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Sweet and Sex

Great music is an essential element for any upbeat wedding, but live bands must do much more than getting the guests to hit the dance floor.

Being well organised, punctual and easy to work with is also fundamental, according to Ani Thompson who manages Award-winning Brisbane band Sex and Chocolate. “As well as being organised, our band members are also fun, witty, spontaneous and charismatic. As entertainers we are able to unite everyone through music and dance,” Ani says.

Inspired by the desire to emulate The Temptations, smooth harmonies and sharp dance moves became Sex and Chocolate’s stock-in-trade, with musical inspiration drawn from Motown classics, contemporary RnB and timeless soul.

Paul (The Wolfman) Thompson is founder and lead singer of the band, which he formed in 1998. Paul, who is originally from New Zealand, has sung the national anthem for the All Blacks twice and has performed for HRH Princess Anne at the New Zealand Royal Gala, as well as other high-profile televised events.

“When I watch The Wolfman perform I’m captivated,” Ani says. “Somehow he seems to capture the essence of super cool, sexy, hilarious and unpredictable all in one. He is fearless high energy entertainment! He is the real deal. Entertaining is what he was born to do.”

When asked how Sex and Chocolate got their cheeky moniker, Paul explains; “We wanted an image that would portray a sexy, fresh sound,” he says. “Our original name was TRU, which stood for`The Rest of Us’.

“Then one day we were approached by the manager of the Watermark Hotel who loved our show but thought the group’s name wasn’t marketable, and, he was right. He asked his female employees for band name suggestions for a group of three sexy young Polynesian boys and they came up with ‘Sex and Chocolate‘… and the rest is history.”

All of the band members have been involved in music for decades, some of them honing their voices in church choirs and winning awards both nationally and internationally. They now approach each wedding with a structure honed through years of performing at hundreds of events. “For me I believe preparation is one of our keys to success,” Ani says.

Historic wedding venues

Couples wanting to marry in a venue steeped in history are spoiled for choice, regardless of which state they live in. Here are 10 historic wedding venues: hotels, cottages – and even a castle – that have, in some cases, more than 100 years of weddings under their belts.

Built as a grand old family home between 1849 and 1958, Overnewton Castle is set amongst five acres of beautiful English gardens. It has its own wood-panelled chapel (which used to be a billiards room) and can cater for 150 sit-down guests or 240 for a cocktail events.

In the 160-odd years this magnificent home has stood, it has been a summer retreat, a convalescent home and, even, an Air Force hospital. It was restored in 2002 and, in addition to the beautiful old home, it sits aside a soaring new light-filled reception centre and can cater for wedding of between 20 and 230 guests.

Be it the sandstone courtyard or beneath the opulent Waterford chandeliers, regardless of where on this property you shoot your wedding photos, they are guaranteed to be spectacular – and more than a little romantic.

Built in 1868, this was one of the very first homes in Australia to have electric lighting. Its architecture is said to have been inspired by the Lombardy region of Italy and dancing, especially your first dance, in its grand ballroom, which has housed so many of Melbourne’s high-society events, is magical!

Nestled amongst a dreamy, three-acre garden, the beautiful sandstone facade of this historic brewery shines against the glorious backdrop of Mount Wellington. Their team of on-site chefs will even match your wedding menu with their best beers.