Audley Dance Hall was originally built during the Second World War to host dances for soldiers on leave. Its mid-century aesthetic and huge balcony overlooking the river were major selling points, but the venue’s history of good times and tunes was the real clincher for Natasha and Rodney. Their wedding naturally took on a nostalgic feel, which worked perfectly with the venue and Natasha’s glam long-sleeve sequin dress by Chosen by One Day. Making the most of the incredible autumn light, Sydney Photographer Matt Godkin captured all the day’s special details.
The bridal party
Natasha found her dream dress – a glittering Chosen by One Day gown – from Sydney boutique Love Marie Bridal. She paired it with Aquazzura heels and a celestial velvet bag by I’mmany London. Her bridesmaids wore navy numbers (a dress and a jumpsuit) from Reformation, and Rodney’s dove grey three-piece was from Jack London.
“We chose to have our ceremony in the afternoon under a big autumn tree overlooking the river,” shares Natasha. “The spot was so beautiful it really didn’t need much in terms of styling. We had floral pillars (by Ginger and Floss Floral Design) that we later moved inside to frame the bridal party table, and a 60s Moroccan rug we found on Etsy.”
“We kept the more traditional aspects of the vows to a minimum so we could keep the tone as ‘us’ as possible. It was really important to us to find the balance between letting one another’s sense of humour shine while not losing the significance of the moment. And how could we forget the troop of geese that randomly side-lined, only to fully escort, the bridal party down the aisle.”
The wedding venue
Natasha and Rodney took a systematic approach to finding their dream venue, before settling on Audley Dance Hall. “First we set limits in terms of how far we wanted to ask guests to travel. Then we shortlisted five or so venues with an outdoor element within that range and hit them in one big road trip. It was a big day but really helped us properly compare them and find the most organic fit for us in a short space of time.”
A few words of wisdom
“People will try and derail your decisions. Stay true to what’s important to you but also try not to sweat the microscopically small things. Don’t waste money but get comfortable spending it. Keep your eye on the real reason you’re doing it all – it’ll keep you centred in what is inevitably a stressful time. Accept help! And if it isn’t offered, ask for it, assign jobs, and trust people to deliver. And when the day comes, lean into every small moment without a second thought.”