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21 February 2018

Coolest Places to say I Do

Recently engaged…or maybe are very soon to be? (Hello, romantic V-day proposals!) This means that you’ll be looking for the perfect place to say I Do!

We think the venue you select is one of the most important pieces of your wedding puzzle. Not just any old place will do. Since we love unique and fad wedding locations, we’ve uncovered the best below (in no particular order)…

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  • WITH OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD VIEWS
    Ferguson Farmstay’s Amphitheatre has a view for miles - on a good day you can see across the hills and ocean, all the way to Busselton. Throw in beautiful lawns and gardens, over 1,000 roses, a 500-seat amphitheatre, a reception centre, and you have the perfect setting for your dream wedding. Edith Valley is a secluded, private property just 25 minutes from Bunbury, in the Roeland Hills. This unique, purpose-built venue overlooks an incredible, man-made, freshwater lake with captivating undulating views beyond.
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  • OOZING HISTORY
    The oldest farm in the district, Alverstoke circa 1841 offers the ultimate barn wedding experience. Located in the heart of dairy country near Brunswick, it’s surrounded by lush green hills. The historic buildings including a hundred-year-old barn that can seat up to 80 guests. There’s a heritage rose garden with a collection of over 200 roses, as well as an orchard of pear and olive trees creating a perfect setting for your wedding photos. The Old Thomson Brook Church (formerly an Anglican Church) is a historic small church building surrounded by natural bush and rolling hills just south of Donnybrook. Finished in 1909 with red bricks handmade on site and jarrah trimmings, it's fab for those looking for a slice of vintage.
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  • BY THE WATER
    With kilometres of untouched beaches, there is a special place in the #BG for you to tie the knot. Prefer something with facilities - Bunbury’s VAT2 and Koombana Bay Sailing Club are favourite venues. Other ocean views in Bunbury include Back Beach Cafe, Aristos, the Parade Hotel, the Bayview Bar, Mesa by Casella If a tranquil lake is more your setting, in addition to Edith Valley, brides should try Evedon Park Bush Retreat in the rolling hills of Burekup with a function centre for 150 guests. Sanctuary Golf Resort’s stunning views down to a sparkling lake brimming with birdlife provides another the perfect backdrop and the Resort’s Bridal Suite is nearby.
  • SURROUNDED BY GARDENS
    For the ultimate garden wedding with a relaxed country atmosphere, head to Jalbrook near Balingup. With accommodation onsite, your guests won’t have to walk far to find a bed. Beware, an Alpaca may join the wedding photos.
  • WHERE YOUR CREATIVITY AND PERSONALISATION CAN SOAR
    Get creative at Mornington Springs, a very private property nestled on 160 acres with the panorama of forest. They are renowned for very cool country weddings. It’s also the perfect place to go wedding glamping, with Soul Camping regularly used for guests. For a small, intimate gathering of up to 60, try to super talented and ultra-creative team at Happy Days Country Retreat. One of the owners is a chef, so the food is top notch too.
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  • AMONG THE VINES
    If you’ve always dreamed of saying I Do in a vineyard, St Aidans Winery is set in a picturesque boutique vineyard nestled in the heart of the Ferguson Valley. St Aidans has a beautiful alfresco open style reception centre that can seat 150 guests comfortably. Other #BG favourite winery venues with fabulous food are Capel Vale and Hackersley Estate. Further north, Harris River Estate is another perfect wedding venue - personalise your own wine bottles and enter the wedding by horse.
  • RUSTIC APPEAL
    Wellington Forest is ideal for a rustic, forest wedding with awesome food. Get married under their massive fig tree and then party the night away (there’s no one for miles expect your guests). Taking rustic and quirky to a completely new level is Harvey Dickson Music Centre - for a wedding no one will forget!
  • FORMAL HOTEL WEDDING
    The majority of hotels in the Bunbury Geographe will cater for weddings, with Hotel Lord Forrest, The Rose and Hotel Lighthouse most popular.
  • IN A CHURCH THAT'S NOT A CHURCH
    Recently converted to a small events space, the former St Thomas Anglican Church has been reinvented as the Old Thomson Brook Church and is perfect for intimate wedding ceremonies and elopements. The beautiful and historic small church building is surrounded by natural bush and rolling hills just south of Donnybrook
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    Those Extra Special Touches

    For wedding specialists that provide the next level of event and wedding style check out Ferguson Valley Events. BOS Tents and Events are a passionate husband and wife duo, based in Balingup, specialising in boutique, contemporary pop up events. Their fabulous styling and gorgeous Stretch Tents and Canopies from South Africa are a #BG fav.

    Becoming a stressed out bride? Contact KISS wedding planners. There are caterers galore, but if you are after long, grazing tables Simply & Beautiful Catering or Tapa-licious Events Catering. For your love spelt out in letters, check out hiring company Love Me Do.

    If by Chance Travelling Bar and Miss BB Woody Van are the people to see for cute caravan bars with function and style. Let your guests stay onsite with glamping tents from Soul Camping or Nomadika.

    To get to your wedding in style try Chevrolet Limousines South West, a cool FJ Holden Limo, a 1968 convertible Mustang from pop a Cork Tours, a luxurious Rolls Royce limo from Bunbury Executive Car Service, a super cool Hummer from Down South Limos and more.

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    Images: Respective venues and suppliers, plus Zoe Theiadore – Ebony Blush Photography, @folklore_photography.