KYLE & MELISSA'S
The Story of Melissa & Kyle
These two lovers first noticed eachother at their place of work. Kyle had been drawn to Melissa and her easy going style, big smile and glistening eyes for quite a while apparently. He was completely enchanted by her and says he had to somehow muster the courage to invite Melissa to have lunch with him after numerous rejections for several months. You could say the rest is history but that'd be doing these two an injustice. They sure have quite the tale to tell.
The first actual date was to a Jazz Night; now many of us would say this was a pretty risky decision on Kyle’s part. Let’s face it Jazz is not everyone’s first choice of music, but Melissa had grown up listening to her parents’ collection of Big Bands so she was absolutely delighted! #wellplayedKyle
Mel and Kyle shared a passion for live music and in particular The Timbers and Mel became a groupie and number one fan, going to all their gigs and music festivals. Many days were also spent on the couch growing their passion for farm life, watching river cottage and gourmet farmer. A few months after getting together, Mel was off to Nepal for a once in a life time holiday to embrace her inner yogi. Little did she know that she was six weeks pregnant. Daughter April was soon to be born, a huge and amazing surprise and the best thing that has happened to them.
A few job changes later, one involving Kyle moving away from full time studying the trumpet back into finance so that they could be as financially stable as possible to rent a place of their own. Kyle ended up taking a job with ANZ and their fastly expanding family moved down to Nelson to start their next chapter to raise a family in the country and live life as if they were retired.
Not too long after their move, Kyle wanted to recreate one of their fishing experience and engineered an outing to propose... where else, but on their beloved Glenelg River, at night, in a boat of course. Now this wasn’t smooth sailing, in fact, it evolved into some rather strenuous rowing after the outboard wouldn’t start. Melissa had no idea of Kyle’s plan and together they found it pretty funny. So, sitting out in the peaceful waters of the Glenelg, Kyle, in the dark, managed to find the engagement ring and together they pledged their love.
Kyle & Melissa found and purchased their dream home together Kinkella Farm in Mumbannar, Victoria during their engagement.
Originally city folk, they made the call to relocate 5 hours away from Adelaide. Their property quickly became the inspiration for their wedding as their long term goal is to become as self-sustainable as possible. Country life has become a huge part of who they are and they used this along with their incredibly close-knit, welcoming and warm community of family and friends all as inspiration too.
The Wedding Day
Nothing could really have prepared me for what I was going to experience. As I drove down their drive-way to the back of their home I found tents, caravans and a welcoming beer from some of their guests. I knew that I was in for a really special New Year's Eve celebratory wedding extravaganza! (try saying that 5 times fast)
The Kinkella Farm gardens after a year long process of weeding, prepping and getting ready became the location for their DIY wedding ceremony. Family and friends had travelled from places all over Australia to witness their special day. Melissa arrived in a fully restored Morris Minor which belonged to Kyle's grandfather who passed away the week before the wedding. It was his pride and joy and Mel and Kyle felt it was a true honour to have it included in the celebrations.
The local Mumbannar town hall was transformed into their reception hall where you found hay bales at the entrance that had been transformed into a make-shift stair case for guests to climb over a fence after they had walked through the field which had a path mowed through it thanks to the local neighbours. Inside was truly a DIY guru's paradise. Melissa had crafted all the decorations and set up the tables herself with eco-friendly materials that were all recycled and used for compost to go back into the property grounds after the wedding!
I could go on and on and on about all the unique little details of this special day. Simply put, a huge community effort made this day happen. What's more important is the love that these two have for each other, their family and their home. My words won't do these feelings justice so I'll let the images that I captured for these special people and who are now my friends, do the talking.
Also, Melissa also had some very kind words to say!
"Alex was truly sensational and more than we could have ever dreamt of. He drove 5 hours down from Adelaide and was happy to camp out the back with our friends and family. He is extremely warm, kind, friendly, without being intrusive. We felt he helped set a calm scene from the wedding eve at the wedding rehearsal. He seemed to just get us and what our day was all about. Towards the end of the reception he presented us with a beautiful card and a box full of polaroid photos from the day – to receive instant memories from him was incredibly special – we looked at them all night when we returned to our accommodation. We couldn’t speak more highly of him and his quality of work – which was also noted by all of our guests!"
Florals – Flowers purchased loose from ‘She’s Apples’ – Mount Gambier – Bouquets and Boutonnieres put together by the bridesmaids
Venue – Ceremony – Kinkella Farm
Reception – Mumbannar Memorial Hall
Stationery – DIY all made by Melissa (Bride)
Cake – Lamingtons from Kyton Bakery - Adelaide
Dress – Grace Loves Lace – Veil was hand made by Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses - ASOS
Rings - Vintage
PropHire – wine barrels umbrellas, stools from Rustic Wedding and Party Hire - Warrnambool
Hair – Hair by Sarah Shaw – Mount Gambier
Make up – Megan Evans from Vanity Make Up Bar and Beauty Bar – Mount Gambier
Suit – ASOS and H&M
Celebrant – Jennifer Buchanan – Port Fairy
Video – Kinship Productions – Astyn Reid
DJ/Entertainment – The Timbers Band & Tom Collins (live music)
Catering – Meat supplied and cooked by Mumbannar / Dartmoor local farmers
Salads and vegan options from Let Them Eat – Adelaide central markets
Bread – Hot Bread – Mount Gambier
Cake – Kytons Bakery – Adelaide
Gelati – All you need is love and a little Gelato – Mount Gambier