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Real Wedding | Amy + Paul

Tell us a little about yourselves!

I work as a researcher for a multidisciplinary research initiative that seeks to address gender equality in the workplace. Paul is a child protection case worker. We were originally introduced by a mutual acquaintance around ten years ago, but then ended up working in a local cafe together. Paul was a barista and I worked in the little clothing boutique upstairs. We were friends during this entire time, and it wasn’t until later on when the stars aligned that we started dating. We instantly connected over film, as well as good food and music. We have been together for seven and a half wonderful years.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

Having stayed at the Paramount House Hotel a few times, we knew we wanted to incorporate it somehow into our celebrations. Originally, we planned to have our wedding on the rooftop of the hotel, but due to newly imposed council restrictions we had to rethink our plans. We were instead offered the Golden Age Cinema + Bar, which was the perfect trade off. Going to the movies has always been our favourite activity to do together so it just felt like it was meant to be.

How many guests did you have?


Tell us about your outfits:

I actually wore two dresses. I had a general idea of what I wanted my main dress to be like - some classic elements, ethereal and elegant. My first dress was by Orseund Iris, which was an archived style that I had been obsessing over for quite some time, even pre-engagement. When the dress was re-cut for pre-order, I knew it was a sign. I also had my heart set on slipping into something more appropriate (and fun) for dancing later in the evening. My second dress was a sparkly, disco inspired mini from The Own Studio, which I changed into after we snuck away to get some photos. I took a gamble and purchased both dresses online, which was a bit scary but fortunately paid off. I (Paul) chose a made to measure suit by P.Johnson , as I was already a fan of their casual Australian style tailoring. I went into the first consultation not really knowing what to ask for, only that I wanted my suit to be timeless looking and something I could wear again. The P.Johnson team made the process incredibly easy for me.

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

We were very intentional about which traditions we wanted to either abandon entirely or keep. We walked into the ceremony hand in hand, spent the night before the wedding together and didn't have a first dance or bridal party. We were aiming for a more informal, relaxed event where we could enjoy the company of our guests and the flow of the day wasn’t interrupted by various formalities. Overall, I’d describe our aesthetic as timeless, romantic and relaxed, yet unique.

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

Given that the Golden Age Cinema + Bar is quite distinctive in design and colour palette, we had very minimal styling additions. Importantly, we wanted to throw a memorable party for our family and friends. We had our favourite film ‘Lost in Translation’ playing in the cinema during the reception. My bouquet, designed by Anna May Henry Florals, was one of the most special, dreamiest bridal bouquets I’ve ever laid eyes on. Delicious food was a big priority, so we went with Aplenty, an all woman catering team who focus on seasonal produce. The excitement and energy on the dancefloor was palpable, with our friend and DJ, Jeb Taylor curating the perfect playlist of disco, soul, funk and a little bit of dance. Oh, and our cake! Casa Dolce Desserts created the most delightful two-tiered retro inspired cake, adorned with maraschino cherries. It was so delicious, and lasted only 36 hours before being completely devoured.

Any tips for couples getting married?

Stay true to yourselves and make sure your wedding feels like you as a couple.

Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?

We could not be more grateful to all of our vendors. However, Damien Milan, our photographer, was a dream to collaborate with. With Damien, we felt extremely comfortable, and as a result, our photos could not be more spectacular. By the end of the evening, he felt like an old friend!

Photographer : Damien Milan @damienmilan_photographer | Ceremony + Reception Location : Golden Age Cinema + Bar @ourgoldenage | Celebrant : Friend | Entertainment : Jeb Taylor (friend) | Planner : Alicia Boyd @ourgoldenage | Flora : Anna May Henry Florals @annamayhenry | HMUA : Aimie Fiebig @aimiefiebig | Catering + Beverages : Aplenty @aplentyfood | Cake : Casa Dolce Desserts @casadolcedesserts | Stationery : Appy Couple @appycouple | Ceremony Dress : Orseund Iris @orseund_iris | Reception Dress : The Own Studio @theownstudio | Paul's Outfit : P.Johnson @pjohnsontailors | Wedding Rings : Sarah and Sebastian @sarahandsebastian | Ceremony Shoes : Scanlan Theodore @scanlantheodore | Reception Shoes : Nelson Made @nelson.made | Paul’s Shoes : Fred Perry x George Cox @fredperry | Paul’s Watch : Omega (Vintage) @omega | Hair Piece : Jennifer Behr @jenniferbehr | Ceremony Earrings : Anni Lu @_anni_lu_ | Reception Earrings : Vermeer Studio @vermeerstudio | Bag : Isla Risa @isla.risa


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