Melbourne’s Premier Wedding Venue

Leonda By The Yarra

Where your dream day will come true

Create the most memorable day of your life within the surrounds of the willows on the banks of the Yarra River, where the culmination of riverside surrounding, restaurant-style cuisine and exceptional service will ensure all aspects of your special day are perfectly realised in one of Melbourne’s leading elegant wedding reception venues – Leonda By The Yarra.

A truly great wedding venue caters to every guests needs, including the special needs of the bride and groom. When you choose Leonda By The Yarra as your wedding venue you can rest and refresh in our bridal suite before your wedding reception commences, capture your special memories in a stunning garden setting and to farewell your guests descend an elegant staircase to the waterfront to depart by boat from our private jetty. You can also greet your guests as they enjoy canapés and pre-dinner drinks on the balcony overlooking the Yarra River.

Ballroom

Garden Room

Our reputation as one of the leading elegant wedding venues in Melbourne has been earned by our commitment to your total satisfaction – this means that we will not only provide you with one of Melbourne’s best wedding venues, but will also work to create your perfect night and meet your personal needs.

Contact us now and we would be happy to help you organise your special occasion.

  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Commitment Ceremonies
  • Engagement Parties
  • Private Events
  • Wedding Anniversaries
  • Birthday Parties
  • Corporate Events

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Weddings and Ceremonies

When you meet your partner at the end of the aisle to get married you want to be in a beautiful setting. A space that will signify the beginning of your joining and a new journey unfolding. Leonda By The Yarra offers 3 picturesque spaces to suit anyone’s needs. Two indoor ceremony options and one outdoor option with the gorgeous Yarra River as a backdrop.

Here at Leonda we are extremely flexible and can tailor our space to suit your needs. Whether you want an elegant ceremony in our courtyard followed by a fully catered event in our Garden Room or you simply just want to walk down the Leonda aisle and then move your event elsewhere after, we are here to support and offer you anything and everything to make your special day memorable! After your unique ceremony, your guests can relax and enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés while you and loved ones are off taking photos in the exquisite settings.

If you wish to conduct your wedding ceremony at a church or park, Leonda recommends a list of various churches and famous parks such as the Burnley Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, Alexandra Gardens or Fitzroy Gardens to hold your ceremony.

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Ballroom

  • 150-400 seated capacity
  • All inclusive lunch + dinner package options available
  • Situated only 4 km away from Melbourne’s CBD
  • Arrive or depart via boat from our private jetty
  • Pillar-less event space
  • Floor to ceiling windows offering picturesque Yarra River views
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator to guide your planning journey
  • BYO spirits available
  • Alternating menu for all courses
  • Customised menu availability to suit your needs
  • Waterfront location
For couples expecting between 150 and 400 guests for their special day, our large Ballroom provides an idealistic wedding reception location.

Imagine your guests arriving into our stylish Marble Bar for pre-dinner drinks and canapes, before a curtain is drawn back to expose its vast, pillar-less and elegant interior. A large dance floor sits centrally in the space, with floor to ceiling windows framing picturesque views of Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River.

Enjoy a lunch or evening wedding reception with Leonda’s experienced team of chefs serving up dishes of outstanding quality which can be tailored according to your preferences.

Allow us to create an exceptional atmosphere by managing everything from intricate details such as room decorations to a customised menu with flare. Our committed and experienced staff will work towards creating your perfect day and will ensure the smooth flow of your event while meeting your personal needs and budget.

With Leonda, you can relax knowing that your wedding experience will be nothing less than exceptional.

Garden Room

  • 70-130 seated capacity
  • All inclusive lunch + dinner package options available
  • Situated only 4 km away from Melbourne’s CBD
  • Arrive or depart via boat from our private jetty
  • Pillar-less event space
  • Floor to ceiling windows offering picturesque lush views
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator to guide your planning journey
  • BYO spirits available
  • Alternating menu for all courses
  • Customised menu availability to suit your needs
  • Waterfront location
The perfect combination of an intimate indoor reception, with the luxe feel of a private outdoor courtyard, Leonda’s Garden Room caters for a wedding reception of 70 to 130 guests.

Take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere and picturesque surrounds by beginning your event in our courtyard. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River surrounded by Willow trees and native Australian fauna.

Allow us to create ‘exceptional’ by ensuring every detail is beyond your expectations. Your Event Coordinator will work with you to ensure the smooth flow of your event, and our team of highly qualified international chefs will be sure to delight and impress the taste-buds.

With tables dressed in crisp white linen and the pillar-less room offering 180 degree exquisite views of lush surrounds, Leonda By The Yarra’s Garden Room is an elegant and unique wedding venue that you deserve on the biggest day in your life.

What’s included in our Wedding Packages

At Leonda we have thought of EVERYTHING (and we mean EVERYTHING) to ensure that your special day is everything you dreamed of and more. From the moment you first visit us, all the way through to the Big Day, nothing is too big or small for our team to handle to ensure that your wedding journey is seamless.

All The Love

  • Personal event executive to assist with booking date and timings
  • Bridal folder upon booking containing everything you need to know about holding your special day at Leonda
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator to guide your planning journey
  • Inspiration and tips from our blog and social media sites
  • Customised menu availability to suit your needs
  • Access to our exclusive preferred supplier list
  • VIP parking for parents and bridal car
  • Umbrellas for parking attendants to escort your guests to cover
  • Guest liaison to welcome guests and direct them to your wedding
  • Door man to greet your guests and add a touch of elegance
  • Cloak room
  • Sugar fix in bridal suite
  • Canapés and drinks served in bridal suite
  • Safety deposit box available in bridal suite for monetary gifts and valuables
  • Plentiful bridal suite with drawers of amenities including bobby pins, hairspray, Hollywood tape and anything you may need throughout your event
  • BYO spirits available
  • Unlimited canapé service on arrival
  • Choice of menu for parents & bridal party
  • Alternating menu for all courses
  • Personalised bridal attendant
  • Lectern and microphone
  • Raised stage for bridal table (Ballroom only)
  • Raised stage for band (Ballroom only)
  • Bouquet vases add that extra floral touch on the bridal table
  • Tea-light candles to decorate the venue
  • Outdoor lanterns with candles on our private jetty
  • Cake bags, so your guests can take a piece home
  • Classic white venue flowers

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Catering

With our team of highly qualified international chefs at Leonda By The Yarra, your wedding is sure to delight and impress the taste-buds.

Leonda’s kitchen caters for a diverse range of weddings and offers an array of cuisines to suit your needs. Our menus provide a selection of cocktail and banquet dining options. At Leonda you can expect:

  • Quality dishes prepared in Leonda’s in-house kitchen
  • Head chef who has extensive experience working in renowned Australian and Melbourne dining institutions (including the award-winning Atlantic Group and Stokehouse)
  • Focus on quality seasonal and regional produce
  • Versatile dining options including themed food stations
  • Experienced kitchen team of Australian and international chefs, each skilled in the cuisine of their heritage
  • Flexibility in accommodating your tastes, budgets and dietary requests
  • Fully organic menus available
  • Extensive wine list and fully serviced bars

Love Letters

Reviews from our happy couples

Very warm and welcoming, extremely accommodating with all my needs and wants for my wedding.

Very professional and gave a viewing which felt personal. We will be considering leonda very seriously for our wedding
Mel was amazing so helpful! Best person I’ve dealt with! Love her
She is amazing!!!

Mel is so friendly and bubbly! So welcoming and made us feel like she cared about our needs and feelings about our wedding.
Very professional. Enthusiastic. Easy to work with. Accommodating with the appt time for venue viewing. Seemed genuinely excited for us.

She is very polite and patient.
Very polite and great to deal with
Very easy and informative to work with. Answered all of our questions and replied to emails promptly. Very helpful
Very responsive and polite.

Melanie is beautiful and has gone above and beyond to make the start of our journey amazing.
She was extremely responsive and always answered my questions! I hope I get the opportunity to meet her in person and she has made me more excited for my big day after some previous venue troubles!!

Melanie was very thorough and took us through the whole process and event space. We felt very well looked after and enjoyed the experience.
She gave us a good amount of time to look over the packages before she contacted via email to follow up in a very respectful and unobtrusive manner.
Very quick to respond to emails and very helpful 🙂

Melanie is amazing!! She answered every call and email I sent and responded with everything I needed to know. Was great to meet face to face to speak about the venue with her and she sold us on the perfect wedding location.

She was very helpful answered all our questions and made us feel as though our wedding would run smoothly at Fenix
Since the day I contacted Leonda, Melanie has been nothing less than amazing in every aspect, including text, call and face to face communication. She gave such a thorough explanation of everything that my fiancé and I were left with no questions and so happy with all the services that Leonda provides.
very professional, knowledgeable and hospital

Melanie had an amazing energy and such a warm personality that I was instantly looking forward to meeting with her. It was so nice to engage with someone who seemed genuinely excited for you and happy to help!

Melanie was very lovely and helpful.
Incredibly caring, positive, attentive and listens. She makes the process incredibly smooth and stress-free!

Mel was extremely professional and personable from the beginning of our enquiry. We were made to feel like we weren’t just a number and never ever felt like we were rushed on appointments.Mel exceeded our expectations above and beyond which also ensured us that we had made the right choice with our venue!

She was very helpful, accommodating, a pleasant and warm and joyful manner.
She was fantastic and so helpful during the very stressful process. Extremely responsive and answered all of numerious questions. We can not wait to have our wedding at Fenix next year.

Awesome service, very attentive & high attention to detail.
She was very professional and sold her product with attention to detail.
Mel is literally my new best friend. Very easy to talk to, understanding and great for a little vent when it comes to frustrating other members of the wedding party. I would 110% recommend Mel to anyone planning a wedding or event she is amazing

Answered Emails PromptlyAnswered all my questions Very good customer service
Mel goes above and beyond!! The fact that she would let me contact her outside of hours made it so helpful with juggling work and planning a wedding. Mel is thorough and explains all detail in depth, you can tell she loves what she does. Most of all, she cares about her clients and made speaking to her so easy!! I would very highly recommend her to my friends. I was so disappointed that we couldn’t book with her due to date avaiablity at Leonda. Mel is a superstar!

Melanie is just lovely so helpful. She was so great in explaining everything to me. My partner and I are most definitely booking our wedding thru Melanie. We are just delayed because our house isn’t finishing being built yet. I loved speaking to Melanie she is 10/10 So helpful and such a lovely person We will definitely be speaking to her in the best future thank you 😀

Melanie, was amazig from the start happy to answer all question and was amazing to deal with
Mel was very friendly and very supportive Even though we found a different venue that suited us. She was still very friendly. I would definitely recommend her to any of my friends or whoever I know will be getting married 🙂

Listened to what we wanted and was great with the kids.
Melanie was friendly and extremely helpful. She tried to find solutions for all our queries and has had so much patience with us. We have still been unable to confirm with her our plans but she has been so lovely and understanding.

Listened to what we wanted and was great with the kids.
Melanie was friendly and extremely helpful. She tried to find solutions for all our queries and has had so much patience with us. We have still been unable to confirm with her our plans but she has been so lovely and understanding.

Melanie has great customer service, she really goes above and beyond to help.
Found her very contactable and quick to respond to any query we had. She made our selection process was quite easy with her knowledge, accessibility, suggestions/considerations and general personality. With Mel, its been a great introduction to Leonda which gives me confidence that the rest of our Leonda planning and execution of our wedding will follow a similar trend. Would happily recommend any of my friends to enquire with Mel regarding their own event

What is there not to like about Melanie?She was super friendly, welcomed us with warm smile, walked us around the venues (both fenix and leonda), very attentive to our needs, and was also very understanding to what we wanted.At the end of the day, while we went with another venue, it is not a reflection of the top notch service Melanie gave us. It was purely due to convenience of the other venue.Melanie, thank you for your warm welcome and keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

Melanie was kind, friendly and passionate in the delivery of her service right from the get go. Part of the reason we booked to have our wedding at Leonda was because of how lovely and enthusiastic she was.

Mel took the time to sit with us and asked us all our dreams for the wedding. She was so lovely and her personality was part of the reason we chose Leonda.
Very thorough, attentive and organised

Very Professional
Melanie has done an amazing job in providing us with so much information about the venue and what can we can expect from the team. She is so passionate about her job and the Maple Event group – she is an amazing asset to the team.
She’s lovely. Friendly. Helpful.

She was amazing from the very first phone call. Always polite understanding and never pressured us into anything we didnt want to do

els warm and genuine personality and her level of professionalism put Leonda at the top of our list of venues we were considering for our wedding. Her can do attitude made us feel confident that Leonda and its team were the right choice for us. We are so excited to have our big day in such an amazing space. Mel is an absolute asset to your team and phenomenal at what she does

There wasn’t a higher score, so had to settle for 10/10. Friendly, bright. I could tell Mel was really excited and genuinely cared. You can tell she loves her job. Always responded quickly and enthusiastically regardless of time she was contacted or how many times. Amazing person to have represent your company.

Very lovely and personable. Communication was amazing, not pushy, felt she had a genuine care. Unfortunately as amazing as the venue was, not in our price range. Would love if teearn was the events manager at our venue :cry

Responded to all emails and very professional – cant wait to get married at Leonda now 🙂
she was very detailed in everything she explained, she was fantastic help with colour schemes and being mindful of the season due to flowers blooming, just a bit too expensive, and i wanted it on a saturday with no minimum.

Responded to our enquire email in less than 20min on a Saturday and was very friendly!

Teearn was excellent to work with! She took the time to show us around the venue and gave us some ideas to look into. Very accommodating and really made us feel comfortable.
Teearn has been very helpful and easy to talk to. She responds to queries quickly and in a professional manner.

My event executive Teearn is very warm, friendly and passionate about her job as well as working with Leonda. So far she has been providing exceptional service to us. She is very responsive to communications and questions. It’s an absolute pleasure to deal with her and Leonda by the Yarra during this wedding planning journey and we are looking forward to what’s to come next!Celeste and Nick

From start to finish, Teearn was lovely to deal with and was always getting back to us quickly.
From the moment we contacted the Leonda, Teearn was prompt and enthusiastic in her correspondence. She was professional in upholding commitments, such as follow up emails. On the day of inspection, she warm and hospitable. My partner and I visited 8 venues over 2 days and we both agreed that Teearn was the most outstanding host.
Get very responsive and informative

Teearn was extremely attentive, responsive and friendly. Out of all wedding venues we had emailed and contacted I felt that Teearn was the best. She made me feel excited to come and see what you had to offer. Her customer service was outstanding and I would highly recommend (and we haven’t even had the wedding yet lol). When we came and viewed the venue she gave us all information we needed to know and answered all questions. She was great

Teearn was amazing! The venue just didn’t suit our numbers because of the minimum spend- but would have definitely booked because she was so helpful and kind. Best coordinator to work with for sure.

She was very welcoming as soon as we entered the reception, and always went out of her way to answer any questions we had.
everything has been great so far!

Very helpful comfortable and knowledgeable, she was great to deal with

Exceptional asset to the Maple Event Group. We absolutely loved Teearn! Teearn was prompt, helpful, responsive and listened to everything we asked of her. She is a fantastic ambassador for your organisation and should her development/progress should be encouraged and supported!

She was so easy to chat with. She’s very friendly and caring. She knew how to answer all my questions and made me feel very looked after.

Teearn was very approachable, always available to answer any questions. Very Thorough/into detail. Took the time with us-Made our process very comfortable and not stressful. We can’t express how helpful Teearn was! So Grateful.

Very competent and friendly. Answered all our questions and was very helpful.

Taylor is amazing . She was very professional, knew the answer to every question, couldn’t rate her more! She is great.

She was very polite, responsive and was not too pushy.

She was highly knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. A great experience.

Super friendly and happy to answer all my silly questions! Felt comfortable with her from the start and would have loved to work with her for our wedding!

Taylor was amazing, she was so informative and covered all basis. She was extremely welcoming and would always respond very quickly with any queries we had

Leonda by the Yarra is the best wedding venue. In the time that we have been dealing with the team nothing was too hard or too much trouble. The day went off like clock work and everything was perfect. Our wedding Coordinator Jemma Halls was a absolute pleasure to deal with. Will have no hesitation in recommending Leonda to any bride.

Shereen D

Leonda by the Yarra is a stunning venue. Nothing was too hard or painful when planning the finer details of our wedding with Jemma. She was totally accommodating to all of our requests and the night ran smoothly with Tayla there to help us. Highly recommend this venue. Such professionalism shown by all the staff and a beautiful high quality venue. The food is also amazing!

Jessica W

Leonda is hands down the most beautiful reception I have ever been to. So when we set a date for our wedding, I knew exactly where I wanted to get married! Kylie was our wedding planner, she was awesome, very very helpful. We had a big wedding in the ballroom and everything was set up and presented absolutely perfectly. Leonda’s time management is spot on. They made sure everything ran smoothly and as it was supposed to. The food was also very delicious with lots of yummy options to choose from, my favourite.. the Mushroom Gnocchi! I am yet to visit Leonda and thank everybody for their amazing service.

Ebru G

Beautiful venue! We were in the larger room and it’s very stunning with the big mirror wall. We held our ceremony in the adjacent bar which was also stunning. The Leonda staff are very professional and efficient. Very helpful and always happy to answer any questions!

Mary T

We had our reception at the Ballroom at Leonda. Tom was the Operations Manager for our wedding and he was amazing, going above and beyond to make sure we had a great night – which we did! All of our guests mentioned how great the food and service was as well. Given it was a 43 degree day it cannot have been easy for the staff so thanks to everyone who was working the night of our wedding! We will recommend Leonda to everyone for their special day also 🙂

Kirsten G

We had our ceremony in the Garden Room at Leona By the Yarra. The staff were friendly and so proffessional! They ensured our night ran smoothly and to schedule. They even gave me some bandaids for my battered feet. The food is incredible, its up there with the best food I’ve ever been served at a wedding. It’s right on the Yarra which is lovely and at night they uplight all the tress which just looks beautiful. No regrets having my wedding there.

Jozica H

The staff at Leonda by the Yarra were outstanding from the first time we saw the venue, right up until our reception. The organisation of our reception was simple, efficient and clear and fun thanks to their level of dedication and their experience in the industry. Since our wedding we have had many guests comment on the quality of the food (AMAZING!) and the wonderful and attentive service given to each table on the night. Big shout out to our Wedding Co-ordinator Jemma Halls for all of her work in the lead up, and to Tom who managed our reception on the night. Thanks so much for your hard work guys! Leonda by the Yarra exude elegance, class, and quality, and are the best choice in Melbourne wedding venues!

Jacinta S

Leonda was fantastic on the big day. The event staff were all very professional and proactive. Venue looked great and food quality was outstanding! Pre-event coordination was could have been more active/facilitative. Overall, would recommend as wedding venue.

Laura G

We loved our wedding reception at Leonda by the Yarra, the venue, the staff everything was perfect! The food is amazing and service is the best we have seen at a wedding yet. Highly recommend Leonda by the Yarra

Kelly C

WORDS cannot describe how happy I was we booked this reception. By far the best staff, food and atmosphere! Leonda helped make our night what it was – absolutely wonderful! Every staff member was an absolute joy! Can’t recommend this reception more highly! Thanks you, thank you, thank you!

Monica T

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We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your wedding plans and ideas.

Contact us today to organise an appointment and see why you would choose Leonda By The Yarra for your special day.

2 Wallen Rd
Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122
P: +61 3 9819 1933

 

Transport & Parking

As the name would suggest, Leonda By The Yarra is located right on the banks of the Yarra River! However, if you’re not quite up to a dramatic water ski arrival, then we’ve collected the best ways to arrive in style.

Leonda is located just steps from stop 29 Power St/Riversdale Rd on route 70. Once exiting the tram, walk approximately 200m down Wallen Rd towards the City. We will appear on your left!
If you choose to drive to Leonda then we have a complimentary guest car park on site that can accommodate up to 150 vehicles! For larger events, when this becomes full we suggest parking along Yarra Boulevard. Should you be required to park along Yarra Boulevard you may need to delve into those coins normally saved for a sneaky cheeseburger.
If you are travelling by train, we suggest getting off at Hawthorn Station. After exiting at Hawthorn Station, walk for approximately 630m down Evansdale Road towards Wallen Rd. The path will veer left slightly at Glan Avon Rd and go under bridge. Before you know it we will appear in front of you!
For something a little bit wow, arrange for boat transport from Melbourne’s iconic Southbank to Leonda’s own private jetty. For more information please contact us.

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MEET OUR EVENT EXECUTIVES

Melanie Pyne
Melanie PyneSenior Event Executive

Melanie is a weddings veteran, and we’re proud to have had her with us for almost a decade. Melanie loves working with couples to make sure that their Big Day is everything they dreamed of, and of course, she’s excellent at making that happen!

In her time away from work, Melanie is a proud mum to three beautiful children, and loves to indulge in a bit of ‘me-time’ at the shops!

There wasn’t a higher score, so had to settle for 10/10. Friendly, bright. I could tell Mel was really excited and genuinely cared. You can tell she loves her job. Always responded quickly and enthusiastically regardless of time she was contacted or how many times. Amazing person to have represent your company.

els warm and genuine personality and her level of professionalism put Leonda at the top of our list of venues we were considering for our wedding. Her can do attitude made us feel confident that Leonda and its team were the right choice for us. We are so excited to have our big day in such an amazing space. Mel is an absolute asset to your team and phenomenal at what she does

She was amazing from the very first phone call. Always polite understanding and never pressured us into anything we didnt want to do

Very Professional
Melanie has done an amazing job in providing us with so much information about the venue and what can we can expect from the team. She is so passionate about her job and the Maple Event group – she is an amazing asset to the team.
She’s lovely. Friendly. Helpful.

Mel took the time to sit with us and asked us all our dreams for the wedding. She was so lovely and her personality was part of the reason we chose Leonda.
Very thorough, attentive and organised

Melanie was kind, friendly and passionate in the delivery of her service right from the get go. Part of the reason we booked to have our wedding at Leonda was because of how lovely and enthusiastic she was.

What is there not to like about Melanie?She was super friendly, welcomed us with warm smile, walked us around the venues (both fenix and leonda), very attentive to our needs, and was also very understanding to what we wanted.At the end of the day, while we went with another venue, it is not a reflection of the top notch service Melanie gave us. It was purely due to convenience of the other venue.Melanie, thank you for your warm welcome and keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

Melanie has great customer service, she really goes above and beyond to help.
Found her very contactable and quick to respond to any query we had. She made our selection process was quite easy with her knowledge, accessibility, suggestions/considerations and general personality. With Mel, its been a great introduction to Leonda which gives me confidence that the rest of our Leonda planning and execution of our wedding will follow a similar trend. Would happily recommend any of my friends to enquire with Mel regarding their own event.

Listened to what we wanted and was great with the kids.
Melanie was friendly and extremely helpful. She tried to find solutions for all our queries and has had so much patience with us. We have still been unable to confirm with her our plans but she has been so lovely and understanding.

Melanie, was amazig from the start happy to answer all question and was amazing to deal with
Mel was very friendly and very supportive Even though we found a different venue that suited us. She was still very friendly. I would definitely recommend her to any of my friends or whoever I know will be getting married 🙂

Melanie is just lovely so helpful. She was so great in explaining everything to me. My partner and I are most definitely booking our wedding thru Melanie. We are just delayed because our house isn’t finishing being built yet. I loved speaking to Melanie she is 10/10 So helpful and such a lovely person We will definitely be speaking to her in the best future thank you 😀

Answered Emails PromptlyAnswered all my questions Very good customer service
Mel goes above and beyond!! The fact that she would let me contact her outside of hours made it so helpful with juggling work and planning a wedding. Mel is thorough and explains all detail in depth, you can tell she loves what she does. Most of all, she cares about her clients and made speaking to her so easy!! I would very highly recommend her to my friends. I was so disappointed that we couldn’t book with her due to date avaiablity at Leonda. Mel is a superstar!

Awesome service, very attentive & high attention to detail.
She was very professional and sold her product with attention to detail.
Mel is literally my new best friend. Very easy to talk to, understanding and great for a little vent when it comes to frustrating other members of the wedding party. I would 110% recommend Mel to anyone planning a wedding or event she is amazing

She was very helpful, accommodating, a pleasant and warm and joyful manner.
She was fantastic and so helpful during the very stressful process. Extremely responsive and answered all of numerious questions. We can not wait to have our wedding at Fenix next year.

Mel was extremely professional and personable from the beginning of our enquiry. We were made to feel like we weren’t just a number and never ever felt like we were rushed on appointments.Mel exceeded our expectations above and beyond which also ensured us that we had made the right choice with our venue!

Melanie was very lovely and helpful.
Incredibly caring, positive, attentive and listens. She makes the process incredibly smooth and stress-free!

Melanie had an amazing energy and such a warm personality that I was instantly looking forward to meeting with her. It was so nice to engage with someone who seemed genuinely excited for you and happy to help!

She was very helpful answered all our questions and made us feel as though our wedding would run smoothly at Fenix
Since the day I contacted Leonda, Melanie has been nothing less than amazing in every aspect, including text, call and face to face communication. She gave such a thorough explanation of everything that my fiancé and I were left with no questions and so happy with all the services that Leonda provides.
very professional, knowledgeable and hospital

Melanie is amazing!! She answered every call and email I sent and responded with everything I needed to know. Was great to meet face to face to speak about the venue with her and she sold us on the perfect wedding location.

Melanie was very thorough and took us through the whole process and event space. We felt very well looked after and enjoyed the experience.
She gave us a good amount of time to look over the packages before she contacted via email to follow up in a very respectful and unobtrusive manner.
Very quick to respond to emails and very helpful 🙂

Melanie is beautiful and has gone above and beyond to make the start of our journey amazing.
She was extremely responsive and always answered my questions! I hope I get the opportunity to meet her in person and she has made me more excited for my big day after some previous venue troubles!!

She is very polite and patient.
Very polite and great to deal with
Very easy and informative to work with. Answered all of our questions and replied to emails promptly. Very helpful
Very responsive and polite.

Mel is so friendly and bubbly! So welcoming and made us feel like she cared about our needs and feelings about our wedding.
Very professional. Enthusiastic. Easy to work with. Accommodating with the appt time for venue viewing. Seemed genuinely excited for us.

Very professional and gave a viewing which felt personal. We will be considering leonda very seriously for our wedding
Mel was amazing so helpful! Best person I’ve dealt with! Love her
She is amazing!!!

Very warm and welcoming, extremely accommodating with all my needs and wants for my wedding.

Teearn Bishop
Teearn BishopEvent Executive

Teearn is a self-confessed hopeless romantic, and simply put, she loves ‘love’. She adores the stories and history behind weddings, and has never worked in another industry, so is completely across the ins and outs of helping to create the best ‘big day’.

In her free time, Teearn is passionate about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and loves to pack a punch as much as she loves to create a dream wedding for her clients!

Teearn was very approachable, always available to answer any questions. Very Thorough/into detail. Took the time with us-Made our process very comfortable and not stressful. We can’t express how helpful Teearn was! So Grateful.

She was so easy to chat with. She’s very friendly and caring. She knew how to answer all my questions and made me feel very looked after.

Exceptional asset to the Maple Event Group. We absolutely loved Teearn! Teearn was prompt, helpful, responsive and listened to everything we asked of her. She is a fantastic ambassador for your organisation and should her development/progress should be encouraged and supported!

Very helpful comfortable and knowledgeable, she was great to deal with

She was very welcoming as soon as we entered the reception, and always went out of her way to answer any questions we had.
everything has been great so far!

Teearn was amazing! The venue just didn’t suit our numbers because of the minimum spend- but would have definitely booked because she was so helpful and kind. Best coordinator to work with for sure.

Teearn was extremely attentive, responsive and friendly. Out of all wedding venues we had emailed and contacted I felt that Teearn was the best. She made me feel excited to come and see what you had to offer. Her customer service was outstanding and I would highly recommend (and we haven’t even had the wedding yet lol). When we came and viewed the venue she gave us all information we needed to know and answered all questions. She was great.

From start to finish, Teearn was lovely to deal with and was always getting back to us quickly.
From the moment we contacted the Leonda, Teearn was prompt and enthusiastic in her correspondence. She was professional in upholding commitments, such as follow up emails. On the day of inspection, she warm and hospitable. My partner and I visited 8 venues over 2 days and we both agreed that Teearn was the most outstanding host.
Get very responsive and informative

My event executive Teearn is very warm, friendly and passionate about her job as well as working with Leonda. So far she has been providing exceptional service to us. She is very responsive to communications and questions. It’s an absolute pleasure to deal with her and Leonda by the Yarra during this wedding planning journey and we are looking forward to what’s to come next!Celeste and Nick

Teearn was excellent to work with! She took the time to show us around the venue and gave us some ideas to look into. Very accommodating and really made us feel comfortable.
Teearn has been very helpful and easy to talk to. She responds to queries quickly and in a professional manner.

Responded to our enquire email in less than 20min on a Saturday and was very friendly!

Responded to all emails and very professional – cant wait to get married at Leonda now 🙂
she was very detailed in everything she explained, she was fantastic help with colour schemes and being mindful of the season due to flowers blooming, just a bit too expensive, and i wanted it on a saturday with no minimum.

Very lovely and personable. Communication was amazing, not pushy, felt she had a genuine care. Unfortunately as amazing as the venue was, not in our price range. Would love if teearn was the events manager at our venue :cry

Taylor Parkes
Taylor ParkesEvent Executive

Taylor loves creating a WOW experience for her couples on the journey to their big day.

Apart from her vivacious personality she’s a wonderful listener who really understands just what her couples are after in their event.

Outside of work Taylor is passionate about her travel blog where she loves to write about wine. She also loves to dance and has even appeared in a Bollywood Movie and Australia’s Got Talent!

Taylor was amazing, she was so informative and covered all basis. She was extremely welcoming and would always respond very quickly with any queries we had

Super friendly and happy to answer all my silly questions! Felt comfortable with her from the start and would have loved to work with her for our wedding!

She was highly knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. A great experience.

She was very polite, responsive and was not too pushy.

Taylor is amazing . She was very professional, knew the answer to every question, couldn’t rate her more! She is great.

Very competent and friendly. Answered all our questions and was very helpful.

Fiona Chung
Fiona ChungEvent Executive

With an absolute passion for hospitality, nothing makes Fiona happier than helping couples’ realise their dream ‘Big Day’, especially when it’s full of great food, good wine, and joyful moments (her guilty pleasure is watching wedding videos – the more emotional, the better!).

Her extensive hospitality industry experience has honed a great skill for understanding what makes a successful and WOW worthy event, and finding solutions to help make magical moments happen.

When she’s not at work, you’ll find Fiona in Melbourne’s hottest restaurants – she’s always up to date with the newest restaurant openings, and can tell you where the best coffee can be found, anywhere in Melbourne!

About Leonda By The Yarra

About Leonda By The Yarra

History

Leonda’s successful history began in 1970 during the year that John Gorton was Prime Minister and seatbelts became compulsory in cars throughout Victoria. Previously known as the Hawthorn Tea Gardens, the property that Leonda now occupies was a popular destination for boats to dock and ladies to socialise whilst sipping on teas and nibbling on scones, gazing over the beautiful surroundings. When the Hawthorn Tea Gardens fatefully burnt down, partners Leon Jolson & David Walker bought the land and built Melbourne’s leading reception centre. The name bestowed upon the stunning reception centre was Leonda, a fusion of the names Leon and David.

Leonda was originally built as a large 500 guest function room with an adjoining room called the ‘River Club Restaurant’ which catered to 132 guests.

Since it’s founding days, Leonda has been in the hands of few fortunate Melbourne based entities, including:

  • Qintex (Christopher & Pixie Skase)
  • Vi & Bernard Greenhalf (Vi was a flamboyant socialite who was both a radio and TV personality)
  • Horst & Anne Niece
  • Spotless Services

 

Whilst there have been countless memorable occasions held at Leonda, there are a few that stand out above the rest, some of which include:

  • A public riot took place as the Governor General arrived at Leonda after sacking Gough Whitlam in 1975
  • The Dalai Lama was a keynote speaker at a conference held at Leonda in the 1980’s
  • Brownlows and Logies have both been held at Leonda
  • In the mid 1980’s a Romanian heavy weight lifter was competing in the World Heavy Weight Lifting Championships in Melbourne and came to a function at Leonda. During the night he disappeared. There was a huge police search as it was believed he was seeking refuge here in Australia. This was publicised heavily in the media.
  • A grand lunch was held for one of the Popes Cardinals in the mid 1990’s in Leonda’s grand ballroom. He was being groomed to be the next pope but did not get the top job.
  • On separate occasions both Prince Phillip and Prince Charles have dined at Leonda.

 

As we celebrate our incredible history as a true landmark of Melbourne city, we urge you to celebrate with us by browsing through our archive of images to see how Leonda has transformed, while at the same time remained loyal to its roots.To truly formulate our timeline, Leonda is searching for couples that were married at the venue around 1970, during its early years of operations.

We are also curious to hear of any interesting or amusing stories that have taken place at Leonda over the years. We love our history and ask you to celebrate with us with your personal stories and memories.