6 Amazing Places to Marry in CQ – Rockhampton Region

Setting both the date and location are two of the first steps you’ll normally take in your wedding planning journey, and these tasks go hand-in-hand depending on the availability of your chosen venue. If you’re early on in the planning process, we put together the following feature to help you discover some of our region’s top venues to choose from. This list is not exhaustive of course, and a comprehensive venue list can be found in our Wedding Guide. The following six venues are located around the Rockhampton-Yeppoon region and are listed in no particular order of preference, price or quality. We recommend visiting the venues’ websites and contacting their team for more information if you’d like to investigate them further!

Kanangra Heights

Kanangra Heights is set on 7 acres of beautiful gardens, with stunning views over Yeppoon to the Coral Sea.  The relaxed casual atmosphere creates a beautiful ambiance, and their packages range from cocktail style to formal and can be adapted.
Kanangra Heights offers several ceremony locations within the property, including the purpose-built gazebo.  They can cater for up to 100 people in the main dining room for formal events, such as sit-down meals and 120 people for a cocktail style function, making use of their two tiered garden area.

Kanangra Heights have a Venue Coordinator and Chef who will work with you to assist with table placement, seating arrangements and menu options.

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Download their wedding package details here: Kanangra Heights Wedding Package

Contact Kanangra Heights: 580 Tanby Road, Taroomball, Queensland 4703 | kanangraheights@hotmail.com | www.kanangraheights.com | Phone: (07) 4913 6124 | Connie: 0438 442 262 | Sharon: 0417 601 299

Image credits: Madelyn Holmes Photographics

Lazy Acres

Situated in Alton Downs approximately 20 minutes from Rockhampton is the beautiful property of Lazy Acres. The property features ample outdoor ceremony space, two fully self contained accommodation facilities, a generous timber function area, a pavilion, and a fully fenced play area for the littles ones.

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Weddings at Lazy Acres can comfortably seat 160 in table arrangements or entertain 250 for cocktail style. Their lawn area is designed to accommodate both ceremony and reception for weddings.

Their pre-ceremony suite reminds us of Maleny Manor, don’t you think?

Download their package details here: LazyAcresPackages

Contact Lazy Acres:  www.facebook.com/LazyAcresAltonDowns | Address: Birrahlee Rd, Alton Downs QLD | Ph: 0439 489 291 | E: info@lazyacres.events

Image credits: Capture The Moment Photography

Korte’s Resort

Korte’s Resort opened recently on the north side of Rockhampton, offering everything in the one place for weddings: onside accommodation for guests, manicured grassed areas for ceremonies, and a function room available early Sept 2017 offering 31m by 19m of useable area for receptions. Their accommodation also includes some beautifully furnished, elegant rooms, perfect for pre-wedding photos!
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Contact Korte’s Resort: http://kortes.com.au | Ph: 07 4936 3153 | Address: 984 Yaamba Road Rockhampton Q 4701 | E: events@kortes.com.au

Paradise Lagoons

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Paradise Lagoons is located in Gracemere and offers rustic charm, country elegance and scalability to cater for weddings of all sizes.

Paradise Lagoons offers the following areas for wedding ceremonies and receptions:

A grassed area under huge tamarind trees overlooking the Lagoon with the Berserker Ranges beyond.

The Paradise Bar, an undercover area overlooking the arena capable of seating 300 guests for a formal function or 500 guests for a cocktail style gathering.

The Pavilion, a large room with views over the surrounding countryside, with its own bathroom, kitchen & bar facilities. Ideal for smaller more intimate functions, cocktail parties, weddings and corporate events.

The Stables can be the perfect barn style venue for large or small functions. It can comfortably sit 400 guests and many more for a cocktail style function. This area lends itself to a ‘make it what you will’ venue with a difference.

The lawns are beautiful and lush green all year round and are just awaiting your vision.

Contact Paradise Lagoons:  Address: Malchi-Nine-Mile Road, Alton Downs | Ph: 07 4934 1909 | Mobile 0473 499 006 | E: info@paradiselagoons.com.au | www.paradiselagoons.com.au

Image Credits: 1, 2, 5 – Jess Edwards

St Aubins Village

Newly re-opened and already a hotspot for Rockhampton Weddings, St Aubins Village is brimming with historical charm and exquisite spaces for your wedding photos. Mother-daughter duo Janice and Lauren are a delight to deal with and will work with you to make your wedding day dreams come true!
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The property of St Aubins Village includes a beautiful, large grassed area catering for up to 150 people, a paved courtyard which caters for up to 100 guests, and 2 quaint cottages available for accommodation. These areas are all surrounded by colourful and manicured gardens – perfect for an outdoor garden wedding!

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Contact St Aubins Village: Lauren or Janice: 0400 213 666 | https://www.facebook.com/staubinsvillage/ | 73-75 Canoona Road, West Rockhampton

Image Credits: 1-3 White Ash Photography | 4 Madelyn Holmes Photographics | 5,6 Dani Drury Photographer

The Strand Hotel

If you’re seeking modern sophistication, stunning views and an experienced team of event staff to make your wedding reception beautiful and unique, The Strand Hotel at Yeppoon may be the perfect venue for you!

The beautiful Ocean View Room and balcony can comfortably seat 120 guests banquette style or cater for up to 230 cocktail style. Their wedding menus range from set two course alternate drop from $45 per person, buffets from $49 per person, and cocktail packages from as little as $22.50 per person. Room hire and theming is additional, depending on your requirements.

The Strand also offer ceremony coordination, oceanside which is directly opposite their venue. Wedding ceremony packages are $880 – they provide full set up, council approval, and pack down with their team travelling as far south as the beaches of Zilzie, and as far north as Farnborough.

Ceremony locations are on offer beachside, a few steps away from The Strand Hotel

 

Functions Manager Terese Cauchi will put you at ease with her willingness to help you achieve your perfect day. Wedding Packages and details are available from their website and Terese can work with you to modify packages if budgets are a concern. For further information visit The Strand’s website or contact the staff on (07) 4939 1301 or email functions@thestrandyeppoon.com.au

Image courtesy of Stylish Events and Hire

Amy & Stephen’s Lazy Acres Wedding by Capture The Moment Photography

cq-weddingWhen we featured Amy and Stephen’s wedding in our first print guide earlier this year, it was honestly one of the most difficult posts I’ve edited – Amy’s impeccable taste and attention to detail, coupled with the talents of Capture The Moment Photography and a superb team of CQ wedding vendors meant there was an enormous number of stunning photos. Attempting to select only a set number to meet our page limit was, impossible! So I’m excited today to have an opportunity to share much more of Amy and Stephen’s Lazy Acres‘ day and their sweet story.
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Steve and I met when he first moved to my home town in 2007 while I was working at the local hardware store. Steve is a carpenter, so we were lucky enough to see each other almost everyday during that first year of friendship. We began dating two years later, while I was completing university in Townsville. We managed to make our long distance relationship work, often seeing each other six weeks apart. We have always been so grateful that we were able to make our relationship work over that year and a half while I was living away. As soon as I had finished my degree, we were living together and ready to start the next chapter of our lives. We’ve had an interesting ride over the last 7 years. Steve was involved in a car accident in 2013 that placed him in the hospital for over two months. It was the hardest thing that we’ve ever had to deal with, but our love and dedication to his recovery never wavered. Steve mentioned in his wedding speech that he knew he would propose when his recovery was complete, and I am so grateful that we had the chance to walk down the aisle and express our love and dedication to each other in front of our families and friends who were so supportive during that time.australian-country-wedding

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Steve and I found ourselves with a few weeks of holidays, so we decided to take a trip to America – with less than three weeks to plan the entire trip! Our trip involved visits to Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas. There were a few tourist spots we wanted to explore whilst we were travelling, with the Brooklyn Bridge being just one spot in New York on our list. Every day Steve was talking about Brooklyn Bridge, continuously asking me if that was on the agenda for the day. On one of our last days, he asked and I admitted that I just wanted to stroll through Central Park. Admitting defeat, he finally decided on popping the question in Central Park. Throughout the whole day, whenever we would take a photo he would always make sure he was positioned to one side, with his arm in front of him. Of course I didn’t notice this at the time, but we now have all of the photos to prove it! He was hiding the huge ring box. The proposal was perfect in the end, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. We had spent the morning walking through the park and the zoo, so decided to lay out our jackets on one of the hills and lie down in the sun. There was a jazz band at the bottom of the hill, so I thought we would just lie down and listen to the music. It had been raining – and freezing (!!) for the previous few days, so we were loving the sun. Once we were lying down, Steve rolled over to face me with a HUGE smile on his face and gave me a folded note. It was a piece of note paper from the motel we were staying at with the question at the top ‘Will you marry me?’ followed by three check boxes – yes, no, maybe. Of course, once the shock wore off and he had slid my beautiful engagement ring on my finger, I said yes! It was so perfect, and we now have his proposal framed in our house as a beautiful reminder.
What does marriage mean to you?
Through faults and triumphs, we’ll always have each other to rely on.
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wedding-styling-arbourpopular-wedding-blog-Australiawedding-blog-AustraliaWhat was the inspiration behind your wedding theme?
We wanted our wedding to be relaxed, and full of good food, flowing drinks, much laughter and all of our favourite people in the one space. Encompassing this, we also wanted an emphasis on the link to nature. For this reason, the majority of our decorations were the floral arrangements. Our reception area had a beautiful reclaimed timber wall, so we knew that the eucalyptus and blue gum would look (and smell) amazing in the space. We carried through the timber details to our signage and dessert table and the floral arrangements were everywhere on the day, hanging from the ceiling, on the bar, on all of the tables, on our timber signage, on vintage ladders – everywhere! We also knew we wanted a killer dessert table, with all of our favourite things – complete with Krispy Kreme donuts (that were flown in the day before the wedding)!
What was your favourite detail from the day?
I honestly couldn’t decide, it was all so amazing but perhaps the flowers take top spot – the arrangements that hung from the ceiling were amazing, as were our table runners. Our florist and stylist ensured that every detail was taken care of on the day. The table runners and hanging vintage ladder was actually constructed on the day, with flowers hand-placed throughout the runners to ensure the natural feel was accomplished. The reclaimed timber tables, timber chairs and those runners were just breath-taking on the day… and then looking up to the hanging arrangements was just as stunning. We were so lucky to have such a great styling team on the day! And the smell of the Blue Gum was divine and lasted all night!

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It was torrentially raining for the two days leading up to the wedding. On the day, it rained throughout the morning but right on 2.30pm the blue sky and sun emerged. Although there was not a single cloud in the sky, that didn’t mean that the ground was dried up! Everyone had mud on them by the end of the night – shoes were ruined, and pants and dresses had a lovely two inch brown ring around the bottom of them by the end. This included me, with my dress being caught on numerous occasions on the bottom of my muddy boots through photos with my groom having to extract layers of lace from the bottom of my shoes so I could walk safely through paddocks. There was another photo opportunity in a lychee farm that ended with a huntsman spider climbing up between the layers of my dress and getting caught there until my groom and two photographers could remove it. There were actually quite a few brushes with nature throughout the day in my dress – flies, mosquitos, flying ants, spiders and even a frog were caught between layers of lace throughout the day and night! We wanted a wedding reflecting nature, and we definitely accomplished that! Also, we were so excited to have such an amazing desert table, all up there were 190 dessert portions. In the end, the whole dessert table was emptied in an hour and I had to steal a piece of my wedding cake from my sister. Poor Steve didn’t even get a single dessert on the day!

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Our Planning – Finding Local Vendors
This part of the wedding planning was the easiest. In Central Queensland, we generally have a small amount of vendors in the area – but some of them are the best in Queensland! We were so incredibly lucky to have Carissa Cross from Capture the Moment Photography with us throughout the planning process and on the day. She passed on some great tips during her bridal coaching, which led us to the pathway of finding Lilly & Lotus Events. Lilly & Lotus Events planned and carried out our styling throughout the planning process, with Danielle and her team providing lists of the best vendors in the region for us to pick from. I still can’t believe how lucky we were to have the team that we did. Our photographer, planning and styling team, florist, entertainment, hair stylist, makeup artist, and the vendors for our stationary and handwritten signage, were just amazing. We could never thank them enough for making the day reflect our personalities and love for each other, it was just perfect.
Advice for other couples planning a wedding
Relax! On the day, take everything in your stride because there will always be minor things that pop up – remember, these things are not important to your happiness in your new life as husband and wife. The other tip that I would mention is to get a planner – whether it be for a complete planning package or on the day management, do it. You will never get back the time it takes to organize people or make sure that decorations are where they should be, so spend this time with your fiancé, friends and family and let the professionals do what they do best! Our planner was a godsend on the day and in the lead up!
cq-weddingcq-weddingcq-weddingDid you undertake any DIY projects?
Fortunately for me, I didn’t but my father painstakingly hand cut and hand poured soy candles for our tables. For 6 months we were collecting olive green wine bottles from friends, family and restaurants, which my Dad hand cut with a rolling blade. For every one candle, there were two that didn’t make it to the tables due to not having a clean enough edge to sand. He worked so incredibly hard to make sure we had 45 on the day, and we were so grateful. I am still getting pictures from friends and family that are lighting our candles in their own homes, which is such a special reminder for them and us.cq-wedding

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dessert-baralton-downs-weddingalton-downs-weddingalton-downs-weddingVENDORS: PHOTOGRAPHER Capture the Moment Photography, EVENT PLANNER / STYLIST & FURNITURE HIRE Lilly and Lotus Events, STATIONERY Fluid Ink (Etsy), CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE Lazy Acres, Alton Downs, Rockhampton, CATERING Lickety Fingers, CAKE Coco Jo Cake Design, FLORIST Simplicity Market Fresh Flowers (including cake flowers, hair piece and floral arrangements), WEDDING DRESS San Patrick design purchased from Bridal on Pulteney, Adelaide, WEDDING RINGS Michael Hill Jewellers, BRIDESMAID DRESSES ASOS, GROOM AND GROOMSMEN SUITS Roger David, HAIR NG Hair, MAKEUP Bloom Makeup Artistry, SIGNAGE Willow & Ink, ENTERTAINMENT Ben Beasley Acoustic Soloist & band, CELEBRANT Kym Teague, NIECES DRESSES Bardot Jnr & Pumpkin Patch.

Yeppoon Wedding Expo 2017

We had a wonderful day on Sunday meeting many of you at the Yeppoon Wedding Expo. We especially loved hearing all of your wedding plans! Here are a few snaps of our stall from the day in case you missed it!

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