Our piece of paradise

Recently we were lucky to have the very talented Dallas Love Photography at Branell Homestead to photograph a wedding. This was the first time Dallas had been to our property and we were overjoyed with her instant love of our piece of paradise. We were also blown away by the photos she captured of Jorjee and Alex’s wedding. Dallas has since been back to Branell for a relaxing stay with her husband and we were very fortunate that she wanted to explore Branell further and take some more photos! Here are some of our favourites of the Homestead and views over the property. Stay tuned for more images to come…

A note from Dallas –

My husband and I spent three days soaking in the sun at Branell Homestead and snapping photos around the property to share with you! Each of these days ended watching the sunset either on the jetty, Homestead veranda, or hillside cabin with the bird’s eye view of the valley. We even caught a full moon rise over the cabins, which was pretty spectacular.

Branell offers hillside cabins and Homestead Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Both are new builds and are bathed in light from dawn to dusk. However, both are quite different. The cabins are styled in a cozy modern fashion, while the Homestead has a wonderful vintage feel.

We were thrilled to stay in the Homestead for our visit to Branell – just our style… with genuine Aussie heritage and filled with antiques but also includes all the modern conveniences such as a home theatre. In the mornings and evenings we always found ourselves sitting out on the verandah, staring out over the landscape with the resident cheeky magpie.

I’m relatively new to Australia (immigrated from America as I married an Aussie) so I’ve been on a path of discovery and uncovering Queensland’s gems. I fell in love with Branell the moment I drove down the winding white fenced driveway and saw the rolling hills leading into the valley. I had yet to even see the reflection pond and jetty (I had to look up Aussie word for dock LOL!) or just how vast the hillside view would become once I reached the Homestead.

For a wedding, Branell is a one-stop shop for a variety of portrait settings. The old hay shed has a romantic rustic appeal – especially at sunset with newlyweds in around the hay… The surrounding mature trees (with swing) are also beautiful. There is no escaping those rolling hillsides at sunset though! As a wedding photographer, the hardest part is choosing between photographing the couple on the jetty, mango grove hillside with reflection pond view, the large tree in the field with waving grass or that romantic hay shed! I am looking forward to coming back and sharing some of the new amazing spots we’ve found with another bride and groom.

To see our last wedding at Branell visit: http://dallaslovephotography.com/?p=16563

Photo locations close to Branell

The Lockyer Valley is an area with many hidden treasures. Some couples take the opportunity to head off the property to take photos at a second location. We have included some ideas below to get you thinking. It you are considering other locations it might be a good idea to spend a day in the Lockyer Valley checking out some of the local spots. One thing to keep in mind is that you do not go onto anyone’s property without permission. Everyone is friendly and accommodating in the area, but please be mindful of respecting private property.

~ Laidley Railway Station ~

Tom Hall Photography captured some fantastic photos of Sharon and Nathan at the Laidley Railway Station. This is a great location to get some unique backgrounds and create memories that are a little bit different. And better still, it is only 5 minutes from Branell Homestead.

Click to view the full wedding albums of the couples below:
Tom Hall Photography: Sharon and Nathan  |  Tall Timber Studio: Marie-lou and Marcus

Tom Hall Photography

Tom Hall Photography – Sharon and Nathan

Tom Hall Photography

Tom Hall Photography – Sharon and Nathan

Tom Hall Photography

Tom Hall Photography – Sharon and Nathan

Loren from Tall Timber Studio is a regular at Branell Homestead and we absolutely love her creative flair. This photo below of Marie-lou and Marcus is one of our favourites!

Tall Timber Studio - Marie-lou and Marcus

Tall Timber Studio – Marie-lou and Marcus

Tall Timber Studio - Marie-lou and Marcus

Tall Timber Studio – Marie-lou and Marcus

~ Laidley Landscape ~

We also have some breathtaking scenery that you can capture just by setting up on the side of the road. Please make sure you watch out for traffic though. The locals are used to seeing the odd cow here and there, but maybe not a whole bridal party and photographer! The below photos of Kristy and Bartek are right outside the entry to Branell Homestead. You can see our Luxury Cabins on the hill in the background.

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Tom Hall Photography – Sharon and Nathan

Mac Loxton Photography

Mac Loxton Photography – Kristy and Bartek

Mac Loxton Photography

Mac Loxton Photography – Kristy and Bartek

Click to view Kristy and Barktek’s wedding album by Mac Loxton Photography.

~ Laidley’s Main Street ~

The charm and heritage of Patrick Street are a definite drawcard. The Queensland National Hotel has a lovely big verandah, Das Neumann Haus is a historical museum with the well known Clydesdale horse out the front and the Eagle Rock Cafe is a must see for lovers of everything retro. Local business owners and the community are very welcoming and love seeing new people visit the town, so why not go and say hello and see what hidden treasures you discover!

Tall Timber Studio - Main Street of Liadley

Tall Timber Studio – Marie-lou and Marcus

Rustique Rose Florist and Tearoom always has beautiful display

Rustique Rose Florist and Tearoom always has beautiful display

~ Laidley Pioneer Village ~

Established in 1972, the Laidley Pioneer Village is one of the first of it’s kind in Queensland. There are a range of restored buildings, including the Post Office and DesJardins Cottage pictured below, as well as a number of historic collections. These include wagons, machinery, agricultural tools and many more. The property has a number of excellent opportunities for a photo shoot if this is the style you are looking for. You can contact the volunteers who run the village on (07) 5465 2516 or visit their website.

Pioneer Village (photos from website)

Pioneer Village (photos from website)

~ Cunningham’s Crest Lookout ~

Just a couple of minutes drive up the road from Branell, this lookout offers spectacular views of the sunset over the Lockyer Valley. It is a quiet spot, so you are pretty much guaranteed to have the place to yourself most of the time.

Cunningham's Crest Lookout

Cunningham’s Crest Lookout

~ Gatton and District Historical Village ~

This 22 hectare property is home to 22 buildings including a fully restored church, working blacksmith and wheelwright shop, fire station, restored railway station and more. It is a very popular place for wedding photos. You will need to make a booking by phone (07) 5462 1899 or email gdhs4343@gmail.com.

Gatton Historical Village (Photos supplied by Lockyer Valley Regional Council)

Gatton Historical Village (Photos supplied by Lockyer Valley Regional Council)

~ A Private Property ~

You might be lucky enough to know someone that has an interesting private property close by, or better still your photographer might be able to set something up. But please make sure you get permission first. These photos from Tall Timber Studio of Marie-lou and her bridal party look fantastic!

Tall Timber Studio

Tall Timber Studio

Tall Timber Studio

Tall Timber Studio

~ Further Afield ~

You can also head to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s website for some further information, especially if you would like to travel even further afield.

Image source: http://tcof.com.au/events/diesel-train-rides-to-spring-bluff/

SPRING BLUFF RAILWAY STATION – Image source: http://tcof.com.au/events/diesel-train-rides-to-spring-bluff/

Photo opportunities on our property

We are super fortunate to have some very talented photographers visit our property every week. No matter how many weddings we have, each one is unique and we are always amazed by the different photography styles and images captured at Branell.

When organising your photography, make sure you chose a photographer who has a style you admire and one that you feel comfortable with. After all, they are going to be capturing the special moments of your wedding day, so you want them to also capture the emotion and feelings. Let your photographer know if there are any particular photos you want, but then let them create their magic!

We have lots of popular spots on the property for photos and have included some below, but there are plenty more to discover. If your photographer hasn’t been to the property before it might be worthwhile making an appointment with us so they can see everything first hand. You can make appointments via the home page of our website, contact us via email or phone (07) 5465 1788.

~ Homestead ~
The federation style elegance of each room of our Homestead is very popular with photographers.

Bride and Groom: Stephanie and Adam – Photographer: Sunlit Studios

Bride and Groom: Stephanie and Adam – Photographer: Sunlit Studios

Bride and Groom: Kylie and Martin – Photographer: Milly Jane Photography

Bride and Groom: Kylie and Martin – Photographer: Milly Jane Photography

Bride and Groom: Cassie and Jason – Photographer: Tall Timber Studio

Bride and Groom: Cassie and Jason – Photographer: Tall Timber Studio

Bride: Tamika – Photographer:

Bride: Tamika – Photographer: Capture That Photography

Photography: Amy Neeson Photography

Photography: Amy Neeson Photography

Bride: Crystal – Photographer:

Bride: Crystal – Photographer: LM Images Photography & Film

Photography: Amy Neeson Photography

Photography: Amy Neeson Photography

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Bride and Groom: Kylie and Martin – Photographer: Milly Jane Photography

~ Jetty ~

Bride and Groom: Cassie and Jason – Photographer: Tall Timber Studio

Bride and Groom: Cassie and Jason – Photographer: Tall Timber Studio

Bride and Groom: Krystal and Jamie – Photographer: RStudios Photography

Bride and Groom: Krystal and Jamie – Photographer: RStudios Photography

~ Around the property ~
Some of the most popular spots for photos are the entrance driveway, mango trees, stables and the fig tree.

Bride and Groom: Alana and Brad – Photographer: Lucah & Lane

Bride and Groom: Alana and Brad – Photographer: Lucah & Lane

Bride and Groom: Jackie and Luke – Photographer: The Light Chaser

Bride and Groom: Jackie and Luke – Photographer: The Light Chaser

Photographer: Fairytale Photography

Photographer: Fairytale Photography

Bride and Groom: Amy and Todd – Photographer: Tall Timber Studio

Bride and Groom: Amy and Todd – Photographer: Tall Timber Studio

Bride and Groom: Katie and Jake – Photographer: Kelsea K Photography

Bride and Groom: Katie and Jake – Photographer: Kelsea K Photography

Photographer: Anna Osetroff Photography

Photographer: Anna Osetroff Photography

Bride and Groom: Connie and Joel – Photographer: Richard Grainger Photography

Bride and Groom: Connie and Joel – Photographer: Richard Grainger Photography

Photographer: Nicola Lemmon Photography

Photographer: Nicola Lemmon Photography

Bride and Groom: Margot and Glen – Photographer: Shutter and Lace

Bride and Groom: Margot and Glen – Photographer: Shutter and Lace

Bride and Groom: Elizabeth and David – Photographer: EDGE Photography

Bride and Groom: Elizabeth and David – Photographer: EDGE Photography

~ Luxury Cabins ~
The outlook over the Lockyer Valley is stunning from our Luxury Cabins. Some brides/grooms get ready in the cabins and we have also had some wedding ceremonies performed on the hill behind the cabins.

Bride and Groom: Shay-lee and Jay – Photographer: Lucas & Co Photography

Bride and Groom: Shay-lee and Jay – Photographer: Lucas & Co Photography

Branell Homestead: The grassed lawn behind the cabins

Branell Homestead: The grassed lawn behind the cabins

The morning of…

It’s the morning of your wedding and you are full of a mix of different emotions – happiness, nervousness, excitement, anticipation and just plain pure joy. There has been so much planning leading up to the day and you have everything in place. If you are a list person you will be in your element because this is the best way to stay on top of everything and get a good nights sleep. Here are a couple of tips to make sure nothing is overlooked. (These are mainly directed at the bride because lets face it, they are the ones who will have the most going on!)

 
Timelines/Schedule
You can never be too organised. You will have lots of people involved who will all need to work together. Make sure you have your hair and makeup finished in plenty of time to get dressed, have your photographer take some photos, enjoy a glass of bubbly and relax. Make sure everyone knows what is going on so they are not having to check in with you every 5 minutes.

  • When you get dressed pre hair and make-up make sure you put on something with a zip or a silk robe (this is the perfect comfy and feminine option). Just make sure it does not need to come off over your head.
  • Check with your hairdresser and make-up artist to see how long they need for each person.
  • The space where you are getting ready needs lots of natural light.
  • Organise for someone to be in charge of deliveries – for example: the flowers and the cake.
  • Take the dresses out of the bags and hang them up. This is especially important for your wedding dress – it needs time to breathe! This will be a great opportunity for your photographer to take some snaps.

Food and Drink
It is important to stay hydrated and also have something in your stomach. EAT BREAKFAST! Smoothies are a great solution which tick both boxes. You definitely don’t want your tummy rumbling in the middle of your ceremony. Make sure you have enough for everyone. Fruit or sandwich platters are a good idea to munch on during the morning and can be easily prepared the evening before. According to stylecraze.com, these are the best fruits for glowing skin: bananas, lemons, oranges, apples and papaya.

Emergency Kit
Expect the unexpected and don’t panic. Think about everything that could go wrong and pack a kit that can fix all of these problems! You could include things like a sewing kit, scissors, tape, tweezers, extra pairs of stockings, mints, lip balm, moisturiser, pain killers, deodorant, spare toothbrush and toothpaste, nail file, safety pins, hairspray, cotton wool balls, straightener and hair dryer.

Relax
Let everyone take care of you. This is the one day you do not have to be thinking about anyone else.

  • Don’t worry about what the groom is doing. You can rest assured his morning will be much less busy than yours! He will most probably be watching TV or sport with his bridal party…
  • Take some music. Create a special playlist for the occasion.
  • Think positive and be yourself.
  • Breathe, laugh and have fun!
We love this selection of photos Just For Love Photography captured of Jade and Sam getting ready for their big day. These photos give the bride and groom an insight to each other’s time before the ceremony and are a wonderful addition to your wedding album. Jade was already on the property at the Homestead, while Sam got ready offsite and arrived at Branell for the ceremony.
~ The Bride ~
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~ The Groom ~

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Branell Site Map

We have a very unique set up at Branell Homestead. It is often very hard to explain the layout of our property over the phone which is why we encourage people to come out for a visit. Situated on 80 picturesque acres of both farming and bushland, the property offers the perfect setting for a quiet weekend away or to celebrate your wedding. We have developed the site map below which will hopefully make things a little clearer.

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We have three distinct areas on the property – The Homestead, Pavilion and Luxury Cabins. The Homestead and Pavilion are the hub of activity on the day of an event. Our covered Pavilion overlooks the dam and offers a private space for wedding receptions, corporate event or parties. Our three luxury cabins are located on a hilltop offering spectacular views over the Lockyer Valley. Imagine sitting on the deck with a glass of wine to watch the sun set – we think this is a pretty good way to spend an afternoon!

If you would like to come out for an appointment to get a feel for Branell first hand, you can make a booking via the home page of the website. Or if you would like to talk to one of our professional team, please do not hesitate to call us on 07 5465 1788.

Make sure you look out for following posts over the next couple of weeks, which will provide details on the accommodation floor plans and Pavilion area.

Something for Catering

EVENTS ~ WEDDINGS ~ FESTIVALS

Something for Catering is a Sunshine Coast based business who are taking the event scene by storm. We have been lucky enough to steal a moment with owner/manager Brent Colautti, to tell us a little more about the stylish packages they have to offer.

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Tell us a little about your business:
Something for Catering was born when a group of long time school friends and passionate hospitality professionals came back home to the Sunshine Coast from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to create a unique events concept.  We consistently strive to design and offer a range of innovative, beautiful, seasonal and sustainable local food and beverage options. Our catering van which is a 22 ft commercial kitchen and bar, was hand made by ourselves with the intention of bringing restaurant quaility food and beverage to any wedding or event in one stylish, no fuss package.

The team:
Our small, hands-on team includes an events specialist, chef, sommelier and front of house professionals. We work closely with our clients, dedicated to providing a personalised experience.

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When did you decide food and events were your passion?
We all travelled to different parts of the world as soon as we left school and as most people do when they travel, grab whatever job you can. We all, at different times, found ourselves in hospitality and from there on in never looked back. Our events passion started back at home when we returned and had nothing to do. We would always get together with local musicians and operaters to create pop up parties at venues or even car parks. We now run the bar operations for some of the largest festivals in South East Queensland.

What distinguishes you from your competitors:
Definitely our van! It looks so much better than a tent with cooking equipment and it’s self sufficient. We go beyond traditional catering services, using our diverse range of skills, knowledge and experience to provide a unique and memorable occasion for you.

Savoury or sweet:
Savoury but if you through a packet of lollies in front of us at a meeting they would go in seconds!

What is your all time favourite food/dish:
My favourite dish over summer was slow cooked pork belly with watermelon, asian street salad and salsa verde.

A favourite memory from a previous event:
The groom was in the middle of his speech and then all of a sudden pulls out a trumpet and signals to the band behind him to start playing. The groom played the most amazing song walking through the crowd until he found his wife, dipped her and kissed her. As you can imagine all 150 guests went crazy!

What is one piece of advice you would give couples when thinking about catering for their wedding:
Shop around, look for quality and ask a lot of questions. I would also always decrease the guest count and up the spend on food and booze.

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If you are interested in using the expertise of the Something for Catering team for your upcoming wedding, you can get in touch with them via their website, email, Facebook or Instagram (@somethingforcatering).

See You Next Thursday

~ TAKE YOUR TASTEBUDS ON A CULINARY ADVENTURE ~

Are you looking for a caterer for your wedding or event? Look no further than the team at See You Next Thursday.
Not only do they have a funky name, but their food looks AMAZING!

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After drooling over their website for quite some time, some of the things we think are pretty cool about their business are:
  • You can personalise a menu to suit your occasion and taste.
  • If you just want a cool retro caravan to use as your bar, cafe or to serve food from, you can hire Bruce!
  • You only need to look at the specialities list to know you are in for a culinary treat. You had us at injectable donuts and cronuts… and it’s the first on the list!
  • They offer a wide range of services from catering to high teas, picnic baskets and homemade baking. The homemade baking options will definitely impress anyone who is lucky enough to have a taste.

I am guessing that your mouth is now watering. Before you race off and check out their website, we have been lucky enough to have Chelsea and Tipene take the time to answer some questions about their business, what they do, what they like and what they are good at. There are also some handy tips if you are about to start planning catering for your wedding.

Tell us a little about your business:
Here at See You Next Thursday Catering, we specialise in high end, refined canapés. Our aim is to provide a high quality service with a top quality product. We love catering to our clients specific requests to ensure their special day is perfect and exactly what they hoped for. With other services, from Wedding Breakfasts, High Teas, Dessert Tables, Personalised Picnic Baskets, to specialties like our Teppanyaki Ice Cream and Retro Caravan Hire, we are here to cater to your every need!

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Where did your name come from:
There is a little story behind our name, (take the innuendo as you wish haha). Every Thursday night, was our designated night to cook for the family, and everyone loved the food so much, they always used to look forward to Thursday nights. So it began… ‘See You Next Thursday’!

When did you decide food was your passion
We have both been in the hospitality industry for many years, with Tipene working as a chef, and Chelsea as a barista. We have always had a passion for good food, and have always enjoyed trying different dishes, and of course creating our own masterpieces. Last year we decided it was time to take our passion for food to the next level, start our own business, and share our passion and creative flair with the world!

What distinguishes you from your competitors:
We believe that food is like fashion, it is forever evolving. Therefore we are always searching for new ideas, creations and ways of serving our food. First and foremost, every meal is devoured by the eyes before it even hits the palette, so we love to make sure our food not only tastes good, but looks beautiful too! We love to travel and we pick up new little things, that we then incorporate into our own style of cooking. We have just recently returned from spending two months abroad, travelling through Europe, where we were able to taste many delicacies and come home with some interesting new techniques! We pride ourselves in having great service, and making sure our clients needs are met, to ensure their day is stress free and done to perfection.

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Savoury or Sweet:
There are major perks to both savoury and sweet food, and we definitely love them both! Although Tipene is more of a savoury guy, especially when it comes to proteins, where as Chelsea loves to bake and create gorgeous sweet treats. We think it’s a perfect match!

What is your all time favourite food/dish:
It’s way too hard for us to choose an all time favourite dish, but one of our favourite cuisines is definitely Mexican. We love the flavours, colours and definitely aren’t opposed to a little bit (or a lot) of chilli!!

What is one piece of advice you would give couples when thinking about catering for their wedding:
We have a couple of pieces of advice for couples when thinking about catering for their wedding.

Firstly, we would definitely encourage couples to not only to think about the main meal, but to also think about feeding themselves before the ceremony – may that be breakfast or lunch! So many couples have every little detail of their wedding organised, but completely forget to make sure they have breakfast on the morning of. We know one bride, that completely forgot about this and was left rushing down to McDonalds to grab a bite to eat! It’s your special day, you want to make sure every little thing is perfect, so make sure you enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal before your ceremony, you will feel all the better for it. No one wants a hungry bride or groom!

Secondly, take into consideration not only yourselves and your nearest and dearest, but also all of the other guests you have invited. You may absolutely love seafood, but just remember, not everyones tastes are the same! We catered a wedding not so long ago, where we were serving entree canapes and they had another caterer in doing a Paella to be served as the main meal. As there was only a seafood option and many of the guests didn’t eat seafood, the only thing they could eat were our canapés, so they got devoured very quickly! Some guests were left a bit disappointed and also hungry! At the end of the day it is YOUR wedding, but do try to consider everyone when deciding on your catering options.

Let’s talk:
You can get in contact with See You Next Thursday via their website and all of the social media sites the cool kids use these days – Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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