Gabriel and I ducked out to Albert River Wines to capture the Brisbane wedding photography and videography of Melissa and Neil on the weekend. In describing their wedding, Melissa and Neil described it as a joyful occasion between 2 people who love and care for each other.
Melissa and Neil worked hard on entertaining the guests by practicing their dance together for 4 months beforehand and it was certainly a lovely performance.
Melissa’s favourite movie is The Bodyguard and Neil’s is Avatar… perhaps there are some elements of romanced action also in our little film.
Albert River Wines offers a choice of ceremony locations, including the beautifully appointed Jacaranda Gazebo and the ornately restored Vineyard Chapel.
At the Chapel can comfortably seat up to 120 guests or actual vows amongst the Vines, where you can pledge your love surrounded by the beautiful ambience of lush grape vines and the panoramic mountain views (just perfect accompanied by a solo instrumentalist).
The exquisite and historical reception venues, Auchenflower House Ballroom or Tamborine House Verandah boast remarkable 1800’s architectural design.
TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR OWN VINEYARD WEDDING
With the stunning landscapes of vineyards combined with their, no doubt rich histories, a winery wedding can be an idealistic location for any wedding.
Gorgeous wineries are located all across Australia, so there is no shortage of choice when it comes to picking a location. Take inspiration from the Albert River Wines wedding in the video above and read through our tips and tricks and you’ll be good to go!
There are of course a few things to bear in mind though, such as noise level restrictions, and limits on when and where you can hold the ceremony/reception as most vineyards are working farms.
There may be time limits on how long you are allowed to be there, and also, as you are expected to be serving only wines produced at the vineyard itself, this may put restrictions on other types of alcohol being served…i.e. no spirits or beers.
But don’t let that put you off as there are so many positives that we are sure will outweigh these restrictions. So please read on to find out our tips on planning your own perfect vineyard wedding…
WHERE TO START WHEN PLANNING A VINEYARD WEDDING?
Visit the vineyard before actually booking. This may seem like an obvious tip, but why not visit multiple time and better yet, become a regular! No, we are not encouraging you to become alcoholics!
We say this because you can bond with the winery staff and therefore make special requests for who you’d like to be on staff during the wedding. Visiting multiple times for different events allows you to get to know the place better, the staff and you may notice something you missed the first time.
When choosing thank yous, save-the-dates and invitation styles, why not match the vineyard theme by choosing a colour scheme to match the grape colours of the vineyard.
You could even add the vineyard’s logo on a wax seal to add that extra touch. You could even wow guests by sending them personalised wine bottles with customised labels.
Alternatively, you could even put a scroll rolled up inside an empty bottle, seal it with the vineyard’s cork and send it to your guests in a wooden box stuffed with hay.
Where to start when thinking about the decor? Well it may seem obvious but why not go with the classic, rustic, country farm feel. Depending on the season, your colour palette could change for the decor.
For example, yellows, golds, browns and reds in the Autumn and then in Summer the colour scheme could be brighter with greens, reds and a more vibrant feel.
Also, go with whatever best matches the actual location. For example, depending on whether you will all be seated in a barn or outside, your colour choices may change to best suit your surroundings.
Always be open and don’t decide on a specific colour scheme and decor plan until you have visited the venue and scoped out all of the best locations.
It might also be a good idea to get tips from the vineyard themselves as they have most likely held weddings there previously and so would have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t…you wouldn’t want your day ruined with clashing colours and mismatched decor!
Get creative and try to add as many unique little touches relating to the vineyard or winery theme! For example, wine corks with escort cards to lead guests to their tables which may be named after your favourite wines or arches for the entrance covered in hanging grapes.
You could also consider going to a flea market to pick up wedding props like rustic old doors, old photo frames, antiques, rusty keys, etc. Unique objects such as these are always thoughtful additions to your celebrations and shouldn’t break the bank.
Also, something you may not have considered is that you will most likely have to rent tables and chairs. These farms are not likely to have a full set up for your wedding that will suits your tastes and style!