Emma & Nathan
I love the elegance of Emma and Nathan’s black tie Campbell Point House wedding. Emma’s stunning gown, her loosely tied bouquet with hand dyed silk ribbon, the ceremony backdrop, the champagne tower all add a sense of old world elegance to their beautifully thought out wedding day. They chose photographer Corey Sleep Photo to capture their day.
Emma tells their story. “We met at Charlie’s Bar on Hardware Lane in Melbourne. We talked and laughed until the early hours of the morning. I was completely taken by Nathan’s kindness, charm and gentle nature. It’s so cliche to say that it was ‘love at first sight’.. But it really was. There was an instant connection and we’ve been best friends ever since.”
Emma and Nathan were married at Campbell Point House, telling, “We chose Campbell Point House for our ceremony and reception venue because of it’s sheer elegance. We were both completely captivated by it’s scale and detail. I wanted a venue that spoke for itself and required minimal styling. Nathan had always said that he envisioned us getting married overlooking the water – and the estate’s spectacular view of Lake Connewarre provided just that. It was also very important to us to have accommodation at the venue as Nathan’s family are all from QLD and NSW. We both loved the idea of extending the day and making a weekend of it with our closest family. For us, Campbell Point House ticked all the boxes.”
Emma wore a gown designed by Vasiliki Couture, noting, “Vicky Chatzis, my dress designer, was just amazing. I was quite nervous to have my wedding dress made initially, but the whole process was so comfortable, easy and enjoyable. I gave Vicky a picture of a dress I’d seen on a bridal runaway a few years ago. In the beginning, I was intent on replicating this design for my wedding dress. However, thanks to Vicky’s expertise and guidance, we ended up modifying the design to better suit my body shape. Looking back, I feel very lucky to have had a dress designer who showed such initiative and diligence. I loved my wedding dress so much more than the picture I provided in the beginning.”
Botanica Fresh Flowers styled the floral arrangements for the day, tying the brides bouquet with a ribbon from Silk and Willow. Emma tells, “Although, I didn’t have a specific floral arrangement in mind for my bouquet, I did envision soft draping ribbon holding it all together. Sarah from Botanica Fresh Flowers found the most divine bespoke blush silk ribbon from Silk and Willow. We wanted to keep the floral arrangements really simple, overall. With the exception of the fresh floral ceremony arbor – this was the perfect backdrop and looked beautiful against the surrounding water.”
Emma walked down the aisle to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Tenerife Sea’.
Andrea Campbell officiated the ceremony, Emma remembering, “The ceremony for us both was the most special and memorable part of the day – but I’m sure everyone says that. We wanted our ceremony to feel honest and raw, a real reflection of us as individuals and a couple. Upon reflection, we feel as though the ceremony was just that – not perfect but perfectly us.”
Of their photographer, Emma tells, “Our photographer, Corey Sleap, was brilliant. When I first met Corey one of the things that he said that stuck with me was that if I wanted staged, perfectly posed photos then he probably wasn’t going to be the right guy for the job. I had been following his work online so I knew his photography was going to be anything but ‘staged and perfectly posed’ but I really appreciated his honesty and openness from the get go. It was impromptu natural candor that we were looking for in our photography, and Corey delivered just that.”
The couple handmade a few elements, the bride remembering, “I spent the day with two of my best girlfriends making strawberry and rhubarb jam favors for our guests. My Mum also contributed to the favors for our guests – she keeps bees in her backyard and donated homemade honey. My Dad and I also made two wooden framed blackboard signs, one to welcome guests and the other to display our bar menu.” Sweet Bakes created a naked wedding cake topped with a mint green topper which read “Oh Happy Day”.
For their first dance, Emma and Nathan danced to Elle Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You”, the bride remembering, “We were incredibly nervous about the first dance, I was actually dreading it if I’m being honest. I’m not overly enthused about being the centre of attention, not to mention I had very little movement in my dress and so all the special moves we’d spent the past two months rehearsing suddenly went out the window in fear that I’d fall flat on my face. Despite being so uncomfortable though, it was actually a beautiful moment – Nathan was so reassuring and supportive (as always) and encouraged me the whole way through it.”
Apertura Studios created a film of the day, Emma remarking, “Sasha from Apertura Studios was incredible to work with. I was quite apprehensive about having our wedding day on film, anticipating that it would be too invasive and spoil the atmosphere. However, I was amazed at how Sasha and his assistant just blended into the background.”
Congratulations on your marriage Emma and Nathan ! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Corey Sleep Photo for sharing today’s wedding!