Tying the knot in front of ‘The Knot’ at the National Gallery of Australia, Corey and Nathan threw one heck of a wedding for their 120 guests. “We wanted to achieve the perfect mix of opulence and silliness,” they share. “Just like us.”
The opulence was achieved through a rich palette and gorgeous florals by Laurel & Lace that worked beautifully against the autumn backdrop and the gallery’s brutalist architecture. The silliness, Corey and Nathan explain, “came from our talented entertainers, Sydney Drag Queen royalty Felicity Frockaccino and Tora Hymen, who worked the room perfectly and had all our guests in stitches.” Then there were the elements that crossed between opulent and silly, such as exchanging crowns instead of rings and having a surprise flash mob performance by the Canberra Qwire (Canberra gay and lesbian choir). And let’s not forget special wedding party guests, the couple’s dachshunds – Hugo and Dolly.
After some atmospheric portraits with Lauren Campbell, canapés and live music ensued on the gallery lawn, then the party went indoors to the decadently styled Gandel Hall. “Instead of a traditional bridal table, we had a large VIP table in the centre of the room for our closest family and friends,” the grooms share. Touchingly, places were set on the VIP table for Corey’s parents, who have both passed.
Instead of a band or DJ, Nathan made a continuous mix of the couple’s (and their guests’) favourite dance floor fillers and synced it with some visuals projected onto a big screen. “It had a bit of a music festival vibe and saved us money on a band or DJ,” he explains.
And the proposal? Corey tells us “Nathan got down on bended knee one random night in our living room after a couple of wines and with Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ playing in the background. I then hijacked the proposal and got on bended knee and proposed back.” Love it!
Images Lauren Campbell | Venue National Gallery of Australia | Styling & Flowers Laurel & Lace | Celebrant Felicity Frockaccino | Ceremony music Kim Yang Music | Reception music The Po Boys | Catering The Big Group | Sound & Lighting EAVS | Cake La Ombre Creations | Neon sign Neon Poodle | Flower girls' dresses Tea Princess | Corey wore Politix suit jacket | Hugo Boss shirt | Ashlee Lauren crown | Nathan wore Paul Smith suit jacket | Givenchy tie and cufflinks | Olena Grin crown |