Meant to be: Melanie and Aaron’s vintage wedding

Content Team
Updated on: March 16, 2022


Congrats to Melanie and Aaron who’ve been crowned our July Wedding of the Month winners!
They are in the running for a luxe Thailand honeymoon with Melati Beach Resort & Spa.

After briefly dating in high school, Melanie O’Kane and Aaron Barnett reconnected nine years later and Melanie says they have been “joined at the hip” ever since.

On May 13, 2017, the Melbourne couple were married at Gum Gully Farm among the beautiful backdrop of the Dandenong Ranges, the autumn leaves creating the perfect atmosphere for their vintage wedding.

Melanie, 31, chose a vintage long-sleeved wedding dress that suited the mood perfectly.

“I wanted to wear a long-sleeve dress and be surrounded by the falling leaves, open fireplaces and dark skies to create a moody look for our photos,” she says.

“We had a vintage theme which is something we have always loved in our everyday life so it was always going to trickle into our wedding too.”

Their 70 guests were encouraged to get up and dance at the reception, held at the same venue, before the newlyweds arrived. “We thought it would create a fun and happy vibe and set the tone for the whole night, which it did!”

Melanie says the secret to her close bond with Aaron, 32, is their friendship.

“We are best friends and prefer to do everything together” she says. Even after nine years apart Melanie knew that they were “always meant to be”.

Photos courtesy of Tim O’Keefe Photography.




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Groom Aaron sported an eclectic look for the big day with some help from Roger David, who also dressed the groomsmen.

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Melanie’s two sons were an important part of the couple’s ceremony.  “After we exchanged our vows and rings, Aaron also gave the boys a watch and said a few words to them. I honestly don’t think there was a dry eye in the chapel. It was a beautiful moment,” she says.





Christopher Slater wed the couple in the chapel decorated with autumn flair.


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After searching high and low, Melanie found her vintage wedding dress at a shop just five minutes from her home.


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Melanie and Aaron headed to Thailand for their honeymoon.


Melanie and Aaron are in the running for a luxe Thailand honeymoon with Melati Beach Resort & Spa.

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Bomboniere Bomboniere: Homemade

Brides Accessories Brides Accessories: Family heirloom , The Vintage Emporium

Brides Gown Brides Gown: The Vintage Emporium

Brides Shoes Brides Shoes: Modcloth

Bridesmaid Shoes Bridesmaid Shoes: Modcloth

Bridesmaids Accessories Bridesmaids Accessories: Lovisa

Bridesmaids Dresses Bridesmaids Dresses: Dotti

Caterer Caterer: Yarra Valley Catering

Celebrant Celebrant: Christopher Slater Marriage Celebrant

Ceremony Music Ceremony Music: Kevin Orr

Entertainment Entertainment: Wild Things

Flowergirl Dress Flowergirl Dress: Archiebee Clothing , Little Scout Co , Next , Holly Lee

Flowers Flowers: Noely Peterson

Grooms Attire Grooms Attire: Gianni Feraud Heritage , Country Road , ASOS , Roger David

Grooms Shoes Grooms Shoes: Base London

Groomsmen Attire Groomsmen Attire: Roger David

Hair Hair: Deborah Cuthbert

Honeymoon Honeymoon: Thailand

Invitations Invitations: MInted

Lolly Buffet Lolly Buffet: Noely Peterson

Makeup Makeup: Makeup by Sophie Knox

Pageboy Attire Pageboy Attire: Target , Archiebee Clothing , Fawn and Finch

Photographer Photographer: Tim O'Keefe Photography

Rings Rings: Ballantynes Jewellery

Venue Venue: Gum Gully Farm

Venue Decor Venue Decor: DIY

Wedding Night Venue Wedding Night Venue: Balangarra Accomodation

Photos courtesy of Tim O'Keefe Photgoraphy.