Stefanie and Andrew's Sydney Mint Wedding with Sword Ceremony
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Stefanie and Andrew’s Sydney Mint Wedding with Sword Ceremony

Military Wedding in Sydney with Dockside Reception

They always say there is something about a Man in Uniform and Andrew did not disappoint his Bride as they said their vows at this Sydney Mint Wedding late last year. The good luck rain poured down on Stefanie and Andrew and they didn’t mind one bit. They were just so happy to celebrate this union – rain, hail or shine!


The bride and bridesmaids (and groom!) got ready at the Sofitel Wentworth in the City.  This hotel is one of my favourite locations to take a spectacular aerial shot because of its great mid-level terrace. Check out the photos of the bridesmaids so you can see what I am talking about!


Also, a few things didn’t go to plan on the day but they took it all in their stride and were just so happy just to be around all their family and friends. Andrew is a policeman but he also works for the Army. The Bride and Groom, therefore, they decided it would be great to have a traditional Sword Ceremony as part of their day. They had to wait until 2 days before the wedding to borrow one of the special swords as it was being used for Prince Charles’ visit!


I just want to say that I feel very privileged to have been a part of Stefanie and Andrew’s day – they are just wonderful people to work with but also as friends – very kind and generous.


Sydney Mint Wedding Details


Bride’s Dress: Eden Rose by Tanya Anic, from Marry Me Bridal / Flowers: Francis Floristry / Hair and Make-up Artist: Amy Chan Hair & Makeup / Celebrant: Tara Rennie / Ceremony Venue: The Mint / Reception Venue: Doltone House / Music: Impression DJs / Suits: Ferrari Formalwear / Shoes: Deseo Bridal Shoes / Bridesmaids dresses:  Pia Gladys Perey, from Fashionably Yours / Stationery: Deciduous Press / Cake: Sugar Bee Cakes / Photobooth: The Photo Booth Guys / Bonbonniere: Pana Chocolate  /  Getting Ready Venue: The Wentworth Sydney



Ceremonial army coat with medals and sword

Ceremonial army hat, gloves coat and boots

Wedding invitation and RSVP card

A lovely detailed white bridal gown on a hanger in a window with bridal shoes below

White gold rings on a wooden box

A groom in formal army clothing makes final adjustments in front of a mirror

A bride and her bridesmaid in purple robes laugh while sitting on a bed

A closeup of a "Bride" ribbon pinned to a bride's robe and bridesmaids pouring champagne

A bride in a white bridal gown puts on her earrings in front of a mirror

A bride's mother smiles at her daughter

A bottle of perfume on top of some flowers, and a closeup of a bride's bouquet

A bride smiles and poses on a bench seat near a window while holding her bouquet

A bride's smiling father sees her in her wedding gown for the first time

Bridesmaids in navy dresses holding bouquets, and closeups of their hairstyles

A shot from a high hotel window of the bride and her bridesmaids in the courtyard way below

A bride and her bridesmaids smile and pose together in a hotel courtyard

Flowers tide to seats, a chalk wedding sign decorated with flowers, and wedding guests waiting for the ceremony to begin

A smiling groom posing and showing his ceremonial army uniform with medals and sword

Groomsmen smile and stand with hands in their pockets

A closeup of a groomsman's floral buttonhole and pocket square, a young girl in a white dress, and wedding guests huddling under umbrellas

A flower girl's bouquet and a groom and his groomsmen posing together and smiling

A flower girl peaks out to the ceremony as the bridesmaids and the bride and her father wait behind

A flower girl walks down steps as army personnel with ceremonial swords stand either side

An overhead shot of a bride being walked to her ceremony by her father between army personnel with ceremonial swords

A bride and groom and their bridal party stand under a tree at the end of the aisle as their wedding guests sit underneath umbrellas

A bride and groom smile at each other and hold hands as the celebrant speaks into a microphone

A bride speaks into a microphone held by the celebrant as her smiling groom looks at her

Army personnel in uniform and with ceremonial swords stand in formation

A bride and groom walk back down the aisle after their ceremony followed by their wedding party

Wedding guests mingling

A bride and groom signing their wedding papers

A bride and groom walk down steps underneath ceremonial swords held by uniformed army personnel

A smiling bride and groom posing with army personnel

A groom smiles as wedding guests look on

Army personnel "at ease" outside the wedding reception venue

A bride and groom posing with their wedding party beneath two archways

A low shot showing off the bride and groom's attire as they hold hands while standing in an archway

A bride and groom looking into each others eyes, smiling and holding hands as they walk down a ramp

A bride and groom smiling and sharing an eskimo kiss against a stone wall

A bride and groom look back over their shoulders from the bottom of a ramp

A bride and groom and their wedding party talking and laughing amongst themselves

A bride smiles and poses with her bridesmaids

A bride holds her groom's hat, and the groom holds his bride's bouquet

A bride and groom holding hands and walking together past vintage looking building

A bride and groom smiling and looking into each others eyes as they walk along

A bride cuddles her groom as her veil flies up in the wind

A groom leans against a wall and his bride leans against a stone wall

A bride and groom walk together across a wet stone courtyard, and a closeup of the groom's ceremonial sword

White and floral decorated tables and chairs at a wedding reception

Table settings with candles and floral decorations at a wedding reception

Wedding guests mingling at the entrance to a wedding reception

A three tiered naked cake decorated with flowers

A wedding tea ceremony

Wedding guests mingling outside of a reception venue with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background

A table arrangement sign at a wedding reception

Wedding guests mingling and laughing

Wedding guests mingling outside of a reception venue with boats and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background

Signing table with a cute Australia Post wishing well

Wedding guests take photos as the bride and groom share a kiss upon entering their reception

A bride and groom smile and laugh as the bride's father gives a speech

An overhead view of guests at a wedding reception, and the bride being hugged by guests

A bride and her bridesmaids posing with props in a photobooth

A bride and her bridesmaids smiling and holding props in a photobooth

Wedding guests at a reception smiling, laughing and clapping

A bride and groom cut their wedding cake with the groom's ceremonial sword

Wedding guests join the bride and groom in raising their glasses for a toast

Wedding guests look down from above as the bride and groom share their first dance below

Wedding guests making moves on the dancefloor

The groom and some friends celebrating on the dancefloor

The bride and some guests dancing together

The bride throws her bouquet as the single ladies wait behind

A night view of a yacht on the water with buildings and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background

A smiling bride and groom crouch to navigate a farewell arch provided by their wedding guests


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