“She was absolutely beautiful”, Ryan says of the moment he saw his now wife Annaliese walk towards him at their wedding.  “We had kept it traditional, I hadn’t seen the dress before the wedding.” 

Ryan said he knew “early on” that he would ask Annaliese to marry him, and a year after meeting they were engaged. Covid saw the wedding put off for a year, “it was at the peak of the Victorian cases and we didn’t want family to miss out. It was a good call, the Sunshine Coast was under restrictions and there would have been no dancing.” 

Dance they did, one year on. Ryan and Anneliese even choreographed a dance to John Farnham’s Two Strong Hearts. “We were a bit nervous beforehand, but it went well… Maybe we could have done a little bit more practise.” 

The wedding and reception were held at Ocean View Estate Winery at Mount Mee. “It was a lovely setting looking over the vineyards and rolling hills, but it was windy! I felt sorry for the girls. We were fine in our suits.” 

Ryan and Annaliese wrote their own vows and Ryan admits to “a few tears”. “I got through it but I had to take a few breaks.” 

At the reception, also at the winery, Ryan and Anneliese sat with their guests at two long tables, “It was more natural. We didn’t want it to be like, ‘can we approach the bench’,” he jokes.   

For their honeymoon Ryan and Annaliese headed to the Northern Territory and spent a few days in Darwin, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge. “It was perfect weather for swimming, hot and sunny and there were heaps of swimming places like rock pools. It was fresh, but nice when you got in.” A highlight was a flight over Katherine Gorge.  

They managed to avoid Covid, until the very end when they heard Darwin was about to go into lockdown and returned a day early. 

What’s next for Ryan and Anneliese?  Ryan says, “Everyone’s next question is ‘Are you going to start a family?’. We will, we both want children. In the meantime we are working on the house we bought a year ago, that’s our focus for the next year.”