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Victoria Estate Wedding at Campbell Point House

When you see as many weddings as we do, you start to have an emotional response to each one. You know the ones I’m talking about… the weddings that make your heart sing. Such is the case with this windy wedding day brought to us by the talented Neiyo. You can just tell then the couple is pure gold and the entire day was an intimate, heartwarming, joy filled occasion. Complete with an easter egg hunt, a kid zone, and loads of pretty details, it’s all right here for your viewing pleasure.


From Neiyo….Melissa and Peter are one of those couples that you fall in love with straight away. They are so kind and caring, even though I was their photographer, they treated me like family.

It was a beautiful sunny blue sky kind of day in Melbourne with a cold breeze. At the gate of this breathtaking private estate (which reminds me of Revenge the TV series!) I was asked for a code, luckily this kind young man driving behind me screamed it out to me who turned out to be one of the 2 groomsmen/sons of the groom. The whole theme for Peter and his boys were Country Road and navy blue whilest everything on the brides side was a soft rose color. Even the little ones were matching to the color sceme. This couple certainly has good taste as most of their wedding was DIY. Melissa styled and organised everything including clothing for entire wedding party, where flowers were positioned in the property, made the blackboards for each area and even covered the cylinders which guests took home with their caricature in with paper (yes they hired a caricaturist!)

During the day I captured a few funny shots as the wind was blowing heavily and the boys & their girlfriends tried to protect their hairdo. I myself even had a Marilyn Monroe moment (lucky my assistant Alli was there to the rescue). Melissa’s Bridesmaid Jane was so beautiful and she made me laugh when I told her that she’s the best bridesmaid and she responded ” thats coz Im Old!”

The wedding was very kids friendly with an area especially decorated for kids and an easter egg hunt that the kids loved. Melissa and Peter designed the menu themselves transforming old family favourites to gourmet style sliders, mini trays of spaghetti and mini pizzas.

The speeches were heart warming filled with laughter and tears especially when Peter thanked his 2 sons…it was a touching moment that I will never forget.

The fairy lights of the estate were sparkling as the night continued in dancing.

Photography: Neiyo | Floral Design: The Willow Boutique | Wedding Gown: Simonelli | Make Up: Elissa Gia | Caricaturist : Oz Entertainment | Ceremony Arch: Soiree Darling | Flowergirls: Witchery For Kids | Music : Matt Baird | Rentals: Such Great Heights | Venue: Campbell Point House

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Rustic Wedding Inspiration Awash with Sunshine

Whether you are on the hunt for the perfect white dress or wedding day details that are packed with chic, there’s plenty take aways from this shoot. It’s a dream collaboration between Le & FothergillThe Dessert Parlour, Ruffles & Bells and Qlix Photography By Jay Cao. They were inspired by Australian sunshine, film photography and the prettiest Anna Campbell gowns. See the result right here!


From Qlix Photography By Jay Cao… The shoot began in the morning of a sunny Autumn’s day with our model Esma Voloder, highlighting the features of one of Australia’s top wedding dress designer Anna Campbell’s stunning collection along the parklands of Sanctuary Lakes in Point Cook Melbourne. The location show cased native Australian coastline where the foliage is never too far from the sandy beach. We shot 4 of Anna Campbell’s dresses to showcase their impeccable style and detail accentuated by the Australian sun.

After capturing the details of the dresses, the team then went onto setup a styled setting for our rustic theme. The styled setting contained rustic furniture, flowers, desserts and stationery.

Le and Fothergill provided the flowers, The Dessert Parlour provided the desserts, naked cakes and lovely jars of fruits, while Ruffles and Co provided the props and crockery for the setting all of which adds to the rustic theme with hues of pastel yellow and purple.

Photography: Qlix Photography By Jay Cao | Event Styling: Le & Fothergill | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Wedding Stationery: Paper Style & Co | Desserts: The Dessert Parlour | Hair And Makeup Artistry: KV Makeup Artistry | Model: Esma Voloder | Wedding & Event Styling: Ruffles & Bells - Wedding & Event Styling

Country DIY Victoria Wedding

I can say with 100% certainty, I’m a whole lot happier having seen this sweet Victoria wedding. Photographed by Louise Buma with a charming film from Joy Churchill, it’s a down home DIY affair done right. So if minty green details, big yellow balloons, and a honey-hued Volkswagen are your thing (be still my vintage loving heart), make sure to browse through the rest of this sweet soiree right here.

From the Bride…. Pete and I met in high school and started dating in our final school years. He was different to other boys- smart, down to earth and an all round-romantic! We went separate ways at university only to realise, we were meant to be. Time apart saw us both mature and realise what we wanted in life and that was each other.

Pete proposed in the pouring rain in the Italian town of Assisi. We were near the end of a month long trip and I was getting slightly exhausted of sight-seeing. He insisted that we take a walk through the towns park, which was situated on a hill over-looking the Umbrian Hills. Reluctantly, I slowly walked behind him taking photos under my umbrella. While snapping away on my camera, the next thing Pete was down on one knee, asking me to spend the rest of his life with him. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Not only did he have a ring, he had carried it with him for the entire trip! We took the train back to Rome that night and celebrated over Pasta, Tiramasu and Champagne!

We planned our wedding for exactly a year later on January 11th 2014 in Maffra, the town where Pete grew up and where his family still reside. It was important to both of us to be married in a church and a place that had special meaning. Pete and I both grew up in Catholic families and I’ve always dreamed of being married in an old church in a small country town. From the very beginning of the wedding planning, I was certain that I wanted to DIY as much possible for our wedding day. We wanted the day to reflect us and who we were as a couple. As an art teacher, I love getting creative and Pete was happy that we would be saving on costs by doing everything ourselves.

The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Catholic Church on the same street that Pete’s parents live. My father passed away three years ago, so my brother took the reins of walking me half way up the aisle where my mum took over and walked me the rest of the way to Pete. It was truly special. Following, we had our reception of 85 guests at Duart Homestead. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés outside Duart under the Moreton Bay Fig tree while the bridal party had photos. The night consisted of delicious vegetarian food (both Pete and I are vegetarian), speeches, great music, dancing, laughs in the photo-booth we created and even a surprise ukulele performance by Pete and his family. Guests were given homemade jam (made by Pete!) and honey jars from a locally sourced bee keeper. All the decorations which included 80 metres of hand-sewn bunting, were created and put together with the help of my mum, family and wonderful bridal party while the florist created exactly what I had envisioned of something unique while still reflecting a “country-rustic” theme.

My dress was an ivory lace trumpet gown with capped sleeves and a key-hole back accompanied by a simple drop veil, fresh-flowers pinned through my hair and blue shoes. I struggled choosing one single colour for the bridesmaids to wear so went for my three favourite colours instead while keeping the same style. Pete managed to find some Vegan leather shoes which he was most adamant about wearing and he and the groomsmen pulled off the mint-green bow ties oh so sweetly!

Louise, Lisa and Joy captured our day wonderfully! They were such a joy to work with and we had a lot of fun with them during the photos after the ceremony.

We were truly blessed with the help we had from family and friends putting the day together. Everything was better than imagined and I wouldn’t change anything… if anything, I’d do the whole day all over again!

Photography: Louise Buma | Videography: Joy Churchill | Floral Design: Katie Boyle | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Ceremony Venue: St Marys Church | Reception Venue: Duart Homestead | Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy, Mondora | Make Up: Julianne Bremner | Hair: Julianne Bremner | Groom's Attire: Prinzi Collections | Photography - Assistance: Lisa Hayman | Transport: Hire A Kombi