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

Ceremony with a View

At Branell Homestead we have a number of different spots to hold your wedding ceremony. The two most popular are on the lawn in front of the Homestead and down by our jetty. We also have a huge fig tree on the lower end of the property which has become another popular spot. Your wedding ceremony is such a special part of your wedding day, so our main focus is that you chose the perfect location.

Tamika and Thomas were married at Branell in September. They are two of the nicest people you could imagine and their wedding was absolutely beautiful from start to finish. They decided to try something different and hold their ceremony on the hill behind our Luxury Cabins. The view from this spot is spectacular and it is the perfect backdrop for declaring your love for each other – it is literally the top of a mountain! Tamika and Thomas have been kind enough to share a few words about their experience and some of their stunning photos to give you an idea of what their ceremony set up was like.

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“When looking for a wedding venue we considered many different options, but once we heard about Branell we had to visit to experience what others had spoken about. From the first contact with Kathy and her team, we were smitten with the beautiful surrounds and the amazing views. The location of the ceremony was something I wanted to be different from every other wedding at Branell. We met with Kathy two weeks before the wedding and she showed us a number of places to have the ceremony – nothing was too much trouble for her. We fell in love with the spot near the cabins because we could utilise the beautiful views. Of course, the location we chose was the highest point of the venue. On the day of our wedding we were lucky to have the sun shining, but the wind was cyclonic! The views on the hill at Branell assisted in creating the amazing atmosphere that we will look back on forever. Everything all went to plan and with the love and support of family and friends we achieved the magical day we had always dreamed of. Branell offered everything we could have possibly imaged and much more.” — Tamika and Thomas

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There are a couple of things you do need to consider if you would also like to take advantage of this location for your ceremony.
Preparation of area: You will need to make sure you discuss your wishes with us well ahead of time. We can then arrange for the area to be mowed and well presented for your day.
Transportation: Your guests will need to be transported from the main car park by the Pavilion. There is no parking available at this location, so you may need to consider a mini bus. It might be a little too far to walk…especially in heels!
Area/Access: The ground is quite uneven in places, so if you have any elderly guests or ones that are a little unsteady on their feet it might be an idea to come and look at the location first. They might just need a little extra help reaching the ceremony. It can also be a tricky location for seating because of the slope. Our white Americana chairs can be a little unstable in some areas, so you may like to consider using hay bales or even picnic blankets.
Facilities: The only toilets will be those in the cabins, and they will still be a short walk. There is also no power, so you will need to ensure you put plans in place for this.

Please ask us as many questions as you like – that is what we are here for! You can call on (07) 5465 1788 or send us an email. If you would like to check out any of our ceremony spots you can make an appointment via the home page of our website.

Here are some more photos to give you an even better sneak peek into Tamika and Thomas’s special day.

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Photography: Capture That Photography; Dress: The Babushka Ballerina; Hair: Brooke; Makeup: Natalie Hunter; Caterer: Debbie Doolan; Music: Chev Wilson; Styling: Tamika (Bride); Arbour and Lights: Marry Me Events; Drinks Caravan: Gathering Events; Flowers: Floral Fantasties.

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.

Ceremony by the Homestead

The other popular location couples use for their ceremonies is on the lawn in front of the Homestead. This spot has fantastic views over the Lockyer Valley and the Branell property. Guests can move out on to the lawn for the ceremony, then head back to the verandah for nibbles while the photos are taking place.

Weddings at Branell are unique. Imagine being given the freedom to create the best day of your life, exactly how you want it to be. You know what style of wedding you are after, you’ve been dreaming of this day for years! We’ll loan you the entire 80 acres, the Homestead and the Wedding Pavilion for a couple of days. But most importantly, we’ll give you the freedom you need to turn your fairytale dream into a reality.

You can book an appointment to view the property and meet with one of our event specialists. Head to our website and click on the ‘Book an Appointment’ button in the top right.

Photographer: Sunlit Studios

Photographer: Sunlit Studios

Photographer: Sunlit Studios

Photographer: Sunlit Studios

Photographer: Byron Loves Fawn

Photographer: Byron Loves Fawn

Ceremony features white Tiffany chairs

Ceremony features white Tiffany chairs

Overlooking the Lockyer Valley

Overlooking the Lockyer Valley

Homestead verandah - Anna Osetroff Photography

Homestead verandah – Anna Osetroff Photography

Wedding Love Photography

Wedding Love Photography

Ceremony by the Jetty

The jetty area in front of our Wedding Pavilion is a popular location that couples choose to use for their wedding ceremony. We have included a couple of photos to show you a couple of different ways couples have styled and set up their ceremonies.

If you choose to have your wedding ceremony on the property we provide you with 20 white Americana chairs, or you may like to come up with your own idea. You are also able to use our red carpet if this tickles your fancy!

You can book an appointment to view the property and meet with one of our event specialists. Head to our website and click on the ‘Book an Appointment’ button in the top right.

Photographer: Angelic Studio

Photographer: Angelic Studio

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Kath Scott Photography

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Photo supplied from Carve It Up Catering of Mitch and Kate’s Ceremony

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Daniel and Fiona dropped the jetty entrance with fabric which looked very effective

My Lense Photography

My Lense Photography

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Melly S Photography

Summer Blooms

Summer weddings at Branell are pretty special. Thanks to some recent storms, everything is out in flower and the grass is beautiful and green. It was such a perfect summer morning a couple of weeks ago, that we couldn’t help but snap a few shots to share. Believe it or not the colours have not been ‘photoshopped’ in any way – these are straight from the camera!

Our favourite feature at the moment is our big poinsettia tree, which is currently in full bloom. The fiery red flowers contrast against the green leaves and blue sky, making it the perfect backdrop for ceremonies and a feature for your wedding photos.

If you have recently been married or have stayed at Branell and have some great photos with our poinsettia tree in flower, please send them in to us via Facebook or email. We would love to share them with our Facebook community in coming weeks.

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Lighting up the Dark

The photos don’t stop when the sun goes down, and neither does the fun! We receive some fantastic night time photos of our Pavilion area, and wanted to share a selection with you. We never get over how unique each image is. It is amazing how the colours and sky look so different. And do we need to mention the reflections…WOW!

LIFE IS LIKE A GREAT BIG CANVAS; THROW ALL THE PAINT ON IT YOU CAN. –Danny Kaye

Wendy Maley Photography

Wendy Maley Photography

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Right Image Photography

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Branell Homestead Pavilion by night

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Sunlit Studios

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Shirley Jensen Photography

Wendy Maley Photography

Wendy Maley Photography

Kath Scott Photography

Kath Scott Photography

Photography by Sunlit Studios - www.sunlitstudios.com.au

Sunlit Studios

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Branell Homestead Pavilion by night

Wendy Maley Photography

Wendy Maley Photography