Real Wedding – Melissa & Sam, Trentham VIC
Real Wedding – Melissa & Sam, Trentham VIC
Real Wedding – Melissa & Sam, Trentham VIC
Real Wedding – Melissa & Sam, Trentham VIC

Real Wedding – Melissa & Sam, Trentham VIC


Melissa and Sam’s  Trentham wedding is filled with so much love and beauty, it’s hard to know where to look!

From the gorgeous bride in her impeccable Karen Willis Holmes gown, to the romantic backdrop of Trentham Estate – there is little more to be said for this dream day, it’s a winner from all angles.

With an earthy colour palette to complement their natural surrounds, and those soft romantic and rustic undertones – it’s hard to not fall in love with this day, captured lovingly by Marnie Hawson.

In Melissa’s words…

The meeting.

We met in March 2012 at… CQ (haha!). After many espressos I approached Sam and asked if we had met before. How embarrassing!

The ‘one’.

My dog, Gizmo, is a good judge of character and he immediately warmed to Sam – I think that was when I knew he was a keeper.

The proposal.

We were visiting Sam’s sister and her fiancé on the Sunshine Coast.

Candice, Sam’s sister and I, were leaving the beach after spending the afternoon there and on the way home we ran into Sam who was on his way to find us. He was acting so weird and asked me to go for a walk, reluctantly I said yes as I had just left the beach, I didn’t really want to go back! We started walking and made awkward small talk until Sam abruptly dropped down on to both knees, proclaimed his love and asked me to be his wife.

Style inspiration.

Our venue! Lynda Gardener is a style genius and she’s created a stunning space at The Estate, it would have been wrong to take away from that. We chose an earthy colour palette and simple styling to complement the venue.

The dress.

My dress was structured and simple. Having a garden style reception, I knew I didn’t want anything too big. Finding “the” dress was not an easy process! I knew it was going to be so I started looking super early and funnily enough I didn’t find the dress until four weeks before the wedding. If I can give any advice to other brides, it would be to keep an open mind.

Favourite moments.

Seeing all of my favorite people smiling back at me as I walked down the isle is a moment I will cherish forever.


None, really. We had donuts instead of a cake, there were no speeches, no timeline and the bridesmaids wore white! Sam and I talked about this when we first started planning. We agreed that we wanted the day to reflect us and that meant throwing a lot of the wedding traditions out the window!

Meaning of marriage. 

Marriage to me means spending the rest of my life with my best friend by my side.

Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: Mango Tree by Angus and Julia Stone (performed by Nick of Velvet Archers)

First dance: Hey Ho by The Luminers

Planning surprises.

I thought wedding planning was going to be stressful but it was actually just like organising a big party! I was so sad when it was all over.

Words of wisdom.

Don’t sweat the small stuff; your guests will not care what color the napkins are!



If you love this celebration as much as we do, click here for Jayde and Brock’s brilliant Ballarat wedding. 




Ceremony: The Estate, Trentham

Reception: The Estate, Trentham

Celebrant: Shannon Jeans – Cloud 9 Celebrations

Photography: Marnie Hawson

Florist: Wootton Nichols

Hair: Cheveux Blond

Makeup: Isabella Quinn

The dress: Karen Willis Holmes

Veil / head wear: Karen Willis Holmes

Accessories: Earrings from Kookai

Shoes: Dolce Firme

Rings: Cushla Whiting and Uniform Black

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Shona Joy, Misha Collection and All Things Golden

Menswear: Country Road

Catering: Pot and Pan

Favours: Delicious donuts from Bistro Morgan

Stationery / Signage: Therapy Melbourne

Entertainment: The Velvet Archers

Transport: My Dad restored a classic car which my brother drove us in on the day

Honeymoon: Uluwatu and Seminyak, Bali

Mobile bar:  The Baravan


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