Real Wedding – Vintage Sydney Style

08/05/2013 |

Katie Pahley Photography

Alex & Paul   ♥   Sydney, Australia 

Photographer:   Katie Pashley


Imagine my delight when I caught a glimpse of this glamorous and unique vintage inspired wedding – Sydney style!


The venues chosen for this special day are simply stunning and the result is these amazing, atmospheric photographs, like scenes from a classic movie.


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The bridal party took to the sunlit Sydney sidewalks (taking a short stroll from the ceremony to the reception venue), much to the delight of passers-by.


The wedding and the beautiful bride herself, are effortlessly cool and ooze personality. Additional details, from the bridesmaid dresses to the bridal flowers and Alex’s jewellery were kept classic, simple and stylish. And, how dapper did the groom and his groomsmen look? Timeless tailoring and those fantastic hats were teamed with coordinating buttonholes – perfect!


Alex, Paul and their guests look like they had the time of their lives and really made their day, their own.





Alex says:

“I moved to Sydney from the UK with my family, when I was in High School. So, there was never any doubt in my mind that we would get married in this amazing city that I have called home for such a long time now.”


“On the morning of the wedding I felt pretty calm – even though the dress didn’t arrive until 3.15pm and the dressmaker was still sewing in on me until 3.55pm, until I told her to stop! For my hair and make-up I went for a classic, simple look. We were at The Westin hotel in Martin Place, Sydney, in a lovely hotel room with my bridesmaids.”






“Our wedding ceremony was held in the large sandstone courtyard at The Mint in Sydney. It was about 3 blocks away from the hotel, so I got a cab there!”


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Ceremony music:

  • Entrance of the bride: Karen O and the Kids – Love







“The staff at The Mint were wonderful. We had canapés and drinks at the ceremony so there wasn’t a break in between the ceremony and the reception. Guests then walked from the ceremony to the reception. Easy!”




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“We held the reception at Pendolino Restaurant, in Sydney’s historic Strand Arcade.”


The elegant Victorian arcade, draws links back to Alex’s English roots. The exquisite arcade was designed by English architect John  Spencer. The arcade opened in 1891 and was named Strand Arcade after the famous London street.




“We choose Pendolino as it is such a beautiful restaurant and we really loved the food. I left the restaurant as is. No extra decoration – because it was already so lovely. The food was unbelievable and they got dishes out for 100 people seamlessly, while maintaining an incredibly high standard. The wine and the service was impeccable too.”






First dance:

Dancefloor classic:

  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home




What were your highlights and your favourite memories from the day?

  • “The funny photos we got with randoms on the street in Sydney.”




Would you do anything differently?

  • “If you ask someone to make your dress, choose someone with a sense of urgency!”





Do you have any wedding budget tips?

  • “Look for reception venues that don’t need decorating.”
  • “We didn’t have a wedding cake on the day; if you don’t care about cake, don’t bother! Have a yummy dessert instead.”




Venue and suppliers: 

Photographer – Katie Pashley / Ceremony venue – The Mint / Reception venue – Pendolino Restaurant / Hair – Wink Hair / Florist – White House Flowers / Bride’s dress – Handmade by a friend / Bride’s shoes and accessories – One-off pieces from Etsy / Groom and groomsmen suits and accessories – Skin Deep



It shows how impressive and interesting venues can make for an extra special day and as Alex pointed out, it can really help your budget if your venue doesn’t need any extra decoration.


The relaxed mood shone through in the photography and the vintage elements stamped this wedding with personality. It’s all about Sydney style!