Best Outdoor Wedding Venues + Locations in Melbourne

With the COVID-19 gathering restrictions easing, and couples once again searching for the perfect wedding venue, I have created a list of some of the best outdoor wedding venues + locations in Melbourne, plus a few of my favourites a little further out from Melbourne!

There are so many stunning gardens and estates to choose from, so I have made the search a little easier by listing a HUGE selection of some of the best outside wedding locations (in alphabetical order), AS WELL AS some amazing wedding venues that have beautiful outdoor wedding spaces too!

If you are looking for a garden wedding option in one of Melbourne’s beautiful public garden spaces, please visit my Public Garden Wedding Locations page, which also features some great rotundas + undercover options for wet weather contingencies 🙂

Please remember that although many outdoor wedding venues + locations in Melbourne are public spaces, you will still need to obtain a permit from local council in order to marry there. Private venues will of course welcome all enquiries for weddings that take place on their premises independently.

And, as always with outdoor wedding venues + locations in Melbourne, be sure to consider all possible weather predictions, providing shelter for both a 40ÂșC day, or a surprise downpour!
Your guests (and celebrant!) will appreciate it immensely.

To view the best outdoor wedding venues + locations in Melbourne and surrounds, you can either scroll ahead and view locations in alphabetical order, or visit locations by area using the following links.

By Melbourne Celebrant Meriki Comito
Feature Image: Lost In Love Photography

Best outdoor wedding venues + locations in Melbourne;

CBD + Inner Suburbs  |  Northern Suburbs 

Southern Suburbs  |  Eastern Suburbs    

Western Suburbs  |  Bayside  |  Bellarine Peninsula 

Daylesford  |  Yarra Valley  |  Public Garden Wedding Locations

 

Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford 

Photo credit: Mr Theodore

Alexandra Gardens, Kew

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Alowyn Gardens, Yarra Glen

Photo credit: Alowyn Gardens

Avalon Castle, Cockatoo

Photo credit: Lavan Photography

Balgownie Estate, Yarra Glen

Photo credit: Balgownie Estate

Ballara Receptions, Eltham

Photo credit: Wedding Vic

Bramleigh Estate, Warrandyte

Photo credit: Immerse Photography

Brighton Savoy, Brighton

Photo credit: Brighton Savoy

Butler Lane, Richmond

Photo credit: Hitched

Campbell Point House, Leopold

Photo credit: One Wedding Wish

Camp David Farm, Spring Hill

Photo credit: Camp David farm

Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury

Photo credit: Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

Carlton Gardens, Carlton 

Photo credit: Weekend Notes

Carousel, Albert Park

Photo credit: The Style Co

Catani Gardens, St Kilda

Photo credit: City of Port Phillip

Circa, The Prince Deck, St Kilda

Photo credit: Pinterest

Como House, South Yarra

Photo credit: Film Northeast Victoria

Convent Gallery, Daylesford

Photo credit: Alli Oughtred

Coombe Yarra Valley, Coldstream

Photo credit: Lost in Love

Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne

Photo credit: Garden Drum

Crown Aviary, Melbourne

Photo credit: Venue Mob

Dalywaters Rose Farm

Photo credit: Film Victoria

Dandenong Ranges Botanical Gardens, Olinda

Photo credit: Weekend Traveller

Darling Gardens, Clifton Hill

Photo credit: Yarra City Council

Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy

Photo credit: Timeout

Emu Bottom Homestead

Photo credit: Hitched

Euroa Butter Factory, Euroa

Photo credit: Pinterest

Farm Vigano, South Morang

Photo credit: Pinterest

Fenix Events, Richmond

Photo credit: Fenix Events

Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne

Photo credit: City of Melbourne

Flagstaff Gardens, West Melbourne

Photo credit: eGuide travel

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington

Photo credit: Lightshell Photography

Flowerdale Estate, Strath Creek

Photo credit: Pinterest

Footscray Park, Maribyrnong

Photo credit: Australian Music Scene

Forest Edge, Gembrook

Photo credit: Bride Online

Gardens House, Melbourne

Photo credit: Theodore + Co

Glen Erin, Lancefield

Photo credit: Veru Photography

Goona Warra Vineyard, Sunbury

Photo credit: Winecraft

Greenfields, Albert Park

Photo credit: Greenfields Albert park

Grollo Equiset Garden at the National Gallery of Victoria

Photo credit: Peter Rowland

Gum Gully Farm, Silvan

Photo credit: Gum Gully Farm

Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen

Photo credit: Heide Museum

Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields

Photo credit: Hyatt Place

Immerse in the Yarra Valley, Dixons Creek

Photo credit: Yarra Valley Wines

Jack Rabbit, Bellarine

Photo Credit: Jack Rabbit

JFK Memorial in the Treasury Gardens, East Melbourne

Photo credit: Melbourne Daily

Lake House, Daylesford

Photo credit: Lake House

Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn

Photo credit: Leonda by the Yarra

Lindenderry Estate, Red Hill

Photo credit: Paperlust

Luminare, South Melbourne

Photo credit: HoorayMagazine

Luna Park, St Kilda

Photo credit: Hidden City Secrets

Lyrebird Falls, Kallista

Photo credit: Ateia Photography

Mandala Wines, Dixons Creek

Photo credit: Visit Yarra Valley

Marybrooke Manor, Sherbrooke

Photo credit: Immerse Photography

Meadowbank Receptions, Campbellfield

Photo credit: Meadowbank receptions

Melbourne Botanical Gardens

Photo credit: Distinctive Photography

Melbourne Museum, Carlton

Photo credit: Museum Spaces

Melbourne Zoo, Parkville

Photo credit: Zoos Victoria

Montsalvat, Eltham

Photo credit: T-One Photography

Overnewton Castle, Keilor

Photo credit: Overnewton Castle

Park Hyatt, Melbourne 

Photo Credit: Real Weddings

Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, Melbourne

Photo credit: My Open Garden

Poets Lane, Sherbrooke

Photo credit: T-One Images

Port Melbourne Yacht Club

Photo credit: Peter Rowland

Port Phillip Estate, Red Hill South

Photo credit: Lost In Love

Portsea Hotel, Portsea

Photo credit: Travel Victoria

Quat Quatta, Ripponlea

Photo credit: One Wedding Wish

Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne

Photo credit: Marriage Ceremonies Melbourne

RACV Healesville

Photo credit: RACV Healesville

Red Hill Estate, Red Hill

Photo credit: The Barn Balnarring

Redwood Forest, East Warburton 

Photo credit: Visit Warburton

Rippon Lea Estate, Elsternwick

Photo credit: Party with Lenzo

Riva, St Kilda

Photo credit: Zomato

Riverstone Estate, Coldstream

Photo credit: Aria Photography

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St Kilda

Photo credit: Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron

Sandringham Gardens, Sandringham

Photo credit: TappaNappa

Sandringham Yacht Club, Sandringham

Photo credit: Meriki Comito

Sault, Daylesford

Photo credit: Sault Daylesford

Scienceworks, Spotswood

Photo credit: Hidden City Secrets

Secret Garden at Sky High, Mount Dandenong

Photo credit: Flickr

State Rose Garden, Werribee

Photo credit: Barefoot Cinema

St Kilda Botanical Gardens, St Kilda

Photo credit: Weddings Of Distinction

St Kilda Pier, St Kilda  | Little Blue Restaurant

Photo credit: HeraldSun

Stones of the Yarra Valley, Coldstream

Photo credit: Stones of the Yarra Valley

Studley Park Boathouse, Fairfield 

Photo credit: My Guide Melbourne

St Vincents Garden, Albert Park

Photo credit: Propoerty Observer

Summerfields Estate, Bittern

Photo credit: Vision City

Tanglewood Estate, Dromana

Photo credit: Dan Brannan Phorography

Tatra, Mount Dandenong

Photo credit: Parties 2 Weddings

Terindah Estate, Bellarine

Photo credit: Smudge Eats

The Farm Yarra Valley, Warrandyte

Photo credit: Bridal Expos Australia

The Gables, Malvern

Photo credit: Herald Sun

Vines of the Yarra Valley, Coldstream

Photo credit: Vines of the Yarra Valley

Vue on Halcyon, Chirnside Park

Photo credit: Meriki Comito

Werribee Mansion, Werribee

Photo credit: Wedding Chicks

Williamstown Botanical Gardens, Williamstown

Photo credit: Victorian Collections

Windmill Gardens, Bonnie Brook

Photo credit: Tree Studio

Witchmount Estate, Bonnie Brook

Photo credit: Easy Weddings

Yarra Ranges Estate, Monbulk

Photo credit: Hitched

Yarra Valley Estate, Dixons Creek 

Photo credit: Party with Lenzo

Yering Station, Yering

Photo credit: Michael Biggs

Zonzo Estate, Yarra Glen

Photo credit: Rick Liston

 

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Patricia + Samuel’s Werribee Mansion Wedding

Patricia and Sam began their day with a traditional Tea Ceremony at home, so they could honour their families’ Chinese/Malaysian heritage. Their Werribee Mansion Wedding continued on with the same amount of elegance, grace, humour and fun that these two embodied. With a truly beautiful, kind and fun-loving couple, some incredible styling, amazing florals, brilliant sunshine, a perfectly personalised ceremony service, some awesome dance floor moves and a brilliant sparkler exit, how could you have anything but a magical day.

The Meeting

A marriage nine years in the making, it took the first two years of sitting next to each other in med school for Sam to muster up enough courage to ask Patricia out on a date.

Unfortunately for Sam, Patricia declined his first invite, but his subsequent persistence thankfully paid off and they officially started dating soon after, supporting each other through all the stressful study times that ensued, and bonding over a mutual love of Gelato – which they also served to their wedding guests!

The Proposal

Deciding to propose on Christmas Day, Sam thought it would be hilarious to throw Patricia off with a multi layered wrapped present containing romantic letters and cards, and then ending with an ugly Christmas jumper.  The prank backfired however, when Patricia appeared overjoyed with the  jumper, prompting Samuel to bend to one knee, and reveal the much more valuable and sparkly present from his pocket!

The Vows

Patricia vowed to cook Sam’s favourite chicken rice more often than once every 3 years and promised to “choose you every day, a million times over, not because I have to, but because I want to.”
Sam declared Patricia as the most “charming, beautiful, intelligent and graceful” woman he knew (we all agree!), promised to always bring her ice-cream and ended with AA Milnes’ “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you”.

The Wedding Details

Patricia and Sam secured the services of wedding planner Sarah Wang, from Blooming Love Events to help create their special day alongside Bursaria the Refectory. Enlisting the services of Ivy & Eve, Dann Event Hire and a team of other fabulous suppliers, Sarah produced the most incredible setting for Patricia and Sam to say their I Do’s!

The Photographer

Patricia and Sam chose the amazingly talented Jesse Hiscoe to capture all the details, and I thank him for allowing me to share his beautiful images with you! The smiles he captured say it all!

Contact Meriki to discuss your special day HERE!

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Patricia + Samuel | 22.02.2020

Photography: Jesse Hiscoe 
Ceremony Location: Werribee Mansion
Reception: Bursaria The Refectory
Videography: Lovely Day Films
Marriage Celebrant: Meriki Comito 
Bridal Gown: Enzoani | Eternal Bridal
Planning/Styling: Blooming Love Events
Florals: Ivy & Eve
Ceremony seating: Dann Event Hire
Ceremony Music: Stringspace
Cake: Nobody Hates Cake

Larissa + Paul’s Greenfields Albert Park Wedding

Initially planning to marry at an outdoor location, strong weather warnings led Larissa + Paul to make a very wise, last minute decision, to move their ceremony to the indoor sanctuary of their reception venue, and have a Greenfields Albert Park wedding.

The staff at Greenfields Albert Park, together with the amazing Tori Allen Events team, were absolute superstars in setting up a beautifully elegant ceremony area indoors, where guests and vendors alike gathered gratefully within the welcoming, warm and light filled space.

Acoustic artist, Emma, from Top Dog Entertainment provided the perfect start to proceedings, as Larissa made her way down the aisle, in a stunning Suzanne Harward creation, to stand beside her clearly smitten Paul.

The Meeting

Larissa and Paul told me they felt an instant attraction from the the first moment they laid eyes on each other, but once they started working together, the chemistry between them was undeniable and they bonded very quickly over their shared values, similar sense of humour, a deep love for family + friends, and passion for good food, great wine and a desire to travel the world.

The Vows

In her vows, Larissa told Paul that she knew from their first date that he was the one she wanted to spend her life with, and that he was the most amazing person she had ever known.
And Paul told Larissa that he had loved her from the first moment they met and that she made his life better in every way.

The Photographer

The lovely and talented Amanda Alessi and Suzie from Lovely Day Films were there to capture all the details of the day and I thank Amanda and the new Mr + Mrs A for allowing me to share their incredible images!

Contact Meriki to discuss your special day HERE!

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Larissa + Paul | 15.02.2020

Photography: Amanda Alessi Photography
Ceremony Location: Greenfields Albert Park
Videography: Lovely Day Films
Celebrant: Meriki Comito 
Bridal Gown: Suzanne Harward
Styling: Tori Allen Events
Music: Top Dog Entertainment

Kylie + Duncan’s stunning Luminare Wedding

Kylie + Duncan’s Melbourne city wedding was not only about celebrating the love of a  super fun and incredibly kind couple at one of my favourite venues, Luminare, but was made next level amazing when their adorable fur babies joined them down the aisle too!

The Meeting

When Kylie and Duncan first met, Kylie knew Duncan was special when she noticed that he had just finished cooking and was cleaning up after himself in the kitchen!
Duncan saw Kylie as a cute + smart, dog loving, lawyer, who liked to play Xbox and had free VIP tickets to music festivals.

Kylie loved that Duncan shared her sense of humour and got as excited over dogs as she did.
Duncan loved the free music festival tickets.

Duncan gave Kylie a grape-flavoured ‘ring pop’ during one of their first trips away together (which she still has!), but realised that he wanted to marry her for real when he realised that Kylie could build pre-packaged Ikea furniture faster than he could.

The Proposal

The adoption of Holly, Charlie and Mac confirmed their commitment to one another and after a hilariously chaotic proposal that involved all three crazy fur babies, Kylie agreed to marry Duncan and their #kyliejoinsthejoiners Melbourne wedding was born!

The Wedding details

Apart from some heartfelt and hilarious Vows, there was a Donut Wall, a Gin Bar, a Fly-away Veil, a Champagne Tower, a Sparkler Exit and of course the three fur babies – thanks to superstar Melbourne wedding dog handlers Katie + Mark from Heads + Tails! What a celebration!

The Photographer

The fabulous Jenna Fahey White captured their amazing day, together with the brilliant team from
Film My Wedding, and I thank them and the new Mr + Mrs J for allowing me to share their amazing images + footage!

 

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Kylie + Duncan | 16.06.2018

Photography: Jenna Fahey White
Ceremony Location: Luminare
Videography: Film My Wedding 
Celebrant: Meriki Comito 
Bridal Gown: Mariana Hardwick
Flowers : Lulu Bird
Dog Handlers: Heads + Tails

Chloe + Mahmoud’s Gardens House Wedding

First meeting

At Phuket airport. Mahmoud tells me he was instantly mesmerised by Chloe’s beauty.
He had just shared a laugh and a hug with one of his friends, before he turned to see Chloe standing there behind him in the customs line, so he promptly broke into a huge smile and asked her if she would like a hug too!

First impressions

They immediately discovered a very similar sense of humour, and bonded over a love of travel and immersing themselves into different cultures, but it was their strong family ties and a love for sports that brought them close together….well, by sports I mean mainly AFL
.meaning mainly Carlton
.ok so maybe that was just Mahmoud that was obsessed with sport, but either way, it didn’t take long at all for their friendship to develop into the loving bond which led them to marry at the beautiful Gardens House in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens.

Vows

After lots of Lebanese family traditions starting the day off for Mahmoud, Chloe made her entrance at Gardens House as a breathtaking figure in custom Craig Braybrook Couture.
She named her handsome groom as “the most beautiful, smart, and generous person I have ever known”. Mahmoud promised to love, cherish and commit his heart + soul to Chloe for as long as he lived.

Mahmoud’s nephew stood up as the cute as button ring bearer, before a first kiss as husband + wife drew highly anticipated cheers and applause from a very festive group of guests!

Congratulations Mr + Mrs M and thank you for allowing me to share a part of your amazing day with you!

Photo credit

The incredibly talented Theo from Loco Photography for the beautiful images – what a superstar x

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Signing the register

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Alone at last

Wedding kisses in the rain

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Wedding dance Lebanese style

Newlywed heaven

 

Chloe + Mahmoud | 02.11.2018

Photography: Loco Photography
Ceremony Location: Gardens House 
Celebrant: Meriki Comito 
Videography: IMedia Studios
Bridal Gown: Craig Braybrook Couture 
Bride’s Shoes: Valentino
Flowers : Floretta By Grace
Groom’s Cars: Pony Passion Cars
Bride’s Cars: RR Classic Car Hire
Ceremony Music: Four Seasons String Quartet
Reception Location: Metropolis

 

Ellen + Lachy’s Yarra Valley Wedding

First Meeting

First meeting at ‘Electric Lady Land’ on Chapel Street, Lachy thought Ellen looked hot and seemed fun to talk to.
Ellen found Lachy to be kind of quiet, but she liked the way he ran his fingers through is hair, so after discovering a mutual appreciation of good food & wine, they bonded over the fact that they had both worked at wineries, both shared a love of animals, and both enjoyed each other’s company immensely.

Ceremony vibes

In a laughter filled ceremony at one of Yarra Valley’s newer wedding venues, The Farm Yarra Valley, Ellen and Lachy became husband and wife.

Ellen was so on trend in a fabulous Amaline Vitale Bridal & Couture gown (with pockets – always a win in my mind!) as she stood hand in hand with her handsome groom before a giant steel + floral Ceremony Circle by Sassafras Flower Design.

After receiving the best wishes of each and every guest, we were treated to two awesome readings by close friends, before Ellen and Lachy exchanged vows declaring “It is your heart that moves me, your spirit that inspires me, your humour that delights me, and your hand I want to hold for all of our days”

Their first kiss brought thunderous cheers and applause before squeals of excitement when I announced that the newlyweds had organized an Easter Egg hunt immediately after!
So much fun!!

Photo credit

Beautiful images by Anitra Wells / Photographer who is always so fabulous work with!

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Ellen + Lachy | 15.04.2017

Photography: Anitra Wells
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Farm Yarra Valley
Celebrant: Meriki Comito 
Flowers + Ceremony Circle: Sassafras Flowers
Bridal Gown: Amaline Vitale
Cheese Wheel Cake: The Farm Yarra Valley

Kate + Lars’ Chateau DorĂ© Wedding

As family & friends gathered at Chateau DorĂ© from as far as Germany, Kate & Lars’s ADORABLE baby boy Sebastian arrived dressed in the cutest traditional ‘Lederhosen’ to the absolute delight of every guest, staff member, photographer & celebrant present!!

Grateful for my mother’s Austrian heritage, I was thrilled to be able to welcome Lars’ family in their mother tongue as well as incorporate a few German words into the ceremony itself!

The Meeting

Kate and Lars’ first meeting in Spain was one of those real ‘sliding door’ moments in life, when Kate stopped in Spain at the beginning of a 12 month world trip to join a Spanish language class, and met Lars a few days into her extended stay.

Kate thought Lars looked like a school boy swinging on the back of his chair in the Library, and Lars thought the same thing about Kate after spotting her strolling through the streets with her cute little backpack on! But when they were both invited to join a mutual friend for lunch, they hit it off immediately, and Kate cancelled her other travel plans to spend as much time in Spain with Lars as possible.

Six weeks later, Kate was obliged to continue on her world tour, but both she and Lars knew that their time together was so much more than just a summer romance, and Kate made arrangements to meet Lars on his home ground in Hamburg on December 12th 2009 – six years exactly before they married at the beautiful Chateau DorĂ© in country Victoria.

The Vows

Kate said that she loved Lars’s “genuine & pure love of life and that he sees the very best in every person he meets”, and Lars said that Kate “makes everything you do, feel & experience together absolutely amazing”.

After exchanging rings with a mixture of both German & English vows, Kate & Lars shared one of the most passionate first kisses that I have ever seen to the loudest of cheers!

The Photographer

One of my favourite industry pros, Alli Oughtred, was there to capture it all xx

 

Kate + Lars | 12.12.2015

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Ceremony & Reception Location: Chateau Dore
Photography: Alli Oughtred Wedding Photography
Flowers: The Eternal Vase

Stephen & Leigh’s Colourful Winery Wedding

Stephen and Leigh chose the beautiful Mandala Wines in the Yarra Valley for the location of their colourful winery wedding, and added lots of bright flags, flowers and lego to make it distinctly theirs!

The Meeting

When Stephen first laid eyes on Leigh at a friend’s BBQ about four years ago, he thought she was way out of his league, but went on to impress her with his polite nature and perfect manners, so the pair soon struck up a friendship, bonding over a mutual love of movies, cocktails, ‘phat’ beats and the great outdoors.

They both grew to love the unconditional love they both provided the other with, as well as the freedom of being able to be completely who they truly were. It was fun, and comfortable, and felt so right, that marriage had definitely become an option for the future.

The Proposal

It was during a two-week road trip through New Zealand that Stephen entertained the idea of a perfect proposal, but after waiting for that perfect moment to present itself, it became apparent that he was struggling to keep his big secret, and after three failed attempts to work up the courage, finally asked Leigh to marry him on the final night of their adventure.
It may have been a huge source of anxiety for Stephen, but according to Leigh, it was private, and personal, and absolutely perfect.

The Vows

In a stunning lace Marianna Hardwick gown, Leigh quietly declared to her handsome groom that “you love me even when I don’t love myself” (before quoting Beyonce!), after which Stephen told Leigh “your beaming smile can brighten my darkest days, and your beautiful laugh brings me more happiness than anything.”

It was an absolute pleasure to share this moment with Stephen & Leigh and I hope they achieve all their dreams of travelling the world together, starting a family of their own and enjoying all the adventures that life will bring x

The Photographer

A huge shout out to the super talented Zosia from Aparat Photography for these stunning images!!

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Stephen & Leigh | 16.04.2016

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Ceremony & Reception Location: Mandala Wines
Photography: Aparat Photography
Ceremony Arch & Bunting: Created by the clever Groom!
Bridal Gown: Marianna Hardwick
Bridesmaids Dresses: Rodeo Show
Flowergirl Dress: H&M
Groom’s Attire: Joe Black
Bouquet’s, Boutonniere’s and Flower Crown: Debbie O’Neill
Cake & Bomboniere: The Bride’s own creations

Sharmaine & David’s Luminare Wedding

What does marriage mean to you?

When I asked David and Sharmaine what marriage meant to them, they recited a quote that struck a real chord with them. It read, “love is a friendship set on fire – a combination of everyday life and magic bundled into one. Love has the unique ability to transform the webs and pillars of everyday life into silk and gold. It is more than a feeling or emotion, concept or theory; it is a being.”

After all the traditional Chinese customs in the morning, I was waiting with David on the rooftop deck at Luminare, when admitted that he was very much looking forward to seeing Sharmaine make her way down the aisle. I’m pretty certain that she most definitely exceeded his expectations as she stepped into the sunshine, absolutely exquisite in Anna Campbell.

First Meeting

David and Sharmaine first met at University about 8 years ago. David recalled his first impressions of Sharmaine as being that she was very small, but very pretty! Sharmaine admitted that she loves the fact that David is tall enough to reach all the things that she can’t!

True love

All jokes aside, David & Sharmaine also share an incredible connection and found themselves wanting to share all the important moments in their lives quite early in their relationship, eventually leading to David’s amazing mid-air proposal.

Sharmaine said that she loves how well she & David understand one another and that he is so open minded, with  the endearing quality of being both patient and impatient all at the same time.

David said that Sharmaine is caring and compassionate and absolutely beautiful, inside and out. He also loves that she supports him 100% in any decision he makes, always offering encouragement in any endeavour he decides to embark on.

Wedding Symbolism

Incorporating a hand fasting ritual to provide a visual representation of their commitment,  Sharmaine & David’s hands were bound with silver & white ribbons to represent purity, peace, creativity & inspiration, before they shared their first kiss as husband & wife to the absolute joy of all their family & friends.

Photo credit

These exquisite images by Jonathan Ong captured every ounce of this couples’ outer AND inner beauty and the absolute pure love they both radiated & elicited. What an absolute pleasure it was to declare them husband & wife! xx

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Sharmaine & David | 27.12.2014

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Ceremony & Reception Location: Luminare
Styling & Florals: Tori Allen Events
Bridal Gown: Anna Campbell
Photography: Jonathan Ong
Videography: The White Tree
Ceremony Music: The White Tree

Tran and Damon’s Grand Hyatt Wedding

Tran and Damon connected quite randomly online one lazy Sunday afternoon about three years ago, and within two days, they were having their first meeting over dinner.

Tran loved Damon’s patient & calm manner, and Damon loved Tran’s energy & confidence, so not long after, Tran very considerately helped Damon pick out her engagement ring, and on the 29th March they married in spectacular style at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in a Vietnamese/Australian fusion ceremony.

These gorgeous photos by the super talented Alli Oughtred have captured all the love & joy of their day perfectly x

 

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Tran & Damon provided their guests with an Order of Service titled “So You’re Going To Sit Through A Wedding
– A practical guide to not falling asleep and figuring out just what exactly is going on”.
It included interesting facts & past world events pertaining to their wedding date, a Sudoku challenge, the story behind the Tea Ceremony, all the details involving the wedding planning (ie. Dresses tried on = 2 & messages to bridesmaid = 900+) and of course, the names & titles of everyone involved in the wedding day!

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Tran promised “to live by and protect what we build together”, before Damon vowed “to love you in good times and in bad, with all I have to give and all that I am, in the only way I know how – completely and forever.”

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

“You my kiss your bride!”

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

In keeping with an ancient Vietnamese custom, Tran and Damon chose to incorporate a traditional Tea Ceremony into their celebration, to serve as a formal introduction into each other’s families. This ceremony is usually performed at home before the wedding takes place – sometimes with a cast of thousands! – but as Tran & Damon planned to include only their parents,  it was truly special to witness it as part of official proceedings, as it allowed all their guests (and me!) to experience it too. So beautiful.

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

These gorgeous shots were taken in ACDC lane in Melbourne’s CBD

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Beautiful family photos were placed at the reception as a reminder of Tran & Damon’s younger days
and of the days their own parents became husband & wife x

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Some of the best behaved children I’ve seen at a wedding – and they had a great time too x

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

 

Tran & Damon | 29.03.2015

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Photography: Alli Oughtred Weddings
Florals: Balwyn Events
DJ/MC: Bruce Harrison