Tea Room QVB

Wedding Reception | 17 December 2016 | Cortney & Hil | The Tea Room QVB, Sydney


Cortney and Hil’s first encounter occurred in 2011, but it was not until 2012 that they started to interact more and a relationship began to develop. Cortney and Hil are a beautiful couple and their wedding celebration was full of family love, warmth and many emotions.

Following their ceremony earlier in the day at Barker College, Hornsby, they chose to celebrate at the Tea Room in the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney. With the room looking stunning, thanks to the lovely ladies from Decorations By Jelena, the fantastic wedding cake by Pretty Parties and the photographic and videographic skills of the team from Hugo Photography & Film, it was such a great celebration. Surrounded by family and friends, we were so privileged to witness a deep tender love that has grown despite the difficulties that these two have faced due to distance, as one was studying in Townville, Queensland and the other in Melbourne, Victoria over the past four years.

From our first meeting in the first week of this year, I could see that Hil totally and utterly adores Cortney, the way he always has his arm around her, the way he looks at her with loving eyes, she is his angel and he treats as such. Just as equally Cortney adores Hil. When they are together, they are rarely separated and Cortney just radiates joy. Together they are an awesome couple who are very deeply in love and work hard to ensure it remains that way.

During the reception there were many emotional moments for both Cortney, Hil, their respective parents, siblings and those nearest and dearest. All the speeches throughout the evening were meaningful as well as entertaining and was enjoyed by all the guests.

Around five weeks before the wedding I received an email from Hil with the subject of “Secret Song”. As nearly all my dealings in regards to the wedding had been with Cortney and her mum, Jeanie, the fact that I was receiving an email from Hil and that subject line had me more than a little curious. On opening the email, I discovered that Hil was planning to surprise Cortney by singing her a song during the wedding reception. It also asked whether I was able to provide two wireless microphones, patch in a guitar and requesting suggestions as to when would be best to sing the song. I replied with all the information he needed and asked that he confirm certain details. As I subsequently learnt during the best man’s speech, Hil is not one for returning texts and if he does, they tend to be very, very brief. This also appears to apply to emails, or so it seems – as when I did receive a response about five days prior to the wedding, it did not contain enough information for me to ensure that I was up to speed on the finer details of exactly how this was going to executed.

On the day of the wedding I came prepared with everything I could think I needed to pull this off, but was not even sure if it was going ahead – until minutes before the doors were to open to commence seating the guests, when in strolls a gentleman with a guitar. Quick patch in, tune, determine the levels and we were set. During the evening, in those rare moments when Cortney was not by his side, he was frantically going over the lyrics to the song and then following the cutting of the cake it was time for him to sing. Personally, I thought it was a beautiful moment, there are some photographs below that I managed to capture, but take a listen yourself to Hil singing Ed Sheeran’s “Tenerife Sea” to Cortney, aided by his friend, whose name I unfortunately didn’t get, on guitar and the best man, Gideon on backup vocals. The applause at the end of the song certainly verifies that it was quite a performance and a special moment.

As mentioned above, it was truly a beautiful wedding and I enjoyed every moment of my involvement in it. Cortney and Hil, thank you so much for the trust you placed in me and the honour and privilege you gave me in allowing me to play a part in this very special day as your Wedding DJ Sydney and for part of the evening, your Wedding MC Sydney. I hope you enjoyed every moment of your amazing wedding day. Based on everything I learnt about the two of you in the lead up to your wedding, you are completely perfect for each other! Your love will continue to grow even stronger with each passing day and I see nothing but a life filled with love for the both of you. Have a fabulous time on your honeymoon in New Zealand!! May, love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

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Photography & Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

Songs selected by Bride & Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Bride & Bride Entry: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Cake Cutting: “Only You Can Love Me This Way” by Keith Urban

First Dance: “Unchained Melody” by Righteous Brothers

Parent Dance: “Annie’s Song” by John Denver

Bouquet Toss: “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor

Farewell Dance: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars

Final Farewell: “In Your Arms” by Kina Grannis

Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer & Videographer: Hugo Photography & Film

Floral Design & Stylist: Decorations By Jelena

Cake Design: Pretty Parties

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Wedding Reception | 22 May 2015 | Tessa & Ulysses | The Tea Room QVB, Sydney


“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words” ~ Plautus

Sometimes it the most unfortunate of circumstances and when we least expect it, love can find a way of manifesting it’s presence. It all started with Tessa and Ulysses’ dads who were best friends. Uly even played with Tessa and her older sister when they were all kids. Uly was living in London when he received the sad news that his father has passed away suddenly due to heart failure and immediately returned to Australia for the funeral. It was at the funeral that Tessa & Ulysses met again. They only very vaguely remembered each other but it was the start of a beautiful love story that would eventually lead to their wedding day.

Following the funeral, Tessa looked Uly up on Facebook and following Uly’s return to London, they chatted via Facebook, with a shared love of food, they often cooked a meal together, via Facebook, and posted what they had cooked for each other to see. This eventually led to Skype dates and within five months of the funeral, Tessa felt compelled to go to London. She was met by Uly and welcomed with a “spin, dip & kiss” in front of a terminal full of people. At the end of the three weeks they knew they were in love.

On 3 May 2013, following numerous fake proposals in the week leading up to this day, Uly asked Tessa to be his wife and share the rest of her life with him. Fast forward to 22 May 2015 and here we were celebrating their marriage at The Tea Room Queen Victoria Building. This stylish venue with it’s custom designed Baccarat crystal chandeliers and beautiful Victorian ceiling, was the perfect choice for this gorgeous couple’s wedding reception.

It was an evening filled with lots of wonderful emotions – there were tears, there was laughter, there were more tears, there was a heap of fun and there was love; there was lots of LOVE! It was so beautiful to see just how much Tessa and Uly were adored by their family and friends and to see them join in and truly celebrate their marriage. Lots of guests dancing the night away, Tessa & Uly hoisted into the air (which was really so fitting as we had introduced them as Lord Ulysses and Lady Tessa at the beginning of the evening).

Tessa and Uly are a beautiful fun-loving couple with whom I instantly connected with. I loved meeting with them and hearing some of their stories about their journey which led to their wedding day. Love is not reflected in superficial prettiness. Love is creating
something together that will last long after you are around to see what it becomes. It was such an immense honour to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this historic moment in your lives. I feel so very privileged to have played a small part as your Wedding DJ Sydney & Sydney Wedding MC in creating some of the memories for your future. I know that your love will leave a legacy bigger than you ever imagined! May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

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Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

Bride & Groom Entry: “Zaleilah (Eurovision 2012 Romania)” by Mandinga

Cake Cutting: “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen

First Dance: “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” by Robbie Willams Feat. Lily Allen

Father Daughter Dance: “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III

Bouquet Toss: “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

Garter Toss: “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor

Farewell Dance: “We Go Together” by Olivia Newton John, John Travolta & Grease Cast

Final Farewell Song: “Save Tonight” by Eagle Eye Cherry

Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Swoon Weddings

Videographer: Swoon Weddings

Floral Designer: Chiho Kobayashi Flowers

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Wedding Reception | 8 December 2012 | Katie & Brett | The Tea Room QVB, Sydney


Katie and Brett met in August of 2009, Katie thought Brett was a great dancer and Brett thought Katie was very pretty as he watched her from the other side of the room. Not long after, they had arranged to go for coffee, but Brett suggested they go to dinner instead – and dinner it was at Cronulla’s Little Italy Restaurant. Whilst Katie realised she was in love with Brett after a few weeks, it was not until a few months later that Brett realised he was in love with Katie…..and so this was the beginning of a beautiful love story.

Two years later, in August 2011, Brett proposed on a trip away to Berry. Brett had it all planned, An early morning 1 kilometre hike up to Cambewarra Lookout to watch the sunrise and as the sun rose he would propose. Unfortunately, when they got there, the lookout was closed. Not to be deterred, Brett suggested they jump the fence – which they did. He lost his bearings in all the excitement and couldn’t quite work out which way was east. Anyway, as much as I hate to cut a beautiful story short, Brett proposed, Katie said yes, she shed a tear or two, and here were were at  The Tea Room Queen Victoria Building in Sydney to celebrate their lifelong commitment.

Guests arrived and were welcomed with canapés and refreshments whilst Katie, Brett and their wedding party had photographs in and around the Queen Victoria Building. A little while later they were all welcomed with rapturous applause from the 120 invited family and friends. A delicious entree and it was time for the first segment of speeches. First up was Katie’s mum, Kathleen, followed by Brett’s dad, Ray and finishing with Matron of Honour, Suzy. All conveyed beautiful sentiments and it was abundantly clear that Katie and Brett are very much loved.

A delectable main course and it was a very humourous speech from Best Man, Michael and lovely words from Brett. Dessert followed, then the Cake Cutting before Katie & Brett shared their first dance as husband and wife. The wedding party and parents joined them part way through, followed by the remainder of the guests, then the party really began.

The bouquet and garter toss, followed by a ‘Catchers Dance’ where  the two lucky catchers were asked to have a special dance together – and being good sports they of course obliged. More dancing, Katie and Brett being lifted into the air and much more fun. In what seemed like no time at all, it time to say goodbye. A farewell dance with all the guests before Katie and Brett departed to start their new life together.

It was a beautiful relaxed and sophisticated wedding that was loads of fun. Katie and Brett are two beautiful and amazing people – they light each other up and everyone around them and along with their fun wedding party, it was such a joy to be a part of their wedding day as their Sydney Wedding DJ and MC. Thank you for entrusting me and inviting me to be a part of your fabulous wedding day. Have a wonderful and enjoyable honeymoon and may love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!

This demonstrates just what beautiful & generous individuals Katie & Brett are.

Guests were invited to right their names on the hearts. This Is a lovely guest book alternative.

Katie’s Mum Kathleen

Brett’s Dad, Ray

Matron of Honour, Suzy

Best Man, Michael

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Photography & Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Cinema” by Benny Banassi Feat. Gary Go, “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguliera, “I’m Coming Out/Mo Money”  by Diana Ross/Notorious BIG, “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas

Bride & Groom Entry: “Forever” by Chris Brown

Cake Cutting Song: “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Marry Me” by Train

Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce

Garter Toss: “Foxy Lady” by Jimi Hendrix

Farewell Dance: “Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees

Final Farewell Song: “Here’s To Us” by Glee Cast

Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Six Degrees Photography

Floral Designer: Chiho Kobayashi Flowers

Cake Designer: Oliver Rose Cakes

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