Colour Vs. Neutrals

Colour or neutral palettes – both can look amazing. Check out the image collections we have included below.

More and more couples are choosing to use a burst of colour for their weddings. And not just one colour, but a rainbow collection. This can look very effective (especially in your photos) and really sets the mood for a celebration!

We found this post on about neutral palettes and think they have explained it perfectly. You an also check out some more of their ideas here“Although splashes of colour are eye-catching and vibrant, nothing says dreamy like a soft, muted wedding colour palette of neutrals. Peaceful and classic, shades of beige, ivory, white, and the like repeatedly stand the test of time. And the best part about this natural and unfussy look? It can fit the mould of any wedding style, especially when you take advantage of the different textures you can play with.”



A timeless look of creams, beiges, and everything in between will never go out of style.


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

The Styled Group – Creating Inspired Settings

When sitting down to start planning your event, you want to find innovative styling that suits your personality and the venue. You want to wow your guests by creating an unforgettable and inspired atmosphere. The problem is that most of us don’t know where to start. Trends quickly evolve and what better way to stay up to date with what the cool kids are doing, than ask the experts.

It is rare that you find a company that can take care of everything, but even more rare to find high quality service, exclusive products and attention to detail all in the one place. Introducing The Styled Group.

Brisbane based industry leaders Styled Events have recently acquired two new companies – Amini Concepts and Epic Empire. Now operating under the parent brand The Styled Group, all three companies offer an all encompassing experience in event styling, visual merchandise and furniture hire to the events, retail, property and creative industries. The team are all experts in their respective fields, providing you with the insider information of what is up and coming in the wedding and event scene.

As well as being on the pulse with the latest trends, The Styled Group are creating some of their own. They recently launched their brand new Serpentine table – an innovative take on traditional event seating. The length of the table can be customised to suit the number of guests and size of your venue and is now available for hire from Epic Empire.

“The curved design enabled you to see everyone sitting along the length of the table and made it easier to talk to more people across from you” – Catherine, Head Stylist.


We have also included some other examples of creations from The Styled Group. They are sure to inspire you. We have had the pleasure of working with the team at Styled Events and we can guarantee you will be impressed. For all enquiries, get in contact with the specialist team and start planning your event today!


All images sourced from The Styled Group, Styled Events, Amini Concepts and Epic Empire Facebook pages. Photographers have been credited on these respective pages.

For Hire

Did you know that Branell Homestead has hire gear you can take advantage of for your event?
We have listed all of the items we currently hire below and can provide pricing and further information on request. The great thing about hiring this gear from us is that you don’t need to worry about transporting them to the venue – we have it covered for you!


Featuring our 2.4m rectangular tables and Americana chairs – Photography courtesy of Sunlit Studios

We have a variety of tables which can be configured in different ways in the Pavilion. We can also provide you with sample seating plans to give you a starting point. Our rectangular tables are often used for tea and coffee, as a bar, buffet or present table.

  • 1.8m rectangular tables: A single table seats 6-8 guests, or you can join two tables to seat 12-14 guests.
  • 2.4m rectangular tables: A single table seats 8-10 guests, or you can join two tables to seat 16-18 guests.
  • 1.8m round tables: Round tables take up more room than rectangular tables. Each round table seats 10 guests comfortably.
  • Smaller cake/wishing well tables.

We have 130 white Americana chairs available for hire, which are suitable for your ceremony and/or reception. These simple white folding chairs can be used to compliment your wedding as they are, or you could add sashes, flowers or decorations. The photos below all feature Branell Homestead – {left} ceremony on the lawn near the homestead; {middle} photographer: Byron Loves Fawn; {right} photographer: Tall Timber Studio.


It can get pretty chilly in the Lockyer Valley during the cooler months, so you may need to consider having some gas heaters to keep your guests comfortable. We have two types of gas heaters available. They come with a full gas bottle, ready for you to simply light up.

We have white linen tablecloths to fit all of the different tables, as well as serviettes. The crisp white tablecloths are versatile and work well with any colour scheme.

We also have some vintage signs (featured below), a bubble machine, a big esky and three high chairs.


You are not required to use our hire gear. If you are after a different style of chair, there are a variety of hire companies in the area. However make sure you take into account the delivery fee. You may even be able to borrow some chairs from your local community group or church. You are welcome to bring them along in a trailer or truck to save some money. We have even had couples set up the entire Pavilion as an antique kind of lounge room, with rugs and old fashioned furniture. We are very flexible and are happy for you to set up your wedding the way you have always dreamed it would be.


Made up to impress


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. To kick off week 1, we are pleased to introduce Kristy from Alluring Airbrushed Makeup. She has provided some stunning photographs to accompany her text below.

Tell us a little about your business Alluring Airbrushed Makeup
I am an Ipswich based professional makeup artist and I specialise in airbrushed and traditional makeup application for occasions such as weddings, formals and any other special event.

What makeup looks and styles do you recommend for bridal?
I recommend the makeup be natural, gorgeous and glowing, with soft definition on the eyes and a natural lip – unless you are having a theme to your wedding, which means your make-up could be whatever you like. I think all the elements of the look should work together, so eyes are defined, brows are groomed, skin looks radiant and glowing, lashes are long and fluttery, and cheeks and lips look kissable and glamorous.


Alluring Airbrushed Makeup were honoured to be a part of Katie & Jake’s wedding in March this year. Photos: Kelsea K Photography.

How long do you allow for each person to be made up? 
I allow approximately one hour for makeup application.

Favourite colour combinations?
My favourite colour combination is a nude lip paired with a brown smokey eye.

Do you often get asked to match makeup finishes from photographs or magazines? Is this easy to do?
I do sometimes get asked to match makeup from photographs and I can achieve this fairly closely to the photo.

One favourite/funny memory from a wedding?
I have had my bridal clients cry with happy tears after they see their makeup done which is always very special.

What is one piece of advice you would give brides?
One piece of advice I would give to brides would be to get a makeup and hair trial prior to the wedding day so you can get a visual on what it will look like on your special day.


For further images and inspiration check out the website –

NEXT WEEK: Photographer Loren Hayne from Tall Timber Studio

Pleased to be Seated

“If it’s the right chair, it doesn’t take too long to get comfortable in it” –Robert De Niro

Depending on the style of your wedding, chairs can add flavour and personality to your styling. They aren’t simply somewhere to sit, but more a way to make a statement, add elegance or create contrast.


These simple white folding chairs can be used to compliment your wedding as they are, or with sashes, flowers and decorations. Branell Homestead has these chairs for hire. You can organise this with the venue when booking your wedding. The photos below all feature Branell Homestead – {left} ceremony on the lawn near the homestead; {middle} photographer: Byron Loves Fawn; {right} photographer: Tall Timber Studio.


The tiffany chair is a favourite. In a classic 18th century style, the elegant sculptured frame is a sophisticated choice. There are a variety of finishes to choose from including gloss, distressed and matt. There are also a number of colours, as well as the crystal tiffany which has a transparent finish.


A nice alternative to the more formal seating options. You can even make these yourself!


Becoming more and more popular, a vintage style can be incorporated in to your event in a number of ways.


There is no one that does styling better than Brisbane based company Styled Events. We had to share this image from one of their photoshoots titled vintage. You can check out more of their inspirational work in their website gallery.


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