"I do solemnly declare you..."

the UQ weddings album!

Hui Ven (Bachelor of Commerce '08) and Voon Szn (Bachelor of Economics '08).

When you love your uni so much you get hitched here!

Recently, we spoke to alumni who either met at The University of Queensland, got engaged here, tied the knot at one of UQ's campuses — or all three in some cases.

Meet our happy couples below…

Hui Ven (Bachelor of Commerce '08) and Voon Szn (Bachelor of Economics '08) "We decided to do our engagement shoot in UQ since that’s where we started and we really love our uni! Haha I remember how I felt when I saw UQ for the first time, wow this university is stunning!"

"We decided to do our engagement shoot in UQ since that’s where we started and we really love our uni! Haha I remember how I felt when I saw UQ for the first time, wow this university is stunning," said Hiu Ven. Source: supplied.

It’s really hard to single out a favourite memory. I love the jacaranda trees, the late nights at BSL library, my hot choc right outside SSH library, walking around the great court, the aquatic centre, and of course my time in International House!

"It’s really hard to single out a favourite memory. I love the jacaranda trees, the late nights at BSL library, my hot choc right outside SSH library, walking around the great court, the aquatic centre, and of course my time in International House," said Hui Ven. Source: supplied.

Amanda (Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce '11) and husband Mark  (Bachelor of Commerce '06)

Amanda (Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce '11) and husband Mark (Bachelor of Commerce '06). Source: supplied.

The bride stands in the sunshine with her back to the cloisters and her veil billowing out.

This beautiful bride was photographed by the very clever @dan_park_photo - a current UQ Business Management and IT student. Source: supplied.

Hui Ven (Bachelor of Commerce '08) and Voon Szn (Bachelor of Economics '08) "We decided to do our engagement shoot in UQ since that’s where we started and we really love our uni! Haha I remember how I felt when I saw UQ for the first time, wow this university is stunning!"

"We decided to do our engagement shoot in UQ since that’s where we started and we really love our uni! Haha I remember how I felt when I saw UQ for the first time, wow this university is stunning," said Hiu Ven. Source: supplied.

"It’s really hard to single out a favourite memory. I love the jacaranda trees, the late nights at BSL library, my hot choc right outside SSH library, walking around the great court, the aquatic centre, and of course my time in International House," said Hui Ven. Source: supplied.

Amanda (Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce '11) and husband Mark  (Bachelor of Commerce '06)

Amanda (Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce '11) and husband Mark (Bachelor of Commerce '06). Source: supplied.

The bride stands in the sunshine with her back to the cloisters and her veil billowing out.

This beautiful bride was photographed by the very clever @dan_park_photo - a current UQ Business Management and IT student. Source: supplied.

Tim and Nic

Get hitched at the Translational Research Institute (TRI).

A long white table set amongst the greenery at the centre of the stunnign research institute.

The wedding reception at UQ's Translation Research Institute. Source: supplied.

The wedding reception at UQ's Translation Research Institute. Source: supplied.

The adorable toddlers holding and talking into microphones.

Tim and Nic's adorable little boy was the MC for the big day (kidding, toddlers are no good at constant babble and bossing people about!). Source: supplied.

Puppy love! Nic is a veterinarian (Bachelor of Science '04), Tim is a PhD candidate at UQ and also lectures for the School of Architecture.

Puppy love! Nic is a vet (Bachelor of Science '04), Tim is a PhD candidate at UQ and also lectures for the School of Architecture. Source: supplied.

In the beautiful TRI atrium - waiting for the grooms!

In the beautiful TRI atrium - waiting for the grooms! Source: supplied.

The couple say 'I do' at TRI.

Saying 'I do' ... Source: supplied.

The couple raise their hands in celbration after the ceremony.

Officially done! Congratulations Nic and Tim! Source: supplied.

The happy couple and their toddler cut the cake together.

'Yes' kween ... "It was supposed to be 'yas kween'- but my mum and dad just didn't get it. I spent almost forty minutes explaining that it's 'yas kween' - but my dad kept saying, "during the postal vote on marriage equality last year - you asked people to vote 'yes' not vote 'yas' - it's important to keep the 'yes'" - which made a lot of sense to me. So, yes kween!" Tim said. Source: supplied.

The adorable toddlers holding and talking into microphones.

Tim and Nic's adorable little boy was the MC for the big day (kidding, toddlers are no good at constant babble and bossing people about!). Source: supplied.

Puppy love! Nic is a veterinarian (Bachelor of Science '04), Tim is a PhD candidate at UQ and also lectures for the School of Architecture.

Puppy love! Nic is a vet (Bachelor of Science '04), Tim is a PhD candidate at UQ and also lectures for the School of Architecture. Source: supplied.

In the beautiful TRI atrium - waiting for the grooms!

In the beautiful TRI atrium - waiting for the grooms! Source: supplied.

The couple say 'I do' at TRI.

Saying 'I do' ... Source: supplied.

The couple raise their hands in celbration after the ceremony.

Officially done! Congratulations Nic and Tim! Source: supplied.

The happy couple and their toddler cut the cake together.

'Yes' kween ... "It was supposed to be 'yas kween'- but my mum and dad just didn't get it. I spent almost forty minutes explaining that it's 'yas kween' - but my dad kept saying, "during the postal vote on marriage equality last year - you asked people to vote 'yes' not vote 'yas' - it's important to keep the 'yes'" - which made a lot of sense to me. So, yes kween!" Tim said. Source: supplied.

The toddlers stole the spotlight again. Source: supplied.

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) is a unique, Australian-first initiative of ‘bench to bedside’ medical research. TRI combines clinical and translational research to advance progress from laboratory discovery to application in the community.

The concept of a major research institute on this site arose from the thinking of notable Queensland clinicians including Professor Brian Emmerson and Dr John Golledge, and the vision was conceived and brought to fruition by the clinicians and scientists of the four institutions who were its founding partners; The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Mater Medical Research Institute and Queensland Health.

TRI

The Translational Research Institute is supported by a grant from the Australian Government and funding from the  Queensland Government; The Atlantic Philanthropies; University of Queensland; Queensland University of Technology; and Mater Research.

It is because of the contributions and support of these organisations, together with the vision of the founding directors, that the TRI has become a reality.

"True love is singing karaoke 'Under Pressure' and letting the other person sing the Freddie Mercury part."

- Mindy Kaling, author and actress.

Margo (Bachelor of Physiotherapy '89, Masters Physiotherapy '97) and her husband Andrew. Source: supplied.

Margo and Andrew's sandstone romance

Margo and her husband Andrew were married in 1996 and she still has fond memories of the day whenever she visits UQ's St Lucia campus.

"Our wedding was in 1996, we were married at St Thomas's church in Toowong but I wanted some photos at UQ Great Court because I love it there," Margo said.

"I went to Women's College for three years, along with my sisters. My two sons are currently at St John's College, and my daughter will probably go there too.

"I cycled through it by myself one evening last year and felt so happy," she said.

Flo and Jess

An alumni love story

Flo and Jess stand with beautiful floral arrangements touching noses.

Flo and Jess are two alumni whose love story is inexplicably tied to UQ. Source: supplied.

Flo and Jess are two alumni whose love story is inexplicably tied to UQ. Source: supplied.

A glittering wedding party poses for a snap in the Great Court.

A dashing wedding party in the Great Court. Source: supplied.

Flo and Jess poses in front of the sandstone of Forgan Smith with their floral bouquets.

Flo and Jess. Source: supplied.

The wedding party laugh as they explore various parts of campus.

Flo, Jess and their wedding party walk through the new refurbished UQ Law Library and a lecture theatre. Source: supplied.

A glittering wedding party poses for a snap in the Great Court.

A dashing wedding party in the Great Court. Source: supplied.

Flo and Jess poses in front of the sandstone of Forgan Smith with their floral bouquets.

Flo and Jess. Source: supplied.

Flo, Jess and their wedding party walk through the new refurbished UQ Law Library and a lecture theatre. Source: supplied.

Florence and Jess met at UQ while studying, after falling in love they got engaged here as well... so why not say "I do" amongst the sandstone cloisters too!

In an interview with Channel 7 last year, the couple spoke about how they would like to be married at UQ if the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey led to changes that would allow same-sex couples to marry.

Lauren and Flynn walk down an aisle set in UQ's Great Court, surrounded by their friends and family.

Lauren and Flynn walk down and aisle in the Great Court - photo by wedding and event photographer Anna Osetroff. Source: supplied.

The couple and their wedding party stand amongst the cloisters.

Lauren and Flynn with their wedding party in the Great Court - photo by wedding and event photographer Anna Osetroff. Source: supplied.

Lauren and Flynn walk down an aisle set in UQ's Great Court, surrounded by their friends and family.

Lauren and Flynn walk down and aisle in the Great Court - photo by wedding and event photographer Anna Osetroff. Source: supplied.

The couple and their wedding party stand amongst the cloisters.

Lauren and Flynn with their wedding party in the Great Court - photo by wedding and event photographer Anna Osetroff. Source: supplied.

Shyuan and Derik

The science of love

As a leading university in research and innovation, The University of Queensland is home to many researchers and change makers. While on a path to discovering a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Dr Shyuan Ngo found herself a partner for life at UQ. This is the love story of two UQ researchers who are making efforts to change the lives of people living with MND.

“We met at the School of Biomedical Sciences (SBMS) in 2008. I was in the last year of my PhD and I was also Chair of the SBMS social club," Shyuan said.

"I noticed that a new person had started working down the hall from the lab I was in.

Shu and Derik walk under a Jacaranda in a courtyard at UQ. Source: supplied.

"Initially, I thought he was a bit awkward since he never really spoke much. Also, he seemed somewhat unapproachable as he would always sit in the tea room by himself at lunch, hiding under his cap, eating a sandwich, reading the paper, and not really interacting. I thought to myself…sheesh…this guy is way too serious! He needs to have a bit of fun!

"I asked around the School about what he was like, and those I spoke to said he was an alright guy. So I eventually approached him to say hello and to ask him if he would like to get involved in the social club events.

"I initially asked if he would like to help with a SBMS BBQ by being our sausage sizzler for the day. He responded that he was vegetarian…and so it was a bit of a ‘whoops’ moment for me. Having said that, he still offered to do it….and he sizzled a lot of sausages!"

"Over the course of a few weeks, we both realised that we were going through a bit of a rough patch in our lives because both of our mothers were very unwell. It was something we could talk to each other about – I guess in a way, we were offering each other some sort of support, and someone to talk to," she said.

Stealing a kiss amidst the cloisters. Source: supplied.

"It turns out that he also seemed to be a very good scientist (hahaha!) so on occasion, I would ask for a bit of help in the lab with some of the work I was doing – it’s so much easier to get through some things in the lab with two sets of hands. In time, it just became a “thing”.

"I don’t actually know when we officially started dating. I think if you asked us, we would have different answers,” Shyuan said.

Shu with her friends and family. Source: supplied.

Derick and Shyuan. Source: supplied.

Read more of Shyuan's story here, and read about Derick here.

You can support the work of researchers like Shyuan and Derick here.

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