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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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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Sunset Snaps

One thing we can say about Branell Homestead, is that we definitely have some great vantage points to capture the sunset. A newly married couple gazing lovingly into each others eyes, stealing a sneaky kiss with a stunning Lockyer Valley sunset in the background…ahhh, how romantic!

We have included some examples of photos below from a variety of photographers. Popular spots include our jetty, on the main driveway, walking through the mango trees and the lawn in front of the Homestead which has an elevated view over the Lockyer Valley. Some couples also take advantage of the cabins which are located at the top of the hill and overlook the whole property. The colours in these photographs are amazing!

With the warmer months ahead, sunset ceremonies and photo shoots are popular. Make sure your photographer has scouted out the property to capture the perfect spot to snap your first sunset together as a married couple.

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Tall Timber Studio

Sunlit Studios

Sunlit Studios

Sunlit Studios

Sunlit Studios

Richard Faulks Photography

Richard Faulks Photography

MellyS Photography {left} and Voice Photography {right}

MellyS Photography {left} and Voice Photography {right}

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Sunlit Studios

RNC Photography

RNC Photography

The Thrill You Can Feel

WEDDING PROFESSIONAL SHOWCASE: PTERODACTYL HELICOPTERS

Each week we will have the honour of hearing from an industry professional, who will provide general information about their business and some tips to couples just about to start planning their big day. Sometimes it can be very overwhelming trying to book everything for your wedding, let alone knowing what questions to ask! We are hoping our Wedding Professional Showcase series of blogs will give you a good head start.

So you would like to make a grand entrance? One which makes your guests oooh and ahhh and keep them talking for many years to come. Not to mention, you need to feel like a movie star. This week we would like to introduce Captain Mike Jarvis from Pterodactyl Helicopters – the thrill you can feel.

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Tell us a little about you and your business 
I get asked the ‘what do we do’ question all the time and I have finally come up with a one paragraph description:
We are so much more than just another helicopter company. Our footprint covers Brisbane, Ipswich, scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Moreton Bay, Redlands and Logan. Under this huge area, lies hundreds of fantastic venues, some well-known, others not. What we do, is gather a selection of the best and over one or two days create a fantastic adventure that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

What types of packages do you offer for weddings?
Weddings are a very peculiar beast. So many different things that have to come together on one day with precision timing, and the weather does not make it easy. I guess that’s why brides can be like Godzilla. What we do is we try to include everything from the ground transport to the chopper with wine on arrival. The deposit covers the limo to make then entire journey if the weather turns bad and if the weather is good they pay the balance a few days out and off we go. This process makes the transport component a no brainer for the bride (or groom).

What happens once a couple books you for their wedding?
We make them feel like the celebrities they are, making the entire process simple and easy. We have a number of different limo companies that look after our events. The couple pays us, we do the rest.

This is what Amy Davis said about her wedding:
Absolutely amazing! I arranged for my wedding arrival with my 3 bridesmaids, my mother and myself with a massive 4kg wedding dress. Leading up to the event I corresponded via email with Capt Mike, who totally made me feel more famous then Kylie Minogue! He even arranged a super stretch limo to pick us up with champagne and don’t forget the red carpet! Then he lets me know 3 days before I’m actually getting not one but two helicopters (no extra charge) in the air for at least 30 minutes – the best day of my life!

What other services do you offer?
We do anything from adrenalin to romance and everything in between. You think it, we can do it. We partner with 46 other venues and attractions to do whatever you want.

One favourite/funny memory from an event?
I received a phone call from a bloke and his mate at 2:00am wanting to do a joy ride. We did it, but waited until the sun came up. Everyone that works for us and everything we do is ALL about the customer experience from the first phone call to the post event correspondence we send out. It’s not so much what we do but HOW we do it!

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If you are interested in making a flying entrance, head to Pterodactyl Helicopters’ website to read further information on their wedding/event services. Alternatively, you can contact Captain Mike via email, FacebookTwitter or the contact form on the website. Go on, live life on the wild side!