Anna & Corey’s Wedding

Whenever I have viewed photos of weddings at the iconic and beautiful Catholic Cathedral I have hoped to be lucky enough to write about such an occasion.

Needless to say, it was a great joy to have Anna and Corey’s wedding sent through from the very talented Madelyn Holmes Photographics.

You may have seen a gorgeous sneak peak of Anna and Corey’s Wedding from Madelyn’s Facebook page (they currently feature as her cover photo), so here is a little perspective from her side of the camera to kick off our blog!

From the photographer:

The more weddings I photograph, the more I have come to appreciate the small touches and traditions couples tie in to really make the day their own. No doubt, Anna and Corey’s marriage was rich with such details.

Anna wears her great grandmother’s ring as her engagement ring, gifted accessories and her preparation images feature her grandmother’s beautiful antique chair placed in the front garden of her childhood home.

The pair were married in the same church as the bride’s parents years before (and we also recreated an image of her father putting on her veil from their wedding), which happened to be the groom’s school grounds as well.

The classic styling mixed tastefully with a little pop of colour made Anna and Corey’s wedding a truly elegant affair and an absolute pleasure to capture; even a sprinkling of rain couldn’t dampen their day.

Anna and Corey’s story of love…

Social media plays a large role in our everyday lives, and just when you think you have seen all the ‘suggested friends’ on the never-ending carousel, a complete stranger catches your eye.

Anna popped up on Corey’s ‘suggested friends’ list, and he decided to throw caution to the wind and click the add button.

After a few screenshots and various conversations with girlfriends, Anna accepted Corey’s request and they began planning their first few dates.

While the dates started out a little awkward, Anna knew that the quiet guy she met on their first date was going to be a significant part of her life.

Corey’s first impression is one all of us girls love, stating that he first thought of how gorgeous she was (queue the ‘nawwwws’).

Proposal stories always surprise me, and I have to admit I love the intimate and somewhat nervous proposals.

Proposal stories don’t always go as planned with nerves sometimes taking away from the element of surprise. As such, this was the case with Corey’s proposal. Anna tells us why…

The morning of the proposal Corey became very indecisive, so I knew something was up. We did a trip up to Stockyard Point – Five Rocks, Byfield. He asked if I wanted to go to the cliff edge and I said no because I had already seen the cliff face, then I started tucking into some burger rings. He gave me a look that told me I should get up.

We got to the cliff face and there were sea turtles and a big ship cruising past, we had been mucking around laughing until Corey settled the moment by saying “Ok, ok, time for a serious chat.”

He popped the question and I went into hysterics laughing and eventually blurted out YES. Even now I’m not a hundred percent sure what the exact wording was but I’m pretty sure there was something about being an adventure buddy for life.

Anna and Corey set to organising their wedding, between shifts and not-so-great phone service, as Corey worked out of town Monday to Friday.

The intimate details of Anna and Corey’s wedding have been highlighted throughout their wedding, and all of the little moments throughout the day captured the nature of both bride and groom.

Anna wanted to wear her mother’s wedding dress; which had originally been her grandmother’s dress and made by her great grandmother. Unfortunately, due to time and age, the fabric had discoloured and was unable to be saved.

Anna made the decision to book an appointment with the ladies at Gladstone Bridal Boutique and found a perfect dress for her big day!

Thanks to the dedicated team at the Rockhampton Heritage Village, Anna and Corey were able to relax and settle into their reception with almost one hundred of their family, friends and loved ones. They danced the night away under the fairy lights and enjoyed the stories from loved ones during speeches.

Anna and Corey would like to say a massive thanks to Julie (Bride’s Mum), as their wedding would not have happened if it weren’t for her help and support.

Vendors / Suppliers:

Photographer: Madelyn Holmes Photographics

Florist: Simplicity Market Fresh Flowers

Hair Stylist: Downtown Diva

Makeup Artist: Jessica Bielenberg

Wedding Dress: Gladstone Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Gladstone Bridal Boutique

Suits: Swarv Menswear

Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Cathedral

Priest: Monsignor / Father Grace

Reception: The Shearing Shed, Rockhampton’s Heritage Village

Cake: Cake Crafters

Ring Box: Amonie

Why you should consider an unplugged wedding

The following wedding advice is kindly provided by our friend Madelyn Holmes Photographics

If you’re a bride or groom and haven’t heard of the ‘unplugged’ concept, this means asking guests to turn off their cameras and mobile devices for a period of time at your wedding – be it just the ceremony or the whole celebration.

In an age where our phones have become an extension of our fingertips, it can be hard to switch off and just enjoy the moment.


Doing so encourages your guests to be truly present as you say ‘I do’ and embrace the emotion of your nuptials without the distraction of technology.

This also allows your photographer (and/or videographer) to do their job uninterrupted, ensuring the most important moments of your day are captured without guests interfering or obstructing the professional images.


So what’s the key to having an unplugged wedding without causing offence? Asking politely and clearly ahead of time so your guests are aware of your wishes, whatever they may be.

This can be done by making a note of the request with your invitations, placing a sign at the venue entrance and arranging for your celebrant to make an announcement before the ceremony commences.


Your guests will be understandably excited to see you get married and most likely just want a visual memento of the occasion, so it may be a nice compromise to allow photos at certain intervals throughout the day.

In this case, have your celebrant or MC ask guests to wait while the photographer captures each formality first, then open an invitation for anyone else wanting to take photos once they have finished.


Whether you opt for a completely unplugged wedding, an unplugged ceremony or simply ask guests to refrain from posting on social media until the first professional images have been released, most guests will happily oblige.

Ultimately, it is your special day and the decision is completely up to you!
Wedding advice and images kindly provided by our friend Madelyn Holmes Photographics

6 Amazing Places to Marry in CQ – Rockhampton Region

Setting both the date and location are two of the first steps you’ll normally take in your wedding planning journey, and these tasks go hand-in-hand depending on the availability of your chosen venue. If you’re early on in the planning process, we put together the following feature to help you discover some of our region’s top venues to choose from. This list is not exhaustive of course, and a comprehensive venue list can be found in our Wedding Guide. The following six venues are located around the Rockhampton-Yeppoon region and are listed in no particular order of preference, price or quality. We recommend visiting the venues’ websites and contacting their team for more information if you’d like to investigate them further!

Kanangra Heights

Kanangra Heights is set on 7 acres of beautiful gardens, with stunning views over Yeppoon to the Coral Sea.  The relaxed casual atmosphere creates a beautiful ambiance, and their packages range from cocktail style to formal and can be adapted.
Kanangra Heights offers several ceremony locations within the property, including the purpose-built gazebo.  They can cater for up to 100 people in the main dining room for formal events, such as sit-down meals and 120 people for a cocktail style function, making use of their two tiered garden area.

Kanangra Heights have a Venue Coordinator and Chef who will work with you to assist with table placement, seating arrangements and menu options.

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Download their wedding package details here: Kanangra Heights Wedding Package

Contact Kanangra Heights: 580 Tanby Road, Taroomball, Queensland 4703 | | | Phone: (07) 4913 6124 | Connie: 0438 442 262 | Sharon: 0417 601 299

Image credits: Madelyn Holmes Photographics

Lazy Acres

Situated in Alton Downs approximately 20 minutes from Rockhampton is the beautiful property of Lazy Acres. The property features ample outdoor ceremony space, two fully self contained accommodation facilities, a generous timber function area, a pavilion, and a fully fenced play area for the littles ones.


Weddings at Lazy Acres can comfortably seat 160 in table arrangements or entertain 250 for cocktail style. Their lawn area is designed to accommodate both ceremony and reception for weddings.

Their pre-ceremony suite reminds us of Maleny Manor, don’t you think?

Download their package details here: LazyAcresPackages

Contact Lazy Acres: | Address: Birrahlee Rd, Alton Downs QLD | Ph: 0439 489 291 | E:

Image credits: Capture The Moment Photography

Korte’s Resort

Korte’s Resort opened recently on the north side of Rockhampton, offering everything in the one place for weddings: onside accommodation for guests, manicured grassed areas for ceremonies, and a function room available early Sept 2017 offering 31m by 19m of useable area for receptions. Their accommodation also includes some beautifully furnished, elegant rooms, perfect for pre-wedding photos!
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Contact Korte’s Resort: | Ph: 07 4936 3153 | Address: 984 Yaamba Road Rockhampton Q 4701 | E:

Paradise Lagoons


Paradise Lagoons is located in Gracemere and offers rustic charm, country elegance and scalability to cater for weddings of all sizes.

Paradise Lagoons offers the following areas for wedding ceremonies and receptions:

A grassed area under huge tamarind trees overlooking the Lagoon with the Berserker Ranges beyond.

The Paradise Bar, an undercover area overlooking the arena capable of seating 300 guests for a formal function or 500 guests for a cocktail style gathering.

The Pavilion, a large room with views over the surrounding countryside, with its own bathroom, kitchen & bar facilities. Ideal for smaller more intimate functions, cocktail parties, weddings and corporate events.

The Stables can be the perfect barn style venue for large or small functions. It can comfortably sit 400 guests and many more for a cocktail style function. This area lends itself to a ‘make it what you will’ venue with a difference.

The lawns are beautiful and lush green all year round and are just awaiting your vision.

Contact Paradise Lagoons:  Address: Malchi-Nine-Mile Road, Alton Downs | Ph: 07 4934 1909 | Mobile 0473 499 006 | E: |

Image Credits: 1, 2, 5 – Jess Edwards

St Aubins Village

Newly re-opened and already a hotspot for Rockhampton Weddings, St Aubins Village is brimming with historical charm and exquisite spaces for your wedding photos. Mother-daughter duo Janice and Lauren are a delight to deal with and will work with you to make your wedding day dreams come true!

The property of St Aubins Village includes a beautiful, large grassed area catering for up to 150 people, a paved courtyard which caters for up to 100 guests, and 2 quaint cottages available for accommodation. These areas are all surrounded by colourful and manicured gardens – perfect for an outdoor garden wedding!


Contact St Aubins Village: Lauren or Janice: 0400 213 666 | | 73-75 Canoona Road, West Rockhampton

Image Credits: 1-3 White Ash Photography | 4 Madelyn Holmes Photographics | 5,6 Dani Drury Photographer

The Strand Hotel

If you’re seeking modern sophistication, stunning views and an experienced team of event staff to make your wedding reception beautiful and unique, The Strand Hotel at Yeppoon may be the perfect venue for you!

The beautiful Ocean View Room and balcony can comfortably seat 120 guests banquette style or cater for up to 230 cocktail style. Their wedding menus range from set two course alternate drop from $45 per person, buffets from $49 per person, and cocktail packages from as little as $22.50 per person. Room hire and theming is additional, depending on your requirements.

The Strand also offer ceremony coordination, oceanside which is directly opposite their venue. Wedding ceremony packages are $880 – they provide full set up, council approval, and pack down with their team travelling as far south as the beaches of Zilzie, and as far north as Farnborough.

Ceremony locations are on offer beachside, a few steps away from The Strand Hotel


Functions Manager Terese Cauchi will put you at ease with her willingness to help you achieve your perfect day. Wedding Packages and details are available from their website and Terese can work with you to modify packages if budgets are a concern. For further information visit The Strand’s website or contact the staff on (07) 4939 1301 or email

Image courtesy of Stylish Events and Hire