Barnaby Joyce, 56, ties the knot with his former political adviser Vikki Campion, 38, in an outdoor bush bash-style wedding at his sprawling property – almost six years after their scandalous affair was exposed.
The happy couple hosted a pink and ivory-themed celebration the politician’s family ranch in Woolbrook, west of Walcha, in the NSW Northern Tablelands, on Sunday afternoon.
What was supposed to be a low-key barbecue for around a dozen guests swelled to a party for more than 80 of their closest friends, with a dance floor ordered in for a barn on the property.
The couple’s young sons Sebastian and Thomas, age five and four, could be seen outside the venue earlier that morning, ready for their roles as page boys.
Joyce himself jumped out of a Toyota Landcruiser at the property ahead of the ceremony, before guests – including former Nationals MP George Christensen – began to arrive in a convoy of four-wheel drives.
Hours later, the newlyweds beamed as they walked together, hand-in-hand, to greet their guests – donning in his and hers Akubra hats.
A new, gold wedding band could be seen on Joyce’s hand.
Barnaby Joyce, 56, married his former political adviser Vikki Campion, 38 (pictured)
Vikki Campion wore a strapless cream dress with black cowboy-style boots (pictured)
Vikki Campion puffed on a cigarette with guests at her own wedding reception on Sunday (pictured)
Vikki Campion is pictured with guests at her wedding reception on Sunday, holding a drink and a cigarette
Pictured: Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion, speaking with one of their two sons at their wedding on Sunday
Ms Campion wore a strapless cream dress with gold earrings and heeled black cowboy-style boots as she walked alongside her new husband with a glass of champagne post-ceremony, smiling widely at her guests.
She barely let go of her new husband’s hand as she greeted guests at the reception.
Joyce opted for a tan trousers with a brown belt and shoes, paired with a white shirt, navy blazer and tie. On his lapel was a pink and green boutonniere.
Vehicles were parked around a white aisle separating rows of white chairs. A single portable toilet could be seen on the trailer of one 4WD.
While the nuptials were a family affair, not all members of the Joyce clan were expected to attend.
It is not clear which one of his four daughters, Julia, Caroline, Odette and Bridgette, agreed to join the festivities.
However, it was unlikely to be Odette, who once posted a picture of her mum and siblings on Instagram with the caption: ‘The real Joyce family #whosbarnaby’.
On Saturday night, the evening before her father’s wedding, she used Instagram to share a photo of a friend’s birthday celebration in the Sydney suburb of Manly – which is about five hours south of Walcha.
Some guests sat out of the sun, under a camping-style gazebo (pictured)
The bride greeted guests at the reception following the ceremony on Sunday (pictured). Former Nationals MP George Christensen is pictured, left, with his daughter
Guests could be seen milling about in the shade before the ceremony. A single portable toilet was fixed to the back of one vehicle (pictured)
Pictured: Guests at Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion’s wedding on Sunday afternoon
One guest walked from his car with more seating options on Sunday afternoon
Former Nationals MP George Christensen arrived at the wedding, with his wife and daughter (pictured)
The girls’ mother, Natalie Joyce, was said to have been blindsided by her then-husband’s affair .
In December, 2017, Joyce used the parliamentary debate on same sex marriage to confirm he was no longer with Natalie, his wife of 24 years. His affair was then confirmed in February 2018 – when Ms Campion was two months away from giving birth to Sebastian.
Once their relationship was exposed, Joyce resigned as deputy prime minister and Nationals leader.
The then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull slammed Joyce for what he called a ‘shocking error of judgement’.
It led to Mr Turnbull introducing a so-called ‘bonk ban’ on coalition MPs to stop them having sex with their ministerial staff.
Ms Campion has spoken candidly about their affair, previously admitting their relationship ‘wasn’t perfect’ but insisting she doesn’t regret the drama surround their infidelity.
‘Even until the day he said in Parliament that I was his partner, I didn’t believe it to be accurate. He said he would be there in the labour ward and I didn’t believe that either,’ she previously said.
‘You swap your job for harsh stares, paparazzi and paranoia, schoolyard rumours cooking up in Ultimo newsrooms, many without a yolk of truth and you stop answering the door,’ she went on.
‘He has asked me a thousand times: “Would you go through it all again?” And my answer has always been yes.’
Barnaby Joyce is pictured hours before the ceremony, after jumping out of a Toyota Landcruise
Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion are pictured greeting guests after their wedding ceremony
Ms Campion is pictured speaking with her young son after her wedding on Sunday
When the couple announced their engagement in January 2022, Mr Joyce said his family’s reaction was as ‘one would have expected’ and not everyone was pleased.
‘Some are happy and some are understandably not as happy,’ Mr Joyce said at the time.
He proposed with a parti sapphire ring, a stone popular in his northern NSW electorate of New England.
‘Rather than being down on one knee (to propose) I ended up being down on two. I was saying my prayers,’ he said.
Ms Campion said yes, but the wedding was delayed due to the pandemic.
Her father Peter Campion previously told Daily Mail Australia the wedding was expected to be ‘very much Barnaby getting back to his country roots’.
Peter Campion was surprise that one of Barnaby’s adult daughters (above with their mother Natalie, Julia, Caroline, Odette and Bridgette) was coming to his daughter Vikki’s wedding to the ex-deputy PM
Guests were encouraged to arrive in utes or 4WDs, roll out their swags and party long into the night.
He said along with the country-style dancing predicted in one report, he expected there would also be more conservative ‘staid waltzing’, but ‘I’m not much of a dancer, and I’ve had a knee reconstruction, so I won’t be boot scooting’.
Mr Campion said now thought of Joyce as ‘a good bloke’ and ‘one of the better ones’ among Canberra politicians.
The renowned conservative said it was media misreporting about his daughter relationship that had initially set him against Joyce, but his daughter had assured him her relationship with the MP had begun months after his marriage had ended.
Mr Campion will give a speech as father of the bride and may be dressed in, he says, ‘steel-capped boots and a “Make Australia Great Again” cap’.
Asked what he will say about his daughter, he said: ‘I’m there to ruffle feathers. some hard truths about modern society dominated by the lunatic left.
‘Well, I’ve only got 20 minutes. It’s a rare opportunity to drop some truth bombs.’