Real Wedding – Matt & Zoe, Connewarre VIC

Real Wedding – Matt & Zoe, Connewarre VIC

Matt and Zoe’s stunning Campbell Point House wedding exudes classic elegance.

A black tie celebration, divinely styled with a fresh, neutral colour palette, their special day was beautiful, timeless and incredibly romantic. Surrounding themselves with a talented team of experienced suppliers meant Matt and Zoe could relax as they worked their magic around them.

Zoe, stunning in an exquisite lace Valentino gown, felt breathless as she made her way down the aisle and married the love of her life overlooking beautiful Lake Connewarre.

Captured by The White Tree, it’s hard not to be swept up in the romance of this day.



The meeting.

One night in Melbourne, we were both out with friends. We struck up conversation and have been inseparable ever since.

The one.

Matts willingness to accept my choice of football team and my love of shopping reassured me that he was definitely the one!

The proposal.

In 2013, we celebrated Christmas in New York City. My favourite time of the year and my favourite city in the world. Christmas Eve came around and we were admiring the skaters in Rockerfeller Centre. We were standing under the giant Christmas tree when Matt turned to me and asked me to marry him. Matt then surprised me by taking me to Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue to choose a beautiful ring.

The planning process.

I planned the wedding with the help of my Mum and my sister (maid of honour). Kate Hill, my florist, was also an important part of creating the look and feel of the wedding.

I found the process both challenging and enjoyable. I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by incredible suppliers who made the entire experience so much easier.

Wedding inspiration and styling.

Our wedding style was black tie, yet simple, classic and sophisticated. Our colour palette included whites and creams. The idea was to create a canvas that we could play with in terms of florals and stationary. Wedding traditions are important to us, so we chose a style that gave classic designs a modern and romantic feel.

Our ceremony was minimally styled. We decided against an arbour or an arch as we felt the views of the lake were spectacular enough and we didn’t want to take away from them. Each aisle chair was adorned with a small arrangement of flowers. Our signing table had an arrangement also. Our reception featured two long banquet tables styled with unstructured arrangements. A romantic fireplace adorned with a decadent cascading arrangement acted as a backdrop to the bridal party seating. Kate Hill styled this room and scattered LED candles amongst her beautiful flowers, casting a romantic and intimate light over the space.

The dress.

I wore Valentino from Le Louvre in South Yarra. Before I started to looking for a dress I knew that I wanted to wear long sleeves – that was my one requirement! I made an appointment at Le Louvre and tried on several dresses including the Valentino. I knew as soon as I looked in the mirror that it was the one. Emily and Anastasia at Le Lourve were brilliant and I had a lovely and truly memorable experience buying my wedding dress from Le Louvre. The perfume I wore was Gardenia by Chanel.

Favourite moments.

There are many memorable moments, our whole day was incredible. Seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony was particularly special. Spending the weekend with our family and friends was also amazing. It was so wonderful to hear that our guests had a fantastic time, just like we did.

When Kate Hill brought the bouquets up to us the morning of the wedding I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of the day and we shared a very special moment and several happy tears!

Meaning of marriage.

The promise of a future together. Growing each day in love and commitment to each other.

Wedding Soundtrack.

Ceremony Processional: Everlong by Foo Fighters

Ceremony Signing: Swing Life Away by Rise Against

Ceremony Recessional: Heroes by David Bowie

First Dance: Throw Your Arms Around Me by Hunters and Collectors

Father Daughter Dance: My Girl by The Temptations

Words of wisdom.

Have your own specific ideas and style in mind but be flexible and willing to compromise.



Zoe and Matt’s Tribe…

Ceremony and reception location: Campbell Point House, Leopold, was the first and only venue that we looked at. We instantly fell in love with it’s opulence, beauty and breathtaking views of Lake Connewarre. We were drawn to the idea of having a venue that offered a unique experience for our guests. The beauty of the interiors equally matched the stunning grounds, allowing us to be as flexible as the weather. Luckily, we had the most divine day! We decided to stay at CPH for the weekend which provided an intimate and very special atmosphere for our family and friends. We are so grateful to have been able to share this time with the people closest to us.

Celebrant: Megan Watson was our celebrant. She worked tirelessly to create a ceremony that perfectly reflected Matt and I.

Photography: Matt and Nick from The White Tree. We were drawn to their candid and relaxed approach and wanted photos that captured the special and spontaneous moments. Matt and Nick were phenomenal and really nailed the brief. They were also great guys who were so friendly and approachable. They made us feel relaxed and we had so much fun with them. Many guests and suppliers have commented since the wedding about how wonderful they were.

Florist: Our wedding flowers were designed and created by the insanely talented Kate from Kate Hill Flowers. The desire was to have flowers that were dramatic, elegant and unstructured. The colour palette was whites, creams and greens. Kate went above and beyond with our bouquets. They were cascading masterpieces.

Hair: My hairdresser, Stephen Sadler, created a beautifully simple look, parted in the middle and pulled back into an elegant bun. My veil sat underneath. The decision was made on the day to place some fresh flowers in my hair and it was the perfect touch.

Make-up: I cannot speak highly enough of Eliza Langdon, our makeup genius. As I don’t often wear a lot of makeup I wanted a natural look. Eliza understood perfectly and teamed a simple, classic eye with beautiful soft lip.

The Dress: Valentino, from Le Louvre.

Veil: Custom made by Le Louvre

The Shoes: Valentino Rockstuds, from Miss Louise.

Accessories: Tiffany & Co. Pearl earrings and bracelet. I also wore my Nanna’s treasured wedding pearls.

Rings: Bride and Groom’s rings from Tiffany & Co.

Bridesmaid’s dress, shoes and jewellery: Dolce & Gabbana.

Men’s suits, shoes & ties: Hugo Boss and Country Road shoes.

Catering: Canapes, entrees and mains by the Campbell Point House kitchen. Desserts designed and created by Nectar and Stone.

Wine: We served wines from Eagle Bay Brewing Co., WA.

Favours: We packaged our wedding cake for guests to take home and enjoy

Cake: Julie Gunthorpe created our stunning 4-tiered wedding cake. From the word go Julie went above and beyond for us. She supplied us with the most delicious (and huge!) sample cakes from which we chose Orange syrup and Julie’s famed chocolate brownie. Keeping with tradition, we requested the top tier of fruit cake for Matt and I to savour on our first anniversary. Our cake was coated with the most delicious fondant icing and decorated with delicate, hand made iced flowers. It was an absolute pleasure working with Julie.

Stationery / Signage: Bespoke Letterpress created our entire wedding stationary suite. Our invitations were letterpressed on elegant, pristine white paper stock. They were detailed with a lace detail that reflected the Valentino lace of my wedding dress. Our stationery was also kept simple and classic. We had signs created for the gift table and guest book as well as a gorgeous welcome sign, adorned with fresh flowers.

Entertainment: The White Tree. Luke was incredible and adapted to the styles we requested. He performed all the ceremony songs and was joined by the rest of the band later in the evening. The band was fantastic and got guests up and dancing. I’ll never forget everybody singing along to INXS’s Never Tear Us Apart. Another magical moment!

Honeymoon: Due to work commitments we look forward to jetting off on our honeymoon later in the year. We had a wonderful night at Crown Towers after the wedding.

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