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About Us – a History of Event Excellence


The Willows is a premier function venue in Melbourne. The venue was acquired by Aaron and Estelle Lewis in 2002, and their entrepreneurial flair and passion for fine cuisine found a home. The Willows has thrived in this new chapter in its history. 


Meet Our Team

A chef by trade, Aaron has had 25 years of experience in hospitality. Aaron was trained in New Zealand and his love of food quickly lead him to five-star hotels, both at home and abroad.  Aaron revels in blending his vast cooking and executive skills by creating new opportunities to showcase modern Australian cuisine at The Willows. 

Estelle's sales and corporate HR backgrounds have been the driving force behind The Willows’ metamorphosis and expansion. With an appetite for wonderful events, Estelle has taken the business through its transition in the last decade. She’s nurtured and developed a workforce and training model that builds on her personal philosophy. That philosophy can be expressed in one sentence - all customers should have a positive Willows experience. 

Degree qualified, Bridee McMahon heads up the sales & operations team. Bridee has 10 years of industry experience and boasts and impressive background having worked for Comme, Red Scooter and Encore. She brings considerable operational talent to a skilled hospitality management team. 


The Willows Today

The Willows is thriving as a popular leading wedding venue and corporate events venue, as well as being a social function leading light. If you’re looking for a unique wedding venue in Melbourne, a fabulous corporate conference venue, or a fun party event, come and explore The Willows. 

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