Take one look at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm's wedding chapel and you'll already know that this is a one-of-a-kind venue. Located a bit over an hour's drive South-West from Brisbane in the Fassifern Valley, Kooroomba Lavender Farm is quickly becoming one of Brisbane and South East Queensland's most popular wedding venues for good reason. The architecturally designed chapel is an open-walled and bare-framed building - so you get the most of the vineyard and the mountain ranges in the distance. Lush, green vines wrap themselves around the side of the chapel, and giant light rings float from the ceiling, almost like halos.
Anyway, whilst the iconic chapel is most definitely the main attraction when thinking about a wedding there, the vineyard and lavender farm themselves are a perfect spot for wedding photos in the afternoon, with a cute little swing on top of a grassy hill. Unfortunately for Ariel and Ben, it was a pretty gloomy and cloudy day, which meant they missed out on the absolutely perfect golden hour lighting you'd get on a clear day at Kooroomba. Which was pretty disappointing, but we still managed to get a few nice photos.
Ashleigh from The Other Bridesmaid worked together with Flwr Studio to decorate the reception hall and turned it into something absolutely magical. I'm not normally one to get too worked up in table styling, but I really loved the colours of everything combined with the ambient lighting of the candles. Great work! And about one of the most important things about a wedding reception: the food is above average, and one I actually look forward to having!
Ariel and Ben are two young doctors who love adventuring outdoors, love love food (and Ariel has a thing for white bread), and like living on the more casual side of life. We had a bit of a habit of getting caught up in bad weather everytime we met up, when I did an engagement session for them earlier in the year we had walked halfway up Mt Emu in the Sunshine Coast before it started pouring down rain. But since we'd already gotten wet, Ariel and Ben thought we may as well recreate the romantic kissing scene from The Notebook.
One last thing - being out in the countryside is always the perfect opportunity for astrophotography and night-time portraits with the stars. If you're there, make sure you definitely take the time with your photographer to get a photo with the stars - as long as you don't get clouds in the sky blocking everything.