Zoe & Matthew

16 May 2015
Campbell Point House, Leopold, VIC
Photography by
The White Tree

“I was so fortunate to be surrounded by amazing suppliers who helped me immensely and made the planning easy and enjoyable. A highlight of the process was sharing the experience with my mum. I would have been lost without her love, advice and constant reassurance. I’ll always treasure the memories I have of us planning the wedding together.” 

A surreal surprise

“In 2013 Matthew and I spent a magical Christmas in New York City. On Christmas Eve we were standing underneath the giant Christmas tree, admiring the ice skaters at Rockefeller Center when Matt turned to me and asked me to marry him. Afterwards he took me to Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue and we chose a beautiful ring together. While waiting for the ring to be resized we were invited to the fifth floor and were looked after by our own butler who served us sparkling wine, gingerbread and pastries. The views of Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf’s and Central Park were breathtaking. It was a surreal experience.”

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The gown

Zoe wore Valentino from Le Louvre in South Yarra. “I had always wanted a gown with long sleeves and a classic look. I had a wonderful experience purchasing my lace dress and custom gown from Le Louvre.” Matthew wore a black suit from Hugo Boss with crisp white shirt and black tie.  

 

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Signature suite

“Our wedding stationery suite was designed and created by Bespoke Letterpress. The invitations were letterpressed on elegant, white cotton paper stock. They were detailed with a lace design that reflected the Valentino lace of my gown. In keeping with our style the stationery was simple and classic.” 

 

Our day

“Our wedding day was full of love, sunshine and happy memories. I felt calm and relaxed because I had confidence in the work of our suppliers. The staff at Campbell Point House were exemplary and ensured the event ran smoothly. The morning passed quickly once our hair stylist and makeup artist arrived. Matt, his best man and mates were comfortable in the pool house, relaxing by the water with drinks and having a hit of tennis. It was lovely having my sister by my side all day. She laughed with me, helped me with my veil and presented a touching and funny speech based on our love of Disney princesses. I walked down the aisle beside my dad. He was such a calming influence. We grew up watching ‘My Girl’ together and fittingly this was the song we chose for our father daughter dance. It was a very special moment for me because I’ll always be Daddy’s girl!”

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A stylish space

Zoe and Matthew’s wedding styling was simple, classic and sophisticated with a colour palette based on whites and creams. “The idea was to create an elegant canvas that we could play with in terms of florals and stationery. Wedding traditions are important to us so we chose a style that gave classic designs a modern and romantic feel,” Zoe said. The reception featured two long banquet tables styled with unstructured arrangements of white blooms and green foliage. The fireplace was adorned with a cascading arrangement making a beautiful backdrop to the bridal party seating area. 

Floral dream

Zoe and Matthew’s wedding flowers were designed and created by Kate Hill. “I had long been an admirer of Kate’s work and from our first meeting she understood our vision and her direction and ideas reflected our style perfectly.” The flowers were dramatic, elegant and unstructured. “Kate was a special part of creating the elegant and glamorous look of the wedding. The bouquets she created for my sister and I were cascading masterpieces and featured fragrant ivory garden roses, hydrangeas, pure white cymbidium orchids, green hanging amaranthus and six types of seasonal foliage.”

The cake

Julie Gunthorpe created a 4-tier cake. “From delicious sample cakes we chose Julie’s famed chocolate brownie as well as orange syrup.” The cake was finished with thick white icing and covered in delicate hand-made iced flowers. “It was like art. We chose to cut the cake and share it with our guests as wedding favours. In keeping with tradition, the top tier was a fruit cake for us to keep and enjoy on our first anniversary.” 

One & only

Campbell Point House was the only venue Zoe and Matthew considered. “We fell in love with its opulence, charm and breathtaking views of Lake Connewarre. The beauty of the interior was reflected in the lush grounds and the venue gave us the option for an indoor or outdoor ceremony. Luckily we had the most divine day! We were drawn to the idea of having a venue that offered a unique experience for our guests.” Zoe and Matthew decided to ‘unveil’ Campbell Point House piece by piece throughout the wedding. On arrival, guests were escorted through the main foyer to the ceremony location in front of the lake. Afterwards, canapés and Zoe’s favourite cocktail, cosmopolitans were served on the verandah and guests mingled in the library and the billiard room. Everyone was then invited into the dining room for dinner and then it was to the conservatory for dessert, dancing and espresso martinis. “We loved the ability to move to different spaces, each with a new atmosphere.”

gown: Valentino from Le Louvre, www.lelouvre.com.au/weddings

photography: The White Tree, www.thewhitetree.com.au

wedding venue & caterer: Campbell Point House, www.campbellpointhouse.com.au

flowers & floral decorations: Kate Hill Flowers, www.katehillflowers.com.au

cake: Julie Gunthorpe, cakeart@bigpond.net.au

stationery: Bespoke Letterpress, www.bespokepress.com.au

groom & groomsmen: Hugo Boss, www.hugoboss.com.au

maid of honour: Dolce & Gabbana, www.dolcegabbana.com

hair: Stephen Sadler, www.sadlerhair.com.au

makeup: Eliza Langdon, www.elizalangdon.com