Barnaby Joyce’s youngest daughter has confirmed none of her four daughters attended her ‘bush bash’ wedding to her former political adviser Vikki Campion, as she reveals her father didn’t even tell her about the ceremony .
The former Nationals frontman, 56, and Vikki Campion, 38, exchanged vows on Sunday afternoon at the family’s sprawling Woolbrook farm, west of Walcha in the New Wales Northern Tablelands from South.
Their young sons Thomas and Sebastian, aged four and five, wore Akubra hats, beige chinos and cowboy boots for their roles as ring bearers, and could be seen enjoying the reception with their parents and about 80 guests.
But notably absent were family photos: Odette, 20, Caroline, 23, Julia, 24, Bridgette, 26 — the adult daughters Joyce shares with his ex-wife, Natalie Abberfield.
On Saturday evening, just hours before the wedding, Odette took to Instagram to share a photo from a friend’s birthday celebration in the Sydney suburb of Manly, about five hours south of the venue.
On Monday, she confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that she had not been invited to attend the celebration.
She said: “Personally I wasn’t invited to the wedding, my dad didn’t even tell me about it, I found out through other sources.”
Barnaby Joyce married his former political adviser, Vikki Campion (photo) on Sunday
Odette Joyce (pictured) said she was not invited to her father’s wedding to Vikki Campion on Sunday
Odette Joyce posted a photo on Instagram on Saturday from a friend’s birthday celebration in the Sydney suburb of Manly.
“I would also rather celebrate my friend’s birthday than attend or even think about a wedding that doesn’t interest or support me.
“If my father doesn’t want to think about me or even include me in the decisions he makes that ultimately affect me, then frankly, I don’t have time to think about him.”
Odette also criticized her father for allowing a media photographer to photograph the happy couple’s nuptials.
She called it “a great attempt on their part to stay relevant when everyone else is done with it.”
“I also think that involving the media and inviting them to the wedding is not only in poor taste, but also in bad taste,” she said.
Joyce’s relationship with Ms Campion sent shockwaves through Australia’s political scene when their affair was revealed in February 2018 – two months before she gave birth to their son, Sebastian.
Mrs Abberfield, to whom he had been married for 24 years, was said to have been blinded by her husband’s secret relationship.
At the time, Odette posted a photo of his mother and siblings on Instagram with the caption: ‘The real Joyce family #whosbarnaby’.
Barnaby Joyce’s other family, photo from left to right: daughters Odette, Bridgette, Caroline and Julia. His ex-wife Natalie is pictured, center
Barnaby Joyce is pictured with his ex-wife Natalie at the 2017 Federal Parliament Mid-Winter Ball
Vikki Campion and Barnaby Joyce are pictured with their sons, Sebastian and Thomas
Last month, Julia Joyce posted an Instagram video wearing a wedding dress while her mother appeared to be wearing a veil.
The video was captioned: “Preparing to ruin my dad’s wedding I wasn’t invited to…in my mom’s wedding dress.”
Once their relationship was exposed, Joyce resigned as deputy prime minister and national leader.
Then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull criticized Joyce for what he called a “shocking error of judgment.”
This led Mr Turnbull to introduce what is known as an “absolute ban” on Coalition MPs to prevent them from having sex with their ministerial staff.
Ms Campion, an opinion columnist, has spoken candidly about their affair, previously admitting their relationship “wasn’t perfect” but insisting she did not regret the drama surrounding their infidelity.
“Even until the day he told Parliament that I was his partner, I didn’t think that was accurate. He said he would be there in the labor room and I didn’t believe it either,” she previously said.
Vikki Campion could be seen holding a cigarette at her own wedding reception on Sunday
Vikki Campion is pictured on Sunday holding a glass of champagne and a cigarette in one hand, with the other arm being a wedding guest.
Ms Campion married the former National MP on Sunday. She wore a strapless cream dress with a gold design in her hair.
“You trade your job for harsh stares, paparazzi and paranoia, schoolyard rumors that run through the Ultimo editorial offices, many without a shred of truth, and you stop answering the door.” , she continued.
“He asked me a thousand times: ‘Would you like to do all this again?’ And my answer has always been yes.
He proposed with a party sapphire ring, a popular stone in his northern New England electorate, in January 2022.
“Rather than being on my knees (to propose), I ended up getting down on my knees. I was saying my prayers,” he said.
When the couple announced their engagement, Mr Joyce said his family’s reaction was what one would expect and not everyone was happy.
“Some are happy and others, of course, less happy,” Mr. Joyce said at the time.
The wedding was supposed to be a low-key barbecue for a dozen guests coming to a party of more than 80 of their closest friends, with a dance floor commissioned for a shed on the property.
Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion are pictured entering their wedding reception on Sunday
Ms Campion is pictured kissing a guest at her own wedding reception on Sunday afternoon.
Vikki Campion is pictured speaking with a guest at her wedding reception on Sunday
Joyce himself jumped out of a Toyota Landcruiser onto the property before the ceremony, before guests – including former Nationals MP George Christensen – began arriving in a convoy of 4x4s.
Hours later, the newlyweds beamed as they walked together, hand in hand, to greet their guests – donning their Akubra hats.
A new gold wedding ring was visible on Joyce’s hand.
Ms Campion wore a cream strapless dress with gold earrings and black heeled cowboy boots, as she walked alongside her new husband with a glass of champagne after the ceremony – smiling broadly at her guests.
She barely let go of Joyce’s hand as she welcomed guests to the reception.
The groom opted for beige pants with a brown belt and shoes, paired with a white shirt, navy blazer and tie. On his lapel was a pink and green buttonhole.
The vehicles were parked around a white driveway separating rows of white chairs. A single portable toilet was visible on the trailer of a 4×4.