to be there on the day.

What gifts did you give your guests? 

I bought little apothecary glass jars that we filled with chocolate coated honey macadamia nuts (our favourite treat!) with a ribbon wrapped around them with thank you notes attached.

What was the funniest moment of the day? 

Once we were married we moved outside the church for family and friend photos. Once they were finished an incredible gust of wind had my veil vertical above my head – everyone was laughing but we were trying not to laugh too much so we could get some great photos out of it! It was our first bit of fun as a married couple and could never be recreated. We love how those photos turned out!

What was the most special memory from the day? 

The moment were we saw each other at the end of the aisle! Getting to touch Andrew’s hands when I got to the end was also really special and so comforting.

What did you do for your honeymoon? 

Andrew surprised me with tickets to Bali for my birthday, but because of the impending wedding, I asked him to change the tickets dates so it could be our honeymoon. We didn’t have the time to plan anything significant so having the tickets booked meant we only needed to book our resorts. We stayed at the W Hotel in Seminyak which included numerous bars, restaurants and plenty of things to keep us entertained. We then spent the remainder of our trip at The Edge Villas which included a 24hr butler. We did very little in those final days which was perfect!

Special thanks to…

Twidale Hair & Makeup Artists, who were incredible. There was a myriad of emotions during the morning and Jo (head of Twidale) was the most beautiful and calming energy! Not only did she do an incredible job of my hair and makeup – but she put me into a great headspace in the lead up. And of course to my girls who went above and beyond before and during the big day.

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

A common piece of advice is to take time to yourselves during the day. We decided the best way to do this was by making sure we had one of the cars to ourselves on the day. This meant we had alone time in between photo locations which was lovely and blissful. We also arranged to have Champagne and canape’s delivered to the Presidential Suite where we sat and enjoyed some time with our wedding party before we went down to the reception – it was fantastic to laugh and unwind while discussing the highlights of the day.


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Credits
Ceremony: St Stephen's Cathedral
Reception: Brisbane Marriott Hotel
Gown: Darb Bridal Couture
Bridesmaid Attire: Rachel Gilbert
Groom's Suit: Uberstone from David Jones
Groomsmen Attire: Uberstone from David Jones
Flowers: Bouquet Boutique
Hair: TWIDALE Hair + Makeup Artists
Makeup: TWIDALE Hair + Makeup Artists
Cake: Deliberately Delicious
Transport: Princess Luxury Classics
Stationery: Love Jessica Invites
Music: Fonoti Brothers
Photographer: Milque Photography and Films
Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co
Bride's Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co
Groom's Wedding Ring: Lannah Dunn
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