Year of the Green

It turns out that 2017 just might be the year of the green!

Pantone have just revealed their colour of the year for 2017—Greenery—a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade symbolising new beginnings, spring when natures greens revive, restore and renew. It also gives the perception of being inherently good for you and organic. A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

You can read more about Greenery here on the Pantone website.

 

GREEN – EARTHY AND NATURAL
Emerald, Olive

Green: The colour of harmony and balance. Green in your life can also represent a new state of balance and hope, renewal and peace. People who like green are also relaxed, compassionate and loyal and can tend to be quite frank, sociable and modest. Green can also represent a refined personality, and those who are inventive, unique and flexible.

  • Dark green: Associated with ambition, greed, and money.
  • Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
  • Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

(We have found the above points information on a great website called Bride Online.)

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Branell Homestead has sourced all of the images from a range of websites online.

The Power of Colour

Over the next couple of weeks we are going to focus on colour. Each post will introduce a new colour scheme and include a storyboard of examples for inspiration.

The colours you choose for your wedding are often a reflection of your personality. Some couples also choose colours based on the type of wedding they are planning (i.e.: a black tie event), or the time of year they are getting married. Using colour is something you do not need to be afraid of. There is no need to plaster everything with the one colour. An overall scheme is usually developed with a selection of colours that compliment each other.

Colour can be used to manipulate the way the eye perceives space. Warm colours (red, orange, yellow) come toward the eye and make a space appear smaller and cozy, while cool colours make a space appear larger and airier.

There are many superstitions out there about particular colours to avoid, but our best advice is to select colours you love and that mean something to you both. You can’t go wrong!

RED – PUNCHY AND ROMANTIC
Ruby, Maroon, Light Red

The symbol of power, passion and love – red is a bold colour choice for your wedding. It can be very effective when used subtly and create a burst of energy in your photos. We have found the below information on a great website called Bride Online.

  • Red: The colour of strength, health, and vitality. Red can also be symbolic of an increased enthusiasm or interest, confidence to pursue your dreams, and can symbolise power and passion. Red is often the colour chosen by someone outgoing, aggressive, vigorous and impulsive. People who love red are also often optimistic and open-natured.
  • Red-orange: Desire, sexual passion, pleasure, and a thirst for action.
  • Dark red: Longing, courage, willpower, vigour.
  • Light red: Love, sexuality, joy, passion, sensitivity
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Branell Homestead has sourced all of the images from a range of websites online.

 

Luxury Cabin Accommodation

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As you drive up the hill to Branell Homestead you will be able to see our three Nova Deco Luxury Cabins perched on the side of the hill. Each cabin offers unobstructed views over the Lockyer Valley which you can enjoy from your private deck. The sunsets are also pretty special. The cabins are all self sufficient with a full kitchen, living, dining, two bathrooms and laundry.

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Each suite is private, but the main areas are shared. We have included a floor plan below so you can get an idea of their setup. They have a similar layout to a house and could be your new home away from home…

The suites can be booked individually, or you could take the whole cabin – the choice is yours. They are great for additional guest accommodation if you are getting married at Branell, because they are so close to the venue but far enough away for privacy.

You can find out more information about each suite by clicking the links below. We also have some virtual tours of each of the rooms so make sure you check them out.

> Premium Suite
> Deluxe Suite
> Standard Suite
> Cabin Features

For all bookings and enquiries please give us a call on 07 5465 1788 or email. You can also make a booking directly from our website.

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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

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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

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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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