Our other piece of paradise (on the hill)

We are very excited to share some more of the photos that photographer Dallas Moy captured on her recent stay at Branell Homestead – this time of the luxury cabins and the spectacular view they offer over the Lockyer Valley.

Dallas is a seasoned photographer and has travelled extensively with her business Dallas Love Photography, but had an immediate connection with our property. If you missed our post last time, make sure you go and check it out, because Dallas is certainly one super talented photographer! You can also check out the images from the last wedding Dallas Love Photography shoot at Branell Homestead here.

A note from Dallas –

The hillside cabins have a modern style with windows on either side of the living space, thus never hiding the views. The three bedroom cabins have a clever layout where each room is quite private but also allows for so much outdoor and indoor space to relax. A real treat is the swinging-chair on the verandah – I’m sure the most coveted spot to be!

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.

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

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