After spending the night at the mansion with her bridal party — including her twin sister, sister, and best friend — Helen was relaxed and ready for a fun day, no matter what the forecast said.
Built in 1874, the Italianate Rupertswood Mansion was originally home to Sir William John Clarke, Australia’s first native-born Baronet, and it became a power seat in the great English tradition. It was a natural fit for Helen and her family, who originally hail from the U.K. With the ladies in hats and the boys in bow ties, everyone looked quite regal as we took photos in the stately library.
Afterward, we travelled just a few minutes down the road, where the couple exchanged vows on the gorgeous verandah of the Emu Bottom Homestead. As the rain fell on the slate roof, Helen and Jonny performed a lovely hand-fascinating ceremony to represent their new bond.
Post-ceremony, the guests enjoyed an impressive lemonade stand while we snapped up a break in the weather to grab some dramatic shots as dusk descended on the Homestead.
Wedding location: Emu Bottom Homestead
Ceremony Official: David Schneider, Professional Ceremonies
Bridal gown: Pronovias Petunia, Fairytale Bridal
Grooms attire: Jo Black, Woodstock Melbourne
Groomsmen: Jo Black, Woodstock Melbourne
Bridesmaids: JJ’s House
Shoes: Myer Bridal Collection, Chadstone
Makeup/hair: Miss Aimmey Huynh (Make-Up) and Melissa Hanka (Hair)
Flowers: Helen Bye Flowers
Cars: Rolls Royce Wraith,
Cake: Amanda Glover, MOO2CU
Music: Four Season String Quartet (Ceremony and Pre-Dinner), US2 Duo (Reception)
Wedding Rings: Prouds Chadstone
First night: Rupertswood Mansion
Honeymoon: Hamilton Island