BRANELL HOMESTEAD WEDDING
BRISBANE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Maverick + Brendan
Maverick & Brendan chose to have their country wedding at Branell Homestead at Laidley in the Lockyer Valley, about a 45-60 minute drive west of Brisbane on the way to Toowoomba.
Branell Homestead would have to be one of my favourite country wedding venues near Brisbane. Branell Homestead is an 80 acre farm suitable for DIY style weddings providing a blank canvas for brides and grooms to put their own style on for their special day celebration.
The quaint homestead is perfect location for the bride to get ready at with three beautifully appointed guests suites and large verandahs. However, Maverick chose to get ready with the bridesmaids at her Grandma’s house which was nearby.
There are also three modern cottages up on the hillside with stunning views of the mountains in the distance and looking down on the homestead below. The cottages are suitable accommodation for the groom and groomsmen to prepare for the day ahead before joining the guests down at the homestead for the ceremony.
If these two were nervous about their wedding day, their laid-back nature certainly allowed them to hide it well. They both just seem more excited that the big day was finally here. I can’t deny my favourite part of the wedding day is to get the couple alone for their bridal portraits. Trust me they need at least some time alone together (okay as the photographer Im the third wheel but I try to have as little input as possible and let the moments unfold naturally) so they can enjoy some intimate and romantic moments together. For a day where couples are committing their lives to each other, they sure do spend more time with their guests than together .. haha!!
Maverick & Brendan are super cute together and I know they will enjoy many years together experiencing this great adventure called marriage. Congratulations Maverick & Brendan or should I say Mr & Mrs Press!
View highlights from their Branell Homestead wedding in the feature slideshow above or a selection of pictures below.
When I arrived at Maverick’s grandmother’s home for bride preparation photos, I saw this amazing Bougainvillea tree filled with fuchsia flowers and I just knew I had to find a way to convince Maverick to let me hang her dress under the tree … well I didn’t have to do any convincing, Maverick was on the same wavelength. Sadly all the pink flowers were on top of the tree, but it was certainly pretty underneath just the same.
Hair & makeup prep always is a time for some lighthearted fun …
After leaving the girls to finish getting ready as makeup ran late, even with the best laid pre-wedding plans, most weddings run late for one reason or another. I made my way to the Branell Cottages where the Groom was getting ready. Look at that view of the homestead and property from the cottages.
It was pretty relaxed at the groom preparation location as you will see …
After the groom and groomsmen were dressed, we headed down to the homestead for where the rest of the day’s events were taking place.
I would have to say outdoor garden weddings are my absolute favourite to photograph. Usually because as the photographer I have free reign to photograph pretty much from 360 degree angle. This means I can get some great advantage spots and angles that the guests necessarily don’t see from which always makes the photos more interesting. I love to shoot between hanging tree branches where possible too.
It was a very hot and humid day as Brisbane has been experiencing a heat wave pretty much throughout the summer and Maverick & Brendan’s wedding day was no different. If you are having an outdoor wedding in summer in Queensland or pretty much anywhere, make sure the bride, groom and bridal party have shade to stand under. While most ceremonies last only 20-30 minutes, if you are standing in the sun, you will dehydrate pretty quickly. If there isn’t any shade for your guests, try to plan ahead and hire some umbrellas for at least some shade. Also make sure to have on hand an esky full of ice and water bottles or you could always go for some refreshing fruit punch.
Here comes the bride all dressed in white … and holding a massive stunning bouquet!
Some quick snaps with the bride’s folks.
To see the bride walk down the aisle you will have to watch the slideshow above.
I love all the happy smiles and big heartfelt hugs during the congratulations …
Let’s find some shade for the bridal party … and take some photos!
My absolute favourite part of the wedding day is the bridal portraits. The bride and groom get to chill out and have some intimate moments together. Naturally with me tagging along as the third wheel to capture some fun and romantic moments of them together as newlyweds.
Maverick & Brendan’s wedding them was obviously elegant country with infusions of purple and gold.
To see all the shenanigans of the reception, including the speeches where one of the bridesmaid’s belts out a song, get a glimpse of Darth Vader making an entrance and more dancing, you will have to watch the slideshow above.
Let the dancing begin …
The team that came together to make Maverick & Brendan’s Branell Homestead wedding …
Reception Venue Branell Homestead
Photography Deb Boots Love Stories
Hair Karyn Webber from Violet Brown // Makeup Gemma Hedger // Flowers Liza Peters
Marriage Celebrant Bev Handley