Remember that movie The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez and how she had planned hundreds of weddings, but had never planned her own? Well, this love story is kind of the same except that the planner was a singer and she ended up entertaining the crowd with her beautiful voice at her own wedding.
Annie and Roberto were married on January 15, 2016 at the gorgeous Curzon Hall. The wedding was awash in glamorous details, old-world charm, modern touches, and plenty of celebratory dances.
Take a look at the photos by T-One Photography and read all about this wedding-singer-turned-bride love story.
How did you and your partner meet?
I was singing a show at Marconi club, which for me is just another ordinary evening of work. An
acquaintance of mine (the Best Man) wanted to see me sing; being the only night he had available, he brought Roberto (now, my husband), as a tag-along. Rob fell in love at first sight. Because I was exhausted and he is generally quite shy, I needed more convincing.
How did he propose?
He took me to a water-view restaurant at the site where he first asked me out - on his birthday - and I said no. This time, he surprised me with a dessert with “will you marry me?” written on the plate in chocolate sauce. I was too full to eat dessert, but was reluctantly pushed to order something. Luckily, I did, because this time, I took the chance to say “yes.”
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I just built it up as I went along, I just chose what I liked and wished myself luck. Modern dress, classic cars, subtle flowers, Arabic-style reception entry, protestant ceremony structure. And, I let the bridesmaids choose the dress and colour theming to let them feel as beautiful as possible. I cared about the people involved more than the “stuff” involved. So, it meant more to me that the people involved in the day enjoyed what they had a hand in co-creating with me.
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.
- Halve the speeches.
- And I would invest more in entertainment. My MC and my DJ let the event down, all because I was shy to choose favorites amongst my musician friends, choosing one over another. Flowers, cakes and food don’t solidify in your memory. People and activities and their experiences do. Entertainment should be top priority.
Annie's rock-solid advice for future brides:
Approach your wedding plans with a term I now call “2nd 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?
2nd wedding mentality says, 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? 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.
Dress: custom Demetrios gown from La Sposa
Makeup: Steph Tee Makeup
Hair: Malkonyan Hair
Accessories: Luv Bridal and LOVEON Jewellery
Bridesmaids Dresses: Brides in Love
Grooms Suit: All the Rage Formal Wear, Annandale
Photographer: T-One Photography
Stationery: Adorn Invitations
Cake: Wedding Cake Art
Food: Curzon Hall
Flowers: All Seasons Flowers & Paris Me Bouquets
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Curzon Hall